METHOD OF DEFIANCE "Inamorata" Ohm Resistance SCORN "Stealth" Ohm Resistance

Friday, December 21, 2007

METHOD OF DEFIANCE"Inamorata"Ohm ResistanceSCORN"Stealth"Ohm Resistance

KURT GLUCK, a former Gaithersburg resident now based in Brooklyn, makes drum'n'bass music under assorted monikers, including Submerged and Method of Defiance. The latter consists of Submerged, fusion-music maestro Bill Laswell and two dozen other jazz, techno and world-music players.

As its name suggests, drum'n'bass is stripped to its rhythmic fundamentals. On the Laswell-produced "Inamorata," however, the stark electronic beats and pulses are merely the framework for extrapolations by live musicians. Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders (who duets with Submerged on "Ta' Wil"), keyboardist Herbie Hancock and the rest don't do anything unexpected, but Laswell does integrate the various styles effectively. Not all the pairings involve music that is strictly drum'n'bass: "Aether," for example, links trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer with techno tabla player Karsh Kale.

Whatever the combinations, "Inamorata" is warmer and more complex than most drum'n'bass releases. Although the album should bring Submerged and his cohorts new listeners, stalwart fans of the genre may find the CD too rich for their taste.

Even listeners who don't know his background might guess from "Stealth" that Scorn (a.k.a. onetime Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris) has heavy-metal credentials. Where most drum'n'bass is rhythmically skittering, these eight instrumentals are built on slow, steady thumping. During such tracks as "Snag," various electronic vibrations ripple from the central beats, many of them sharper, faster and less predictable than the dominant tones. This sonic embroidery is reasonably engaging, but it's not enough to prevent Scorn's music from being essentially stolid.

-- Mark Jenkins

Submerged appearing Saturday at the Rock and Roll Hotel (202-388-7625, Show starts at 9:30.

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