Artist // IBENJI
Release // Blast Off EP
Label // Othercide
Release Date // 20.09.2019
IBENJI makes his OTHERCIDE RECORDS debut with the BLAST OFF EP as he brings a set of diverse halftime selections to the label. Hailing from Moscow, IBENJI’s history spans nearly 10 years of two step influence, marked first by dubstep releases on labels such as Rottun Recordings and Section 8 and followed by more recent halftime works on labels such as Uplink Audio & LA90 Music. Throughout this diverse history of releases IBENJI’s sound has been marked by a unique hip hop influence, a trend continued on the BLAST OFF EP across its four powerful tracks.
The titular BLAST OFF opens the EP in collaboration with SHIIRU as the pair set the sounds of a sinister hip hop vocal provided by T3ARZ to a halftime beat that lumbers with absolute bravado. MODEL 315 then experiments upon its electrified bassline, warping it between an array of drum fills and devastating kickdrums interspersed with vocal interjections. SHIIRU returns to collaborate with IBENJI once more on SHINOBI, which rises from inauspicious origins to produce the razor sharp slices of a well honed bass that cuts through the track’s shadowy atmosphere with exacting precision. Closing the EP is the energetic FLOW, which leaps its way through a landscape of chopped vocals, rumbling basses and explosive percussion for a final summation of the EP’s focal qualities.
With BLAST OFF, IBENJI brings his uniquely accented halftime to OTHERCIDE RECORDS, continuing in the growth of the label’s ever expanding horizons within the larger drum & bass scene.
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