S.P.Y-“Dubplate Style”: Album Review

Throughout his career, Carlos Lima aka S.P.Y has continuously backed up his stellar releases with fierce skills behind the decks that delight fans and provide an educated blend of old school classics and fresh new beats. Performing and thrilling worldwide audiences at massive festivals such as Tomorrowland, Global Gathering and Electric Daisy Carnival plus an “Essential Mix” for Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 program shows that the acclaimed Drum & Bass producer is top shelf talent and draw. 

For quite some time, S.P.Y has been a household name among drum & bass fans, producers, and DJs. The London transplant from São Paulo jumped into the U.K. Drum & Bass scene in 2006 debuting on Metalheadz and then moving on to leading labels of the genre: Ram; Critical, Shogun; OWSLA, Spearhead; Digital Soundboy; Innerground and Med School, among others. Since 2012, he’s been an exclusive reecording artist signed to Hospital Records and during that first year, took home Drum & Bass Arena’s “Best Album” award for “What The Future Holds.”   

In recent months, S.P.Y has been revisiting his roots in Jungle, Hardcore and Breakbeat and their respective music cultures. “Dubplate Style,” a 15-track new LP of hard-hitting music is the result. 

Hospital Records has the release available in three different formats: a seven 10” White Vinyl + CD Limited Edition Boxset; a 2 CD package and as a Digital download. For the album, S.P.Y brought in MC GQ (“After The Rain”), Shadow Child (“Rudeboy Step”) and INJA (“Landslide”) exemplifying S.P.Y’s musical vision and direction. From start to finish, “Dubplate Style” offers up a cornucopia of beats, tempos, and feels. S.P.Y and Hospital Records is pushing the tracks “After The Rain” as a stripped backed stealthy banger featuring the grizzly vocal tones of MC GQ, the heavy bass and reggae themed “Runaway Dub,” the new-school hardcore hybrid track titled “Whole In The Speaker” and the summertime inspired “See Your Face Again” featuring uplifting vocals and rave styled piano. All winners!  

“Dubplate Style” represents Carlos Lima’s way of re-introducing original jungle culture into a fresh and modern environment. Put together and recorded in two different studios using vintage synthesizers and sequencers, the recreation of authentic jungle feel is undeniable and irresistible.  

The limited Edition Box Set is a slick package embossed with premium quality foil casing with a luxurious jet black finish that encases ten Pearl White Vinyl 10”s and a CD. 

—Leo Weaver

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