OaT & KcA bring a diverse medley of auditory textures to IN:DEEP Music with the release of their collaborative DEFLECTION EP. Though this unique pairing of creatives arose from mundane & unlikely circumstances in which the artists met as they both reached for the last bottle of milk at a local Aldi Market and their hands joined forces, the sounds within are anything but ordinary. Presented instead is a body of work that sits balanced upon a knives edge, straddling both deep & heavy sounds in an expert sonic synthesis.
DEFLECTION’s dismal atmosphere exudes an aura of initial unease, but is swept away by a rushing flow of percussion and the harmonic interjections of a resonant bass that conduct the EP’s opening at rapid pace. TWISTED WITNESS rings with a variety of bell tones, their resounding peals sounding in a requiem for a subterranean bass that shifts and tumbles amongst stony percussion far below. OPEN WIDE tracks upon the basis of a constant and mechanical drone, its coarse roar everpresent amongst flexing pulses of bass and cyclical bursts of percussion. ECSTASY opens with wraithlike vocals that glide over an atmosphere of increasing intensity as the track slides into a funk fueled groove atop the fluid movements of a emotive bassline. This mood is exemplified further in the track’s instrumental mix, in which its gritty & jazzy synth chords and posturing percussion take up the mantle of the vocal’s narrative role. With the DEFLECTION EP, OaT & KcA display an unerring commitment to stranger sonics, reaching for novel timbres and peculiar tones in the creation of an innovative project born of their spontaneous meeting. Indeed,the absurd lucidity of such a meeting shines through the depths of these tracks, which sound with the mark of an equally effortless and spontaneous creation.
One of tech-injected dnb’s greatest heroes, MINDSCAPE, unleashes the limitless power of his fourth full-length studio album “THE REANIMATOR LP” on the by now ravenous and vast pack of the EATBRAIN audience. Having vigorously prepared for them for the full onslaught of his album with a series of advance EPs that effectively unveiled the scope of imagination from one of neurofunk’s seminal producers, ravers and listeners are strung in high anticipation for the dark aural pleasures set to unfurl. Featuring a blinding array of some of the best vocal talent in the drum and bass genre, with COPPA, FEDORA, HIJAK, KRYPTOMEDIC and MISS TROUBLE on the mic, this is jacked-up tech with a killer party vibe, raised from the kind of horrifyingly good carnage that one can only find on the Eatbrain dancefloor.
The influential Dutch KORSAKOV event movement presents a breakthrough release of powerful proportions with the debut of THE KORSAKOV COMPILATIONS VOL. 1, the first release on their newly developed label KORSAKOV MUSIC. In celebration of their three year anniversary, the team behind KORSAKOV EVENTS is stepping into a new phase of their existence, not content merely to host artists at their incredible live events, but now also pushing to pioneer sound with a record label set to be a unifying force in DnB. Backed by the unstoppable force of KORSAKOV events representing every subgenre of Drum & Bass, KORSAKOV MUSIC now sets out to carry the same philosophy forward with their imprint. THE KORSAKOV COMPILATIONS VOL. 1 devotes itself entirely to this purpose with 14 tracks killer tracks produced by 14 established names within every sector of DnB, including liquid, jump up, halftime, dancefloor, and neurofunk.
TICK TOCK sees its glittering arpeggios paired with a running bassline, which carries the track forwards at considerable pace with effortless grace amongst the mistrals of distant yet impassioned vocals. TENSION flexes with the undulations of a deep rolling bassline, punctuated by the stabs of a tonal snare that takes its position high above the track’s murky depths. 0K11 exudes an experimental atmosphere as it hums with a frantic menagerie of glitched tones, all of which are swept away at the behest of its powerful kick & bass combo that roars with unrestrained intensity. VEKTOR contrasts the destructive force of its hard charging bassline with the bombastic energy of its impish melody, a dance that imbues each with the attitude of its partner in a unique synthesis of spirit. Building on a similar atmosphere of sinister intensity, RUN 4 delivers a relentless assault by way of its grinding bassline, explosive drums, and vocal sample tinged with a timbre of unstable psychosis.
With THE KORSAKOV COMPILATIONS VOL. 1, KORSAKOV presents an uncompromising compilation covering the full spectrum of Drum & Bass, yet unified in its resolute commitment to showcasing the best of each subgenre. As a result, KORSAKOV MUSIC is set to land with meteoric impact amongst the labels of the DnB scene, unique in their equal devotion to all of its many styles. With their first release, they deliver a fitting manifesto that is both unifying and powerful in its objective to move both mountains and the dance.
LOCKJAW brings his sonic expertise to bear with the release of the HUMAN RESEARCH LP, a significant moment for both artist and label that represents the first album released by both LOCKJAW and his LOCKED CONCEPT imprint. After delivering a taste of the LP earlier in the summer with the “Human Research Sampler EP”, which saw glowing reviews in DJ Mag and Mixmag, LOCKJAW is set to unleash the 12 track project in full, presenting a diverse array of individually unique sonic experiences for the listener. Though diverse, the LP is unified by LOCKJAW’s technically exacting style even as it crosses over into new sonic frontiers.
It is these unexpected turns into new auditory realms that most define the LP throughout its body. Whilst LOCKJAW still exhibits the expected full force of his ability within Drum & Bass on tracks such as PASSING FT. CURRENT VALUE, in which glittering cosmic atmospheres collide with mangled metallic bass, he further flourishes this same ability in a variety of unexpected areas. OPTIONS sees these same techniques put to use in a stripped down house track, causing it to reverberate with funk-filled warehouse atmospherics. The wistful aura of A THOUSAND REASONS sets the listener adrift in an experience of cathartic melancholy, as the strums of its guitar seem to tug physically at one’s nerves. Within its final two tracks, EMPATH & THE SPACE BETWEEN US, the album’s themes converge in their most triumphant form. Present here are the cosmic atmospheres of PASSING, the emotional response of A THOUSAND REASONS, and the innovative attitudes of OPTIONS, synthesized into a pair of cohesive audio sequences. From this synthesis rises a final theme, one that pushes ever forwards with singular intent. The reflection provided by these final tracks serves to magnify this theme, as LOCKJAW looks forwards to further exploration within the sonic medium. With the HUMAN RESEARCH LP, LOCKJAW has displayed both his artful production ability and his desire to step beyond traditional bounds, a combination set to bring him to further heights as he continues researching its myriad possibilities.
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.