Published Feb 21, 2014Though distinct in sound, those acquainted with the Hybridity label and their roster, particularly Humans, will find a familiarity in newcomers Sabota and their self-titled debut full-length. Composed of Robbie Slade and Max Ulis, two staples in the Vancouver music scene, Sabota capitalizes on a sound that sees the fusing of Slade's vocals and pop-synth output with Ulis' modest exploration of house.
Sabota revels in atmosphere with Slade's gravel-tinged vocals, while a strong foothold in supple house often diffuses the arching pop momentum an album such as this can easily swing by. First single "Next Time," featuring Charlie Damara, demonstrates the perfect balance the duo achieve, with a percussion-heavy build that halts mid song just as Slade steps in to bridge the rise and fall.
It's almost as if Sabota has taken the breakdowns found in Humans' tracks and filled in the gaps, thickening and lengthening the sound with a douse of grit. With a nod to their prior and current musical endeavors, Sabota are carving a new spot in the West Coast scene. (Hybridity)