RIYL: Sensate Focus, Stellar Om Source, Huerco S.

Label: A14

The second release on Blackest Ever Black‘s sub-label, A14, Bristol artist Rhythmic Theory’s Forgotten Realms has enough bass to make your ears bleed provided you have the right pair of headphones. As the synopsis states, the A-side is a mix of dark garage, dub techno and even UK Funky to an extent. “Forgotten Realms” introduces itself to you with the decaying reverberation of a man’s vocal snippets – what he’s saying is unintelligible, but it makes you perk your ears anyway. The man’s voice is pitch-shifted and spread across the soundscape, with a forceful bass kick providing support to this ominous voice after it lets you simmer with it for roughly a minute-and-a-half. “Spirits of Duality” is a jungle-wise affair with a darkling gothic predisposition. While “Forgotten Realms” is something you might hear at the beginning of some obscure artist’s DJ set for Boiler Room, “Spirits of Duality” would be the somber bookend. I’m not quite sure I’m listening to the full versions of these songs, as neither the record’s label, nor its Discogs page, has any run time info. Either way, listen to both tracks below via the SoundCloud streams and see what you think of them. Cheers!




The Details

Second release on our A14 sub-label, from Bristol's Rhythmic Theory. 'Forgotten Realms': broken beat assassinator, equal parts dancehall-militant snares and tripped-out soulboy shimmer.

Nods to breakstep and dark garage, and Funky of relatively recent vintage too, but the engineering and arrangement are ruthless, dub-disclipined, wholly contemporary.

'Spirits of Duality': explores more paranoid and decelerated junglist tekno territory. Cold and insinuating, the bastard offspring of Reinforced and :zoviet*france:.

Price $16.3

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