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A name that might not be common place among the drum & bass community is Telemetrik, however I would say he easily has a spot in the ranks of Spor and Noisia not only in the quality of the production, but the creativity and ability to think outside the limits of the standard dnb we have become so desensitized to. “My Lightyear” can be thought of as a gateway to the unknown; a medium to traverse the outskirts of space at ultra high speed. It takes that sort of energy and gives it new life in the world of sound. This could easily become a staple in the drum & bass community.

Vividly describing rougher aspects of the universe, the album has a very futuristic tone with its focus constantly shifting in and out of for a great display of detail, and at the same time a view of everything.

Everything sound feels solid, concrete, and confident. Rhythms are tight, yet spacious with plenty of room for gritty, biting leads and earthshaking basses. One thing I found particularly interesting was the use of chorus sounds that really gave the music another dimension in depth; not something I hear much in drum & bass.

My Lightyear is, simply put, a mammoth track. It’s the icing on the cake and even concludes nicely with a short 8-bit tune.

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Out from the depths crawls Mathias Mootz’s, better known as The Panacea, latest album “Chiropteran.” A truly massive release that showcases only the best of his signature sinister, raunchy style. The sounds are dirty, and dark, yet finely tuned and much more refined than compared to his previous releases. The hardcore influences are clearly apparent here with sawing synths and singular heavy, smashing kicks that provide a simple, yet profound backbone for the music. While not a style that appeals to everyone, The Panacea, I think, makes this hardcore genre of music more accessible because he focuses not so much on the repetitive nature of hardcore music, but adds heavy melodic lines to compliment the abstract, harsh rhythms.

Like a spiraling vortex into terror, The Panacea bends reality through twisted sounds. The title track is the featured track for a good reason; it’s extremely percussive with massive lead synths. In away it sounds pained, stressful, like being chased by an unfathomable evil. The atmosphere is all perfect; it’s dark, but in a more twisted, unique kind of dark. It’s full of uncertainty for the listener, always keeping him alert, unsure of what is around the next corner.

The album has a very raw, primal quality. Its foundation is ruthless, gritty, sawing sounds that always keep the listener a little disoriented, but in a good way. This was one of those albums that at the end I wasn’t quite sure where I was or what had happened musically. Like I had just been through a storm that completely destroyed my once familiar surroundings and left me with a now unrecognizable wasteland.

Check this one out though, a bit out of the ordinary, but that’s what we aim for here. ;)

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The End is the 2005 record by Enduser released by the now-defunct Sublight Records. Sublight released several utterly fantastic records within electronic music: The Flashbulb’s Kirlian Selections, Wisp’s NRTHNDR, and of course Calling the Vultures, which is another release by this artist.

Weighing in at just over the forty five minute mark with eight tracks (four of them remixes), this album is all but virtually guaranteed to make you want to rip off your shirt, transform into the Hulk, and smash apart your house.

The meat of this largely consists of stellar drum and bass, however every so often it trespasses into straight up breakcore territory, especially evident in the Richard Devine remix of The End, which is an outrageously brutal track (and a simple Youtube video will never do it justice).

This album sports a remix by Submerged as well, who is another popular artist in the dnb scene (as well as the founder of the Ohm Resistance label). High quality music. Check out Bong-Ra if you like this!

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Since the label is no longer in existence, The End is a very hard album to come by physically. You can still pick up the single on 12″ on Discogs, if you’re so inclined, though.

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The self-titled album from DnB producer Sub Focus is an nothing short of action-packed thrill ride. The beats, and subs sound stunning; smooth and well produced. This DnB manages to find a perfect balance between “not too light,” and “not too heavy” in that it has a great sense of space, but one that is not completely overblown and consuming. The track “Move Higher” deviates away from the traditional DnB sound, moving towards a more Deadmau5 house sound with fat, modulating basses, and a grooving rhythm part.

“Let The Story Begin” opens the album with a trippy mix of squealing synths and beats that get the album started in a no-nonsense way; getting right to the meat of it. Carefully chosen samples and mixing really make this track (and all of the tracks on the album) shine while incorporating a low, nasty sound of sawtooth wave synths.

This album is definitely one of the better sounding, and more creative DnB albums I’ve experienced. It seems to venture off farther from the typical sound of DnB today and throw in a few curveballs.

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The much anticipated, full-length album from hard dubstep producers Broken Note explodes onto the scene with relentless percussive assaults. With booming bass kicks to sinister snares, this album feels like it could bring down a 5-foot thick lead wall. Nasty, grinding synths emit distorted shockwaves that could nearly tear right through you. The synths complement the rhythms perfectly in a wobbly, but not too cliche dubstep way. The audio has such a feeling of weight that it feels as though thousand-ton boulders are falling upon you, or that each bass kick is a swift and hard blow to the chest.

Obviously, the tracks are nothing short of an adrenaline rush. Breaking down into a DnB rush, “Meltdown” simply takes down everything in its aural path; nothing will stand in the way of this monster. Pounding, fast-paced, and out of control, everything about “Meltdown” and the rest of the release will leave you speechless, but bloodthirsty for more.

This is, without a doubt, beyond a quality release. Shredding the rules of conventional dubstep and drum & bass, and dancing on the remains, this album goes where few dare to tread.

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Released in 1997, “Colours” is still just as fresh a record as it was 12 years ago. The album showcases wonderful breaks with beautiful acoustic instruments, while keeping a sort of minimal groove; nothing too complex. Another feature is guitars that jam with a jazz groove over the syncopated beats or the occasional muted trumpet. A more downtempo side is also prevalent in tracks like “Colours” that casually move with smooth, melodically guided brass instruments.

“The Tree Knows Everything” seems to be the brightest track on the record, in that it has the most laid-back feel. Everything about the track just makes everything feel better, and that in the end, the little things in life don’t matter. The breezy, jazzy guitar dance over the luscious vocals while sweet pads flow in the background.

The chilled, and easy-going qualities of some tracks are nicely counteracted by the more upbeat tracks that gives the listener a great range of contrasts. Not only in tempo do tracks differ but in mood and style. While some tracks are more easy-going than others, these other tracks have a darker, more serious tone that almost keeps the listener from becoming too lost in the more light and airy melodies.

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I wanted to post something a bit more upbeat before the day ends today. I decided on Sub Focus’s latest release Follow the Light / Rock It, two very, very solid tracks released on RAM Records. It’s about a 20 MB download. Drum and bass.

Here’s one of the tracks included …

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