Previously known as Dec3mber, Leeds-based 20-something Chime makes his Firepower debut with a sprite-spitting, technicolour sound that sits somewhere between Fox Stevenson, Skrilly and Xilent. Animated and vibrant throughout, highlights include the melodic counterplay on "Catch Up", the beautiful cloud-chowing synth-laced breakdown and screwface drop on "Operator", the uncompromised Dodge & Fuski-style drop and bass lick on "Ethereal" and the toy-box-meets KOAN Sound dexterity of the title track. Big, colourful, fun but ultimately heavy. Chime ticks all the boxes here.
The Firepower imprint continues to plough through strongly as they bring in the services of Chime for a voluptuous four track monster. We kick off with the title track 'Featherweight', which is a collection of bitcrushed melodies, super gritty bass synths and knockout ready drum punches. From here we move into the scatty metallic synths and random breaksy slices of 'Damage' alongside Lost Vegas before landing on the explosive sound design of 'Smokescreen'. Finally we wrap this weighty project up with the hellish expanse of electronic madness that is 'Missingno', complete with demonic melodics and powerful drum design.