JOY ORBISON

Philip Sherburne WRITTEN BY
Philip Sherburne

With his debut single, 2009's gossamer "Hyph Mngo," Joy Orbison was greeted as dubstep's golden boy: The guy who introduced house beats to the wub kids. But the man who could've been the next Burial has dedicated his subsequent discography to screwing with our expectations, gradually muting his gleaming keys and infusing sullen beats with equal parts doubt and menace. And also sex: His recent co-productions with Boddika have been as sensual, in their twisted way, as anything in bass music, although black bile lurks beneath every quickened breath. He's the rave-culture counterpart to Animal Collective's balance of dulcet melodies with delirious overload.

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