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Blackout Music – a label that needs no introduction – stalwart Pythius’s new EP – his second for the progressive Dutch imprint – entitled, New Order, is four magic beans of heavyweight neuro magic that transcends Jack’s Beanstalk, stamping it, and the Giant kingdom that resides at its crest, into oblivion.
Having previously released on dubstep pioneer Excision’s Rottun Recordings label – Pythius is no stranger to hi-energy, upmarket sound design, an element of his music that spans all four tracks: turbo charged, warping neuro basslines; nasty, mechanical low end staccato stabs; bubbling retro arpeggios; chunky multi-layered lead lines and glossy hi-end sugar sprinkles dominate the producers varied aesthetic. Yet it is not his competence on the boards that sets him apart from the rest of the neuro/tech fraternity, rather it is the sheers breadth of musically that is present across the entire EP.
Each tune is bursting with melodic refrains and motifs, complementary harmonies and call-and-response lead lines; with the talented producer not having to rely on his studio wizardry to power the tunes forward, instead using those skills to season and pep the tracks up where necessary leading to exploratory tracks that really stand out from the rest of the pack.
Opening number Executor combines eerie, horror movie-esq sound tracking with John Carpenter inspired arps and ripping neuro reeses, whilst Driveyard utilises Blackout secret weapon MC Kryptomedic alongside a perverted, fluttering, percussively styled bassline that phases delightfully alongside the evil sounding, modulated spoken word stabs and intonations.
New Order draws together 80s sounding, bubbly sequenced synth lines with rolling drums, a ridiculously brilliant Laurent Garnier-doing French house-sounding bass line and a playful and nostalgic melody/harmony combo, before dropping – like a hydrogen bomb – into hard-as-you-like neuro banger territory that will literally melt the rubber of your dancing boots, whereas Coruscant goes in deep with a cosmic vocal sample telling us of the vastness of existence before a rapid, emotionally charged set of synth lines usher in an aural apocalypse of womping bass and hardcore drum work accompanied – once again – with 80s horror movies melodics and ambient pad work.
If you are lucky – you will also get to hear the similarly cosmic bonus track and promotional weapon – Convert – a bouncy, techno type tune resplendent in a wash of dub-tech stabs, syncopated clipped bass notes and metallic overtones that make you think you are drinking blood…