- Release Date 2009-06-29
- Label Studio Rockers
- Catalog STUDR010
First up is â€˜Loopholeâ€™ - a slice of futuristically industrial music. Melodically unsettling synth stabs set the tone early, whilst snippets of a seductive pitch-shifting vocal teamed with atmospheric pads lead us further into the mix.
A frenetic bass-line breaks the tension as the track takes hold and leads us into darker territories. Simultaneously unnerving and undeniably catchy, â€˜Loopholeâ€™ refuses to conform to our already formulaic preconceptions of this genre yet remains infinitely more rewarding as a result.
Next â€˜Illusionzâ€™ delves into Hackmanâ€™s more melodic side and truly demonstrates his versatility as a producer. A deep Balearic piano riff takes us beyond the boundaries of Dubstep and itâ€™s not before the bass-line wobbles itâ€™s way through the speakers that we begin to find ourselves back on familiar ground. A dense percussive tapestry is woven into the mix before that hypnotic riff takes off once again and invites us to forget everything and embark upon a journey to new sonic territories.
â€˜Nocturneâ€™ arrives in stark contrast to itâ€™s predecessor and seems designed to wreak havoc on any dance-floor it finds. An eerily atmospheric intro lulls us into a false sense of security whilst dark synth stabs hint at what is to follow. A drop of epic proportions ensues, deep subs and bass strains multiplying within a monstrous sounscape sure to test even the biggest of sound systems.
Lastly â€˜Cheddarâ€™ treads a more ambient path utilising dreamy pad sounds and clever percussive twists to lure the ear in. A jungle-esque synth melody takes over and sets the tone for the track. The melodic bass-line jostles for space with teasing piano melodies throughout and provides a deep ambience not often associated with Dubstep.