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Fourward- Torn Place [Eatbrain]

An observer stood upon a rooftop, gazing out over the metropolis that shimmered beneath him. To all outward appearances, it was an idyllic landscape. Busy & bustling, sure, but in ways that spoke of efficiency and the success of their kind. To them, it was a monument to their collective greatness that they could construct the steel-boned monoliths that reached upward to the heavens, but for the lone rooftop figure, a very different view was laid out below. His gaze cut through the superficial, and saw the city for what it truly was: a TORN PLACE.

Within his eyes those same monoliths represented not success in their glittering facades, but rather the greed, avarice, and corruption of those who dwelled within. He saw the rampant struggle to reach their peaks, the drive to triumph over one another, that also drove its champions to madness as they buckled under the weight of what they had done. As his gaze fell downwards the observer saw the destitute prostrate themselves upon the city’s streets, forced by some cruel twist of fate or the actions of those whom had climbed above. They gathered on these avenues as plaque within veins, their continued accumulation a warning sign of the city’s impending cardiac arrest. Alongside them streamed endless waves of vehicles, emitting choking clouds of black filth that spiralled into the air. So constant were they, that day and night a smog hung above the city, a poison that hung as a sword above all. As the observer took in these things, the city itself seemed to morph before his very eyes, changing its form in accordance with its monstrous nature. Faces upon billboards became malevolent visages with gaping mouths stretched wide in hunger. The towers, once glittering, unfurled before him like the tendrils of some primordial behemoth. All rushed towards him, consuming him within an endless expanse of darkness which was dispelled a moment later. The observer stood once more upon the rooftop, and the city shimmered once more beneath him. But for he who had seen its true nature, it could never be home again.

FOURWARD return to EATBRAIN with the TORN PLACE EP, their second release following their breakout Wolfe EP on the imprint. The four tracks within feature their sound in full, with the titular TORN PLACE providing grounds for it alone whilst other tracks feature a who’s-who of fellow heavy hitters on the EATBRAIN lineup. TORN PLACE opens the EP with cinematic flair, in which otherwordly narration and frantic basses occupy space in equal measure. FOURWARD combine with eatbrain bossman JADE on MAKE SOME, a driving track that pushes forward on the constant report of its stabbing bassline. REDPILL brings his horror infused sound to the table with DIGEST, a collaboration that calls on the pairing’s jump up influences amongst sinister saws. ELBOW features the sounds of L 33 alongside the FOURWARD crew and rises upon booming percussion before launching into a peak section of mechanized highs and rumbling lows. With the TORN PLACE EP, FOURWARD launch their multifaceted sound further onwards and upwards.

Purchase TORN PLACE on Beatport here:  https://www.beatport.com/release/torn-place-ep/2455151

Chris.Su- Without You EP [Fate Recordings]

CHRIS.SU makes a return to his own FATE RECORDINGS imprint with his WITHOUT YOU EP, a four track effort that sees him cover soaring melodics, hard edged sonics & deep rolling basslines with equal precision. As a 20 year veteran of the drum & bass scene CHRIS.SU is no stranger to such wide ranging sonic output, and such has been the focus of his FATE RECORDINGS imprint since its launch in 2013. The WITHOUT YOU EP marks CHRIS.SU’s first solo release since his Solar Eclipse EP released on 2016, and its clear that these tracks have been crafted with meticulous dedication to his diverse style.

WITHOUT YOU opens the EP alongside the lovelorn vocals of FEDORA which glide effortlessly over a driving beat, creating an experience of cathartic harmony as their sonant cries ring out at the track’s peak. TENSION carries with it a harsher attitude whilst still immersed in a sea of harmonic pads, the graceful undulations of which give way to the shifting movements of a fierce bassline that winds its way through the track’s sonic mileu. RAINDUST, the EP’s collaborative effort with NYMFO, tracks a course between the poles of the previous tracks. Herein, cascades of ephemeral vocals pervade the spaces between a deep rolling bassline as it moves through the track’s spacious sonic environment. The EP is then closed by the liquid mix of the titular WITHOUT YOU, amplifying the track’s emotive atmosphere atop the steady pulses of its refashioned bassline.

With the WITHOUT YOU EP, CHRIS.SU returns with a dynamic flourish of his musical ability, touching on multiple styles of drum and bass while crafting them to fit his signature sound. Featuring vocals from longtime collaborator FEDORA, as well as bassline rollers courtesy of NYMFO, WITHOUT you encapsulates CHRIS.SU’s sonic mastery for delivery via his FATE RECORDINGS imprint.

Purchase the Without You EP on Beatport here: https://www.beatport.com/release/without-you-ep/2436842

Subp Yao- Let Em Drown//Bubbles [Methlab]

SUBP YAO makes his debut on METHLAB RECORDINGS with the release of an aqueous pair of halftime tracks entitled LET ‘EM DROWN // BUBBLES. A rising name in the bass music scene, whose sets encompass a wide range of genres between 100-175 bpm, SUBP YAO has presented releases on an array of well-respected labels in the past year. These have included Saturate, Flexout Audio and Unchained Recordings, sick imprints through which he has displayed his stylistically signature warped beats. Now, SUBP YAO joins the forward-thinking musical minds at METHLAB RECORDINGS to further evolve this style, delivering twin audio sequences that expand new bounds from his founding principles.

