Always existing simultaneously as an insider and outsider in the drum and bass scene, Digital comes through with his fourth album entitled ‘Synthesis’. As the title implies, this album brings together a host of collaborators, each lending their unique styles to the tracks.
Always innovating and evolving his distinct sound, the bassline architect Digital wanted to have a different approach to this album project. “I’ve made a conscious effort to move away from an album that has only one sound which is quite the formula these days with electronic music. With this album, each collaborator contributes their unique styles to a collective synthesised vision.” says Digital.
In the process of making this album, he personally travelled around to collaborate with each producer as opposed to sending files through the internet. Digital explains “I’d much prefer to get a vibe off in the studio personally and the results feel more authentic, more real when you’re in the studio together. And as a result of working on this album, I feel that we’ve formed a collective of sorts that is larger than this project.”
This release has been divided into 4 parts, each standing on it’s own strength in a DJ friendly vinyl format as well as a digital release for each.
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RELEASE: 13th Oct 2014
Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/renegade-hardware/sets/subtension-ak47-leaving-offset
1. Subtension – AK47
2. Subtension – Leaving
3. Subtension – Offset (Digi only)
Format 12” vinyl & Digital
Renegade Hardware are back again this time with Subtension’s blistering dancefloor smasher Ak47/Leaving double A side vinyl, with bonus number Offset included in the digital bundle.
Slovakian native Subtention, the fourth artist to be added to the Hardware ranks following on from the impressive Compound One compilation EP that was released in March this year, is a versatile, experimentalist with an ear for singular sound design and bassline science who likes to dabble with both full and half time peak time beats and riddims that has previously released on BTK’s Dutty Audio and Samurai Music.
Opening number AK47 is like its namesake; weaponry of the highest quality and calibre. Constructed around rough as you like reese basslines that incorporate dancefloor destroying triplets along-side gruff, evil stabs and modulated madness, the tune smacks you in the face like the hammer of Thor. The tightly coiled, clipped drum beat demands respect with sucking and blowing industrial-esq sound effects – that gently waft in time with the track in the background – working perfectly in conjunction with the tune’s deep subs and classic junglist fills, that when combined, ramp up the levels of dread to claustrophobic levels. It’s a dark, rolling number that perfectly epitomises the beefed up, aggressive Hardware sound.
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