For the first time Hybris has given another producer the nod for a release on his Pseudoscience Recordings imprint – MVRK from Hungary, whose Dots EP hits like a ton of bricks.
Label boss Hybris has this to say about the third release on his label: “When I started Pseudoscience, I wasn’t in a rush to sign other artists, as I only want to release music that I feel absolutely confident about, and I’m a picky bastard.
“But upon first listen to Voyage (on my phone speaker) I told MVRK to lock it down, and the rest of the EP soon followed. MVRK is an exceptional talent from Budapest, who perfectly represents the Pseudoscience sound, and I’m extremely proud to present his debut EP on the label.“
That track packs a devastating punch – technically as well as musically – while elsewhere the sumo-size swing of ‘Energizer’ and the eerie robot death throes of ‘Ghost Circuit’ elevate the record several storeys above your standard neurofunk.
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 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.
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.
Swedish drum & bass wizard Seba gets back behind the controls for a new release on his own Secret Operations label, the first of the year so far.
‘Nobody Knows’ – which made it into every set Seba played in 2017 – is a soaring break-heavy roller with space-age pads and blissful atmospherics torn by a fizzing bassline that slides the track into slightly darker territory.
Flip the disc and dub techno tribute track ‘Implosion’ echoes urgently as vocal pads plunge through the speakers, creating glacial textures that don’t need a gigantic bassline to carry weight.