With You / Nowhere is the debut single from Brighton based producer High Maintenance, the newest exclusive co-signing
to Shimons AudioPorn Records and DisasZts Mainframe Recordings labels, which have already seen landmark releases by
Dirtyphonics, Ram Trilogy, Camo & Krooked, Matrix, Tali and the massive Choose Me EP by fellow new AudioPorn signing,
Already an established part of the drum and bass scene due to his hugely successful Brighton DnB events, Frequency
Sessions (which have hosted nights with the likes of J Majik, Loadstar, DC Breaks, The Prototypes and Matrix &
Futurebound), High Maintenance is that rare type of artist, a new producer whose tearing DJ sets can match his stellar
With his recent remix of Talis Dark Days still smashing it in the clubs and on 1Xtra (with support from Crissy Criss), this
debut single proper marks the arrival of another genuine talent from the AudioPorn stable.
For his debut dubstep track With You, High Maintenance has pulled out a big horrible bassline bomb that will scare and delight
in equal measure. Opening with tripped out spooky chords, echoing the waking nightmare atmospherics of the Origin Unknown
jungle classic Valley Of The Shadows, a hypnotic vocal loop then rolls out to the short drum roll and drop, where a truly disgusting
bassline unleashes. The deep warping brass bassline on this track lurches as though unsteady after escaping dazed from a
nightmare, each punishing bass drum and snare relentlessly pushing the track forward against its will. As though recovering its
mind slightly after the first 8, the bassline then starts to scatter, raining descending clipped sub bombs between the beats. This is as
paranoid, disorientating and mild altering as dubstep can get. Not for the faint hearted, this is dubstep for the lovers of the dark and
twisted. Deranged swamp step business.
Showing his precocious talent at all tempos, Nowhere is anything but a B-side and is an out and out DnB club banger. This is
set starting genius of the highest order. Its impossible when listening to this tune to not think of the opening of a peak time set at
Fabric. Junglists, set faces to screw. Again loading on the fear and nervous energy on the intro with ghostly vocals layered over
atmospheric FX, the intro then starts to build until the drop where everything instantly dissipates except for a rising and falling buzz
saw bassline and the two step boom-click of heavily processed bass drum and rim click snare. This is a club destroyer without
falling back on the cheap tricks of jump up, a true example of less most definitely producing more in the way of the drop. Tripped
out and terrifying, this is delusion inducing hallucinogenic dancefloor gold.
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