Teddy Killerz Presents / Killer Squad / Ram Records 🇬🇧 / Album in review / DNB Gold 🏆 Award ☆☆
As I listen to the first track, "Outer Space”, unfold from the “Killers Squad” release, I become immediately aware of the animated journey which I’m about to embark on, just by the sound of the wicked pulp fiction comic book-style artwork that arrived with the release in my inbox this morning. My 11 year old son, who is an avid comic collector and creator, viewed the pictures with me and his reaction could be summed up in one word, “sick”! I agreed, went into my studio, fired up my monitors and loaded my decks with this incredible release...I press play, and take the trip. Wow! This EP will put the caffeine in your coffee, trust me. The track has so much animation that evokes an experience in your mind of a visual nature; this is not just an audio experience by any measure. An added bonus is the great description that accompanies the release, that you can read below. There are several soundscapes that evoke the visual experiences that appear in your imagination while taking this listening journey. They are well-balanced, and give me the feeling that the established artists behind the production of this DNB masterpiece created a continuous audio experience for the listener that was quite deliberate in its composition. At the present time, in the recording industry as a whole, there is less and less money spent on A&R, promotion, and extra packaging, due largely to the lack of the physical sensation of holding an actual album in your hands, ad the special relationship that the physical possession of a musical product creates. Rarely does the listener get to pull out a bonus sleeve, with an attached comic book, that goes along with the conceptual journey that the artist wanted to include in the total package, and an additional layer of story telling that comes along with the release. It is a very important fact to note that this release is available on vinyl. Ram Records should be recognized as one of the few DNB labels that offer vinyl as a choice. Big props to Ram for being one of the most progressive DNB labels in the business! There is a true emotional relationship based on the physicality on holding an album in your hands that cannot be compared to the alternitive. Concept albums, with their accompanying design, layout, artwork and visual and physical impact, for some age groups, have never been experienced. With the “Killer Squad” release, the public gets a digital tour through the mind of its creators. That is really refreshing and kewl! The artwork matches the sound. That in and of itself, to me, is like reading a fantastic book that delivers a great story, while including a few key pictures so that the writers vision can come across, while still leaving the rest of the visuals up to the reader to create in their own imagination. When I was ten years old I bought a comic book titled “Attack of the Vampires”. The comic book came with a flexible, floppy acetate record disc. You played the disc on your record player when you started reading the story. This created a guided audio and visual experience that included sound effects, eerie music, and had Vincent Price narrating the story. I had nightmares for weeks after enjoying the experience and I loved it! The industrial sounds of "Outer Space" that surge through my monitors, followed by evil minor bass notes, while the sharp string stabs nicely and set the tone for this opening track. The chiming notes that pluck in time like a metronome connect the listener to Sputnik! So as not to spoil your audio jorney while listening to this exceptional release, I will let you take your own ride with what comes next. I rate “Killer Squad” 5 Stars! Well done.
Jason Bakes DNB◉UNITED.COM
Since its inception, the “Killer Squad EP” was going to be undeniably huge.Featuring some of the most resounding names across drum & bass, it’s a meeting of titans bringing together the scene’s most mind-breaking production standards.Using these collaborations to pedestal their extensive experience across all musical platforms, this EP is a monumental landmark for Teddy Killerz journey.Up first, sees a return of the formidable Teddy Killerz and June Miller super group. Deviating from the sound of their last joint single release and demonstrating the vast repertoire they’re able to tap into, it’s a driving riddim which ducks, dives and dashes between breaks. Unrelenting with rave-style reece and a stocky baseline taking you forward, it’s the perfect starter for what’s yet to come. ‘Sputnik’ sees Teddy Killerz partner with historical figurehead Gridlok, who heads up this nitty roller underpinned with distorted bass and lofty stabs. Teddy Killerz bring their techy, crunching personality amongst systematic breakdowns and elevating beat patterns. Nefarious, yet ingeniously built, ‘Sputnik’ will take you into the morning’s earliest hours. The merging of Teddy Killerz and Audio’s fearsome talent brings expected results, but they’re no less devastating. Flipped samples and clanking percussion dip between reverberating kick drum. Nastily slick, ‘Bugs’ is robotic in design and remorseless in its application. Then comes the enormity of Icicle’s brooding, cleverly progressing dynamic for ‘Louder’, which rolls out next. It’s lumbering yet tight in its composition, proving the Eps versatility whilst also demonstrating why Teddy Killerz brought Icicle on board. Amongst chaotic pits of LFO, it’s stocky and clanking, adding more weight to the track listing. Alongside Dj Craze, one the the globes most talented turntabilists but also an esteemed producer in his own right, they stand as a super group of artists seldom seen across the industry.The long awaited Annix collaboration announces itself. Angry, undiluted and the type of jump up which detonates any drum & bass, this fresh cut explodes on impact. Sophisticated yet littered with warbling synth and percussion which acts as a call to arms, it’s a dancefloor anthem for the globe most notorious spots.And lastly, comes the Czech supernova Counterstrike. Well known for administrating a darkly eclectic style on the decks, he brings the same energy for ‘Horror Show’. Aptly named, your aural nerves are grated by its foreboding intro, launching you head first through a mix of pounding kick drum and distortion. A final gasp before its climatic ending, it’s ends the EP on ricocheting crescendo. The message is clear. Teddy Killerz are back, and they’ve brought with them a host of new toys to play with… Buy the EP here:https://ram.lnk.to/TeddyKillerzKillerSquad
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