Mortem has had a fantastic 12 months and the future is looking even brighter for him as he continues his takeover of the deep D&B scene. Mostly seen on his home turf of IM:Ltd, this writhing, sinister shape shifter of a roller slithers in hard and fast, skittering across lightning speed hi-hats and trademark syncopation. Quartz is also set for a promising year ahead, and "Amour King" sets out a bass-driven game plan, providing just the build and release needed to create an instant dancefloor hit. With vocal samples erring on the edge of game-play voiceovers and cold spells of desolate breakdowns, it's in another icy world.
Mortem get deep and experimental with "Life Forms" on IM:Ltd. The title track builds from a confident, stripped back intro with clipped, crisp drums and woozy, eerie SFX into a nice steady stepper with grouchy, murmuring b-line quaking below and atmospheric flourishes adding even more depth to the piece. "Mirrors Edge" goes deeper and yet darker with grating bass, sharp, industrial tinged beats and pounding sub bass from below. "Whispers" gets the VIP treatment with echoing whispers, shuffling breaks and hissing hi-hats dominating for the duration.