It doesn't get more legendary than A-Sides, a producer with over 500 tracks spanning over 20 years, who's collaborated with virtually every producer worth knowing, including Calibre, Makoto, DJ Marky and Break. Spine is the first track from his brand new single on Eastside and it's more than representative of both his old-school heritage and production quality. Pacey drums kick things off right, a growling bass creeps in underneath and before you know what's going on, twisting low-frequencies come up to bite you; sine waves and sub bass form an all-encompassing, wave-like run of energetic sound. Tokiado Trilogy is the follow up, a drum line characterised by a beefed-up double kick and chin-wagging snare that draw out in the intro and draws you in. When it comes in, the bass is undeniably old school; rumbling, unclear and rough round the edges. It's a track that's eerie in its consistency, and rounds off an incredible release from the man like A-Sides.
Drum and bass legends A Sides team up with fellow wizard Makoto, who is Japan's number one producer when it comes to glitchy breaks and furious low-ends. Their collaboration comes through courtesy of the newly found Eastern Elements label, and features fifteen cuts; there's pure deepness, such as on "Uplifter", more head-nodding bassline business on "Articulate", nasty neurofunk antics via "Breathe", and even a tropical DJ Marky remix, to boot. Large.