There is absolutely no questioning the production values on any tracks on this EP, but however good these pieces are, I cant help but feel a little bit bored of this techy, hard-hitting, fast-paced sound.
For an artist to make an impact within this ever-popular sub genre, they really need to do something very very different. Sure-fire hit, however, with a massive amount of heads still lapping it up.
Wilkinsons reputation as the National D&B Awards Best Breakthrough Producer is snowballing and gaining momentum with every turn. His latest single comes neatly packaged with a trio of remixes, where Cyantific flies the flag for team d&b.
Afterglows intro builds with a poignant piano piece, with Becky Hills powerful vocals kicking in followed by an unassuming nostalgic jungle beat, all before the initial drop. Now comes the booming bassline beginning, and we hear the full extent of the precision production Wilkinson has become famed for.
The last year has seen Mutated Forms and their total aversion to sub genre conformities release on a diverse spectrum of labels spanning from CIA to Grid, and ticking off Hospital and Spearhead on the way.
Now the trio bring their talents to Pilot with this eclectic five-tracker. Tension has the uneasy feel that its name bestows, a shuddering beat with a grimey set of bars the main focus until an uncomfortably offset, mismatched jungle break emerges.
Dark Manoeuvres are still in the infancy of their life as a label, and at only their fifth release are showing promising signs of pushing some beautiful music. A light and floating flute tune worthy of Zeldas pipe begins the intro and continues throughout, before dropping into an understated drum pattern and a laidback chanting vocal. The entire track is draped in a magical feeling haze, which accentuates its mystifying allure.