Did you go to UKF Drum & Bass in the last week? Did you? Then how come you didn’t see that Black Sun Empire and Noisia just dropped a new song which paves the way for some other new material? Their new single The Veil is an old fashioned techstep track with a glimpse of Noisia and BSE’s first years’ sounds. Rusty, heavy, industrial, visceral, the song comes out of the speakers just like blood from cutted veins in movies, in an unconctrollable and mad spraying.
The dutch connection that dominated Neurofunk in the last 15 years has made another remarkable track putting together orchestral elements, Sci-Fi melodies, interplanetary leads and dark, heavy basslines. This description would have fitted for any track from Noisia in the early 2000s, just as much as for BSE in their Ego period. I keep getting surprised by how angry at the world these dudes are every time. I mean at some point, especially when your cachet at the gigs goes up sky-rocket, one would expect them to calm a bit down. But that never happened. Noisia keep being aggressive and visceral, BSE keep being the heaviest kings, Tjis from Noisia retired himself among the woods to compose music in solitude in a sort of a Burzum’s way, and they keep being the bad guys. This is just remarkable.
It’s not the first time that the paths of these two colossal groups of producers become as one, even though in Arrakis it was Noisia to remix BSE’s original mix. In some way, The Veil reminds me of Arrakis remixed by Noisia for some melodies and some atmospheres, even though the drops are quite different. What is very valuable about The Veil’s drop is the fatness of the bass and the simplicity of the whole thing: in the end it’s really a handful of sounds, but while many producers including me struggle to make a sound full they manage effortlessly! It really sounds like they just came up with this idea from the very beginning and just mastered it to make it sound a bit better. That’s impressive!
This single is awesome. It builds it up perfectly with atmosphere, vocal choirs and pads, but then disrupts all this resonance of echoes into a very fat and resolute drop which leaves very few unspoken words. What the drop has to transmit you, manages to transmit you quite easy. There is just one single thing that didn’t convince me at 100% about it: it immediately (and continuatively) reminded me of the remix of Arrakis that I linked a bit up in this page. I am pretty convinced that, if this happened throughout the whole song as it happened, there is some kind of true behind it. However, given that the drops are completely different and it might as well be an idea of mine that doesn’t find any follower out there, I don’t want to give to this too much credit: it was just an impression, so 4.5 jakes for this single! What is important here is that BSE are coming back with new material after 5 years of silence (as we mentioned also here) that kept the fans in a loop of waiting and hoping and getting the illusion that it was about the time. Well, now it is: Black Sun Empire are back.
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