Three men, eight albums, five hundred tracks, four labels, numerous aliases, myriad genres: One machine. Continue reading
Having started 2015 in style with the release of the 3 track EP entitled ‘Last Call”. Dub Police is delighted to welcome back Notixx with another scorching release for the label. This time we have the “Tipping Point” EP. Notixx once again is flawlessly jumping between tempo’s and styles, he is quickly proving the case that he is an exciting prospect for the future of bass music.
Kicking proceedings off is the energetic track ‘Space Stomp’; epic synths, punchy 808’s and screeching mid range bass all combine to make one powerful dance floor smasher. ‘Re-Up’ takes a darker approach with stunning effect. Atmospheric snarls, haunting big room plucks and thugged-out vocal chops are the order of the day here. The results are extremely pleasing on the ear. Notixx teams up with GRIMEace for the low-slung sounds of ‘Tipping Point’, again big booming 808 subs, midi horns and disorienting piano phrases – reminiscent of Matty G’s classic West Coast style.
All in all another diverse collection of tracks from Notixx showing a variety of different levels to his musical identity. It’s not hard to see why this young producer from Jamestown, NY is gaining such momentum amongst the EDM community.
Mark Heaney’s career has spanned a staggering 30 years. Having played with numerous bands including The Seahorses, The Shining and more recently post punk legends Gang of Four, as well as session drumming for some of the world’s greatest producers, working with the likes of The Stone Roses, Placebo, Dream Theatre and David Bowie to name a few.
From their Spanish base, Alerstorm and Ice Stereo have been scorching multiple labels across Europe for years with their individual brands of neuro-influenced music. Now their powers have combined. This is Gradual and it’s time for Ragnarok.
The first two tracks lay out the blueprint. The title track’s militant drums, portentous timpani, the sound of spent ammo hitting the deck and a cold front of low-end tell the story. The drop is total war as motifs shred among weighty kicks and warping synths. Then the follow-up punch of Devastation reinforces the vibe, raking over the remnants on the bloodied battlefield and reinterpreting the elements into a clinical, technoid format.
As Reaper begins, it promises respite from the screwface intensity. Evolving pads and a warm plucked melody offer a glimpse of euphoria, until building drums scratch that idea. The drop twists the track into a glitchy kaleidoscope of head-nodding percussion and ephemeral shards of distorted and manipulated sound.
The Escape takes things to the next level of complexity. Two rhythm patterns vie for supremacy, as the steady and the syncopated weave through each other. Just when Gradual have knotted things up to Gordian-form they break it down and show off each transformed element. This is deep musical construction without ever losing the drive and energy to smash it in the rave.
Then Ashes brings a new facet to the sound. There’s space in this soundscape for each precision-strike of bass to reverberate. The muted high-end punctuated by a doleful tambourine hit serves to emphasis the oppressive force of the low frequencies. This is a punchy, dubby four-in-the-morning tune to darken up the party.
Finally, Not Repetition takes things to full-on rinse out territory. The huge sweeping bass timbre, backed up by felling-axe drums, make this instantly recognisable and instantly danceable. This is where Gradual demonstrate that they can strip their sound back and deliver a targeted assault straight at the rave.
As an introduction to Gradual, this release does exactly what it needs to. It shows that these producers aren’t playing, they’re bringing it hard and dark and they know how to satisfy ravers and musos alike. This is the sound of Spanish D&B representing, and you know there’s more where that came from.
He’s 19 years old. Hes from Finland. He just had a release on powerhouse label Buygore. But all of that is just details. The most important thing is he makes great music. His name is Alisky and ‘Without Your Touch’ is his debut release on the almighty Bass=Win.