Post Tagged with: "Drum ‘n Bass"

Ariadne’s Labyrinth :: Twists & Turns (Touched Music)

Ariadne’s Labyrinth’s aptly-titled album gravitates towards bright electronic fragments and positive melodic bursts. If Ariadne’s Labyrinth’s Lost And Founded EP (Detroit Underground, 2017) was an igniting spark plug, then Twists & Turns is surely the revved up engine. Described previously as “a mixed assortment, one that balances rapidly rotating pulsars with classical drum’n bass techno,” […]

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Subminimal :: Substance EP (Möller)

On this latest EP, Substance, Subminimal is focused on dub patterns, rarely veering into jungle or drum and bass territories like before. Icelandic producer Tjorvi Oskarsson, aka Subminimal, created a powerful debut album back in 2014, something that had precision in its production which was heard powerfully on the album tracks. The album was called Sinian and […]

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Alg0rh1tm :: Sacrificed For The Whole EP (Onset Audio)

Shuffling through broken beats, muddy bass, and extruded rhythms, here we see mechanized industrial sounds scorched to no end. Alg0rh1tm (aka Denis Glavčić) molds many familiar dark shapes on the Sacrificed For The Whole extended player with Onset Audio. Shuffling through broken beats, muddy bass, and extruded rhythms, here we see mechanized industrial sounds scorched […]

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2methyl :: Etched (Agnost1k)

A definitive leftfield industrial avalanche, Etched is a textural bass and beat smorgasbord that pushes sounds of chaos to the edge. Reminiscent of early Amon Tobin (ref. Supermodified on Ninja Tune, 2000—especially “Rhino Jockey”) minus the jazzy elements, here we see the talented French producer (Nicolas Druoton aka 2methyl) reveal Etched following his 2015 release […]

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Piotr Cisak :: Venus Express EP (Tutamen)

Four completely varied stories with unique characters proving that unpredictability can be something very useful and effective. Unpredictability, in a good sense, sometimes lacks in a way modern labels operate. A constant rush for highly specific sound as a trademark can lead to boredom, however, that is not the case with Bristol imprint Tutamen. Exploring […]

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Ariadne’s Labyrinth :: Lost And Founded EP (Detroit Underground)

Lost And Founded is a mixed assortment, one that balances rapidly rotating pulsars with classical drum’n bass techno. Somewhere in a dense field of high-grade electronics is where you’ll find Detroit Underground’s latest signing—Ariadne’s Labyrinth (aka Sharon Subbarao), a classically trained violinist and pianist—and a debut EP for the imprint. Energetic, emotive, and orchestral at times, […]

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6.9Hz :: Broken State (Daddy Tank)

Not entirely untraveled, Broken State gravitates towards the dark and gritty erratic beat, but also manages to evoke emotional sparks along the way. Moods shift on “The Crypt,” a tantalizing eerie foray into classical glich’n bass. “Seek & Destroy,” “They’re Like Ants” and “Infernal Raver” expands and contracts its ricocheting beats, as Photek-inspired rhythms reveal a […]

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Displacer :: Curse of the Black Vinyl (Hymen / Crime League)

The sounds on offer here are rooted in dark drum ‘n’ bass and breakbeat but defy strict categorization as they push into uncharted territory of mutant hybrids. Michael Morton. Known aliases: Displacer. Musician, prolific remixer, owner of the Crime League record label. Friend to Igloo, provider of this hour-long journey. Something like 7 full-length and […]

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Conduct :: Borderlands (Blu Mar Ten Music)

Borderlands is filled with “scenes,” evoked by laid back lounge, Cubist flamenco guitar with a serrated metal edge, interstellar wordless vocals, space gongs, Greek island blues twang, analogue synth gadflight, musing xylophone, fawning piano, lonesome, stranded, and parched piano. Venerable and voluble producer and bassist Bill Laswell was an early adapter of drum and bass, which, he […]

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Djrum :: Plantain / What I Was Doing When I Was Doing What I Was Doing EP (Samurai Red Seal)

The single most apt diction I’ve ever seen in music journalism was the description of Djrum’s work as “panoramic.” The man’s sound is all-encompassing in scope. Also contained in this idea is the notion of musical narrative: not only is a lush primeval landscape unfurled, every one of his releases has a storybook quality that […]

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Sunchase :: The Truth EP (Med School)

For those seeking a fresh drum & bass sound, or for longtime adherents of the minimal aesthetic pioneered by labels like Med School and Exit, The Truth is required reading. Geography cannot be wholly ignored in music. Here in the New World I’ve been to plenty of shows where the performer looks up from their […]

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Burial :: Rival Dealer (Hyperdub)

Burial’s output is becoming harder and harder to predict or track, and to so boldly eschew the expected dark, angst-ridden, minor key moodiness in favor of messages of positivity, support and compassion makes Rival Dealer one of his most defining releases to date. Over the last few years it has become difficult not to associate […]

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Meander :: Carbon (Low Res)

Carbon should be approached with an open ear for the outer levels of electronics, fast-paced and simply all over the place, it’s a straight shot to the cerebral cortex that shouldn’t go unnoticed. [Release page] Meander (aka Conrad Hoyer) re-energizes Detroit-based Low Res Records with a maze of technical electronic music that shifts on fractured […]

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