A new instalment from the stark depths of METHLAB RECORDINGS’ BNKR series is set to manifest, with an emerging trio of young producers - EWOL, GREY CODE and SKYLARK - at the controls. Featuring six tracks that embody the precise and powerful spirit of the series in full, the III EP stands as a distinct mark on BNKR. Supercedeing traditional bounds, the selected artists instead exact an exploratory attitude towards each track, with their discerning commitment to deeper sonic experiences clear cut. With this unifying philosophy Ewol, Grey Code and Skylark grant the III EP a monolithic presence of fundamental force.
MYTH hangs ominously with the presence of spectral pads, the hegemon of which is broken only momentarily by the rapid cuts of minimal percussion until dispelled by a pulsating sub bass. The swelling atmosphere of SUPPRESS obfuscates a brooding bassline that rises from within, growing in harmonic intensity as it advances mercilessly forwards. ATOM RAYS ascends upon the energy of a rapid arpeggio, the rhythm of which is effortlessly transferred as it is hijacked by ticking percussion that marks out the surface of a sunken bassline. SIMPLE THINGS shimmers with nostalgia, its replicant analogue melody and dreaming vocal evoking a nostalgic age of lost technology. DAYDREAMING floats upon the lamentations of a drifting choral, allowing even its weighty bass to soar with perplexing grace amongst glimmering interspersals of falling percussion. From DIFFUSION’s subterranean soundscape emerges a frenetic drumbeat upon which rests a muted melody, its canorous tone suppressed by the environment in which it resounds.
BNKR 008 continues the series’ mission as it weaves between sultry and beautiful, delving depths of weighted bass, unveiling audio that delivers maximal impact by way of minimal elements through the combined expertise of EWOL, GREY CODE & SKYLARK across six meticulously crafted tracks.audio that delivers maximal impact by way of minimal elements through the combined expertise of EWOL, GREY CODE & SKYLARK across six meticulously crafted tracks.This is some of the very best in dnb that I have listened to in 2018. I can say without a doubt that if you love dnb.neurofunk and the distorted side of breaks then you will love this album as much as I do. Once again MethLab drops yet another pure fire release sure to break the floor. BC#9.
Italian Drum & Bass trio INWARD, HANZO, & RANDLE debut their newest EP “IKIGAI” on METHLAB RECORDINGS, featuring the specialized vocal timbres of THE SCIENCE. A rising sonic force in the DnB scene, INWARD, HANZO, & RANDLE have seen their tracks featured on labels such as Red Light Records, C4C Recordings and Blackout, continually exemplifying a raw but refined sound with their production. With IKIGAI, the trio continue to pursue this aesthetic whilst incorporating new and experimental approaches to sonics that install additional vivacity within their work. The resulting four track EP features hard charging tech dnb beats and halftime alongside soaring vocals, an effortless combination that creates a uniquely animated atmosphere on the dance floor.
MEMORY CHECK opens the EP in full force as the impassioned cries of its soulful vocal echo amongst a syncopated salvo of kicks and neon bass, creating an air of fervent & energized desire. LIBERATE features the striking vocals of THE SCIENCE, which yearn for vibrance against a dystopian backdrop and above waves of reese bass, breaking upon powerful kickdrums in a malstrom of sonic force. SPACEFUNK’s cosmic atmosphere quickly intensifies as a funk fueled guitar riff sends its components rocketing forwards at breakneck pace, bringing the funk back to neurofunk. Its percussion and basses imbued with outlandish vitality by the frantic vibration of its steel strings. THE BITE moves by contrast in murky depths, but is soon transformed as its lumbering gait gains sinister weight with every beat, with percussion entwined by a serpentine bassline that moves divinely between impactful dynamic sonics.
IKIGAI shows INWARD, HANZO, & RANDLE in true form with four tracks that illuminate the trio’s singular dynamism, merging technical ability and creative prowess in a harmonious opus roiling with living energy. One of the most remarkable and rising talents in bass music, featuring on the relentlessly exploratory MethLab platform.
Release Dates //
Inner Core - 28.08.2018
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Streaming - 16.10.2018
Bandcamp - 23.10.2018
Beatport - 25.10.2018