NEW RELEASE – State of Mind – Writhe / Land of the Blind
With the news out that State of Mind are dropping a brand new album later this year, the duo are wasting no time in presenting a mind-blowing selection of tracks to appease our appetites. The album is set to be revealed over the course of the year in the form of two EP’s – Land Of The Blind, Parts 1 & 2 – and the final LP itself, which is to stack a plethora of new tunes. Last month, the producers dropped Writhe from Part 1 – now it’s time for the rest of that first EP to step to the fore.
Having long prospered at the very forefront of the darker drum and bass realm, it’s a known fact that State Of Mind take their art very seriously. It’s been almost two years since the duo released their The Violent Five EP on Blackout, which followed the influential Until The World Ends EP with fellow heavyweights Black Sun Empire. Available from 9 th March, Land of the Blind, Part 1 flaunts that haunting musicality that has made the duo’s music so infectious over the years.
State Of Mind have been throwing curveballs at the drum and bass scene for over a decade now, with each release setting a new bar for fellow producers to aim for. Land of the Blind, Part 1 is no different. Blending an experimental musicality with sheer technical wizardry, State of Mind deliver a body of work that’s both true to their roots and as forward-thinking as you would expect from the duo – plus a few surprises. Land of the Blind, Part 1 is available now via Blackout.
NEW RELEASE – Pythius – Monster Black Hole (Official Video)
Never one to shy away from making a statement when it comes to high octane drum and bass, Pythius delivers a bass-driven weapon of a track with new single Monster Black Hole. Following on from previous single From The Future / Akkoord ft. June Miller, Pythius builds momentum in bone-crunching style as we approach the release of his full-length album due later this year.
Pythius has been hailed as one of Blackout’s most impressive up and comers since making a name for himself with his Abandon EP. He’s famous for his tight, aggressive beats and the reputation he holds alongside the likes of Black Sun Empire, State of Mind and Neonlight amongst other heavyweights.
Monster Black Hole flaunts the type of hard-hitting sound that only Pythius can deliver – a gut-wrenching blend of heavy snares and electronic textures squared to get your adrenaline pumping. With morphing bass overlaps and piercing drum hits, this is one not to be taken lightly.
With a hotly-anticipated LP on the horizon, Pythius uncages a scorcher of a track to further keep fans guessing at what’s to come.
REDPILL – Call of the Warchief EP (Eatbrain)
The conflict had raged through the night, staining the battlefield black with the dark blood of the fallen, a crust of congealing life permeating the bleak soil of this desolate place – the air punctuated the occasional shriek as soldiers fell – their voices joined with the weak moans of the dying that littered the landscape. Their enemies were gaining ground on that field of death, threatening to overwhelm the horde and put an end to their centuries-long advance. Dawn was approaching, and with it, it would carry the messenger of their fate. The clan leader knew this, shifting on his mount where he watched the battle below and tearing the very air with his harsh cry… summoning the one who could turn their ill tide. From amongst the horde, his twisted banners arose, knocking both ally and foe aside, the deadly Ogrehund before him gnashing at their chains, hungry for the blood that would cascade through their sharp teeth. The skulls of his fallen enemies adorned his sides, his thirst for death unvanquishable.. His clansmen hailed him, the WARCHIEF – here to free the living from the burden of their miserable lives…
REDPILL makes a swift and unforgiving follow up to 2017’s well-received REDPILL EP with another slew of cutting-edge tracks for EATBRAIN with his WAR CHIEF EP. Carrying all of the energy, balance and restrained powerful force that ravers have come to associate with this extraordinary and prolific French producer, the 6 tunes within carry devastating impact. From the percussive experimentation of FADING to the funk-filled madness of NEURODISCO and the tearout battle cry of CALL OF THE WARCHIEF – Redpill marks out a fierce perimeter that offers no mercy – this is an audio assault for the strong-hearted. TRANSFORM (feat. FRAGZ) brings an additional layer of dense but captivating aggression to the system, held within a tightly bound structure, whilst BIOMEKA and ARCADE SANCTUM offer up the kind of pointed and dynamic neurofunk that fans of Redpill know and love.
With his second significant foray into the Eatbrain label, REDPILL continues to prove his effectiveness on the dance and willingness to experiment relentlessly with the neurofunk sound. EATBRAIN provide a solid and nurturing home on which this talented young producer continues to flex his exponentially growing skills.
Two classic Seba tracks have been given the remix treatment by two heavyweight producers on a new remix single for Secret Operations.
Om Unit steps up to flip ‘External Reality’ into a slightly more restrained affair, breaking down the rhythm and smoothing out the bassline beautifully. On the other side, Digital delivers a frantic take on ‘Day by Night’, keeping hold of the bass sound that characterises the track and taking it into totally new ground.
The remix single comes two years after the re-issue of Seba’s album Return to Forever. Listen below, or head to www.secretoperations.com to buy.