- Release Date 2016-10-07
- Label Horizons Music
- Catalog HZN095
Afflicted rolls out first, gripping you from start to finish and beginning just the way youd expect. Gradually gaining pace, its darkly foreboding and pulses with activity. Slowly ticking hi-hats intertwine with a winding up bassline to take you down a rollercoaster of snapping beats and crashing symbols. Its moodily enticing and Wars tell-tale bass methods pull you in even further. A roller to take you into the murkier waters of any late night set, the steppy drums provide abundant space before letting go into all out anarchy once the track breaks. Mechanical, cleverly crafted and impactful throughout, it takes you between various paces. Instrumentals break out and distortion appears between each mix while youre disturbed by swathes or creeping sample, leaving you unable to drag yourself away from its grip. This is Hydro and War at their most menacing, but also at their most spell-binding.
On the flipside, Virtuality is softer to the touch, despite the pounding kick that fortifies its foundations. Zipping between breaks it presents the singles lighter side, despite the jungle breakdown that begins to make itself known midway through. LFO stuns its way between tinkling piano notes and shaking hats. For those who complain that a lot of modern drum & bass doesnt take you on a voyage, Virtuality tells a different story. A piece of artwork that switches between a huge spectrum of sound, Hydro and War manage to encapsulate what many producers struggle to do throughout a full body of work.
So once again, its time to reintroduce yourself to Horizons Music. A platform that instils class within each of its releases, demonstrated by this next output from Hydro and War.