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I have blogged Wilkinson since the very beginning…. That said, there are not many artists that continually create content that is perpetually superb. Watching the evolution of an artist is the highlight of running a publication. Wishing greatness for all. Wilkinsons body of work speaks for itself. I hope you enjoy this new vocal visual from Drum & Bass juggernaut, Wilkinson.
Wilkinson ‘Used To This’ out now featuring Issey Cross. Stream/Download: https://Wilkinson.lnk.to/UsedToThisID The 4th single taken from his forthcoming album ‘Cognition’ due Feb 2022. Pre-order ‘Cognition’ here: https://Wilkinson.lnk.to/CognitionID Subscribe to Wilkinson: https://www.youtube.com/user/Wilkinso...
It began with a low rumble from all degrees of the horizon, and envelopment of portentous sound that seemed to emanate from everywhere and nowhere all at once. From high above, fluctuations in the jetstream whipped the clouds into a frenzy, stretching, swirling, and blending them into a slate of blackest-grey from within which thunder and lightning began to add their voices to the ensuing cacophony. As the roar on the horizon grew, the very air itself seemed to slip and surge around the sonics that cut through it, churning it from stillness into a great gale that nipped with icy jaws at the flesh of any caught within its flow. Then, as though in a perfectly discordant concert with the air above, the ground itself began to shake, roiling in opposite motion as the second wheel of a planetary mill set to grind those upon the surface into dust. From within the fissures that scarred the Earth’s surface poured rivers of magma that made a cruel mockery of the world’s aqueous veins as they brought death to all with which they intersected and poisoned the air with toxic gasses long kept locked beneath the earth. Those who strove yet to live within this hellish world could not but hear a single voice in their minds, chiding them for forgetting what had always been known, dooming them to watch as the ENSUING CATACLYSM consumed the world that had once been their home.
AGRESSOR BUNX stand before the EATBRAIN horde as the heralds of the ENSUING CATACLYSM as they deliver their first full album to the waiting ears of the label’s faithful. The 18-track span of ENSUING CATACLYSM features the full breadth of the Ukrainian duo’s unrelenting approach to drum & bass as they meld key aspects of its many subgenres to imbue their album with apocalyptic audio energy set to inspire fanatical chaos in even their most seasoned of listeners.
Covid provided Audio with a reset as survival mode kicked in and he started to dismantle the stereotype of his artist name. An unforeseen consequence of world’s changing face saw him fall in love with drum & bass again, washing away the complacency and leaving him no longer feeling boxed in by his position. Now there was no question about whether exploring a more expansive path would affect bookings, and he certainly didn’t want to repeatedly produce another ‘Headroom’, but still wanted to continue the hard style he was renowned for. The voice he thought he’d forgotten he now found with ‘[Unsocial]’ and it felt like a similar homecoming to the conception of his legendary album on Virus Recordings, ‘Genesis Device’.
Meanwhile, ‘Yellow Was the Light’ and ‘Fool’s Paradise’ represented the embracing of new freedom, which was invigorating for Audio’s journey throughout the making of ‘[Unsocial]’. Both selections stand as a celebration, one which saw him jump back into the same timeline as his family, it flipped the situation in his mind. It was as if previously he’d been in lockdown, unable to reach the inspiration which family life now offered him.
With more music still to be uncovered, ‘[Unsocial]’ is the fruits of Audio’s labour after two years in the pandemic world. It takes its listener on a journey through everything he loves about drum & bass. It’s homegrown, personal, and organic, even down to Audio generating its artwork; the LP came out of no necessity and under no contracts, instead one track led into the next until it was finalised. All coming from the same place and creating an album in the fullest sense. A listening experience and a voyage, ‘[Unsocial]’ is the next stage in Audio’s progression - finding a home once more in the catalogue of RAM Records, nearly thirty years in the game.