Review: US bass stalwart Alexandre has turned his hand at myriad styles over the year, from D&B to UKG. What's more, he always nails it with authenticity, respect and, of course, sonic skill. Here we find him getting deep on a future G flex. "Dead Silent" is a tripped out two-step session while "The Struggle" shuffles and shifts with sudden dramatic synth-horn stabs and a ghetto vocal stab. "Max" takes a turn for the dark with textures of trappist flavours, "Once Again" balances light Rustie-style synth rainbows with dark acidic steppy rhythms and "Crying In The Darkness" closes the show on an emotional dubstep/breakbeat hybrid. Got a lighter? Shove it up now, Alexandre insists!
Review: London G Anton returns to Plastician's Terrorhythm imprint with four synth-snapping jams that poke, provoke and prod the broad underbelly of futuristic bass music. No matter how dark or light, though, every track boasts smooth, well-polished veneer; the carnival of bleeps that is "Swaggy" (think Doshy or the current output on Shadow's Liquid Amber), the smooth talking chips-down emo soundtrack of "Blue Bubbles", the moody piano-stroking blues and gnarly bass development of "Murder" and the loopy, siren-zapped slo-mo footwork flavour of "Ferris Bueller". No days off for Anton for the foreseeable.
Review: A large serving of aggression with plates of euphoria and filth on the side, sir? Coming right up... The mysterious AWE has cooked up a five track menu that reveals, as EP title suggests, his most free-spirited fusions of funk and fire. From rifle-like trap grooves ("Rust Lung") to concentrated star-gazing halfstep euphoria ("YYY") via utter bass chaos ("Jurassic"), every meal is as tasty as the last.
Review: Fresh from appearing on San Holo's Bitbird label, Beaudamian continues this year's rich vein of form with an absurdly on-point trio on Plastician's Terrorhythm. Each cut plays a vital role in different stages of the night; "Rx1" is 100 per cent purple with a dash of Art Of Noise for positive texture. "Don't Do Drugs" takes us much deeper into the weirder moments of the night as we seemingly take a stroll through another man's mushroom paranoia while "Valdezarza" plays the consummate banger when every single person in the building is shivering the icy licks, militant drums and Bassnectar-level bass hype. Concrete.
Review: New York bass wizard and Swim Team Member, Color Plus, touches base on the UK's Terrorhythm imprint with four hot, new floor licks! "Kord" stutters and chops its way through stumbling kick drums and fluttering vocal snippets, "Foreign Bodies" sounds like an ode to Plastic People's FWD days in the mid-noughties (oh, what a shame that place has closed it's doors!) and "USB People" is a building, aggressive floor jerker which climaxes into an intricate medley of high-hats and bass drums. "Elsewhere" takes a garage vibe and spins it into a gorgeous, meditative bass massage for the mind and soul. It's no wonder the likes of Plastician and Oneman have been smashing these beauties out!
Review: There's no question that Plastician's 'Terrorhythm' imprint has become one of the UK's stand out projects in regards to pushing musical boundaries, so when we saw they had teamed up with the likes of Compa we couldn't wait to hear what had been bubbling. The 'Avow' EP shows us a completely different side to the bristol native, showcasing a more colourful, emotive production style, with tracks like 'Never Gonna' and the title track delving deep into the newly formed "Wave" movement. Even with these incredible compositions we still get a slice of classic compa with the droned out weighty arrangements of 'Crystal Gaze' and 'Send Nudes'.
Review: Dutch dubstep up and comer Deadcrow returns with the Light Trails EP where he throws down some sinister and street level beats straight outta the future. Bear witness to the grimy wonk and wobble of the mysterious jam "Strayed", the uplifting future beats of "Wings" and its vicious trap snare assault, as well as the down mind drum and bass journey of "Nowhere" which further showcases this promising young producer; real name Felix Ruocco and his capabilities. We are certainly intrigued by what's next from this hellboy from The Hague!
Review: The shadowy Ganz makes his return to the maleficent Terrorrhythm with another wonderfully abstract bundle of broken bass gems and hard ambient delights. "The New Era" is a sublime collection of electro-acoustic instruments loosely held together by subtle flurries of percussion. "Dino War" is all beatless synths and starry chords, while "Trophies" hints at the dancefloor thanks through broken beats and warm swings of bass that travel across the desolate soundscapes built by Ganz. Seductive.
Review: For us, there are few labels influencing the landscape of electronic music in the UK as much as Terrorhythm at the moment. This latest release shows exactly what we are talking about as Gloomy ventures fourth with some incredibly wavy flavours over this four track extravaganza. The title track 'Green Boson' is a grimey behemoth, stacked with rapidly shuffling drum punches and shimmering synth leads, followed by the slightly slower arrangement of 'On Hold'. From here we dive into the stunning synthetic harmonies of 'Substances' before Rapture4D joins the party for a very effective team up on 'Magnetic Attraction', which is packed to the rim with catchy glitched out lead lines.
Review: To land on Plastician's Terrorhythm label after only a few years in the game is a sign that you are doing pretty damn well as an artist. Nottingham's Glacci aka Kyle Cook returns to the veteran's imprint with a debut album, a solid 11 tunes worth of bass meandering and percussive exploration. "Death Dealer" steals all the attention at the start, coming through with some outstandingly well-balanced melodies and beat bundles, all the while retaining a firm r&b flex on the whole thing. We also love the future-minded pop "Naluri", alongside the vintage vocal samples of "Mirror Cluster". While all of these tunes bring something different and personable to the equation, there's something about Glacci's vision that binds them all together and, crucially, makes his sound stand out from the crowd.
