Alongside the delicious aggressiveness that made Audio so renowned, his â€˜Beastmodeâ€™ LP cracks him open like youâ€™ve never heard him before. Fiercely powerful, yet intricately different, each cut from his debut album on the Ram Records imprint packs a very different punch whilst hitting with the same fierceness and wealth of talent.
â€˜Beastmodeâ€™ reflects all his output to date. Whether itâ€™s the old-school flavor of virus, or the steppy-unapologetic riddims heâ€™s served up for Ram, this record wonâ€™t leave you questioning who rules supreme over the genreâ€™s murkier waters.
Whether itâ€™s the half-time, two stepping â€˜Move it Alongâ€™ or the pulsing, snarling undertones of â€˜Thudâ€™, youâ€™re blessed with a barrage full of fresh sonic assaults. â€˜Thunder Ridgeâ€™ serves as the perfect opener, a brand new record with synth-laddered foreboding intro which pushes you below the surf. Tinkling hi-hats and a distorted LFO adds shockwaves throughout the mix, submerging you even deeper. Urgent, pulsing and nastily crafted, this is Audio at his most fearsome.
On the other hand, â€˜Rogueâ€™ presents a clanking, runaway riddim that snaps its teeth with every break. Stacked between ominous build ups and jaunty samples, the second drop flairs out as angrily as the first, demonstrating Audioâ€™s ingenious sound design.
And flipping the switch once again is â€˜Sovereignâ€™, a nod to the producerâ€™s roots and a track that gradually builds its presence throughout. Between warbling stabs and peddled kick drum, youâ€™re drawn by the aural nerves. Elevating beat patterns set you up for another descent into madness, through a stringently tight composition.
Featuring artists, such as drum & bass heavyweight Prolix, also take center stage. Their collaboration â€˜Creaturesâ€™, alongside the revered lyricist Nuklear MC, adds a welcomed surprise. â€˜Creaturesâ€™ delivers everything youâ€™d expect and more; steroid-pumped subs, the dark overture of Nuklear and apocalyptic atmospherics.
Also featured on its weighty track listing are singles â€˜Make it Happenâ€™, â€˜Overdoseâ€™, â€˜Drop it Humanâ€™ and â€˜Shatterdomeâ€™. They were a precursor for what was to come, which signified one of the darkest, most uncompromising productions yet on Ram Recordsâ€¦ In all of its twenty five years of history.
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