Maniatics: Clenching Hand / Humans Vampires

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Hailing from Spain, drum & bass trio Maniatics have been working hard in the studio recently. And their fruition is about to be unveiled, in the form of their brand new single on Kosen Production. Kosen have often been a platform for demonstrating the production might of newly emerging talent from across the drum & bass scene. And they act as the perfect way for Maniatics to pedestal their evolving sound, one which is sure to push them even further into the spotlight. Having already released on the likes of Titan Records, as well as an array of underground labels breaking through the stringent competition, their release on Kosen will be a welcome addition to their fan base.

‘Clenching Hand’ comes first, a tantilising mix of tinny drums and clattering hi-hats. Beginning to gear up through its intro with a playful hook underpinning its composition, you’re slowly pulled into a circus of crashing snare. The drop comes quick and fast, with a sudden shot of distorted bass and a tempo that grabs you once the track plummets. It winds up once again, letting you know that it’s still not over, moving you into another breakdown with slowly pitched synth. Maniatics hit hard, proving that they’re not here to be overlooked.

Humans Vampires’ flips the switch, still taking you into the darkly lit depths of drum & bass whilst demonstrating another side to their production capabilities. Creeping throughout the first few bars, stocky drums peddle out underneath. Bass quakes before the track kicks into gear through an intimidating vocal snippet. Weighty yet intricate, ‘Humans Vampires’ is nastily aggressive, letting you know what Maniatics are about. A driving force which features throughout, its bassline moves between clinking percussion, adding its more sinister undertones.

With two fresh cuts, this will be the year Maniatics make their mark. They’re beginning their ascent to the top and with a production standard like the one seen throughout these two records, the producers are looking for another plethora of successful releases and an even bigger following. Their broody slabs of bass are being recognised for just how big they really are.

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