The Chestplate family continues to maintain it’s position as integral in the dubstep scene. With Distance’s two-part (Part 1/Part 2) ‘Outer Limits’ EP concluding mid-March, District takes the lead with 031 and puts forth three cerebral productions, each complimenting that signature Chestplate sound. ‘Roy’s Theme’ is an immediate hook with the contemplative synthery (<— made up word) that guides your ears through a tip of the hat to Bladerunner, and what could easily serve as scoring for the 80’s sci-fi film. A calm and gradual mood progression prevails through means of minimalist percussion and hypnotizing sub-bass notes, both resting beneath a sea of brooding pads that dish a pensive grasp on open ears. ‘Aftermath’ follows suit with respect to the deep space vibe – sirens and ray/laser guns drenched with delay and reverb – while adding more percussive energy with the deployment of more pronounced hats and a far more acute and aggressive snare. District’s masterful ability to warp and twist bass sounds from scratch makes subtle but potent appearances throughout the track. ‘Tempest’ is my persy off the release. The most powerful and energetic of the seemingly patterned progression observed in this release, District takes a neuro/techno approach with a clean and fluid bass construction that resembles early acid influences. Again, the desolate and dissonant synth leads carve a soundscape that evoke vivid imagery of fictional battlefronts and despondent victories.
One last thing to mention that I know will brighten some of your days up – as it did mine when I heard the news. Many of you were disheartened to hear that Chestplate was discontinuing the cutting of vinyl for their releases. Rest easy, as I have solid word that this is no longer true and while being more selective, the release of Chestplate sound on our cherished (for some of us) medium will continue. Be on the look for the CHST032 from Los Angeles based producer, Mesck, signaling the first signing of a US artist to Chestplate and Mesck’s first release that will see a vinyl.
1. Promise One feat. Sparkz – See We Roll
2. Promise One & Geode – Chroma
3. DIGI – Promise One – Ghost Note
Ez everyone. After a hefty hiatus, Syte has resurfaced his Open Earz imprint with one of the underground’s most talented rising figures, Promise One. Marking Nick’s third release since his 2011 debut, there is a distinct evolution apparent throughout his sound design – a sense of cohesiveness and clarity that signals the dawn of strong legacy. The triple track release puts forth two to physical and three to digital, pleasing both sides of the dichotomous format landscape. Joining forces with Mancunian vocalist, Sparkz, a member of the Voodoo Black trio who can also be spotted running the mic for The Mouse Outfit, ‘See We Roll’ is a dancefloor gem with its vacillating bass variations and entangled percussion being attentively navigated with cunning dialect. The flip comes with an entirely different flavor as Promise One shares the buttons with Geode, who has been redefining boundaries of his own under the roof of his collective effort imprint, Chord Marauders. ‘Chroma’ taps into a more soulful and melodic archive with pitched down vocal cuts and synthetic key progressions complemented with shuffling hat rides and lush, spacious pads that give the mix an enduring warmth. The digital exclusive, ‘Ghost Note’, comes strong with a dreadnaught dissonance vibe. Phase-drenched synths syncopate across the soundfield with panning and delay as their main mechanisms of movement. The anomalous atmospheres and guttural sub-pressure compliment the cyborg apocalypse quite nicely, might I add.
“After months of selecting tracks & many hours of recording & mixing i finally finished my second Sonic Textures mix, Vol. 2
The mix is a deep, forward-thinking, emotive & though-provoking seventy minute audio collage built using a selection of dark, cinematic, ambient & soundscape textures to take the mind & soul on a conscious journey. Zone out, sit back, relax, enjoy…”
DJ Tennis and his Life & Death imprint have been an enduring theme in my construct of intentional and moving music for the past few years now. The vision he seems to put forth in both the aesthetic of the sound and presence of the label is something I deeply admire. My most fond memories of recent with regard to musical performances have been in the company of Life & Death artists. Tennis’s set at the Need You party in January 2012 remains one of the most magnificently salient memories I have, and when I heard he will be passing through LA this Sunday I was immediately elated. To top things off, I just received news he will be releasing a double EP mid-April.
“DJ Tennis will release a double EP in April called Local…Local will come out on DJ Tennis’s Life And Death imprint, and it’ll be the first double EP for the artist—real name Manfredi Romano—as well as the label. Described in a press release as a “musical diary,” its six original tracks see Romano, who’s taken on an increasingly busy gigging schedule over the past couple years, drawing inspiration from six different locales: Williamsburg, New York; Kreuzberg, Berlin (where his studio is located); Milan; South Beach, Miami; Hackney, London; and Palermo, Sicily. He’s provided his own vocals as well as bass and guitar work, and first track “Love Child” features an appearance from The Rapture’s Luke Jenner. A remix from US producer North Lake completes the package. It’ll be made available on double vinyl and as a digital release, with each version apparently “slightly different” from the other.”
01. Love Child featuring Luke Jenner
02. Floating Boy/Self Portrait
03. You Closed My Eyes
06. Ah Isobel
07. Anatomy (North Lake Remix)