Imperial Audio is focused on bringing underground artists with an original sound to prominence. One such artist is Crystal Catcha, a producer who kind of sounds like, after a night of clubbing, went deep into the woods when everybody else went home. The results are sublime: four evocative and richly textured productions that send chills down the spine: "Crane & Tiger" features far-east samples and trap beats, "Animal Kingdom" features haunting synths and eerie noises, "Locusts" features a swarm of nagging electronic jabs, and lastly "Endgame" is a weary analogue stagger out of the bushery and into the light.
The dust hasn't even begun to settle from his and Kaya's storming "Eon Eyes" and already Feonix is back with more essential sub stunners. This time they come our way on the ever-developing Imperial Audio imprint, and they're some of his deepest, most spacious tracks to date. Both "The Wrench" and "Squarefeet" show a more experimental side to the Welsh producer as he uses different sounds and samples as rhythmic elements, each one sitting clear and crisp in its own stately place on the spectrum. Creating so much legroom in the mix you could genuinely park a bus in it, Feonix has taken things next level once again.
Muttley brings his stripped back Bristol thumps to Wing & Guesswerk's Imperial imprint: "Enemy" is all about the kicks, spaced and laced with a pensive sense of drama. "Tamaki" takes a wavier route as full focus is on the synths in a similar fashion to a Terrorrhythm jam. "Legions" goes back to basics with a grumpy tubular bass oozes back and forth over a dubby halfstep and shiny skanks. Finally, "The People" takes us back to the roots with a crisp hook and drums so weighted your speakers will have stretchlines after you've dropped it. Serious details.
A fresh label from the badland UK district of Milton Keynes, Imperial Audio are already making big moves in the deep dubstep scene. With an impressive roster of exciting, emerging talent, their distinctive dungeon motifs are a must for anyone who enjoys a strong sense of fractured drama and pensive suspense in their sets. Across the 11 tracks on their debut label showcase we're treated to vibes as far-flung as abstract ambience with attitude (Guesswerk's "Lumination VIP") to Detroit inspired dubstep (Muttley's "Hex").
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