After all, MaxNRG has repeatedly proven that he's perfectly prepared to twist up a sub-genre or two in his quest for dancefloor mastery. The only constant is the presence of rock-hard drums and lethal bass. Even in his craziest excursions, it's all about the rave. In Kill the Snake, Max casts his mad scientist's eye onto two contrasting styles. There's that high-energy big-room vibe somehow entwined with a more claustrophobic technoid, neuro flavour. This is established right from the intro, as low, menacing strings are offset by a modulating ravey synth in the high end. As a documentary dialogue sample and clean pizzicato strikes mesh with an alarm-call riser to take this sound-melding tune to the drop, it's clear the energy levels are going to get high. Of course. The bass and beats are, as you'd expect from MaxNRG, clinically merciless. Ear-poppingly pressurised drums ride along a driving undercurrent of grittiness in the bass. The mids and highs fulfil that smooth-and-serrated combination that was laid out in the intro and take us effortlessly through building layers of drama. It's clear by now that MaxNRG is a big fan of taking established ideas and reconfiguring them almost beyond recognition. Whether it's from instinct or meticulous study, his understanding of the form shines through, without ever distracting from the drum and bass heartbeat at the core of his music. This is intelligent rave music that hits hard.