Review: LA badman 6Blocc has been given the keys to Phantom Hertz slimiest, dankest vaults and told to get wild on a remix flex. Fixing up some of the label's classic cuts with a drum & bass / halftime perspective, highlights include a sub-heavy twist on DayZero's "Unexplored", a rifle-like drum explosion on Fabricator's "Society" (one of the label's earliest releases) and the tribal shakedown of High Dude's "Abduct". Deep, dubby and dangerous, 6Blocc has smashed the dickens out of this remix project.
Review: Sweaty, sludgy business: Bordeaux badman High Dude returns with three dynamics slices of deepness that all cellar dwellers should take note of. "Abduct" is all about the mourning bassline; soaking wet and amorphous, it's as dark as you can get without needing counselling. Dig deeper for the title track "Alchemy". Coded with trippy drum patterns and even trippier atmospheres, it's the type of track you'd drop if you wanted to completely spin your floor on its axis. Finally we hit "Wraith". A total vibe-flipper, here HD shows us he's just as capable at 170BPM as he is 140. Skippy beats, soulful subs and warm pads. This is what liquid sounds like in the apocalyptic future.
Review: Parisian low end purveyor High Dude unleashed this toxic, sludge-fest way back at the start of 2015. It's already enjoyed some serious version science from 6Blocc, now it's in the hands of eight competition-winning upstarts. Each comes with its own unique flavour: Skaar plays with harmonics, Master Balance gets busy on the polyrhythmic drums OverNose adds chilling chords and an overall graveyard finish, Kardium adds a fresh layer of trippy sound designs, Low-K brings us up to D&B speed, Ghosthack switches the bass for something much more menacing, Sektor 122 gets creepy with haunted moans and shadowy switches while Gleb Choutov gives 'Abstract' its most abstract version of the pack with a spaced out near-beatless rendition. Each remix an original piece in its own right; the future of bass music is fine hands if these next-gen candidates get their way.
Review: We know full well how good a run the team at Iron Shirt Recordings have been on, so when we saw they had announced this monumental eight track selection from High Dude, we couldn't wait to get stuck in. The introduction takes the title 'Breathing' and is a perfect way to kick off proceedings with it's dripping textures and minimal design, with 'Hidden From the Masses' following up with more stunning percussive work and 'Hiccup' then moving the LP forward with an array of swampy bass textures.The project then intensifies heavily on 'Beyond The Horror', bringing more potent synth arrangements to the forefront along with eerie vocal samples, leading us into the half-time D&B drum patterns and intense side-chaining of 'Probity' and aquatic drum timbres of 'Clandestine'. Finally, two bangers to conclude our journey, as 'Chosen Solitude' provides us with some unorthodox, garage inspired drum switches alongside moogy bass plucks, followed by the minimal yet intriguing bass curls and percussive space of 'Omon Gon Oson'. What a project it is!