Dubstar – Tectonic Plates

Bands reuniting after a lengthy absence aren’t always a good idea. But there are exceptions, such as ‘90s electro-pop band Dubstar. They already proved they’re still on top of their game in 2018, when they released the album One. This was their first long-player in 18 years’ time.

Now a duo consisting of Sarah Blackwood and Chris Wilkie, Dubstar released two more new songs in 2020. Those tracks, Hygiene Strip and I Can See You Outside, just got company from a third new song, Tectonic Plates. It takes its title from the slowly but constantly moving pieces of Earth’s crust and uppermost mantle which cause earthquakes when they collide.

Produced by Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys, New Order), who also helmed Dubstar’s first two albums, it sounds both fresh and nostalgic. The latter is a result of audible references to Tubeway Army for instance, as well as a rhythm guitar reminiscent of Blur’s There’s No Other Way.

All three of the new tracks will find their way onto Dubstar’s upcoming fifth studio album. Titled Two, it’s presumably the sequel to comeback album One. It’s likely to be released at the end of 2021 or early 2022.

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