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I have a very strange relationship with drumstep, halfstep and all those bass music styles that charge like drum & bass but drop at half the speed. The strange thing is that I don’t know why I like them so much. They just get me trapping alone in my room feeling like I own the ghetto and I deserve a true party right now. Well this new material from Blackout Music starts exactly like this, heavy bass and drums, hip-hop-like vibes and dark voices. I got familiar with this sound when Noisia and Foreign Beggars dropped Choosing for You, a track that is lit as very few others are. That was 2013, and among these 3 years I always liked myself some proper drumstep. Now it’s the beginning of 2017, and this new material from Blackout keeps this vibe alive with its first song, called Closely and made by Proxima. He’s known both for Dubstep and Drum & Bass, so no wonders he chose this drumstep tempo range to express himself.


The second song is more of a traditional Neurofunk track, along side with the third. The two tracks are Indoor Space, by Gydra, and End of the Line by Merikan, respectively. The first one is a very fast and hyping track that fits perfectly in the final set of whatever Neurofunk night: the one you dance like there is no tomorrow. We can say the same for the latter, which I personally danced on my chair while writing this very line. There is always need for some new ammo, here it is guys, be sure to check it out and remove that old BSE track of 2011 you keep using to end your set, use these two instead now! On Gydra’s soundcloud profile, you will find a lot of this stuff. However, to present him the best, I chose to upload here the very one track that got my attention: his remix of Akatsuki from the Baby Metal (what? you don’t know Baby Metal? Man!). For what concerns Merikan, the track of this EP is available also on YouTube.

The EP ends with two other tracks that are inside the pool of what I call ammo. Like the two previous ones, also these other two fit perfectly in a bombing set. The first one is a collaboration: Splash Heads meet The Clamps, for one of those names that stays there forever: Splash Heads and The Clamps. Seems like the title of a horror movie. Splash Heads, from Serbia, cite Black Sun Empire and State of Mind as inspiration for their music, and honestly I am not surprised. The Clamps, from France, has a history in industrial and techstep. You can really feel both of these influences in their track called Useless (I could have said in their useless track but it felt kinda bad). The last track is noisier, dirtier, and more essential. This is the typical style of Noisia, Maztek, Spor, and in fact our russian artist Cod3x cites these three among his top influencers. Served!

It’s time to rank this EP. If we consider the variety of the material inside, there could have been room for a little more but the first track starting off things with drumstep is truly a cool thing. You don’t expect it, and yet you got served that, and swallow it bitch. This approach works with Neurofunk in my opinion. Aim high, shoot higher, and screw the haters. If we consider the quality of the material song by song, I can guarantee that it was quite high. What surprised me positively is how good all the chargings and interludes were in each song. There wasn’t one single boring track! This is totally positive. Globally, this EP reaches the very good result of 4 jakes / 5, not a lot of works made it to that high. Some of them don’t reach 3, and therefore we don’t write about it. If you intend to buy it, you’ll find it here in the links.

 – Macspider

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Matteo Schiavinato

Freelance Artist at Liquid Audio Network
Macspider is an italian Techno and Drum&Bass producer, living in Vienna (Austria). Spanning from Techno and Neurofunk to Liquid, the sound of Macspider reflects his polyhedrical interests and tastes, with a touch of epic soundtrack-like sounds. He is also a passionate guitar player and is a PhD in Bioinformatics in the daytime.
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