A Taut Line - To Live And Die In Shinjuku

  • Eerie dubstep with a mean streak.
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  • Tokyo label Diskotopia is turning ten this year, which is a good occasion to remember the label's highlights, particularly the post-dubstep goodies that came around the time it was started by BD1982 and A Taut Line. "To Live And Die In Shinjuku" calls back to these days: its dubstep swagger and ghostly, melodica-like synths are pure late '00s London, but it's the details that count. The drums are sooty and crunchy, contrasting the digital sheen of the melodies, and the rhythm barrels forward like an angry drunk, taking a swing with each new stumble. It's addictive, refreshing and just a little nostalgic.