Cultivated Electronics Records
TBR: 25th January
Following from his remix and collaboration duties, DMX Krew returns with a full EP of original material. This first outing for the label in 2021 sees DMX Krew lighting the way as he prepares to unleash Overseer EP. Riding out on the experimental funky stallion, the analogue and glistening sounds find foothills and outcrops to admire in turn. This sparkling new release is the latest in 25 years of work from Edward Upton, who also works under the name Rephlex and manages Breaking and Fresh Up Records.
It begins with Overseer. A smashing digital collapse implodes as a scattering of blippy beats begin to dance in droplets. Bass and snare rumble into the mix as a choppy digi-wah-bass begins spurning toward the sea. Buoyant tones then sail alongside in up and down formations that mirror the undercurrent of bass and drum. Deep and quenching thrusts on the tone compression invert the delivery of bass as percussive rolls fill the spaces with extra clarity.
A throbbing and thunderous bass then injects itself into the mix. Drums scamper around the inviting tempo as interesting angles dance from tone to tone. A quick and frantic motion stands tall as the track reaches its main body. Then dark and mysterious tones creep in shady regions hidden behind the towering beats. Serpentine transitions of sound coil and develop as the rhythm progresses into ever more energetic dimensions. Plashingers has a dual edge, one is pointy and vibrant like neon stars and the other is slow and sensual like a prowling jaguar.
Next, a shifty bass rhythm dishes out direction in throws of angular movement. Tonic drops and beeps begin to bump up the tempo before distinctive keyboards shimmer across the surface. A smooth outlay glides from corner to corner across an ornately decorated and textured surface. Dials and switches line the table like plastic soldiers, painted and ready to be put into action. Vacuum Surfers rumbles along with rampant pace, the grinding bass and thumping kick-drum combine to push all its synthesiser effects out to sea.
Diaspora once again hits us with that familiar analogue bass sound. Crunchy and grit-laden streams of highway line the composition. Sunny and low-bit flutters skim the luminescence as steady hats clamber in regular pulses. A gradual evolution studs the backdrop as churning rhythms and similar lines craft a streaming hypnosis that quivers with mechanical power.
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