Mob Tactics are on fucking fire this summer. Dropping soon Mob Tactics latest EP Dreamworld/Conyoy hits hard! I couldn't wait to start sharing some of the latest sounds already out. Including the latest Mobcast. Trust me as soon as the EP drops you'll hear it here first. I'm listening to it right now and its a crusher sure to break the floor.BC#9.
Mob Tactics are no strangers to the Ram Records discography. Having already been brought on board for Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 6’ instalment and Audio’s seminal ‘Ramlife’ compilation, with their exclusives ‘Wolf Trap’ and ‘Frenzy’, they’re set to return although this time they’re offering a standalone single on the imprint. ‘Dreamworld’ and ‘Convoy’ highlight how Mob Tactics appeared on Ram’s radar; primarily because of their dancefloor appeal and indisputable production levels. The duo have become a formidable part of drum & bass sets across the global circuit and with a single on Ram within their reach, they’re looking to reinforce their stronghold.
This two-track release gives different insights into the skills Mob Tactics have at their disposal. Explosive, yet still crafted with the upmost precision, both ‘Dreamworld’ and ‘Convoy’ are intrinsically underground whilst adhering to Ram’s high-reaching standards. ‘Dreamworld’ begins as you’d expect from a Mob Tactics record – with its crashing percussive breaks and zipping, heavyweight bassline, the track’s weightiness becomes apparent between each refined layer. Next, you’re introduced to ‘Convoy’, which differs from its forerunner through its use of synth and more uplifting undertones. The range offered up on each track shows how Mob Tactics have continued to test their limits, which is why they’re a perfect addition to the Ram Records catalogue.
2018 has seen many artists make guest appearances within the label’s roster and Mob Tactics make a welcome return. Ram still dominates the scene twenty five years on from its inception.
Exploring Ram’s back catalogue, there’s a host of artists offering their own take on its sound, whilst also creating their imperative place within drum & bass. Ram hasn’t just featured their innovative roster of artists, but they’ve also hosted guest appearances from equally influential names. Blackout figureheads Black Sun Empire are the next producers to take this opportunity, alongside Nymfo and State of Mind, presenting a double-sided single which pays homage to their formidable titles within the neurofunk subset. The release is technically streamlined, with an edge that tears through any commercial constraints.
Black Sun Empire join Dutch neighbour Nymfo for ‘Surge Engine’, merging together their undeniable dancefloor appeal and Nymfo’s dark, brooding undertones. It presents a more understated reverse, beginning with snapping, ominous instrumentals and clanking snares. The metallic undertow and its blaring flutes drag you into a surging mix, alluding to its track title whilst its impact becomes heavier between every layer. With each sixteen bars, more technicality floods the composition and you’re left to fully immerse yourself in the levels that Black Sun Empire and Nymfo can achieve as a conjoined force.
Then Black Sun Empire and State of Mind detonate ‘Ripsaw’ without hesitation. They bring two colossal production standards together, charging forward with dainty, yet somehow intimidating pads and a gradual climb into the unknown. As the record builds segment upon segment, you suddenly become aware of a hook beneath the surface which begins to set the scene. You’re then thrown through its chaotic descent, whilst crackling LFOs help keep its driving momentum, engineering an unstoppable record which has already over run the club circuit.
‘Surge Engine’ and ‘Ripsaw’ deliver another side of Ram’s sound and its one which is equally as important. Artists like Black Sun Empire, State of Mind and Nymfo have all helped build Ram as the powerhouse it’s known for, alongside its equally decorated roster.