Album Review: DJ Kentaro / ‘Contrast’ (Ninja Tune)

★★★☆☆

A turntablist turned dubstep detontator, seduced by gigantic wobbles being able to hit the big time, DJ Kentaro’s kitchen sink mentality is a mere half-hour long, the development of stylus wrecker to Japanese exocet having him breathe fire and running the city into a fever. The cut and dice never leaves him, intelligently worked into “Crossfader” and electro-funk ease-up “Next Page,” and there’s more than enough hip-hop firepower — DJ Krush, D-Styles, Kid Koala, C2C — to bill Contrast as a purely multi-deck throwdown. “Kikkake” and “Higher” however immediately state his intentions to push the plunger down on billowing, chaos-in-Metropolis, midrange dubstep/drumstep, made for snapping stadiums into a state of smithereens. State of the art for sure, even if it’s following a fast becoming long tradition – massive sounding, but in reality engineered spotlessly.

UK mega-mouths Foreign Beggars are the perfect power boosters for “Step In”, and the same goes for ragga runners of de dance MC Zulu on “Big Timer” and Fire Ball on “Fire Is On”, turning what was already a demolition job into a game of wrecking balls playing dodgeball. You’re actually getting your money’s worth out of 30 minutes – too much more would’ve been overload, such is Kenatro’s unflinching bass/synth bloodlust that will estrange those wanting an exhibition of crabs and juggles, but will get a helluva lot more of the market onside.
File under: Drumsound &amp Bassline Smith, Pendulum, Sub Focus

Download: DJ Kentaro feat. Matrix & Futurebound / “North South East West”

Japan’s DJ Kentaro is a demon behind the decks. After making international waves in various turntable competitions, he expanded his horizons and released his debut album, Enter, in 2007, where he collaborated with Spank Rock on several cuts and explored genres like drum ‘n’ bass and beyond. “People say the record has many genres of music,” he told us after the album was released, “but to me it came together so naturally.”

This summer DJ Kentaro will present his second album, Contrast, on Ninja Tune With the album’s first single, “Step In” featuring Foreign Beggars, already making noise, he presents “NorthSouthEastWest,” a nifty collabo with d’n’b stalwarts Matrix & Futurebound. We think it’s pretty hot and can’t wait to hear the rest of his new full-length. Download and enjoy.