Hybris is one of those D&B producers you can rely on to deliver the goods and this release on Dispatch is no exception. Right from the off, "Crumbled" promises to be a killer, bassline roller, punctuated by eerie SFX, thudding drum kicks and groaning sub bass. The accompanying cut, "Ender", continues the journey with a cinematic, spaced out intro paving the way for a hypnotic main part, with Rockwell style trickling beats in a sparse, subterranean soundscape. Taking things experimental pays off, as this is not one to miss out on.
A hot new talent who seems to be the name on everyone's lips at the moment in the D&B scene, Chroma steps up for his next release on Ram's recently established new offshoot label, Program. The Aptly titled Acetate is full of taut, artificial sounds glistering in a spaced out soundscape with punchy, tight beats and the occasional grouchy, grinding SFX which come in and out of focus. Ticking hi hats and rumbling subs add further depth to the piece. Accompanying cut "So Alone" (which also featured on the Ram Drum & Bass Annual 2012) is a mournful piece with punchy breaks, wistful vocal and murmuring bass a-plenty.
Critical Recordings sister label, Modulations will drop the debut release from the US/Czech Republic based producer, Evan Visch, AKA, Hybris. Having shot to attention with his impressive DJ dates, he now arrives with the accomplished two tracker, "The Cleaner." The title track sees rapid flicks and scratches zapping over some deep, warbling bass. Later in the track, Hybris introduces some melodic atmospheres into the breakdown to add a clear sense of emotion. On the flip, "Raindance" at first sounds tougher but is actually more laidback, sinking deep into bass swirls as warm synths stretch over the top alongside the sound and running water and distorted vocals.
Dispatch Recordings continue their fruitful partnership of next level drum and bass business with the Prague based production machine Hybris on this rather rude Graviton release. As Hybris, the DC born Evan Vischi has capitalised on the promise shown with his previous work as part of the Robot Death Squad with his numerous releases on TC1's Dispatch amongst the Juno review team's favourites. Four tracks deep, Gravitron presents a further refinement of the Hybris sound; the lead track deftly opens up from the crisp rolling drums into gloriously thick sub sweeps that are augmented by subtle little futuristic embellishments. "Understand Now" implements some spectral dredd vibes amidst the satisfying bass heavy beats, whilst "Losing It" seems constantly on the verge of doing just that. "Uproot" proves a fitting finale; a gnarled array of loosened drums combine with a frazzled bass line to beat unsuspecting souls into submission.
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