Ram Records / Killbox-Neverwhere / Flowidus- Zulu / Bensley- Under the sunshine
After being unveiled eight months ago, at Ram Records’ seminal New Years Eve event, Killbox need little introduction. Made up of bass weight pioneers Audio and Ed Rush, whose combined experience dwarfs some of the scene’s major players, they continue to unleash sonically charged cuts which are engraving another page in the genre’s history books. With decades between them spent pioneering its darker realms, alongside definitive imprint Ram Records, their self-titled EP, as well as consecutive singles ‘Witchmaker’ and ‘Clickbait’ ft. Rymetyme have ensured they remain at the top of their game. And after being crowded in secrecy, their 2017 assault has remained unstoppable. Up next from the production outfit is ‘Neverwhere’, returning to the same cataclysmic vibes which have made them so notorious. Whilst Audio brings his aggressive, tightly engineered stabs of distortion, Ed Rush delivers the rolling drum peddles and guttural bassline which he became renowned for in his earlier years. ‘Neverwhere’ is undeniably huge – the track cuts a deep groove within any set, firing hook after meticulously chiselled hook, paving the way for all-out anarchy on the dancefloor. Killbox never bow to anyone’s expectations; their slick sound design is unapologetic and their furious production is injected from the very beginning. Even from the first flare of foreboding atmospherics, you know ‘Neverwhere’ is about to take you down to subterranean levels. Once again, immerse yourself in the Killbox collective’s intimidating soundscape. Not even a year old, they’re already shaking the genre to its core and with the speed of their release output, the duo are set to maintain their domination.
Bensley was an artist picked from relative obscurity – a name which was absent from cyberspace, with no music available to stream anywhere online. However, when his intricately crafted, stunning sonic demos landed on the desk of Andy C’s esteemed Ram Records imprint, he soon rose to infamy within the drum & bass world. His release ‘Fandango’, the first snapshot into his impeccable production standard, was met with critical claim, from press to radio. Pedestalled on the revered UKF platform and on tastemaker Mistajam’s Radio 1xtra show, his story became legendary. The nineteen-year-old was an anomaly within dance music, grafting alone in the studio only to be picked up by one of dance music’s most definitive imprints. Shortly after his exclusive signing to Ram, he released his debut LP ‘Next Generation’. For an artist that young to release such an impressive body of work, over such a small period, was almost unheard of. And in the years following, he followed up this album with single after single of unrestrained talent. His next offering comes in the form of ‘Under the Sunshine’, once again returning to a more vocal-lead style which resonates more outside of the club. With dreamy synths, beautifully rolling beats and Charlotte Haining’s vocal overtones adding to the track’s strident melody, ‘Under the Sunshine’ flexes Bensley’s full production might. It’s a crossover electronic track layered by his penchant for song writing. The story continues for Bensley. ‘Under the Sunshine’ represents his evolving sound and with the guidance provided by Ram, he’s looking to develop his artistry throughout an array of genres. Drum & bass was the beginning, but his multi-faceted skillset continues to grow with every release; this single is a testament to that. https://ram.lnk.to/UnderTheSun