Gunston - "In The Filth Of The Night" - (5:03) 175 BPM
Alpan Aytekin - "Aggressor" - (5:11) 174 BPM
Robustus - "Burn Out" - (4:49) 174 BPM
NFR - "Sense" - (6:13) 175 BPM
The write-up promises "soon-to-be-pissed neighbours" and with a slow burning bassline as lava-flow-scorching as that on Hibea's "Zero Point Zero", this EP will most definitely deliver on that front. As well as permeating supporting walls with sub-frequency pressure, IM:LTD heavyweight Gunston provides the perfect eerie soundtrack to dark winter nights with the haunting "In The Filth of the Night" and Turkish producer Alpan Aytekin brings back sounds of the old school with the stressy pads, rampant breaks and warped bass of "Aggressor". Another IM:LTD staple Robustus packs a punch with the rapidfire roller "Burn Out". Finally NFR brings his Hungarian heritage to the fore with an Eastern European flavour of crisp, blade-edge D&B with just a hint of jungle stylings.
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.
Headhunting the best in weighty, after dark murkage, this EP combines some of the biggest names from the IM:Ltd roster and beyond, kicking off with label favourite Gunston, whose devastating basslines and minimal stylings could sink battleships. Not that this is as dark as it gets though, with some seriously sinister sounds from Seereal, Andy Pain and Z Connection's"Wounds" following up on a bleak, minimal tip and heavyweight soldier Robustus bringing a huge stepper from the depths complete with B-movie soundtrack vibes. Giocator and Altitude round off the compilation with slick, agile productions showcasing what this label is all about - quality, bass and severe dancefloor murderation. Avoid at your peril.