So Critical Just Dropped a Remix of Halogenix's 'Blej' out of Nowhere...

So Critical Just Dropped a Remix of Halogenix’s ‘Blej’ out of Nowhere…

The bass music world has been somewhat fascinated with the comings and goings of Ivy Lab and Halogenix since their split in early 2018. Ivy Lab, now comprised of Stray and Sabre, were a bit quiet at first but are now working to take their sound in new directions with lots of collabs on their 20/20 imprint, including tracks on Amon Tobin/Two Fingers’s upcoming album. Halogenix, however, hit the ground running with a literal gallery of tracks and collabs and his first solo album on Critical, Deep News. 


What was interesting about Deep News (aside from the beats and engineering, of course) was that Halogenix declared quite firmly with the album that he wasn’t abandoning halftime, as many fans assumed. A full five tracks on Deep News were halftime, including a VIP of one of Halogenix’s most popular pre-Ivy Lab split D&B tracks, Blej. In the VIP, Halogenix stretched out the minimal beat, added some hip hop elements and made the synths glitchier and darker than the original. It created a whole new feel to the track and those sent fans and critics who thought they had solo Halogenix pegged reeling.

Today, with no prior warning, Critical dropped yet another remix of “Blej” by Fade Black to the shock and joy of the bass world and heads up: it’s completely different from both the halftime and the original versions. We’re back to 174 with this remix but the big question is which stems did Fad Black use to make this

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Your EDM Premiere: Viper's 'Acts of Mad Men' vol.2 Teases Yet another Massive Single With 'Lust'

Your EDM Premiere: Viper’s ‘Acts of Mad Men’ vol.2 Teases Yet another Massive Single With ‘Lust’

With the celebration of Viper’s 15 year anniversary, the imprint is reintroducing one of the things that put it on the map. The first Acts of Mad Men, released ten years ago, was a two-CD compilation album featuring heavy hitting tracks by the up-and-comers of the time, almost all of whom are now household names. Metrik, Camo & Krooked, Delta Heavy, Brookes Brothers, Nero, DC Breaks and label boss Futurebound himself all contributed tracks and all those tracks are now considered classics.


Ten years later, Viper has been teasing the hell out of the second coming of the Acts of Mad Man project and it stands to have much the same effect on the D&B landscape as the first compilation. Thus far, Magnetude, InsideInfo, Halflight and Blaine Stranger. Today’s release is the second part of a double single which includes a remix of Mefjus and Insideinfo’s “Pulsation” by Annix, teased two weeks ago by way of social media and a melodic banger by BMotion and Jack Mirror called “Lust.” Your EDM has the exclusive premiere of “Lust,” so let’s get stuck in.

What constitutes a “melodic banger,” you say? It seems BMotion and Jack Mirror have created a need for the term with “Lust.” Heavy, cinematic and dark with a melodic, ravey soundscape in synths and vocals, this track chugs along with a fervor so fast and raw that it almost leaves the dancefloor behind.

With multiple synth melodies, echo effects and an eerie yet beautiful instrumental section in the

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New Artist Profile: Kirrah Amosa Examines the Balance Between Bravery and Self Care in 'Undefeated'

New Artist Profile: Kirrah Amosa Examines the Balance Between Bravery and Self Care in ‘Undefeated’

Fans of musical theatre may already know Kirrah Amosa, the Aussie songstress who has performed in a gallery of well-known musicals including Wicked, for which she won two awards. Her pop pedigree has also strengthened as the performed with the likes of Rita Ora, Adam Lambert and Rob Thomas. She released her debut EP Trials in 2018 to critical acclaim and fans fell in love with her honest lyrics paired with funky musical style. She also famously appeared on The Voice Australia this past year, but that didn’t exactly go to plan.


After a round of particularly harsh feedback from The Voice judges, Amosa left the stage visibly upset but in her mind that’s not where the problem was. After the episode aired, she faced a barrage of hate and bullying on social media. Suddenly quite early on in her pop career, Amosa had to deal with an artist’s worst fear: hate and criticism that attacked her character, not just her music.

Amosa’s first single after the The Voice debacle was entitled “Nothing On Me” and it was a direct reply to the feedback storm, containing clips from the contentious episode as well as part of a radio interview where she explained how The Voice actually works and expressing her gratitude for the fans and artists who supported her. The lyrics are scathing and the single was clearly a catharsis for Amosa.