Review: Daring Denver wave-racer Gunkst lets rip with this debut EP on Plastician's Terrorhythm imprint and it's a pretty important release for all concerned. "B Ball" is a whacked out paranoid affair with a strange arpeggiated rise that appears cold but leads to a really warm breakdown. "Pipelord" sits somewhere between juke and dubstep; all pacey kicks, dagger-sharp edits and rave references. Finally "Surface" gets back to the trap format and proceeds to tear it up. Similar to "B Ball", it's a cold start but an emotional Starkey-level synth-drenched finish. Full marks, full bodied, full steam ahead.
Review: Iconic, genre-defining business from the one like Joker, and undoubtedly amongst the purple wow pioneer's best productions to date. Originally released in 2008 on Plastician's Terrorhythm, this now sees the light of day as a digital release. If you've not heard the ubiquitous sounds of Bristol referencing anthem "Gully Brook Lane" in the past few years, then just where, exactly, have you been!? That idosyncractic synth riff has "Joker" written all over it, with rippling melody, stepping b-line and buckets of grime infused flavour. "Retro Racer" tunes into an 80s vibe, taking its name from an old arcade game and using the same memorable melody in the sonic infrastructure of the tune, with smacking beats and low end pressure underpinning it.
Review: Klasey Jones' much anticipated return to Plastician's Terrorhythm lands in the shape of "Eleven". Said to be influenced by the TV series Stranger Things and other synth soundtracks of the '80s, Klasey's unmistakable style bleeds through 11 tracks tinged with his trademark fusion of deep southern rap production and cinematic ambiences. We particularly enjoyed the deeply emotive future trap of Until Dawn, the sci-fi R'n'B of Heart Of Gold and the Autonomic sounding half time drum and bass of Nebula Empire among others on here. Just two projects into the mystical young producer's discography, Klasey Jones turns out yet again with a truly original and forward-thinking piece that will stay in heavy rotation for years to come.
Review: There's no doubt in our mind that 2018 was a definitively stand out year for Plastician's now world renowned Terrorhythm imprint, putting together some of the most innovative bass music releases of the last 12 months. They return here courtesy of Klasey Jones with his stunning new 'Blood Money' LP, This one is a truly phenomenal body of work, showcasing his skills in the 'Wave' genre across the fuzzy soundscaping of 'Midnight Cruiser', the emotive harmonic structures of 'Testarossa Dreams', the purple riffs of 'Eyes Of Luna' and the impact compositional structures of 'Valentino's Demise'. For us, the two stand outs are 'Trial', which boasts some shimmering rhythmic mastery, along with 'Pluto', which digs out a combination of scattered arpeggios and vocal stabs, creating audible bliss.
Review: London beatsmith Klasey Jones returns for his first release of 2018, in the shape of the much anticipated Starlight One EP. It sees Jones stray into higher tempos on his most versatile release yet. A collection of tracks produced with influences from a neo-futuristic vision of the far east. From the lush future bass of "War In The Bando", the haunting future beat experiment of "Sharimar" and the deep dubstep of "Vertical Loops". Including a few of his most sought after dubs such as "Tokyo Lifestyle" and "Told You So" which are a couple that many of his early fans have been awaiting release for some time.
Review: As far as labels in the UK go, there aren't many who seem to hit the nail on the head so often as Terrorhythm. Their unique diverse catalogue has played host to so many bangers over the years, with this new four tracker from Mod Sens providing some more for the list. We kick off with the title track 'Hollow', a stunning post-garage vibe out, jam packed with swirling melodic swipes and crunchy drum maneuvers. This is then followed by the more high ended harmonies and syncopated rhythmic patterns of 'Rewind Action', alongside 'My Mercy', a shimmering moog-lead breakbeat masterclass. We also finish with some breaksy action as 'Route 11' supplies us with more spacey instrumentation to round out a terrific selection!
Review: Very few dubstep labels carry as much clout as Plastician's Terrorhythm. Over the years it's been home to THE biggest names in the game and served as a solid platform for exciting new talent. Here we find them snapping up Buygore regular Mojo for four slabs of full-strength technicolour dubstep. Melodic, synth driven and clearly influenced by the worlds of house and drum & bass, each cut sizzles with contemporary bass cheekiness. Highlights abound, but the most distinctive unique moments can be found amid the lavish filtered pumps and vibrant string stabs of "Blues" and the twisted, trippy Sia-like eeriness of "Nobody's Fool".
Review: Plastician's wave machine is stuck on full blast right now. Discovering blisteringly fresh beatcraft talent on a weekly basis for his Rinse show; the very best end up on Terrorhythm for full exposure. New York's Noah B is a fine case in point. Making his TR debut he lays down four starlit sounds; "Azure" lives up to its name with the gentle synthetic ebb and flow while "Contact" takes us deeper into Noah's cosmos with just the right amount of asteroid turbulence from the bass. Coming on strong with dubby elements, "XXXX" focuses on the minor key feels with broader space coded deep around the hook while "All 4 The Love" cunningly hides some classic hardcore breakbeats under its snuggly sonic duvet. Beautiful. We suspect you'll be hearing a lot from Noah in the near future.
Review: It's always an exciting occasion to find yourself with a saucy new Terrorhythm drop to listen to, which is justified here as Onhell steps out for a top quality LP project. We kick off with the godly glitched out arpeggiators of 'Intuition', which is chased up by the pure power of 'Beginners Mind Fuck', dripping in potent synth energy from start to finish. Next, the title track 'Kill Your Self Doubt', arrives with a more ambient flavour, followed by the twisted distorted madness of both 'Hallelujah' and 'No Bad Notes'. Finally we finish up with a tasty collaboration as Trim joins the party with typically abstract vocal work on 'Graveyard Shift', tying this one up in style.