Review: Next up on dBridge's Exit Recordings is newcomer Dolenz, an established DJ who can be found on the airwaves via NTS, Radar Radio and Balamii. He is currently working closely with the label: following this single there are talks of a more expansive project on the horizon. Described as a futurist at heart with an aesthetic kept firmly in the present, yet informed by what has come before him. His first appearance came via Sonic Router in 2015 with the release of the Hysteresis EP. His influences stretch far and wide - from MF Doom all the way through to Aldous Huxley. Both "Evesdrop" and "Sum Drum" are very urban/street influenced jams that are heavy on the low end while "Geminus" is by far the most interesting cut: it nails the label's half-time/grey area aesthetic, while delving into exotic realms at the same time.
Review: A soundtrack to a bleak, imaginary environmental catastrophe movie: Dolenz isn't messing around here with his debut album. But then would you expect anything less from one of Exit's most esoteric beat-meddlers? As the bleak concept suggests, there's no cosy warm feel good flavours here, this is forefront fusion with a strong message. That's not to say it's not beautiful in its own barbed way (the delicate, soul-weighted "Seed Mantra" will stop you in your tracks, we guarantee it) but the main theme is subversion, wooziness and that ominous feeling everything is ruined and we're past the point of no return. Highlights include the establish banger "Pull" with Guilty Simpson, the rusty warped merry go round "Main Theme" and the broken-glass-in-space cuts and stabs of "Hydrofracker". Singular.
Pull (DBridge's Push Me remix instrumental) - (3:47) 100 BPM
Review: Previously spotted eavesdropping on Exit in late 2017, Balamii badman Dolenz returns to dBridge's mothership with another unique, scorched hybrid "Pull". An exploration of gravitational force, matter and the universe with Guilty Simpson, Dolenz's original is a futuristic gritty hip hop bruk-up while the remixes take it to a range of different places... Darkhouse family add a whole new dreamy layer while bossman dBridge brings a clanking, bashy industrial funk to the blend. If that's not enough, jump straight on the stinking bassline swagger jam "Turn It Up" for even more gravitation forcefulness. Heavy.