If you weren’t looking to Rubadub Glasgow for dubstep and grime before, it may be time to crick your neck upward, as the forthcoming EP from Kami-O is a belter.

With audible stepping stones between Commodo, Gantz & Kahn’s seminal Volume 1 on Deep Medi, to Bristol’s Bengal Sound, Sir Hiss et. al and, more recently, Manchester via Somerset’s Cartridge; Kami-O hits that sweet spot of soulfully blending dubstep, grime and others, with that much-loved Eastern influence.  

Kami-O hits that sweet spot of soulfully blending dubstep, grime and others, with that much-loved Eastern influence

Lightworks takes its name from a club night Kami-O use to run in Glasgow, and aptly so – it’s music that deserves to be heard on a soundsystem. That’s being said, there are two levels to Kami-O’s latest project. At the same time as it can transport you to the speaker wall of a dark, packed-out basement, it can also be played at volume in your garden without worrying what your new neighbours might think. There’s a melodic overtone that can outshine the dungeonian bass, depending on your mood and speaker settings.

a melodic overtone that can outshine the dungeonian bass

With six tracks including a remix from Argo, Lightworks shows huge versatility, from the sharp consonant sounds of Computers, to the above-the-clouds musings of Aura.

Kami-O explains: ‘The Lightworks EP is named after a clubnight I used to run a few years ago. It was that night that made me realise that I wanted to take music seriously. This EP is a tribute to that time, in a way, and I wanted to put all the elements of it into one project to give it the send off it deserves.’

Nitelife has the pleasure of premiering instant dubstep classic East Wind, the fourth track on the Lightworks EP, two weeks ahead of official release. Look out for the full drop on Bristol-based label italdred on 12 June. 

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