Eatbrain – “Goes to Let it Roll” EP – [Review]

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As the year schemes closer to that time of the year, projecting the heavyweight DnB Festival, Let it Roll; sees labels and artists assimilate what’s at hand and churn out concept EPs in a series called “Goes to Let It Roll”. Now at our disposal is the forces over at Eatbrain on the circuit bestowing 5 whole tracks featuring artillery from their roster of artists by the likes of Chris.Su, Malux, Mob Tactics, Synergy as well as Zombie Cats.

Eatbrain’s curation on this EP can be heard assembling into formation of their belligerent sound chiselling it’s way to being a dominating factor as if the event is already full throttling in last gear. A mean cut spearheading the EP comes from ‘Synergy’ with the track “Let It Roll” which can just as well be the Anthem with the weighty vibes it carries. Virtuoso’s Mob Tactics giving the tune “Dimension” a real switcher towards the end leaving you wondering what more could’ve come off that. The robust Eatbrain has delivered quite a potent batch of tunes on this offering further solidifying their breed of neuro and their stance in the scene.

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MethLab Recordings – VA – Revenant LP – [Review]

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MethLab, the agency broadened into a record label has fiercely weaved it’s way to being a formidable force in the scene in its own right with the roster of work it has released over the past year. Now MethLab Recordings presents to us the Revenant LP. An assemblage of copious sonic warfare set to disposition your auditory cortex.

The LP boasts 9 solid tracks cocked and loaded at the ready for your arsenal with craftsmanship ranging from a cluster of virtuosos such as Current Value, Rawtekk, Malux, Silent Witness, Broken Note, War, MachineCode & Skynet as well as Hypoxia & HYQXYZ.

Up first on the ceremonious opening of this LP is CV with ‘Time Rubber‘, conjuring a summoning beat intro which then slowly strips back a little towards the drop only to roughly plunge you into its searing synths followed by a stampede of galloping kicks. Just goes to show with the first track that there isn’t any time to slowly reel you into the swing of things but feed you to the soundscapes as things kick off.

If you were still trying to catch your breath during CV’s track, well Broken Note is here to ease up the pace a little with ‘Nightcrawler‘, but not so much merciful on the carnage as well, as the track takes grimy sonic molds devouring your cortex.

Thirdly is veterans Rawtekk coming in a little lighter on the LP with ‘Subway‘ shooting in with a fat bouncy kick and groove flavoured with all of the funk. Now come in MachineCode with ‘Voltron‘ slightly howling in on the pad work intro and tribalistic beats and purely drops to that tone throughout the tune.

Voltron is followed nicely by ‘Darvaza’ from War incorporating more sophisticated drum work but to almost the same vibes. Ambush is one by Silent Witness that is a well-tailored neuro tech roller.

Hypoxia & HYQXYZ are at the collab again with ‘Exploit’ and this time pulling through cinematic builds and a grungy body of work and menacing soundscapes. Then followed by a relatively new Malux who’s been having us on the edge for some time now. This time Malux presents ‘Begin’, a tune with significant blows for any floor and inciting total debauchery.

On the closing of this LP, Skynet & MachineCode take on ‘Hologram‘ with a chugging vibe and rioting synth work. An epic sealing of this LP I’ll add. The artists did absolutely well on this and we can also thank MethLab for curating and putting out such splendour of work. Big up!

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Words by:

Toan

Terminal – VA – NODE OXOOA EP – [Review]

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The Node EP is made up of a total of six acts coming together and, presenting Terminal’s second installment of this label’s various artists (VA) endeavors to date.

To quote their modus operandi which is: “Bringing Heavy Tech” simply enough. If however, that is not enough for comprehension, listening to these four, nicely done tracks will display a brief example.

Our main, chosen favorites are; Optiv & CZA with the mysterious, far-away sound we find in ‘Strangelands’ and; ‘Clone’ by Malux on track three. The former, is an awesome auditory marker that tells the time, meaning; it packs that midnight-at-the-club kind of vibe. It progresses and races with a relentless spirit and; is quite a versatile joint to blend in. The latter, is more sinister though, and it seems like Malux’s intent is as criminal as the pharmaceutical companies with his sonic administration. Note how, after it breaks for the atmospheric interval, the build-up expands and, anticipation kicks in as if the drop is going to be mad explosive but instead, it resumes in a decent manner contrary to the overall gravity and weight of it.

Expect to also hear Current Value’s rough, rugged but, banging ‘Subconscious’. This definitely puts to notice a slight, demented shift in the psyche then; it’s only fathomable as to why it is titled so. Not in the least, but right at the end like a tail is ‘Wildcat’ on a not so inconspicuous ambush, to finally shutting it down in a beastly manner of course.

No lie, all four tunes are inferno blazers on the dance floor, at least; one of them deserves a spot on the D&B charts (the Beatport Top 100 releases for instance). Be it the old or, new skool; Tech-Step fans will really dig Node EP.

Words By: Tsheola ‘Vagabond’ Asavela