The dubstep world is split -not unusually- between purist die-hards, and those preffering 'a bit of a laff'. In the polar extremes this means a choice between awfully serious mediative textures that'll transcend you to some higher-plane of consciousness (yawn!) and knuckle-dragging 'wobble' onslaughts that impact with all the charm and grace of Pendulum taking part in an onstage Soggy Biscuit tournament.
Starkey kept schtum about the real source of him keeping 'so fresh'; being wrapped entirely in kitchen foil.
Starkey occupies an intriguing no man's land. Having once plied his wears in notably bouncier territories he's discovered a distinctly svelter, sheeny synth-centric approach for his second album on Planet Mu and in doing so he's quickly garnering props as the most plausible mediating force between the scene's opposing armies.
Nice chap that he is, Starkey not only put us together a very special one-off mix for all your listening pleasure, he also gave us an exclusive download of the Slugabed remix of his new choon 'Stars'.
Click here to download: Starkey's NME Radar mix (track listing below).
Click here to download: Starkey - 'Stars (Slugabed did a remix)'.
Track listing is as follows:
01 - Starkey ft. Cerebral Vortex & Buddy Leezle "Club Games" (planet mu)
02 - Starkey "OK Luv" (planet mu)
03 - Starkey "Millennia" (planet mu)
04 - Tayo meets Acid Rockers ft. Pupajim "Vampayaa (Starkey remix)" (cool & deadly)
05 - Swindle "Airmiles" (planet mu)
06 - Grems ft. Foreign Beggars "Brokabilly" (dub)
07 - Mensah "Pulse 80's" (hench)
08 - Kingdom "DPM / Juke Ya Girl Remix (Extended)" (dub)
09 - Starkey "Capsule" (planet mu)
10 - Numan "Skull Crusher (Bombaman remix)" (slit jockey)
11 - DNAEBEATS ft. NastyNasty "Aqua Bubble Hash" (seclusiasis)
12 - Rudi Zygadlo "Resealable Friendship (Slugabed's Special Friends Deepest Holes remix)" (planet mu)
13 - EPROM "Humanoid VIP" (dub)
14 - Starkey "Spacecraft" (planet mu)
15 - Kaiser "Lost in an Analogue Dream" (slit jockey)
16 - 8Bitch "G41" (slit jockey)
17 - Starkey ft. Anneka "Stars" (planet mu)