Streaming links here: soundcloud.com/simply-deep/sets/sd001-dokunen-strong-meds-ep
"Following on from the label's launch with its debut release The Compilation late last year, Simply Deep have primed up a first solo offering with new-coming producer Dokunen. Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, his talents have been quickly recognised and Dokunen has duly taken this opportunity to make a real rhythmic splash.
Appearing on the EP is the returning London producer Boxwork who comes through blazingly again, this time with a funked-up take on Dokunen's Strong Meds, after his dance-floor slammer Shuka featured as a highlight on Simply Deep's previous LP.
Across this Dokunen release are the grime-tinged celestials of slow burner Strong Meds, backed with the dub atmospherics of Yet Another oozing with melodica, and Boxwork's darting ruckus of a remix for the release's title track.
Dokunen himself marks his very first production outing with two sublime approaches to dubstep, drawing loosely upon grime, ambient and dub influences to then channel that into his own finely-tuned output.
SD001 dips firstly into the down-tempo number of opening track Strong Meds, carrying a sparse but alluring energy to it. After opening initially with its warming bass and scattering percussion, Strong Meds gently transcends into a delicate sub-roller with it being led by its soft symphonics.
Citing some of his main influences as being Bristol-based producers Kahn, Phaeleh and Pinch, Dokunen positively displays a similar finesse for dubstep production on the flipside with Yet Another. The B-side leans into an elegant and hazy encounter, coupled with slick drum work to match Dokunen's blissful dub organ harmonies – all amounting to an absolutely captivating slice of bass music smoothness.
To compliment Dokunen's original productions we bring back Boxwork to supply his mischievous edit for Strong Meds, following on from some quality re-edits of My Nu Leng, Barla and Py tunes in the past. The Strong Meds Boxwork treatment results in a straight up sub workout, a real heavy duty bubbler that is swayed by its funky/2-step cross-over aesthetic.
The Strong Meds release package will be available to download exclusively from Simply Deep's Bandcamp store on the 29th of June, including all three tracks and the album artwork. The Strong Meds EP will then see its full release shortly after and will be available from all good online music retailers."