Amosa’s newest single “Undefeated” sees her returning to her more introspective yet powerful vocals and also a lot

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Your EDM Premiere: Second Single off Misanthrop's Upcoming 'Analog' LP Revels in the Anticipation of 'Heute Nacht' [Neosignal] [Video]

Your EDM Premiere: Second Single off Misanthrop’s Upcoming ‘Analog’ LP Revels in the Anticipation of ‘Heute Nacht’ [Neosignal] [Video]

Well, Misanthrop’s announced a new album due out shortly so it’s basically pencils down and pay attention until then. Analog, due out on Neosignal on November 8, continues some of the sound experiments Misanthrop was playing with in his 2017 EP Blurred but he’s attacking it from a different angle this time. Not only are all the tracks on Analog hand-stitched with no sound samples and mostly analog equipment but each track has its own story.


Neosignal released the first track off Analog, “Deus,” last week and it certainly showcased the “analog” point for this album. With lots of modular synth work and what sounds like actual acoustic drums and bass in the intro, fans knew instantly Misanthrop wasn’t joking about the vibe on this album. That said, “Deus” still has a snappy, danceable beat and, while obviously experimental, still sets the tone for the album as resolutely drum & bass.

Your EDM was lucky enough to snag the second premiere of “Heute Nacht” (Eng. “tonight”), a much more melodic offering than “Deus.” Here, Misanthrop plays with the empty space in the track in quite a different way from its predecessor. It helps to drive the melody with its eerie, sort of half-key changes and space-inspired phrase transitions. All of this is done consciously for effect, to replicate the feeling of anticipation before a really good night out.

The accompanying video to “Heute Nacht,” shot in a sort of stop motion style, rolls along with the track and adds to

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And Now For Something Completely Different: Thys from Noisia Showcases His Experimental Chops in 'Music from Sleeping Beauty Dreams' [Division] [Video]

And Now For Something Completely Different: Thys from Noisia Showcases His Experimental Chops in ‘Music from Sleeping Beauty Dreams’ [Division] [Video]

While we’re all still trying to adapt to this new post-Noisia world, one thing everyone’s been certain about is that it wouldn’t be long before Thys came out with some weird stuff. Enter: Music From Sleeping Beauty Dreams, a new cutting edge “album” of sorts, composed to accompany an equally cutting-edge audiovisual dance show called, unsurprisingly, Sleeping Beauty Dreams.


Now just to clarify, Thys was clearly working on this project long before the announcement of Noisia splitting but everyone know he’s been working on a number of side projects, so this hasn’t been a surreptitious situation. That said, Sleeping Beauty Dreams is entirely its own project and, as Thys himself has said, the resulting album/score was originally composed for the show and its 32 surround sound system. Adapting it for release on digital streaming formats must have been an absolute bitch. It was clearly a labor of love, however, and we’re glad Thys has decided to share it on the Division imprint.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams was created by Magic Reality group, a production company rooted in contemporary dance but using added hyperreal audiovisual elements to its performances to create something otherworldly and to, in their words, “alter the audience’s perception of the physical world.” Right up Thys’s alley. This performance imagines, in stunning visual detail, what Princess Aurora was dreaming about in her 100-year slumber.

Just from watching the performance on YouTube, the visual artistry in this show is one of a kind and completely mindblowing. Seeing it live in

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IDM Artist Healing Spells Returns With New Album 'Vestiges,' Pushes Sound Even Further

IDM Artist Healing Spells Returns With New Album ‘Vestiges,’ Pushes Sound Even Further

IDM is a funny thing to try to place against the recent pop juggernaut that EDM has become but it still has a loyal fanbase and is actually quite important to the development of electronic sounds. With the “I” in IDM standing for “intelligent,” this form of dance music is really at the leading edge of experimentation and creating new sounds.


Tokyo-based artist Healing Spells definitely falls into the sound-pushing category with his latest LP Vestiges, as he turns IDM into true experimental electronica and then takes it back again.  This album seems to really push the beat matrix in dance music in a way we’ve not seen from Healing Spells before. Fans will recognize his characteristic bleeps and bloops, lofi drum samples and 80s-inspired melodies but a discernible beat proves elusive in many of the tracks.

Anyone looking for a beat in this mass of sound “vestiges” (hence the album’s name?) would be wise to do two things: listen to the vocal loops and not expect the drums or snares to provide a beat. The vocals loops almost always repeat themselves in a consistent pattern on this release, so once the listener finds that loop in tracks like “Altitude,” “Through the City” or the title track, the brain can sort of construct its own followable rhythm. If you rely on a drum or snare coming in, however, forget it. They come in at random intervals and often don’t lead anywhere.

Healing Spells has become sort of a sonic trickster

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