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.
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.
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.