Sam KDC: Auxiliary/Horo label

Been getting deep into this all this Grey Area business lately.

Plenty to explore if you haven’t already. And note the new rules of the game; a lot of it in 3/4 time signature, all phasing polyrhythms, long slow release pressure builds, some of it keyed in precisely to 127.51bpm (don’t ask me why?), most at 85/170bpm.

Sadly for me, most of my music listening these days is done in my single cab pick-up on long boring commutes, but having a new monster sub-woofer put in recently (under my seat, the only space for it) has totally transformed the experience. It’s now a monstrous, enclosed bass chamber! and all this Grey Area stuff seems made for it. Actually turns my drives into a full on psychedelic trips, where I float at high speed on this magic carpet of sub bass while the tracks undulate and progress like the contours and camber of the motorway. Probably more dangerous than drink driving heh, but it’s even better driving home at night.

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Pugilist: Raindance EP

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Pugilist smashes it again on Kenzo’s Artikal. He’s going to be one to watch if he keeps this up. ‘Raindance’ drops dessicated, concrete block beats and such hugely compressed bass weight you feel like you’re levitating a few inches off the floor on a magic carpet of low frequencies. No idea how the kid does it? but it’s special!
‘Murmur’ is the other standout for me, with a quirky stagger and lolloping swing to the groove; more slimey, rolling, more organic and wastelandish.

Headland

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What a find. I love it when I hit the jackpot in my digging! This man is totally on point with his vibe. Fresh out last month, ‘Break Off’ is pure restrained intensity and a very deep space mission. ‘Steady’ on his Soundcloud page is, if anything, even better and more reined in? It needs a release soon.

This is almost a new industrial paradigm mercifully casting off the old EBM aesthetics? Cyclical springs, pistons, clanking, steam, pressure, furnaces burning in the night. Our old friends are still there but this is as futuristic and striking as the opening scenes of Bladerunner back in the day and absolutely what we should be striving for sonically right now. No bravado bullshit, ego-less. Just technical and cold and dripping with hydroponic bass groove.