Skull Disco is a small London label often associated with the dubstep scene, although the sound they espouse diverges from the formula and sound palette associated with that genre. There are elements of drum ’n’ bass, but as if it were underwater and in slow motion, and the two main producers (Shackleton and Appleblim) tend to favour Middle Eastern and African drum samples over electronic or kit sounds.
Over the course of the two CDs, a certain amount of fatigue does set in. This compilation of the label’s entire 12-inch output is a lot of glacially paced, spartan music to listen to at once. On repeated listens, though, what initially seemed too sparse and bare reveals a rhythmic intricacy and style that’s hard to compare to anything else.