A-side "Separation"—jointly produced by London's Sigha and Bendigo's Spherix—is a slippery piece of music, at once too considered to be written off as just another passable dubstep/techno hybrid, but wholly paradigmatic of what that crossover has come to represent. It's a simple track, all gentle swabs of bass, glacial pads and microscopic licks of percussion which congeal around a muted woodblock shuffle like honey over a spoon. As with Surgeon's recent stepping workouts, the marriage of elements takes place at a genetic—rather than aesthetic—level, and makes for a structurally cohesive end product which, clocking in at over eight minutes, will appeal as much to 4/4-minded "downpitchers" as it will to die-hard breaks heads.
Over on the flip, Spherix goes solo with "Lesser People," a growling, bass-heavy half-step roller that lands up somewhere between cv313 and Breakage. It's everything that the A-side isn't: taut, driving, snare-driven and a just little bit evil—a generous gift to DJs probing the deeper side of dubstep for whom dancefloor functionality remains paramount. Granted, it won't win any end-of-year awards (it's far too faceless for that), but at 4 AM on a big rig, it'll have dancers locked.