Horsepower Productions Quest For The Sonic Bounty

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  • 1. rain
  • 2. mexican slayride
  • 3. 22
  • 4. water
  • 5. kingstep (LP version)
  • 6. 18th special
  • 7. damn it (extended LP version)
  • 8. lee perry : excercising (horsepower remix)
  • 9. poison wine

Highly anticipated album from dubstep foundational producers Horsepower Productions!

If you were to unearth the flourishing dubstep tree you'd find Horsepower at its roots. Their debut album 'In Fine Style' from 2002 was the first LP to be released on Tempa, featuring the now classic, scene defining tracks 'Gorgon Sound' and 'Classic Deluxe'. It was the press release for 'In Fine Style' back in 2002 that first gave the fledgling genre it's name - and the cover feature in XLR8R Magazine (July/Aug '02) that first used the term in print and immortalised the name.

Horsepower are the revered, ground zero catalysts of the sound which is now capturing the imagination of the new rave generation. Originally an 8 strong collective, featuring amongst others Lev Jnr, Nassis, Simon D, The Culprit and Jay King, the current incarnation of Horsepower includes Matt HP aka Lev Jnr, Nassis, and Jay King with the indomitable Benny ill at the helm.

he album begins with tentative steps in the 'Rain' and journeys over land and across the seven seas all the while weaving a rich, musical tapestry. The pulsating, staccato bassline of "Mexican Slayride" and it's tale of a band of mercenaries challenging a despotic bandit overlord gives way to the epic voodoo chronicle of "22" - witch-doctor bones rattling beneath the distant drums in this dramatic tale of the mysteries of the Caribbean.  "Water" tells the story of a scorched and war-ravaged Earth, where power over the survivors is held by he who controls the water. Suggestion: listen to this one as loud as your sound system can go...

The two tracks featured on Horsepower Productions most recent 12" for Tempa (Special Edition Double A-Side, Tempa 042) "Kingstep" and "Damn It" make a re-appearance here, having been revamped and extended specifically for Quest For The Sonic Bounty.  If there were a signature to 'Quest...' and indeed all Horsepower Productions music it is the unparalleled production value which allows the listener to conjure a living colour rendition of what they hear in the minds eye. So vivid are Horsepowers sonic paintings that when listening to this album we're transported to the side of Benny and Jay King to witness the majestic march of 'Kingstep' and then party with them in the other world jamboree that is '18th Special'. The penultimate track is a remix of "Exercising" - a track from Lee 'Scratch' Perry's recent album "The Mighty Upsetter" - and is dubstep at it's best: deep, dark and moving. Just wait for those violins! The remix takes us to India, Jamaica and beyond; rising up beyond the clouds of the heavenly mountain, sacred instruments play us along our spiritual journey, hauntingly beautiful "Poison Wine" rounds up the album.