Cold New World
TBR: 19th March
Agency666 has been lauded with critical acclaim since the release of Fear Of The Unknown Remixes. This next record is a gift to all who enjoyed the previous releases and anyone else who is lucky enough to be introduced this time around. Knowing something is appreciated gives any artist an impetus to cement the talent they represent in even more intelligent and stylish productions. Cold New World is no exception to the rule, we're given a high quality run-through of beats, bass, and oddity.
It begins with Bipolar Charm. A snare and bass rhythm opens for a few select bars before a quick and pacey bass synthesiser begins to pulse at high speed. The drumming begins again with various doses of fill as another synthesiser begins to run pluck scales along a quick motif. Melody begins to emerge with harmonies and rhythmic repetitions to the sound of a thudding bass which carries the track through the thick growth. Dancing energy rises with every slight adjustment to the drum play, odd pitch shifts within the synthesiser wobble the reality. An energetic and hypnotic swirling jig unfolds with additions of encroaching layer with less than subtle bends on the dimensional space.
The next track begins with a muffled running rhythm which rumbles behind shifting platforms and motor-like atmosphere. A heavier drum with deep sonic mid range then slams in with a spiky slosh of snare and bass for Cold New World. A warbling high-end pitch begins to harmonise with the reaching bass which rests just above the sub range. A plipping synth opens with chittering bubbular pops. Sneaky fills scratch and rotate before adding another quality to the percussion layer, Tangents of tone repeat to a clash of cymbal as a deep and subconscious motion pushes the track forward. Eerie strings plunge in on the back of yet more funky beats as slippy chord tones bounce a two-step beneath.
Swooshing sound and space-age jingles sweep in darkened skies. A drum penetrates the murk with a deep vocal sample. The eerie and enchanting synthesiser loops on taps of melody that gently slide as if on a moving vessel. Deep and recurrent bass bubbles from a broiling under-layer which demonstrates a sinister and formulated pressure. This manifests in looping emotive runs on keys and with a well-placed vocal snippet. Lunges in rhythm bring tidal pliability to the drinking tones as sombre pulsations with angry undertones revel in the shadows. Sad Stalker is dreamy and carries a broken light as the only source of illumination.
A throaty voice brings the next number as a walking synthesiser greets another thumping bass. The percussion pauses for a bar or two as more bass melody establishes a groove. With extra voice and new drumming, the kick rhythm begins again. The title of the track is repeated, Hurts, along with other descriptors and exclamations. Shifting rhythmic tension reveal various drum patterns and paced progressions that compliment a repetitive and persistent warbling melody.
It ends on Planetary Assault. A build-up of progressive rhythm rises from a shady corridor then floods the room with deep bass and mysterious whispers. A scaling up-down clicked bass meets a revolving door of shakers and hats which chatter and sing like metallic birds in imaginary trees. Surges in bass replace the creeping and close-in vocal which shatters the digital with organic humanity. A stitching rhythm continues in simplistic plunges of progression that resonate with and chop at the swelling whole.
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