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Current Value – Starfleet EP
CURRENT VALUE applies the gravity brake with force and lands heavily in 2017 with his first release of the year, arriving in the form of the STARFLEET EP on leading dark drum & bass label BLACKOUT MUSIC NL. The 6 tracks within mark CV’s third incursion through Black Sun Empire’s label, following the highly regarded NITRO and ROCKET SCIENCE EP’s and a slew of live performances at the seminal Blackout events and stages across Europe. His single-minded pursuit of fresh sonic ideas is purely evident, with each slice of tech dnb sharpness tearing with pleasing abrasiveness across the temporal lobe and exerting unforgettable bass pressure to the chest cavity.
Title track STARFLEET rides on a wave of complex digital textures, pierced through with yearning fauxstrings and an awe-striking stellar aesthetic, before dropping into a rude and carefully balanced brutal assault. The pure bassweight of ELECTRIFY hangs on 2-step percussion with a light touch, sharply effective with its call and answer synth line. AGILITY is packed with a pure and fast-paced energy that has been eviscerating live dancefloors in Current Value’s sets for the last couple of months, with dynamic fastmoving arpeggios and a mean sawtooth punctuated by subtle techno bleepology. The paranoia-inducing MIND’s NATURE aims for sensory overload with its undulating flurries of tense audio, while RECTANGULAR hits poignantly with appropriately squared aggravation. Rounding off the EP in spectacular fashion is SACRED with it’s manga reminiscent pitched vocals and suppressed 8 bit vibe sonic artefacts backing an impressively to the point roller.