LET ‘EM DROWN glides smoothly through its depths, carried forward by a constant flow present between bass, kick, and snare. Within its higher registers, high hats, bells, and sonorous pulses refract above the bassline, which lends a grounding influence. BUBBLES brings considerable bassweight, further amplified by the crushed and distorted kickdrum that breaks cyclically upon it, with each and every attack leaving harmonic echoes in its wake. Above these booming surges, the initially hesitant tone of an effervescent synthline is slowly transformed into a swirling sonic storm by the intensity of the beat below it, churning with energy swept from the echoes of the kick.

With LET ‘EM DROWN// BUBBLES, SUBP YAO presents a duo of powerful tracks that display his style with a heavy purity, its driving halftime basis merged with a menagerie of sonic textures in a unique synthesis of sound. Transmitted via METHLAB RECORDINGS, the sonics within can be expected to diffuse throughout the halftime scene and beyond at a rapid pace, carrying the names of both SUBP YAO & METHLAB upon their fierce current.

Purchase Let Em Drown//Bubbles on the Methlab Bandcamp: https://methlabagency.bandcamp.com/album/subp-yao-let-em-drown-bubbles

MIZO-Dust Devil EP [Eatbrain]



Deep within the shifting sands lay the remains of a once great city, a monument to the hubris of those who had once thought they could conquer the indomitable forces of the planet. To hold back the everpresent encroachment of the dunes they had raised walls of great heights, built upon the sacrifice of those least fortunate among them, those condemned to work beneath the blistering heat of the land. It was through their blood that the city was built, through their blood that the fortunate lived in such an otherwise inhospitable climate. As the death of these sacrifices increased however, they bore new life elsewhere. Their blood, seeping through the cracked desert soil, awakened something long since sealed away.

Fed by their misery, the creature’s power grew beneath the dunes. For each that fell it became stronger, its hunger rising as it tasted more and more that which had been denied to it for so long. Upon the night of the sun’s peak it rose, driven by the heat that still radiated from the earth. It was a malstrom of sand, fire, and bone, an amalgamation of destruction which surged across the landscape. What little life there was in this desolate place was subsumed into its maw, becoming a part of the dynamo which swept towards the city. Its winds battered against the walls, grinding their stones to dust which only furthered the creature’s power. In minutes it had broken through, and as the city was swallowed within the vortex the DUST DEVIL reclaimed for the desert what was its own once again.

MIZO returns to EATBRAIN with the release of DUST DEVIL, a five track EP featuring collaborations with TRILO & CHASER. DOUBLE RUSH features the powerful combination of MIZO & CHASER, as well as the combination of a frantic topline and charging bass which work together to move the track forwards at a rapid pace. DUST DEVIL whips this dynamic energy into a further frenzy as its basses whirl with unrestrained fury atop a devastating drumbeat. While the gradual approach of HORIZON grows to become a steady lock-step rhythm that soars with effortless aptitude over its arpeggiated bassline, MIZO & TRILO’s ARTIFICIAL NOISE takes a different approach as it leaps into the musical melee, bolstered by the power of its roaring synths.The second collaboration with CHASER, CONTACTLESS, closes the EP, its desolate soundscape quickly transformed into a tech filled groove that rides upon its rolling sub and the strange shiftings of its tonal topline synths. Backed by the powerful Eatbrain platform, DUST DEVIL is sure to soar across the sonic landscape for quite some time.

 

Purchase the Dust Devil EP here: https://www.beatport.com/release/dust-devil-ep/2436215

Tide- Cloak & Dagger EP [Locked Concept]



TIDE returns to LOCKED CONCEPT with the follow up to his CLAPPER//FEVER EP released on the label in February of 2018 with widespread support, even featuring on Noisia’s radio show. Entitled CLOAK & DAGGER, the EP sees TIDE expanding on the themes of his previous LOCKED CONCEPT release as he delivers four sharp edged cuts imbued with his acute sound, including a VIP mix of the much loved CLAPPER from his previous release on the label.

CLOAK & DAGGER provides a classic slice of jungle as the EP’s basis, its nostalgic style accentuated by modern production which subtly places the track in a timeless realm. STAUNCH BEAT fulfills its name as its precise and powerful beat stomps forwards through a cold atmosphere inhabited only by a distant bass and the interjections of a bold vocal sample. CLAPPER VIP builds upon its predecessor, slowing the former’s frantic pace to a half-time measure punctuated by the methodical hits of a distorted snare before setting once more into a familiar flurry of claps and rapid four beat kicks. The syncopated drums of WAR close the EP as they ring out across a dark soundscape, wherein kickdrums burst with explosive energy in tandem with a sibilant bassline.

With the CLOAK & DAGGER EP, TIDE continues to pursue his singularly stripped down sound, crafting it with precise focus across four tracks which each embody one of its facets. With LOCKED CONCEPT’s similar commitment to uniquely defined audio sequences, such a combination is one sure to surge forth once more onto a multitude of sonic shores.

Purchase Tide’s Cloak & Dagger EP on Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/release/cloak-and-dagger/2433006