It's no coincidence that the title track on the latest DJ Vague release from Night Slugs affiliate Helix is called "Freakout". A seemingly non-stop barrage of snares sets the backdrop for buzzing sirens and repetitive tonal stabs. The pace is just as hectic on "Duty", with the emerging producer dropping frenetic drum patterns and rattling percussion. "2" is more sedate, and takes inspiration from deeper techno sounds. This is audible on its hypnotic chords, snaking Detroit rhythm and crisp drums. Leonce's take on the title track isn't as musical, but its drums rumble and roll and the bass has a menacing feeling, like Suburban Knight's nocturnal approach. It marks a sombre end to a release that started in frenetic mode.
It's no secret that Silkie made his name on Mala's Deep Medi Musik over the last 4-5 years, having already released an album for the DMZ legend and an extensive string of EP's, too. He returns with a new LP on Anarchostar, marking the label's second outing thus far. Over the years, his sound has undeniably grown from the deep and heady dubstep that he was making before, something which can be heard on the poppy melodies of "Arcada", the pseudo house vibe of the rolling "Escape Route", or the slow, hip-hop flavoured stance of "Limits". All in all, it is undoubtedly a bass album, but one which explores many territories and flavours.