Review: Misanthrop is best known for giving a one fingered salute with his brash, wily, almost punky techy drum & bass. Until now... Analog, his second solo album, shows a completely different, much deeper and thoughtful side to the German producer. Coming on strong like a Bodzin or Huntemann record, this is a proper opus that celebrates drum & bass music's deepest and most cosmic aspects. The staccato drama of "Deus", the techno pace and energy of "Heute Nacht", the intense delivery, arrangement and narrative of "Plastik" and "Space Station". The list goes on. We're not messing around here; this is one of the best drum & bass albums of the year, hands down.
Review: We're up to Part 3 of the Neosignal X EP series, a set of original tracks that aim to celebrate 10 years of the label doing some of the dirtiest bits with the dirtiest artists in the game. Phace, Mefjus, Black Sun Empire - you get the picture. All of the EPs so far have tended to have one standout tune and this release is no different. Proxima has been handed the keys to the legendary 'MPD' and he's absolutely smashed it, retaining the melody and grunge of the original but flipping it into a fresh, modernised stepper. Properly good stuff from the Dutch crew.
Review: Neosignal is celebrating 10 years and they're doing so with four instalments of remixes and brand-new originals. This is the second part and it's just as big as the first, with five stellar remixes from Mefjus, Yunis, Culprate, Joe Ford and Buunshin. The former is the standout, unsurprisingly, with the Austrian giving Phace's 'Basic Memory' a onceover that'll leave it permanently improved. A glitchy, spacious structure gives Mefjus' arrangement room to breathe and you can soak up this tune in all its technical wonder, each phrase bigs up the last and the whole experience gets progressively more intense. These tunes are all huge - go cop em.
Phace - "Interplay" (Kimyan Law remix) - (4:13) 172 BPM
Review: Neosignal is a Dutch imprint that's currently celebrating its tenth anniversary of distributing hardcore, Neurofunk sonics to the masses. They're celebrating with a three-party remix LP that revists some of the best cuts from the label's history, and this is the first instalment, featuring Levela, Halogenix, Kimyan Law and more. Halogenix's remix of Misanthrop's 'Deadlock' is our favourite, a deeply minimal depiction that has Neurofunk overtones, a techy monstrosity that shows off his production prowess. Kimyan Law contributes with his usual creativity as well. We look forward to parts 2 and 3.
Review: Lo and behold, it's Phace's third solo album and it's sounding like his best LP to date. Powerfully punchy and high impact as it's compacted into a 30 minute hurricane, each cut is a glitchy zip from trip to trip; the wily vocal drop outs on "Downgrade", the sweary speaker kicking "FMS", the wonderfully whimsical "Lazy Day" and the near cosmic synths, gurgling bass and fizzy slapbass on "Obscure" are just some of the highlights that ping and ricochet you around Phace's multi layered, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional album. Breath takingly accomplished.
Review: Building on a healthy body of collaborative work, neuro A-listers Phace and Mefjus combine their schnitzel collections for their debut collabo EP. A full flavour four pack that still leaves time for a pint, we're treated to some of their raffish and unruly tracks to date; the techno glitches and weird switches of "Wastemen", the jumpy riff flavour of "Malmaison", the electrified funk frazzles of "Decisions" and the pure purring bass and sci-fi drama of "Swerve" all comprise some of their best collaborations to date. Time to get wasted.
Review: For those who love Phace, and there are plenty of us out there, "Shape The Random" has been a long-awaited fourth full length LP and despite his relentless and prolific output, the energy and progression of sounds emanating from his Hamburg lab continues to surprise. Of course it's a masterclass in neurofunk, the man's a paid-up member of that club, however the most exciting thing about this album is his experimentation with more beefy, rhythmic forms of drum and bass too. Adding more meat to voracious techy rollers can only be a good thing. Do yourself a favour - get immersed in the madness.
Review: If you know Phace, you love Phace, it's as simple as that. "This techno stuff is too slow" is his statement of intent as "My Mind Is Modular" racks up ready for an electronic onslaught only he can provide. He's back. This two part sampler for his forthcoming Shape The Random LP gives a tantalising taste of what's still to come and if it's anything as good all the way through as these little nuggets of pain are, the world is in for a treat. "Monochrome" picks up the pace with a somewhat more danceable beat. Surely not? Sexily swaying and shifting, there's a moment of confusion before, ah, there it is, Phace returns to the room with giant Tesla coil bass manifestations and jagged-edged synthy destruction. The question is, is 2015 ready for this?
Review: Sexy time! It's been a while since Neosignal champs Phace & Misanthrop donned their D&B hats together, but they've made up for lost time with this killer double release. "Sex Sells" is a vaguely satirical slammer with a gritty bassline and beats that pummel the bedposts harder than an all night romp. "Nordwand", meanwhile, takes us to colder pastures (with the help of an inflatable mattress according to one recent interview) as we're rifled up the scale from sinewy linear arpeggios to ice cannon bass blasts that tear your face off. Both absolutely kill it.
Review: We all know what we want from Misanthrop, and it's not a neck massage. Smashing the place up from minute one, this is a return to form from the Neosignal legend, and crikey is it good. Shapeshifting snares and techno-charged are the order of the day for lead track "Deadlock" but then we get into the delicate business of have our faces ripped off by title track "Greed Of Gain" straight afterwards. The onslaught continues through the neuro madness of "Catch-22" and the dark horror of "System Crash"; basically, if you love neurofunk or you're just a bit of a sadist, get your hands on this immediately.
Review: As the Neosignal boys continue to pummel the opposition into submission with their heavy duty take on the neurofunk sound, they mark the occasion of their 10th release with this fine EP. With a steadily growing buzz about the label, they offer up the three part "Energy" single series with this outing marking the final instalment. Phace and Misanthrop do considerable damage on "What's Wrong", a serious techstep number with more than air of menace, while Phace teams up with Spor on "Out Of Focus", a typically nasty banger with futuristic pads and frantic percussion.