The title is explicit, because that is the feeling that you have when listening to the new EP from Synergy. They’re the fusion of two very famous acts of 2016: Segment and Concept Vision, which previously collaborated in the Mammoth EP (released by Eatbrain). Their sound is rich of bass frequencies and ranks among the most classical, anxiety-generating Neurofunk, the one that you would expect from the gods Noisia theirselves. When the energy of Segment and Concept Vision unite, a whole world of bass reveals itself showing the crowd new levels of fatness and deepness of the basslines. If you’re wondering how their sound is live, just check this out (it’s only half of them):
Listening to this new EP, I felt like I was listening to something truly valuable. We receive tons of Neurofunk demos every day, and even if this comes from Eatbrain and is therefore automatically a very good one, sometimes it happens that Neurofunk goes a little bit average. What I mean, is that sometimes it tends to repeat itself too much as a genre. Every track evokes spaceships, battles, sounds from the future, Sci-Fi topoi and things that shoot laser. More in general, one could have the feeling that he’s listening to the same things every day, with very little innovation. Why this is true for around half of the Neurofunk you can listen to, for the other half there couldn’t be a worse statement to make. Neurofunk is, indeed, one of the most dynamic subgenres of Drum & Bass and has proven it when Eurofunk from Neodigital came out. A rare and concentrated drop of awesomeness in a sea of average Neurofunk, as I defined it. Moreover, artists like Current Value keep on releasing high quality material with unprecedented frequency, demonstrating how having a high productive rate does not lower quality at all (if you’re Tim Eliot). At the same time, this EP contains 5 tracks that differ a lot between each other but all belong to the same genre. Isn’t this the best example of how dynamic and diverse Neurofunk is? I think it is.
The basslines in each song compenetrate perfectly with the drum lines, the sounds are properly EQ’d, compressed and mastered, the tracks have that punch that only properly mastered tracks have. You have to move when you listen to them, you can’t help it. I was particularly impressed by Destroyer, the second track of the EP. While being a very stereotypical Neurofunk track (in a good way, it does its job), it has some key elements of quality that I couldn’t avoid noticing: some drum lines are at least 10 years old and belong to that Techstep period that every block-control-Noisia-fan would recognize everywhere and anyhow. The bass sound design is totally aligned with the taste of these days, making no effort in being selected for a DJ set. The leads are almost absent because the bass is the lead, which is definitely a true Neurofunk principle but at the same time many artists of this genre fail to achieve this. Overall, a complete success. If I have to name a bad side of this EP, it is that it didn’t introduce many new things in the game, while on the other hand mastering the key elements of the Neurofunk style. However, I think that it must be awarded with an almost perfect score because of all those little details that make each train great. 4.5 Jakes!
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