With an ever-increasing list of big releases having dropped in the first few weeks of the new year, it’s safe to say 2015 is going to be big twelve months for bass music.
Whether based on the continuing vinyl resurgence or the rising number of digital releases appearing: our scene seems to be a hungry beast rarely satiated.
After the recent FKOF Review of Egoless’ Lion Charge release – one that seemed to break vinyl sale records within the community – we appear to have another release that’s got us all hot under the collar at FKOF HQ.
The Cypher EP undoubtedly ends February with a bang. The five track release is raw, harsh and undeniable – something you should – or need to – hear…
The FKOF Review
The Cypher EP opens up with the self-titled track, a production that showcases a raw, industrial setting that breathes evil activity. Biome, one of the best growl specialists in the scene, is back, announcing his return by moulding various mid-ranges into one parasitically addictive organism. Cypher is the perfect example of the producer’s ability to create sub warfare, a return to the dancefloor-destroying form we’ve come to expect. The way Cypher reaches its peak is something else; a specialty Biome is well known for – every element adds to the feeling of synthetic aggression.
Rumble is a cut that breaks away from the perceived limitations of the half-step sound, revealing a refreshing take on beat positioning by the Lancashire-bred musician. The way the low end sails through the track’s structure is simply gorgeous, movement that clears the way for the high-quality reeces and a mesmerising voice we can all find comfort in. A repetitive rumble stares down the listener, sitting in the most perfect place that combines with all the tricky percussive elements coming the listener’s way.
Biome returns to the half-step approach with Sentinel, the third track on the release. Sentinel is backed by syncopated drones that dig their way into the mind, destroying any short-lived beauty by overshadowing any positive state of mind. The tune bends the perception of the listener’s reality through its escalating growls, creating shapes throughout the cut that seem almost effortlessly built. With its excellent panning and Biome’s appropriate feel for running over distortion thresholds, Sentinel is a tune that demands repeat listening.
Stone Throw literally hits the listener in the face with a solid layer of bassweight that sits in the optimum frequency range. The track’s led by a repetitive bassline that stays within a static brink, allowing all the other elements to waltz outwards without breaching the applied signature approach. Low, moody pads create spooky atmospheres that crawl up on you before Man Made embarks through the last distinctive rhythmic avenue.
All in, Biome’s Cypher EP may both look to the past, with his early Macabre Unit productions, and to the newer 140 productions coming from producers like Icicle and Skeptical.
The flow of the release is flawless, a clear calling card to remind us that Biome is still one of the best producers in the dubstep sound.
Paddy seems to reinvent his sound constantly, pushing the boundaries of what/ how to implement audio elements – and what these applications can accomplish deep within.
This near-golden approach adds breadth and depth to the producer’s catalogue and joins HIS archive of music that gets better with age. Great to hear one of our favourite dubstep producers has still got what it takes! We just think it’s a shame some of the tracks on this release won’t see some Macabre Unit Vinyl treatment. But, saying that, we’ve heard there’s something coming on the next Demon 12” white label (NARK001)…
Biome’s Cypher EP is available now
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