Introducing the newly formed digital/vinyl hybrid imprint Off-Switch Audio, label owner, producer and long-time Sub.FM resident SamULG kicks off his ambitious enterprise with a freely available compilation of curated music from all over the world. Founded on the aspiration of furthering the underground bass music scene, he’s now brought forth a colossal debut give-away.
Starting off with Nuboid’s ‘It’s Jazzy’, unhurried plucks of harmony arise through intrinsically minimalistic arrangements, forming themselves along laidback rhythms into a mellow string-up of sounds - pristine and laidback in its nature. What follows after, is the sublime synthesis of trap- and wave-esque pulses ‘Back to Purple’ by Portuguese sound man Rkeat - holding its weight in all the right places.
With ‘The Drip’ - UK based label owner SamULG leaves the listener enthralled in an unworldly, subterranean place, tremors reverberating alongside a mammoth foundation of low-end, unwaveringly melting any capable system. Gnischrew unleashes what turns out to be a heavyweight Dub-Steppa drenched with indissoluble groove, while Moosiqunt takes the listener back into ethereal space, skillfully displaying his remarkably experimental and brilliantly arranged take on bass music - flushed in an array of foley samples. Aptly named ’64 Dub’ by rising talent Repulsion commands a differing tone - unveiling gritty rhythm staccatos, as the expertly controlled soundscape of lo-fi leads and murky vibes unfold apace with it’s drum counterparts. Diving back into a sea of space, nebulous oscillations echo along the eerie chants of a haunting vocal as the listener is being acqauinted with Benny Fishel & Kaiten’s ‘Goldwater’. Deserted in an unwieldy bedrock of sub, hypnotically coiling the ambience forward and paving the way for Khromi’s “Progression”. Akin to a musing contemplation, the Glasgow based artist offers his exquisite compound of musical tides - administering the soothing closing note to this top-notch array of sounds.
released February 17, 2017
Mastered by Benny Fishel
Artwork by Hannah Carrol
Write up by Georg Gnischrew
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