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Rolling out with another EP to add more weight behind its impressive discography, imprint Dread Recordings returns alongside six well-crafted cuts for their catalogue’s next offering. Lead by Titan Dred and including collaborations with PA for its vinyl release and two digital exclusives, the Purple Demons EP epitomises what exactly the label has been about since its inception in the 90s. Although, being renowned for both its heritage and consistency, what else could you expect?
The title-track ‘Purple Demons’ from Titan Dred and PA sets the pace, featuring solely on the vinyl release. With one of the scenes most up and coming artists providing the tracks gritty overtones, MC Busta adds his lyrical prowess into the mix. You’re drawn forward on top of darkly lit atmospherics, before pounding drum and an LFO lead bassline guides you through.
‘Sound You Never Knew’ also presents another vs. from the pair; it’s a jungle esque anthem with snapping breaks, a second instalment to once again prove the production outfit’s versatility, whilst demonstrating Dread’s commitment to the old school.
Titan Dred follows with ‘Colonies’, taking you deep into the spectrum’s murkier depths. Humanistic samples filter through the composition, whilst rattling percussion and note arpeggios pull you down even further. Elevating synths move you between each segment, creating an appeal that proves the releases underground disposition, pay homage to the genre’s roots whilst nodding to its more contemporary style dynamics.
It also stands as the perfect precursor for track ‘Keep Pushing’ which is up next, following between thick clicking high hats and drifting female vocal. They filter through peddled loops and pounding subs, only adding to its power. A slab of bass to drive the dance floors of any 4am set, it brings together an output supported by the label.
The EP also opens up for two digital exclusives. ‘Flash Dance’ provides you with a techy number underpinned by warbling bass that reverberates throughout. Slipping into half-time, it’s unapologetic whilst switching the tempo, juxtaposed in a way that shows an unbridled diversity in his production. And finally, ‘Remedy Muzik’ seemingly takes you down a different path, despite the natty snippets of raga and well chiselled snare. Padded beats go even further to ensure its complexity, only adding to the EP’s pleasant after taste on the aural senses.