In response to Beatport, Subtension’s been on a little bit of hiatus since his Tom Yum EP on Flexout final April. Along with his heavy, orchestral backgrounds and tight AF snares, the Slovakia-based producer left a little bit of a niche within the heavy bass continuum, however fortunately Subtension has returned with a brand new three-single providing, due out on NËU this Friday, March 12.
For each new NËU D&B tracks (will we ever get bored with that pun?) rolling, sinewave sub bass is the secret. It fills the house between the fairly minimal kicks and offers the snares one thing to seize onto. For “By no means Alright,” a collab observe with fellow Czech/Slovak countryman Thez, stated snares are snappy and minimal and truly comprise the jumpy upbeat, whereas relatively than an ordinary bass kick, there’s a classic mod pop sound that’s heavy and deadend, however not really a kick drum. We’ve heard this mod pop in plenty of experimental tracks over time, however to make use of it as a part of the beat is unquestionably – look forward to it – NËU. Misanthrop should have liked that.
“Tween Wave,” our YEDM premiere right now, is a bit more dense drums-wise, however that very same mod pop is used to fill the kick house. It’s doubled, making issues really feel a bit extra dense and intense. Within the break, this deadened pop goes spiral to match the snares and so they each carry the ambient and atmospheric synth sounds. Daring and heavy, these synths are stretched out over the workers and related by ebbing and flowing musical wind sounds which by some means sound each techy and natural. It’s wind in a man-made vacuum, maybe. The lonely, lingering aftershock of the hadron collider. It’s a spine-tingling expertise solely the likes of Subtension can present.
There’s a bonus observe on this launch as effectively, a techno VIP remix aptly named “Tween Wave130 VIP” is the dancier fraternal twin of the unique. Denser on the beat and with much more atmospherics, the synths flip into synthwave right here and light-weight up the ambient house within the observe much more. This techno model might simply be a soundtrack piece for the likes of the following Matrix film or, extra nearer to residence, the upset observe that makes a Darkshire dancefloor go psychological.
Subtension’s all the time had a approach with ambient house, however these new experimental but nonetheless danceable tracks present why there’ll all the time be a spot for him on the heavier finish of drum & bass. Right here’s hoping he doesn’t keep away so lengthy this time.
“By no means Alright,” “Tween Wave” and its VIP stepchild will drop on NËU on Friday, March 12, Click on here to pre-order/pre-save.