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Hybris- Not Bug EP [Pseudoscience Recordings]

“I no make mistake, I make innovate.”

If there’s any way to characterize Hybris’ singularly weird and unique out there, it might be that sentence from the EP press itself. With the NOT BUG EP Hybris indeed doubles down on this principle, delivering four tracks that stand on the cutting edge of drum & bass (and beyond) with expert precision.

NOT BUG opens the EP with a strange landscape of tense pads and murky bass drums that thrum with a sinister energy even through their obscurity. FALSE POSITIVE takes a more orthodox approach by comparison, sticking to a straightforward drumbeat but morphing just about every other sound surrounding it to an extreme degree. BEACH MEAT provides a deep and motive bassline groove to the EP, interspersed with hollow sonar pulses from the depths beyond the shore. Finally, there is MUG. Here, all of the EPs elements combine in a dazzling sonic flurry. Impossibly warped basses, odd tonal textures, powerful punchy drums and a full out commitment to weirdness might make this track overwhelming for some, but for that we will leave it to Hybris to explain. In his words

“Sound make u discomfort? Is not bug, is feature!”

Purchase NOT BUG on Beatport here: https://www.beatport.com/release/not-bug-ep/2447113

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

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

Drumsound & Bassline Smith & Tantrum Desire- The Bomb [Technique Recordings]



Given that Tantrum Desire has been one of the leading lights of Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s Technique Recordings for years, it’s surprising that there have been relatively few collaborations between them. So, since the announcement of their Technique International Sound live team-up, we’ve been breathlessly hoping that meant more DBS x TD sonic monsters would escape into the wild. And our prayers have been answered.

Now, if you’re calling a track “The Bomb”, you’re clearly not here to play around. And, as this is the first time we’ve seen the Technique bosses’ names on a track alongside Tantrum Desire’s since their dynamite remix of TD’s “Pump”, expectations are skyscraper high.

As wailing sirens, militant percussion, and an almost orchestral assault of bass explode onto the scene, we’ve got an intro to make you sit up and take notice straight from bar number one. Then that gigantic, multi-stage, acid-flavoured rise towards the drop means that whatever’s on its way is already worthy of a wheel up.

And then “The Bomb” drops. Steel-toed kicks and jaw-breaking snares hit hard, but they’re light on their feet, bouncing syncopated rhythms over the savagery of the bassline. And this tune isn’t done yet. Another huge build switches up the focus and delivers us into strident, glistening stabs to keep the vibe heated.

This is a monumental release from a group of producers who, even after all this time in the top tier, are still able to find new ways to light up a rave. It’s multiple-megaton DnB.

Support “The Bomb” on Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/release/the-bomb/2422656