I assume this has something to do with me: I was in Utrecht from Tuesday to Thursday. Was this enough? We will never know. What we do know is that there are big news in town: after six years the masters of Drum & Bass Black Sun Empire are dropping a new album on their very own label Blackout Music and we had the pleasure to hear it in advance since Novermber, as we also mentioned here. It’s abso-fucking-lutely amazing, probably the dopest shit that you’ll hear this year, and I am not joking. The release date is set for March 31, and was announced in this video here (wait for it):
You will probably say: why the title of this article, then? (with this facial expression). Well, have you ever played Portal or Portal 2? The first one came as an extra-amusement in the Half Life 2 game pack (the orange pack, if I’m not wrong), while the second one was a standalone game which gave a lot of people looooads of fun, and for me also a hoodie which I won on ThinkGeek. For those -shameful- people who don’t know what Portal is, it’s basically a game where you are a team of two robots and a human trying to escape from a post-modern building which is surveilled by other robots. The cool feature of this game is that you have guns that can open portals (hence the game name). You shoot to a wall with the gun, and then to another, and you suddenly have a portal from the first to the second wall which allows you to go from here to there. The two portals are orange and blue, just like the two colours in the artwork of the new album of BSE, and of course you might end up in The Wrong Room, which is the title of their new album. Oh, by the way, listen to this 3 minutes minimix of it that they released on SoundCloud.
I have always been a fan of this group from Utrecht. I am also a fan of Utrecht itself, got a lot of friends there, and love myself a kapsalon everytime I go there, I am sure dutch people inna house here will understand. Blackout Music (their label) is today one of the biggest labels in the drum & bass panorama but originally started as a Neurofunk Night in Utrecht, so look how far it got! Six years ago, when they released their previous album, it was already a growing reality but wasn’t nearly as big as it is today. Now, six years after, we can certainly claim that this album is a release from one of the best drum & bass collective in the world, released in one of the best drum & bass labels in the world. So far, so good. But also the collaborations aren’t that bad, to put it mildly. Noisia, Pythius, Virus Syndicate, just to name three. We talked about BSE & Noisia’s The Veil in the article linked here.
So guys, be aware of what comes next, because you might need heavy clothes to cope with the “rigidity of the winter”, to metaphorize how lit this album is gonna be. We surely can’t wait that you all listen to this album and buy your very own copy, because it will definitely be worth it. As a matter of fact, you can pre-order it here, where also No Advance, a track made with Prolix, is available for download “to warm you up for the album” as they explicitly say. Have fun sons!
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