Leipzig label Defrostatica backs some more hometown talent with the debut EP from Schmeichel, the Alteration EP, which builds from a footwork foundation into five tracks of stellar atmospherics and genuine bassweight.
The producer has a background as a rock drummer but here is pulling influences from all sorts of bass music, unleashing a flurry of hi-hat shuffles and air pads and turning them into a unique bass-heavy storybook of an EP which fits perfectly into the current scene of new-generation Leipzig producers.
Silent Dust picked up the latest Lewis James tracks after hearing ‘Searchtower’ dropped by Jon1st – and there’s no mystery as to why.
The track is an atmospheric sci-fi treat, pads and sonic artefacts from outer space going toe to toe with a powerful, mesmerising bassline.
On the flip we hear Lewis James’ background in video game sound design come to the fore on ‘Templar III’, a stately slice of gorgeously-constructed half-time with a distinct Assassin’s Creed feel to it, which shakes down into a tough bassline before it is done.
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Dirty-D is a disciple of the breakbeat and doesn’t care who knows, and they get suitably shredded on his latest release on his own NexGen Music label, Feelin’ Moody.
Dirty-D is just one of label boss D.A’s production monikers and the man is known for his love of all things underground but particularly music from the breakbeat rave era.
The four-track EP combines some fairly soft rave flavoured synths with chaotic drums on the title track before getting progressively grittier as the record wears on, going out on the filthy tear-out double-hit of ‘Radial Exposure’ and ‘Choppin’ It’. That’s not to say this is one-dimensional jump-up – there’s a depth and a certain classiness to parts of these tracks which is channeled into an entire tune in the shape of the classic-sounding ’Do You Love Me?’ which conjures a vintage Ed Rush and Optical vibe.
It’s no surprise that the record has a genuine old-school taste to it – it’s put together using unfinished bits from as far back as the late 90’s, buffed up to today’s standards.
The first Free Love Digi release for duo Basic Biology probably sounds something like the deep dreams of label boss and notorious musical nomad Quentin Hiatus – it’s easy to see how he got on board with them.
One half of the production pair is Thomas B, who has numerous FLD releases behind him already, and this time around he has a new pseudonym and a partner behind the controls in the form of Matthew Cassidy.
‘Twilight’ and ‘Sensational’ are up there with the mellowest tracks on the label and are both gorgeous, although still propulsive. Megan McKay lends her vocals to the cause and the result is two left-field bass cuts with the airy mysticism to fit into the 4am wind-down as well as the beats to still knock persistently.
The wait is finally over. This month, Pythius unveils a monster of a debut album; the 12-track Descend, forthcoming on Blackout. The mighty Dutchman has teased us for months with two heavy-hitting singles, From the Future / Akkoord ft. June Miller and Monster Black Hole. Now, Pythius rolls out the full LP that his loyal fans have been waiting for, all guns blazing and toting an incredibly diverse selection of tracks. It’s been years in the making; this is one album that ensures that the wait was absolutely worth it.
Descend will keep your bass cravings at bay for weeks on end. Expertly crafted to take the listener on a journey throughout a multidimensional musical landscape, Pythius’ creativity and skill resonates from start to finish. Meticulously blending clean, cutting-edge sound design with fierce bass and his signature drum beats, it’s very clear that Pythius took no shortcuts during the making of Descend. The album signifies a progression of Pythius’ artistry, as it touches down on territories previous unchartered by the producer. From aggressive neurofunk, to metal influence, to straight-up synthwave, Descend helps turn a new page for the drum and bass genre.
Pythius’ Descend follows previous EPs Abandon, New Order and Heresy, all of which rocketed the producer in to the limelight in his field. Not only are Pythius’ studio efforts paying off in terms of his musicality, his touring schedule is continually heating up to a level close to that of his productions. Catch him playing out his new material across Europe this year, with stops at the Netherlands, Germany, UK, France, Romania, Spain and more.