MethLab proudly launch the first advance single from their upcoming SENTINEL VA LP, a release that encompasses almost the entire MethLab roster, plus some special guests, and serves as the companion to MethLab // SENTINEL Tour, recently announced by UKF. Leading with an immense pair of tracks from veteran CURRENT VALUE and highly exciting newcomer MISSIN, the first single from an LP that’s set to be unforgettable, lands with a mighty bass shock, setting the scene for the audio voyage that’s yet to come.
Methlab brought Drum & Bass fans a present for Christmas with the release of the first single from the upcoming SENTINEL VA featuring a pair of powerful tracks by CURRENT VALUE & MISSIN. ISOTROPY features CURRENT VALUE’s distinctive & dynamic sonic palette, contrasting a beautiful & gliding melodic section with a furious flurry of sonic force as it shifts between the two extremes in an instant. MISSIN’s SPLIT is by contrast more direct with its intention, maintaining an ominous atmosphere which builds into a powerful halftime drop so characteristic of his sound.
Together, the two tracks are an exciting taste of what’s to come on the full SENTINEL VA, which is due out in 2019 on METHLAB RECORDINGS, featuring the talents of the labels roster nearly in full across its full breadth.
Purchase SENTINEL 001 here: https://www.beatport.com/release/sentinel-001/2468383
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
BALATRON returns to METHLAB RECORDINGS to debut the second single from of his upcoming IÐAVÖLLUR LP with a pair of titanic tracks–HUGINN // MUNINN. Following the release of SHOCK//STRAIGHT THUGGIN’ on the imprint earlier in the year, as well as the interceding release of the DAT SHII EP on Sublimate Records, BALATRON displays here his command of the uniquely powerful halftime sound that straddles both nostalgia and the bleeding edge, forward-facing of the subgenre that has become synonymous with his name. Each of the tracks within move with mythic poise at a vast scale, revealing a small but impactful slice of the sonic saga yet to come.
HUGINN’s portentous vocals shudder under their own weight, gaining traction as they deliver a single resounding verse, summoning a bassline that advances with glacial force alongside a flurry of slicing snares. MUNINN predicates itself upon a similar tenet of abundant low end frequencies, its grinding bass tinged with a ravenous hunger as jagged highs haunt the soundscape’s upper ranges with their cutting call.
With HUGINN//MUNINN, BALATRON has takes another step in recounting the full tale of IÐAVÖLLUR, issuing a pair of intimately connected tracks that serve as the omen for LP’s arrival at years end. Augmented via the increasingly advanced METHLAB RECORDINGS, the transmission is as effective as it is ruthless, delivering a resounding echo of the upcoming full project.
Purchase HUGINN//MUNINN on Beatport here: https://www.beatport.com/release/huginn-muninn/2439592
More beautiful sounds are coming from the Free Love Digi camp, this time courtesy of Dutch producer Nuaru, who debuts on the label with the Like In A Dream EP.
The two-track release showcases the producer’s expansive vision – this loose take on half-time drum & bass is a world away from the punk rock and metal bands of his youth. The title track is mesmerising, with dream-like sweeps set over a rock-solid beat, while on the flip ‘She Blends In With The Ocean’ is a cinematic blast of fizzing bass and chopped vocals.
Known for his explosive live shows, Nauru played his first show at the Amsterdam Dance Event three years ago. He since signed to Basserk Records for a series of releases exploring different realms of low frequency centered sounds, while seeing his tracks featured on different labels and compilations alongside artists like Deon Custom, Arts the Beatdoctor and Pete Philly.
Listen below, or head here to buy.
Thomas B is back with another set of brooding halftime and menacing low frequencies as he returns to American label Free Love Digi for the four-track Augmented Place EP.
It’s safe to say that the prolific Arizona producer feels at home on Quentin Hiatus’ imprint, where he long ago arrived at double figures for tracks released, and on his latest effort things are kept tight, dark and expressive.
The EP is heavily focused on bassweight, with the stripped-back arrangements pushing the emotional content of the music, but the wonky basses of ‘Straat’ and the breakbeat work on the title track keep the record moving on through the dream state.
Listen to the record below, or head to www.freelovedigi.com to buy.