A Chain Reaction
Consisting of Dhruva Ganesan and Dave Sharma, Sub Swara is a power duo with enough swagger to make a difference. While their remixes continue to fluxuate in number, their latest album, Triggers, is a perfect illustration of their deft versatility in 14 lengthy tracks.
With an introduction triggered by slow, relaxing piano keys that quickly pick up a droning tempo on “In Ether.” The swirling dub drone sounds are almost a substitute for old school scratching in a “new school” electronic hip-hop fashion. “October” opens with mid-tempo claps and breaks with a dubstep feel to it. “Speak my Language” has the duo rapping in an Evol Intent fashion that is rarely seen but widely enjoyed. “Bend You” goes from a dancehall break to an almost trance like plateau all with a dub “wahwah” rift.
While lacking a certain consistency, certainly can’t be nailed down to one genre. Going from dubstep to breakbeat then jungle and glitch-hop all within a single song illustrates the raw skill wielded and showcased by Sub Swara. Fans of the old school and new alike can revel in the swagger secreted by Triggers.