REDPILL continues his impressive streak of releases, following up his fierce ‘Harzardous / Get On It’ single with a fearsome step forward - the FISSION EP - on BLACKOUT. Featuring 6 tracks that surge with thermonuclear power as he deftly catalyzes the reactions that drive him into a charged audio slice. With recent releases on a slew of labels including Invisible, Eatbrain, Bad Taste Recordings & C4C Recordings, as well as his aforementioned Blackout single, this new EP represents a deeper cut into one of the leading entities in tech-driven drum and bass.
HOLD IT LIKE THAT tenuously structures an ominous harmony at its outset, quickly swept away by the massive impact of kickdrums and swarming synths that build into the track’s main section with its hammering bassline ceaselessly pulverizing the sonic space alongside sharp percussion and undulating highs. JEALOUSY echoes with metallic percussion and a cosmic arpeggio which slowly makes way to an eponymous word as the track’s gritty bass quakes with dark intent, evoking a sinister mood that only deepens as it skulks into halftime during its second drop. FISSION glistens with the chimes of a music box entangled in a lullaby of threatening meter and rhyme that parodies the tranquil undercurrent, warping them into chaotic nightmare as a flurry of percussive hits hail down amongst a barrage of constantly morphing basses wrapt with electrified energy. Summoned from dark depths, GHOST IN THE CLUB simmers with spectral synths and a staccato topline that ceaselessly skitters across the tumultuous soundscape of convulsing basses and resounding percussion, carrying with it the malevolent resolve of a wronged revenant. The aqueous atmosphere of RUB A SUB generates a slick and slippery bass upon which no other element holds sway, its power unrestrained by the traditional bounds of the percussion which seeks in vain to control it as it jumps about freely at the track’s center. SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT closes the EP in cinematic style, its synths and impacts reverberating endlessly into the sonic expanse before being crushed before the might of a single unrelenting bass, one that responds in answer to the track’s title by displaying its brutish strength in a final and audacious show of force.
With his FISSION EP, one of today’s most exciting young producers, REDPILL, explores a multitude of differing angles whilst maintaining his characteristic style, showcasing both his expert production talent and versatility with masterful prowess. Transmitted through the BLACKOUT with the label’s consistently high quality threshold, his infectious sound is sure to continue to spread at breakneck pace, leaving considerable fallout in its wake from its explosive nature.
The last time we saw the Multi-Function boss on Technique Recordings was as part of their definitive “Summer 2018” album. Levela's “Tribal Funk” was one of the standout cuts, with its neo-classic blend of rolling beats, vibesy live instrument samples, and scything basslines. No surprise then, that the call-up to deliver his follow-up Technique release has come so quickly.
“Error” opens into an atmosphere of tension-building darkness. Increasingly discordant timbres swirl around warped percussive tones. An alarm call signals imminent danger. This is the sound of an underground black site laboratory where catastrophe is about to strike. And then it does. The explosive, reverberant, serrated-edged bassline that drops will have ravers begging for the reload, but you're going to want to let this run to experience Levela's glitched-up switch-ups in all their glory.
Then “Lurkers” continues the journey into the shadowlands. Metronomic heart-monitor bleeps and a seething undercurrent of approaching bassline danger set the mood in the intro. And then Levela drops us into a twisted and rhythmically unpredictable take on jump-up. Multiple offset patterns crunch against each other while the short controlled bursts of bassline drive the tune onwards. The result is distinctively experimental, without ever losing focus on the dancefloor.
For Levela's first above-the-title release on Technique Recordings, he's continued where he left off with “Tribal Funk”. This is dancefloor drum 'n' bass, weaving together threads from the jump-up tradition that's become almost a scene unto itself over the last few years, the roller revival that's seen crate-dug influences and classic breaks take centre stage, as well as a sinister edge of tech. And ravers from all corners of the scene are going to love it.
ALLIED unveils the lead single from his forthcoming KAILASH LP on METHLAB RECORDINGS. With title track 'Kailash' and 'Mindstream' the artist's unique take on the techno-infused depths of drum and bass are clearly illustrated, with these 2 tracks delivering organic journeys that oscillate between natural warmth and the stark coldness of the tech within.