We listen to a lot of new music throughout the day. The constant stream of tunes on Soundcloud, Twitter, Bandcamp and Facebook means that it’s increasingly difficult to capture someone’s attention, particularly given the nature of social media and how short all of our attention spans have become. One of the new pieces of music that popped up in the feed today was this tune called Acid Rain from an EP by Lorn, an experimental electronic artist who’s put tunes out on Wednesday Sound, Timetable, Ninja Tune and Brainfeeder.
When we heard those first few rough, rugged synth sound, it all somehow felt incomplete and unfinished. As we went to skip to the next track, this thunderous kick drum materialised and suddenly that weird melody made sense and the tune came together in the most beautiful way. Lorn’s sound has this quite wonderful low-fi tinge to it. It’s not the kind of music that you’ll instantly fall in love with, or even like, but if you take a moment to lose yourself in those haunting layers and that unsettling bass, it has enormous depth and really takes you places.
The foundation of the tune Acid Rain is extremely dark and brooding, like an undead marching band trudging through endless rain. The near indecipherable vocal, distorted to complement the overall sound of the track, offers a glimmer of light among the darkness, foreshadowing a brief battle between good and evil that plays out until the track ends rather abruptly, leaving you wondering what just happened. Acid Rain plods along at about 110 BPM. It’s a remarkable 3 minutes of music and, indeed, the rest of the EP is produced in a similar vein.
Entangled is twice as long and equally as menacing, evoking scenes of Blade Runner or the movies of David Lynch. The last 2 minutes of the track, stripped of all beats and melodies, sound like an alien space craft passing by Earth.
The intro tune of the EP, given the comforting name There Ain’t Nothing It’s Just Pain And Then Yer Gone, is an extremely unsettling piece of gloomy electro mastery straight from an 80s B-movie. It’s quite magnificent and perhaps offers an insight into the thought process behind these tracks.
Listen: Three phat tunes from the new Dub FX album
Hold onto your butts ‘cos we’re about to get HUGE. The new Dub FX album has just dropped and it’s a barnstormer.
Melbourne born Dub FX has been an underground fan base that spans the four corners of the club. A pioneer of live looping, Dub FX fuses beat boxing, soulful vocals and lush basslines to create a raw, edgy sound that warms the cockles. Thinking Clear is Dub FX’s third album and we’ve been giving it a good listen. You need to get on it!
To whet your appetite and get you in the mood, hear are three tunes from the LP for your listening pleasure. Real party vibes pieces of music. Enjoy!
The album is brought to you by CONVOY UNLIMTED and Membran.
ROAD TO BABYON
WHERE I BELONG
Intelligent fusion: Mantis rain fire with new EP
It’s a tricky path producers of metal-influenced EDM walk. How do you keep the production values high without sounding cheesy? Thankfully that’s not a problem Mantis have to worry about because their new EP is raw as f-ck. In the span of just five tracks, the two lads from Atlanta explore the rugged side of drum n bass, dubstep and metal. The Avidity EP is a clear attempt at breaking the mould — and it pays off. We wanted to find out more so we went straight to the source to ask the lads a few questions.
The new tunes are doing damage. What made you want to put out an EP that explored so many genres?
Well to be honest, we were tired of just writing an EP that was just an assortment of songs. We wanted to do something with more substance, so we opted for the mini album structure where all the tracks flow continuously as one piece of music. Want to send a big thanks out to Crime Kitchen for letting us do our thing on this record and not nitpicking the songs!
How big a milestone is this new EP for you?
We definitely feel it is our most mature work to date, it’s got something for everyone on it. So, that being said we are very proud of it. The reception thus far has been really good!
You’ve got a show coming up in London soon (April 16). What can people expect from that?
Man, so fucking excited for that one. When we first started out, we would always see the ERGH lineups and drool. Now we get to go and headline it, it’s very surreal. People can expect a no holds barred audio assault though, per usual.
What do you say to people who say dubstep is dead?
Starting as they mean to go on: CLOAKS – Wraith
Label spiel: After remaining in the shadows for quite some time, the bass rooted duo CLOAKS is ready to enter the light as they make their debut with the heavy single “Wraith”; out now on Pantheon. in what will be the first of many, the ominous pair of Joey Fisher and Chris Curran make strong first impressions with the moniker as “Wraith” provides an old-school dubstep feel with cutting edge contemporary approaches; providing a trailblaze of a pathway to a new mantra of bass music. And with plenty in their arsenal moving forward, these two are ready for the world to be enraptured in their sound.
Our take: This tune is sweet little surprise. What we love about this one is the fusion of styles, with this kind of dreamy, trancey intro, somewhat Eric Prydz-esque, that builds up to a gargantuan, unforgiving drop. It gets a little happy clappy in the mid-section but then they pull it back with the second drop. It’s that bass and those wicked synths we wanna hear more of in future offerings. Nice job!
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