For his new EP on Flexout Fearful has teamed up with a selection of the capital’s best underground producers for the collaborative delights of Collective Conscience. We grabbed Chris for a quick chat about all things team based…
Flexout’s latest sees Fearful teaming up with a host of his buddies in the scene for a five-collab extravaganza on the appropriately titled Collective Conscience EP. being big fans of artist and label alike we jumped at the chance of a premiere, so we’re extremely pleased to present the exclusive on Deficit collab State of Decay. Angular riddims, punchy drums and squelching basslines a plenty on this one as the boys put the “technical” back into techstep; vibes. Check it out and watch out for the release dropping everywhere from Mar 28th!
Label boss Deficit brings us another fine pair of tracks for AutomAte’s Deep arm, including his first solo outing for the label. The Watchmen sees him teaming up with Peak on a brooding, snarling composition that does it’s best to defy genre boundaries. Beats fall from all around in rapid syncopations but eschew the familiar D&B patterns in favour of wandering, tribal rhythms, while the bass growls away in the background and a bleeping melody dances over the top. The whole track has a superbly dystopian vibe to it, epitomized by the quote lifted from the Watchmen movie in the bridge.
Over on the flip, Eternum sees Deficit going it alone on another dark, eerie composition, blending a half-time rhythm with robotic bass and creepy sci fi FX sweeps. Once again there’s tons of detail in the mix with all manner of weird percussion making an appearance over the backbone of kicks and snares. Once again we’re treated to a cinematic quote in the breakdown, this time from Sherlock Homes. Clearly Deficit is a man who knows his movies as well as his music.
If you appreciate the weirder end of the 170BPM spectrum and the defter end of sound design you should definitely give these a listen; check out the clips below and watch out for the release dropping from October 13th.
AutomAte keep up the pressure on their many sub-labels with the first release on their green label, this time with label head honcho Deficit at the controls! Wreckless’ Hard Light gets the remix treatment, with the original’s angularity replaced by a hefty rolling break in much of the tune. Abrupt switch ups give the tune much of it’s character alongside a spooky lead echoing around the upper echelons of the track.
Over on the flip the too team up to deliver a hefty stepper with bass stabs and sweeps knocking down the doors left, right and centre while the beat drives the tune steadily forward. Despite the varied bassline the tune treads a fine path, never descending into the hyperactive ADD territory that some tracks occupy. Watch out for these two dropping May 5th at all good digital outlets!
Automate co-founder Deficit steps up to deliver the eighth installment of our exclusive mix series! Packed full of cuts from the label alongside dark techy business from the likes of Philth, Raiden, Icicle, Dose and many more, this is definitely one for the heads! Stream via Mixcloud below and grab yourself a download from Mediafire.
Ben Fawce & P-Fine – Boiler Room [Flexout Audio]
Philth – Submarine [AutomAte]
Foreign Concept & DRS – Falling Stars [Critical]
Shiver – Forfeit [Diffrent]
Vince Grain – Nyctophilia [AutomAte Deep dub]
DROPS – The Catalyst [AutomAte]
DROPS – Utopia [AutomAte dub]
Fuj – Pressure Plates [AutomAte Deep]
PRTCL – Grinder [Flexout dub]
Philth – The Game VIP [Flexout]
Icicle – Anxious [Shogun]
Raiden – 657 [Tech:nology]
Noisia – Brainstitch [Shogun]
Raiden – Citalopram [Tech:nology]
Raiden – Trinity [Offkey]
Soularize – Buried [Broken Audio free]
None Decay – Gully [AutomAte]
Beaton – South [Dark Manoeuvres]
Halogenix – Raya VIP [Dispatch]
Raiden – Danzon [Voodoo]
Philth & Wreckless – Poison (Raiden Remix) [AutomAte Tech]
Philth & Wreckless – Daywalker [Peer Pressure]
Philth – Overload [AutomAte Tech]
Dose – Squander [Human Imprint]
Audio – Loudener [Position Chrome]