The Tantrum Desire brand is most associated with the kind of epic productions that have seen drum and bass become a mainstay of the mainstream. True heads, though, will know that thereâ€™s always been an undercurrent of genre-twisting experimentalism present, which came to the fore on last yearâ€™s huge album Diversified. So, which corners are explored on this EP?
Nationwide Rocker opens in a dark and techy landscape. Reverberating stabs underpinned by the insistent buzz of low end strikes suggest weâ€™re building into a display of neurofunk technique. And then weâ€™re dropped into something that isnâ€™t quite categorisable. Itâ€™s hard, dancefloor music, built from a stripped-back rhythm sequence and a succession of expertly-twisted basses. This is the collision of raw, visceral energy with that trademark Tantrum Desire slick production science.
Then Airhead takes us somewhere different. With a funky techstep call and response pattern, this is an instant dancefloor bubbler. And thereâ€™s an eighties electro sensibility woven into the stabs and synth-effects which makes this feel like it could be a 2016 rework of a forgotten crate-dug classic. Itâ€™s minimal and focussed but, as youâ€™d expect from Tantrum Desire, it refuses to let the temperature drop, with precision-crafted builds to keep attention gripped on the bass-and-mid interplay right to the finish.
You wonâ€™t be prepared for what Think About You has to offer. A bleeps-and-pads hands-in-the-air hardcore intro drops into some triplet-time rave workout material. Weâ€™re treated to mid-range grind resolving into luxuriant sweeping tones over a skippy 6/8 time-signature. But ravers and MCs better not get too comfortable, as a â€œSwitch it upâ€ sample signals a slam into 4/4 time. Then the breakdown cools things off ready to go back in with the madness once again.If you didnâ€™t know about Tantrum Desireâ€™s versatility then you should have been paying closer attention. Donâ€™t worry, though, because this EP is a perfect representation of the serpentine rule-bending contained within the sound. Itâ€™s all dancefloor music, but beyond that, anythingâ€™s possible [Friction Premiere ]
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