Umut presents: VA – The Blacklist EP [SRVLNCEP001]
You start a new label for your and your friends’ music and first you bag a Noisia Radio Play. Like this or in a similar way the whole thing started for Fragz’ and Blasts label Surveillance Music. Not a bad kick-off I would say. The Portuguese start with the ‘The Blacklist EP’ including tracks by and with Mean Teeth, Screamarts, Volatile Cycle and Vowel. Based on the artists one could almost think that the EP would be a full Neurofunk release but you might be slightly mistaken.
Underpass’, the collaboration of Mean Teeth and Fragz, is a vocal-soaked and funky something that can’t really be pushed into any genre. A few quick hats and dreamy melodies on top and that’s it.
Vowel, recently moved back to Portugal, follows with ‘Borderline’ and presents a piece full of pulsating drums and freaky synths. At the beginning the track develops from a bit sluggish to a violent stomper that fits well into any selection.
Who knows me knows that I have absolutely nothing against evil Virus vibes. Neither do I have anything against Volatile Cycle and their track ‘Beaky Blinder’. If you voted YES on the two previous criteria, we become best friends. Everything was said in the first sentence and I don’t have much more to add except three words: rolling, dark, coughing! The latter just because I’m pretty sure that one coughs in the piece, to be exact at one minute and 55 seconds!
Emulate’ by Screamarts has been moving on my USB sticks for a while and there’s only one reason for that. This thing is simply awesome! The rigid intro drums are just guides to a slipping and pumping monstrosity packed with breathing synths and evil grumbling basses. The second drop will wet halftime lovers, I promise!
When I heard about Fragz opening a label I was immediately on fire and promised a review without hearing the release before. When the promo finally landed in the mailbox the way to the blogpost wasn’t far anymore! I hope you celebrate the tunes at least as much as I do!
VA – The Blacklist EP Label: Surveillance Music Release: 01.07.2019 Catalog-Nr.: SRVLNCEP001 SoundCloud • beatport