‘Losing Control’ is less opener, more peaktime material: relentlessly steady bass, syncopated drums and “Star Wars” laser sound effects collide on a tempo that’s far faster than usual for dubstep. Much like his first hit ‘Midnight Request Line’, ‘Lose Control’ is dubstep through-and-through but with definite crossover appeal for bold DJs.
The same can’t be said for the EP’s other two originals, ‘Chestboxin’’ and ‘Make Me’, both of which are unapologetically wicked. ‘Chestboxin’’ strikes a nice balance between high-end creepiness and low-end wobble, and would complement a scene from one of those “torture porn” horror movies quite nicely. ‘Make Me’ is decent dancefloor darkness, with the bass plunging further and further down the scale while a female vocal moans, “Make me daaaaance….make me hot…” But with a yawner of a breakdown and six-minute running time, ‘Make Me’ goes limp long before it’s over.
Unmemorable “Skream!” holdover ‘Check It’, featuring Warrior Queen on vocals, finishes things out. Skream fans are sure to dig the ‘Lose Control’ track, and ‘Chestboxin’’ would make for solid ammunition if you’re ever spinning a vampire club night. ‘Make Me’ and ‘Check It’, on the other hand, are little more than filler.