Hardheads watch out – TR Tactics are back on track! With releases on Citrus, Addictive Behaviour and Mainframe Recordings, the Austrian duo has created a devoted following and a trademark sound characterized by hard hitting drums and berserk bass lines, occasionally spiked with trancey arpeggios, dark and techy all over the place.
Notorious for inciting early morning riots when playing live, TR Tactics expose a deeper approach to their music as well: “We had the idea of taking something melodic, dive it into Chaos and pull it out again.”
“Vision” is about catching a glimpse on sinister times ahead that’s giving you the chills, and subsequently that fear turning into rage. “Unreal” ties up to the breakout theme and illustrates finding a new perspective on such dark premonition. Breaking it down, the EP’s main motive probably is the uprising, which finds its conclusion in the collab track with French Neuro-Don The Clamps. Both are known to take no prisoners, and “Maggot” is blowing down on us ignoble beings in a fury to teach us humble obedience. The final track, a collaboration with Mainframe Recordings Label Head DisasZt himself, won’t exactly fit into that story, but – for the sake of contemplation – think of “Fuck It” as a stray bullet heading right to the dance floor, just about to hit the crowd all of a sudden, and this is where the unforeseeable comes full circle with the vision.
Bass Infection is spreading out inexorably. Volume 3 of the album series launched back in June brings you another load of pandemic vibes and contagious beats from all around the globe – enjoy the outbreak!
On the opener, Nakwan & Kryptomedic are teaching a lesson in how to “Bring The Funk Back”. Kryptomedic’s instructions are carried by an atmospheric intro that’s constantly building up tension to burst in a drop unleashing some serious fire. After having gained attention with releases on Renegade Hardware and Kinetik recently, young talent from Bratislava Kutlo is marching in with “The Raid”, a merciless Stomper driven by pan-pot-percussion and earthquake bass lines. TR Tactics do what they do best – disassembling the system in a fury and shifting orderly conditions to a “Chaos State”. Better run for cover when you see “The Swarm” coming up – Body & Soul let loose the Killer Bees. Finally, Netics, newcomers from Belgrade, are making their debut on Mainframe with Dropship, a fierce roller resembling the vibe of late 90s’ Drum & Bass. Keep it coming!
Bass Infection goes pandemic! Volume 2 of Mainframe Recordings’ freshly launched album series brings you another load of contagious beats from all around the globe – enjoy the outbreak.
To the Roof! On the opening track High Maintenance is back with a straight-up prime time smasher unleashing serious fury.
Dorian and fellow Austrian Twenty Freeze take it back in time and down to earth with their dope rolling “Dirty Habits”, draped in hazy rave stabs reverberating from the early days.
On “Fresh”, DubApe is coming in with a seriously reduced stepper, oscillating between epic breakdowns and minimalist tech-funk aiming straight at the Neuro crowd.
Freshmen from Prague, Hirogen, make their debut on Mainframe with “Bandit”, aesthetically unique, vibey, deep, and somewhat roguish – to be watched!
Last but definitely not least, on “Bronx Warriors”, NC-17 reunites with long time fellow Korosiv for a bone-dry, freakingly dark call to arms – these badboys from Toronto always deliver.
Bass got you in its clutches? Here’s cure for the infected! Mainframe Recordings is proud to announce the launch of its Bass Infection album series. Get ready for a whole load of contagious beats, bred in sound-labs all across Europe and spread out to four volumes. Vol. 1 kicks off with Akrom & Myselors mad-edits-spiked primetime roller “Cosmic Creation”, which is already getting blasted into Neuro-loving crowds by the likes of Zombie Cats or The Clamps. With “Regolith”, Ukrainian hot topic Tapolsky & VovKING, recently making their debut on PROGRAM, bring some cutting-edge Electro sounds with a twisted Pop feel to the table. Subtension gives us another sweet moment with his Trap infused “Touch”, before things turn dark and heavy with DisasZt’s full-on banger “Nasty Habit” and ISEE’s heavyweight stomper “Gravity”. Expect these to be rampant this summer!
Having two of the scene’s most promising up-and-comers on one release, Mainframe Recordings proudly presents a collab that has been largely overdue, with both of them stemming from Austria. While DubApe isn’t exactly new to the business (once-specialized in deep, soulful beats around 140 BPM and enjoying support from Dubstep top dogs like Kenzo and N-Type) he is still on the rise in the Drum & Bass scene. Phentix recently propelled himself on to major players’ watchlists, with releases on Critical, Cyberfunk and Citrus getting A-List support all across the scene, from DJ Hype to Noisia. Take DubApe’s decently sculpted soundscapes and powerhouse basslines, take Phentix’ vanguard production and his drum’s crispy punch – all these come together in perfect synergy. ‘Get it’ is an upfront slammer that has everything it takes for peaking your prime time rinse-out. ‘Silk Road’ on the flip side unfolds some wicked shuffle, with a mysteriously reduced soundscape creating rich imagery of long forgotten pathways through endless deserts. Make the crowd stomp, or make it float – this one can do it all.
Vienna’s smooth criminal Dorian strikes again, coming in with a roundhouse kick crossing all styles of Drum & Bass. Releases on New Playaz, Gun Audio, Switch! and Hangar have not only gained him support from the likes of DJ Hype, The Prototypes, S.P.Y, Rene LaVice etc., but also a reputation of being one of the most versatile producers out there, yet always having that distinctive organic and somewhat opaque flavour in his music, which also goes for the Ritual EP.