Pieced together from two years of recordings, Depatterning reflects the UK soundsystem culture Tectonic has tracked for just as long. The first half is a nonlinear mashup of drum & bass, dubstep and techno crossover. The second is something else entirely. Clumped together in a dreamlike reprieve, "¥," "Ø" and "Ü" don't really make sense. They treat dubstep and drum & bass structures to a cathedral wash, evoking the sense of crisis that's caused artists in the post-post- scenario to get increasingly morose and cataclysmic. But it doesn't entirely work. You get the feeling Jack Gibbons is still holding onto the past, refusing to let go or fully succumb to the unknown. He's playing it safe, not challenging what he knows.
Depatterning comes off like something this well-versed producer had to put out in order to move on. There are several dance floor wins—"Regicide," gravelly stomper "Gravity" and the squealing "Strong Ones" all deserve a mention—but there's nothing new to sink your teeth into.