Review: Kantyze is usually on some d&b tip when it comes to building bass bombs, but this new EP for Gradient Audio resides much further left on the hardcore spectrum; deep and barren dubstep vibes are out to bruise all corners of the dance! "Tell Them" is an ocean of twisted harmonies intertwined with heavy, disparate half-steps, while "Hammerhead" takes more inspiration from the footwork game with its rattling blocks of percussion. "Ethnic Sounds" is a dreamy glow of glitchy beats and digi chimes, which leaves "Lights Go Out" to offer a little ambient comfort thanks to a sublime landscape of sparse sounds. Deep and tough stepperz -
Review: According to their SoundCloud page, Kantyze are comprised of Igor and Fred from Tours in France and have "been making the finest bass music since 2005": There we have it! This is deep dubstep bass therapy; submit to the power of the low frequency on tracks such the exotic percussion workout "Blackboard Dub" (this one's very atmospheric too!), "Criminal Bass" lives up to its name on this street level dose of future-shock. And of course "Liberation Frequency" which goes out all guns blazing on this deconstructed future-junglist steppa.
Review: More multi-textured, tempo-flexing darkness from French troupe Kantyze. Scraping the slime off the dungeon walls, drying it out, powdering it and lacing your coffee with it, each of these cuts create a woozy, dissonant feeling deep within. From the soaking wet ricochet drum hits of the title track to the pneumatic hammer kicks and subverted euphoria of the synth hook on "Demise" via the shimmering cymbals and oceanic Detroitian pads of "Hubot", Kantyze are fulfilling every ounce of hype they've received in recent months. Long may this continue.
Review: Drum & bass heads and French junglists will be more than familiar with deep bass duo Kantyze. With previous on the forward-thinking likes of IM:LTD and Suspect Device, their sonic signature has always been one that's lent itself to the odd tempo or groove fluctuation. Here they prove as much with their FKOF debut. Four tracks of dynamic dark design, they've taken the best elements of drum & bass (drama, pace, unpredictability) and applied them to a deeper framework. "Chokey" is a sea of enveloping synth washes and mournful strings, "Bring The Core" is a loopy lesson in techno-minded minimalism and "Digital Reality" is a carnal call to action, all rapid and dramatic. Finally we hit "Ruff". With classic time-stretched jungle vocals and snares, soaring atmospheric textures and deep space sensations, it belies its name with equal measures of smooth. Beautiful.
Review: Bringing new talent to the forefront once more, Fokuz push young upstart Phase to do his worst alongside French superduo Kantyze. Phase recently released on Demand Records, so he's no stranger to the scene. Just as well really, as the first track is a no-holds-barred dark and deadly stormer right from the start from Igor and Fred. Second track "First Impressions" is actually strangely impressionistic, with its moody piano and dampened sound - a rainy day in sub and snares form. Both perfect D&B tunes from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Review: A various artist four track EP on Celsius provides plenty to ponder, with music for the soul. First up, Steretype & Physical Illusion team up for their "Buddhist Meditation" with its eerie Eastern vibes, pattering drums and yawning SFX, then its over to Against & Hidden Element for "On Cloude Nine" - a sublime drifting tune with gentle, lullaby melodies. Next, Tobax & Twisted Facts get together for the more live and direct "Dream", which is all reverberating lyrics and crisp, punching breaks. Completing the EP is Kantyze's "Last Night" - a sparse, twinkling incantation.