Impressive work, mr. Disprove. The five songs that pile up in the Oppression EP tracklist are a very good selection of what you would like to hear when you ask for dark drum & bass. Deep melodies, creepy atmospheres, fat basslines and complex drums: we love this and we will always do. This new EP by Disprove is the fourth release of the BNKR sessions, a division of MethLab recordings, and represents a discontinuity in Disprove’s usual sound (find out more). Where there should have been heavy Neurofunk you’ll find a much deeper and a heavily different construction pattern, that aims to explore atmospheres previously untouched by the italian producer’s creativity.
The five songs of the EP are all quite consistent between each other, the sound is similar and glues them together but at the same time there are enough differences to prevent you from thinking of boiler-plating mechanisms, sadly becoming a thing in many new productions where benchmarking the master and the mix are somehow now more important than the artistical content of what you’re hearing. This work stands out from the crowd, so to say, but is definitely not a cobbled jumble of different pieces, rather a well organized 5-songs EP that belongs together.
Listening to it a second time, I noticed many details that I hadn’t noticed at first. There are many “texture-sounds” that don’t have a clear role in the melodies or in the drum lines, but glue everything together. These are pads, fx and noises, and sometimes voices. The third listening made me appreciate how curated the sounds are. In my opinion, this should be something you don’t notice immediately, because otherwise it means that you’re noticing the only positive side of the music you’re hearing. This work is something you appreciate first for the uniqueness, then for the details, and only in the last place for the actual great quality of the sound desing, the mixdown and the master. We can’t do nothing more than suggesting you to pay a visit to Disprove’s or BNKR’s Beatport channels, and purchase these 5 songs straight on. No regrets!