Survey – Object Relations EP [Protect Audio]

Protect Audio return with a top new EP from German production outfit Survey. Fresh from releases on Invisible and Authentic, Survey are slowly carving themselves a rep for crisp, techy beats and this latest EP sees their style and talents honed once again.

Collapse kicks things off with a smooth slice of rolling techstep which brings to mind early Ulterior Motive productions for Subtitles Music. Jumpat gets in on the action for 9814, which keeps the grimey bass texture but switches the drum rhythms up in favour of weird, tribal syncopations aimed more at your head than your dancing shoes.

The tone and detail continue through Fragment and Inhale, both harnessing a darkness and industrial quality which may well be inspired by the atmosphere of Survey’s current home, Berlin. Check out the clips below and watch out for this dropping on CD and digital from October 20th.

Cruel Culture & Keosz – Sorrow / Thought [Protect Audio]

Protect Audio take a break from their usual dark and minimal aesthetics for a softer set of beats from Cruel Culture & Keosz. Sorrow blends rolling breaks with microfunk-esque percussive touches and a nice piano hook for a great slice of deep liquid.

Thought keeps the vibe mellow with lush, shimmering ambience on the intro giving way to warm sub bass vibrations and a deftly crafted drum line as the musical elements fade in and out of the mix overhead. Those who like their D&B a little less dancefloor oriented should definitely give this release a look. Check out the clips below and watch out for the release dropping from March 31st.

QBig & Zenith B – Exiled Mind [Protect Audio]

Protect Audio continue their trend for D&B of a dark and minimal aesthetic with their tenth release from QBig & Zenith B. Exiled Mind excels in it’s precise and varied percussion, atmospheric sweeps and understated bass hits. Meanwhile Matador turns the heat up just a little, with an insistent bassline and more of those crisp beats blending to create a nice energy.

Check out the clips below and watch out for this one touching down at all good digital outlets from Feb 4th.

Survey – Grid Sheet / All In All [Protect Audio]

Berlin-based production duo Survey aren’t a name I’ve come across in my previous travels but their latest release for Protect Audio certainly marks them as one to watch! Grid Sheet starts things off nicely with a dark, gritty vibe which continues over on the flip. Crisp beats and dark, complex but understated bass are the order of the day here. Favourable comparisons can definitely be drawn to the likes of Octane & DLR and Enei.

Check out the beats below and grab yourself a copy, out today!