45hz032 – Tunnidge – Aftershock/Blame (w/ Distance) (Chestplate Recordings)
February 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
The second release of the year from the Chestplate imprint comes from Tunnidge and the man behind the label himself, Distance. Two completely different tunes united under the banner of darkness both producers have become known for flying. The solo effort ‘Aftershock’ from man like Tunnidge is an in your face, gritty distorted halfstep stomper similar to the previous Chestplate outing he had with 7breaths and Fear. Stop start machine gun rhythms in the drums and distorted mids carry the underpinning bassweight perfectly. Whilst a lot of producers tend to get a little over excited when using the distortion units at their disposal, Tunnidge manages to air on the more restrained side of the fence and Aftershock is all the better for it.
The collaboration between Distance and Tunnidge is the stand out track of this release though. Starting simply with a moody atmospheric pad, hi-hat pattern and percussive hit that sounds like someone chinking a wine glass before a speech, the mood is set; Creeping and dark, it reminds me of some of the moodier drum and bass tracks that have surfaced over the past few years. Low passed bassline interweaving through a percussive heavy drum section that would destroy the hardiest of sub huggers in the dance.
This release really shows how both producers are now at the top of the game for this dark, deep and sometimes very angry side of Dubstep.