Review: Blackout have a reputation to uphold. Known for releasing only the darkest, tetchiest drum and bass, each release comes as a sort-of blunt trauma relief from the soulful vibes of the lighter end of the spectrum. "Meteor" cracks into life through layered synths and quickly sets a heavier-than-thou precedent with dark bass and perfectly proportioned drums. "Deserted" sinks even deeper, with weighty bass droning far below a muddle of tight top-end crackles and snares. "Mudslide" brings out the sci-fi in both producers as they wrench twisted sounds from distorted breaks and pads to create cinematic sounds through the blackness. Playing with samples, the pair bring trance and techy coldness to "Tough Leap" and finally the neuro continues in hard-hitting "Mindshaker". Avoid at your peril.
Black Sun Empire & Pythius - "Desert Sand" - (6:01) 174 BPM
Vermin - (5:13) 174 BPM
Review: Longing for a bit of exhilarating nihilism? Step right this way. Pythius has joined the Blackout ranks and despite the terrifying ordeal it must be to pass through the various levels of initiation we assume it takes to be granted the right to count yourself among the darkest in the game, he's done an incredible job. Breathtakingly punchy, he's taken a lot of risks throughout the release, pushing neurofunk further still into the realms of immersive hardcore dance. Totally mental and quite simply very, very good, we advise buyers to also purchase bribes for the neighbours who will no doubt be aggrieved by the coming onslaught.