Joshua Steele is, I assume, at least part man, but he’s certainly no myth, and has established himself as a certified legend — the kind of singularly brilliant mind that has helped propel electronic music to the forefront of pop culture the world over. Best known as a dubstep mastermind and one of the founding fathers of his label, Circus, Flux Pavilion has been busting speakers and blowing roofs since he first left his mark on the UK soundwaves in 2008. He’s the architect of a pantheon of bass-infused, earth-shattering classics, and seems to have a hand in some genius original or remix every few months. From anthems like “I Can’t Stop” and “Cracks” to his 2012 collaboration with Major Lazor on “Jah No Partial”, Flux has made one thing clear: he’s an artist that requires no introduction, and he can bang with the best of them. When he speaks, the EDM world listens, and we’re rarely disappointed.
It comes as no surprise, then, that he’s managed to raise the bar once more. Flux’s “Blow the Roof” EP, released earlier this week, had a lot to measure up to; even a prodigy can’t get it right every time, and you may have been led to wonder, given his recent forays beyond the cozy confines of the dubstep genre, whether Flux might leave his fans wanting with this one . Anyone hoping to see some semblance of a stumble from one of the UK’s finest is going to have to wait another round, though, because not only does Flux bring his customary heat in this six-track monster of an opening to 2013–he transcends it.
“Blow the Roof” features the kind of masterful versatility of sound that shatters the boundaries set by an increasingly obsolete set of genre titles. “OneTwoThree (Make Your Body Wanna)” leads off with a Diplo-esque moombahton beat that does exactly what it promises–that is, makes your body wanna dance–and from there, Flux simply doesn’t let up. Two tracks–”The Scientist” and “Starlight” feature vocals from the man himself, while “Do or Die”, my personal favorite, combines perhaps the EP’s heaviest hits with the smashmouth, audacious flow of hip-hop up and comer Childish Gambino (heard of him?). And it’s not all about the bangers; I might just be projecting my infatuation with Daft Punk on “I Feel It”, but I’ll be damned if there’s not a strong dose of “Aerodynamic” in there.
Needless to say, this EP’s got something for everyone. Flux Pavilion, you’ve done it again.