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.
Quentin Hiatus comes up for air from his seemingly permanent deep-dive into his studio to drop volume four of the mind-bending I’m Neither Quentin Nor Hiatus series of long players.
The Free Love Digi boss is one of the most prolific producers in the scene, and the amount of ground he covers on each release is so vast you wonder if he even has time to eat one square meal a day during the never-ending creation process.
I’m Neither Quentin Nor HiatusVolume 4 is predictable only in the sense that, like the previous volumes, there is genuinely no knowing what is to come after pressing play. It’s a seven-track immersion sparking with creative energy, looking down on the scene from an orbit which takes in, amongst others, the spacey breaks of ‘Sense of Loss’, the Martian half-time of ‘Electro Dynamics’ and the robot dreams of ‘To Be Red’.
Translation Recordings are at it again with five more devastatingly dark cuts of drum & bass from the more experimental end of the spectrum on Bassment Beats Vol 3.
Label founder RogueState is on target himself with closing track ‘Origins’ which balances the label’s penchant for bassweight with a leftfield edge in the shape of surprisingly lush pads and staccato drums.
The four tracks that come before share the same love of the outer reaches of the genre, and in particular the darker side of that area – Akinsa’s opener is cavernous, echoey and full of withheld power, while ‘Tumbler’ by Fuj takes the torch and runs with it, unleashing some of that pent-up strength in the hardest track on the record.
Mark Kloud’s effort ‘Coplanar’ sits between tough d&b and spacey atmospherics, and Broken Promise takes a snarling bassline to an otherwise spaced-out track.
The record is out now, listen below or head here to buy.
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.