Unrilis The Blokk Vol. 1 lights a fire under every facet of what contemporary electronic music artists are bringing to the scene. Inventive and dark, upbeat and exploratory, DJs Pascal Nuzzo, Wex 10, Audiomatiques, Chris Colburn, Deraout, and Subjects with Jon Hash all bring their respective innovation to the table with this collection, refusing to stay in the past while still recognizing how useful its techniques can be.
Audiomatiques Inside - Homage is taken to the future on this track, echoing 90s-era effects with everything from rubberized bouncing sounds to video game-inspired pulses. These and other various tools all come together to explore all kinds of danceable beats, making for music that is sure to impress audiences with the new terrain inspired by the past.
Chris Colburn Newt - Opposites definitely attract on this track, with a hard thumping rolling out the carpet above a skipping high hat beneath it. The song explores deeper realms from the get-go, guiding the listener down a warbling pathway that comes off as only authoritative and insistent on keeping the tempo flying and thoroughly danceable.
Deraout Antidoto - Crackling claps leap out of the gate here, which are quickly joined by some truly inventive company. A synthesizer approaches a dogs bark, intense vocals come on like a waterfall, and rips of feedback punch through the harmony, all while maintaining high energy and heavy bass, which are always a sure bet when aiming for sure-fire crowd-pleasers.
Pascal Nuzzo Heat - The beats surround the listener out of the gate on this track, bouncing down and around before a tinny beat comes in, bringing an inventive trade-off between choppy clapping and low synth tones. Like being on the inside of some giant metallic tunnel, the ride here is as pleasurable to listen to as it is fun to see the new places it goes to.
Subjects and Jon Hash Hypster - Currents of dark thrumming, and what sound like electric cicadas, gather under a tempo that rises around the listener here, delivering an excellent intro. As great as the first third is, the song then proceeds into more ethereal territory, with washes of sound crashed on by an occasional cymbal. This is then shaded in with waves of more synthesizers and vocals that only build on the canvas for more tides of thoroughly enjoyable music.
Wex 10 Pass Pass - Dueling distorted vocals climb upward here above a track that still includes some truly haunting, darker depths. At the same time, a chattering escalation of sound whistles upwards, like the air itself is being pierced by the heights being aimed for here, yet the track never forgets to make room for thudding bass and upbeat energy.