(my reaction when I received the promo)
This was definitely the best surprise of the late November. Being particularly misanthrop due to the Black Friday overwhelmed, overpacked, overpopulated shops that looked more like ant underground nests than actual shops, I was home alone crying in the darkness (the last part is invented). I checked my email looking for some new promos and found this lit email containing this lit promo from some of my favourite neurofunk producers. This promo contained this:
Isn’t it lit as fuck? Personally, I think this is one of my favourite tunes from BSE & SOM already. Not even 15 days out and I can’t remove my ears from their natural connecting piece, aka my headphones, while listening to this. I personally love it very much when rap lyrics mingle with drum & bass music, especially when it comes down to heavy loaded neurofunk, that particular branch of Neurofunk that aims to mimic the experience of being in the middle of an air raid. The bass is fat as Andy Milonakis, the drums are punchy as Mike Tyson and the lyrics are just sharp as knives: an overall success. The promo contained also a second track:
It’s actually hard to say that this second song was somehow less than the first one. They’re both very good releases! After 8 months of waiting, finally the kings of Neurofunk decided to step back into the ring and fight a new round, and as always they are the ones kicking asses. I saw them live 2 years ago at the International Drum & Bass Meeting of Bologna (Italy), where they played alongside with Noisia and The Upbeats (yeah, this line-up is just that easy) and got me ravin’ until 7:00 AM when literally had to run to catch the train home. Our faces in the train home could probably be another chapter of discussion, but we’ll save it for another time.
My love for Black Sun Empire begun very early with Breach (2006), but was consacrated with a track released around 2 years ago: Ego. That song really got me and actually made the world understand how big producers they are. Black Sun Empire actually started in 1995 with Neurofunk and Techstep. Being Dutch from Utrecht, they have been into a lot of the dark drum & bass scene of the last 20 years. As a matter of fact, we owe to them one of the best labels of these years: Blackout Music! It was, in the beginning, a neurofunk night in Utrecht, but later on in 2013 was then leveled-up as label due to the success of the overall thing. Since then, the label has released many of the most famous neurofunk releases of the last 3 years, some of them signed by BSE.
With these 2 new songs, Black Sun Empire, State of Mind and Virus Syndicate scored a peak in the Neurofunk world production, and we cannot exclude it from the final reckon. Also, we’re talking about giants that helped the scene build up properly in the last 15 years, and this also cannot be avoided. Furthermore, the lyrics add to Caterpillar that something, which the instrumental doesn’t have and which Elusive also doesn’t. To me these releases don’t lack anything except that they are nothing extremely new, therefore I would like to award them with 4.5 Jakes!
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