After the success of his debut album ‘To Have & Have Not’ and an intense tour taking him all over the world, Jubei is back on Metalheadz and on form with the aptly named True Form EP. Crafted of five tracks, Jubei has collaborated and gone solo to come away from the studio with a huge EP that takes you on a journey through the producer’s diversity, in his signature no nonsense style.
True Form starts out with the most stripped back track on the EP. As you can guess from the name, Congo has got a strong tribal vibe. It’s a bit of a head-nodder and lopes along confidently until the breakdown reveals an astral soundscape to get lost in. The tribal drums creeps back in and before you know it you’re rolling again. It’s a perfect selection if you want to bring your mix down a notch.
Paragon is the first of two tracks featuring a heavy vocal presence on the EP, with the honour going to new vocalist on the mic, Rumour. It’s not a bad introduction for the newcomer, if I do say so myself. Again, the track is fairly stripped back, giving Rumour plenty of room to lay down some nice vocal work over a rolling beat, deep sub bass and ethereal pads.
With the help of Tyrone, one third of Newcastle trio Chroma, the True Form EP takes a darker turn with Out of Sight. This tune means business, kicking straight off with a militant organic snare that is soon joined by a rough, aggressive synth and deep rumbling sub bass as it drops. The whole track is top off nicely with unobtrusive detail, and rises and falls often, keeping you on your toes.
Next up is Cold Corner Featuring Steo and it has got to be my favourite offering from the EP. It’s a hard hitting, amen led banger with a distinct Metalheadz flavour that you’d happily find amongst early releases on the label. Think analogue, think old school ravey synths, think the 90s and early 00s. And all nicely accented by Steo’s sparse, filtered and layered vocals. For me, this one’s a definite dancefloor destroyer.
True Form is wrapped up with Haunt and takes a step back again with a simpler rolling beat. It really does sound like Jubei is trying to make contact with other side with signalling synths summoning a response from a distorted vocal, to which no one has been credited. It’s a creepy and uneasy track, but in the best way you can think.
The True Form EP is dropping on 22nd June and is available for pre-order from the Metalheadz webstore in all formats and if you’re really feeling it, you can even grab the True Form EP bundle, including a t-shirt, A3 poster print, vinyl and digital download. Check out your favourite record shop after the release too.