On their debut album Seven Sins, Kaiju don't push the boat out too far. In fact, with just seven tracks, the LP follows in the footsteps of Kahn, Commodo & Gantz's Volume One release, highlighting a few good club tracks instead of delivering a full-on album experience. (The Biblical theme doesn't really go beyond the track titles.) The duo sharpens their attack, letting their drums swoop in huge arcs and land with a quaking impact. "Pride," with its robust drums and Distance-style LFO throbs, sounds like it was made out of samples from an extreme metal track. But even when dealing with a sound like that, Kaiju are rarely macho or aggressive.
"Greed," with its sparse dub FX, or "Wrath," with its backwards drum samples, put novel twists on dubstep's formula that could easily go unnoticed. Kaiju are good at making a big difference with little techniques. Check the way the drums feel slightly off on "Gluttony" (a collaboration with Gantz) like everything's been pushed just a few centimetres askew.
In concentrating on detail and leaving so much space in their music, Kaiju stick to what they know best, choosing refinement over risk. Only the vocal tracks that bookend the record gesture towards anything more ambitious, but they also feel unnecessary. Opener "Envy" has a seductive, elusive beat that turns humdrum underneath Jack Gates's try-hard soulful singing. The Total Science & Riya collaboration "Lust" is a missed opportunity—Kaiju keep the drum & bass duo's influence to a minimum and inexplicably slow down Riya's beautiful voice until it sounds like a generic sample. But between those tracks is some of the finest dubstep around. It's exactly what you'd hope for from a label like Deep Medi Musik, which keeps itself fresh by finding new perspectives on well-trodden ground.