The Canadian artist often called NC-17 and likewise as soon as recognized for his darkstep-but-make-it-dancey fashion has been on a world tour of each labels and subgenres of late. This 12 months alone, he’s gone super-jungle with SS and Kumarachi on Formation Records and Dispatch respectively, knocked out a cheeky darkstep-styled observe on area of interest Czech label SINFUL MAZE and, most notably, put out a cool but darkish album referred to as Most Violent Year part 1, once more on Dispatch, which hopefully implies on the very least an element two.
With all of the strides to increase his fashion model this 12 months, the core of NC-17’s fashion is certainly not going anyplace as, for his new EP referred to as Enter the Void, he’s managed to land within the succesful but choosy A&R arms of Dangerous Style. The EP does a superb job of mixing NC’s new and outdated kinds by tempering his newfound love for tech and squingy, metallic synths along with his mastery of jungle-style syncopation and darkstep drum loops. It’s fairly clear this EP ended up the place it was imagined to, as a result of if anybody understands the necessity to steadiness new and outdated, squingy and heavy, it’s Dangerous Style label boss, Vegas.
The three-track mini-EP that’s Enter the Void is bookended by precisely this form of steadiness. Lead observe “Bunged Up” has an nearly unhinged high quality to it within the synths, particularly with the blade-sharp metallic swipe of a synth that stabs its approach by means of every phrase. It’s unattainable to flee this dissonant, nails-on-chalkboard sound however fortunately there’s a powerful throwback darkstep drum line grounding the entire cacophony happening above it which, terrifyingly additionally accommodates a dissonant drone as a secondary synth, or this observe would merely be chaos.
In contrast, EP nearer “Map To the Stars,” which, whereas nonetheless containing loads of chaotic synths, has an ambient melody to floor issues. In the meantime the basic NC-17-style syncopated beat and early rave-style break synths are allowed to run rampant. A flip facet to the “Bunged Up” coin? Maybe, however then we’d have to clarify the title observe.
Mentioned title observe and as we speak’s Your EDM premiere is sandwiched in between “Bunged Up” and “Map to the Stars” in a approach that will make listeners assume it’s not as heavy as its forebear and predecessor. In truth, “Enter the Void” is probably the most full-bodied and clearly sound design-heavy observe of the three. It’s additionally by some means probably the most neuro-tinged and experimental. Protecting with the area/void theme, the intro and breaks on this observe are so charged and pregnant with ambient static, the listener may have constructed up Rocky Horror-level anticipation by the point the mind-blowing, fully-formed beat lastly drops. There’s no scrambling up a buildup to get to stated drops, both. The observe simply holds its breath, the underside drops out after which we’re in beat freefall. It’s a seldom-used approach that solely the likes of NC-17 can pull off. There’s the void, for you: entered with out warning whether or not we prefer it or not.
NC-17 has at all times had a knack for choosing up the place darkstep, techstep and darkish jungle left off, however his latest work appears much more decided to marry these erstwhile genres with the unholy and ubiquitous neurofunk colossus they spawned. This new EP not solely encourages however calls for we Enter the Void that was left behind. Fortunately, all that’s in there’s glorious beats and sound.
Enter the Void drops this Friday, 10/15 on Dangerous Style Recordings. Click here to pre-order.