Gears. That’s it! This truly is what it feels like: gears and heavy machinery frantically operating in a deep urban jungle. The care and time Ukrainian producer Nickbee puts in the design of each individual sound depicts a pretty dark picture of an industrial world dominated by a race of angry cyborg-like giant hornets (yeah, the EP cover is spot on!).
They rule over us humans, forever compelled to run the unstoppable factory line: rhythm is tight and dense, just like the bass floor that holds up the entire EP. Syze vocals are a mastery of oriental melodies combined with an alien-like character. They’re capable of conveying a strange sense of hope in We Fight as well as sounding ominous in Nowhere To Run: here it feels like she’s an ever-present overlord inspector, constantly brainwashing us until we’re hopeless in the notion that there is indeed “…nowhere to run, nowhere to hide…”. Supersaws, syncopations and neurofunk minimalism combine with some nasty old-school jungle drums in a very clean mix throughout the EP, which maintains an outstanding cohesion: it really feels like a four-part track rather than a four-track album. It’s not all roses, there were some times I thought the tracks could use a little more variety and some more harmonies, but this doesn’t mean the journey’s empty of surprises: the final track came unexpected to me! Yes, it’s still a dark world; yeah, there is no sky to be seen, the battle is on and the struggle is real… and yet, I couldn’t help but feel hope: that ’80s sequence (kinda winking to the first Mass Effect. No? Just me?), those wailing pads and finally that 2-step groove are just too much of a promise to give up! So is there brightness for us in the end? Listen for yourself and let us know!
This EP sure is a banger on the dancefloor, and I know it’ll just set you to an altered state of mind so go on and check out Nickbee’s work, out as a Beatport Exclusive since today October the 17th.
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