Ricky Force – Ecstasy/Firehouse Dub [Absys Records]

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Based in Dublin, Ireland and championing the deep drum & bass sound since 2008, Absys Records has played host to a global roster that includes Future EngineersMC FavaNewageAnile, Glyph, Electrosoul SystemSatl, Rainforest, Mortem, Mr. Sizef, LMT, Ubunshi & Kodema, Fre4knc, Kharm, Arp XP, Harland, Invadahertz, and Handra & Mystic State. 

To Pressin’ Hard Records head honcho, Ricky Force, Absys is another place to launch an all-out assault of breakbeat chaos on his newest release – Ecstasy, backed with Firehouse DubEcstasy begins as a tinged ride cymbal attack with those 90s style vocals that a lot of us got hooked on as kids and teenagers – the start of what would eventually become the drum ‘n bass addiction. As the drop rolls through like an ocean wave, sub-bass and squelched out oblivion swamps the floor, bringing the choppage through multiple levels.

To those connoisseurs, who love those BPMs where the turntable had to be jacked up to +8 on 33 RPM while the incoming 170+ bpm track had to be slowed to -8 on 45 just to create a solid mix, these are the tunes for you. Multi-flavored breaks light up the soundscape, while pads, reverbed male vocals, and sound effects, bring back the old days of The Crystal Method. This track is just too awesome. To play the entire track through is definitely not a sin!

Firehouse Dub steps in with that trap-influenced half-time feel. Orgasmic shrieks (think AK1200 and Danny Breaks Pornstar Style and Deep Porn) infiltrate the backdrop, while everyone’s favorite line in the drum ‘n bass scene, “That’s a dubplate” comes cutting through. Old school synth lines tantalize, while the vocal layers build. For those who listened to Egyptian Empire and Dead Can Dance (think The Horn Track meets Dawn of the Iconoclast), you will be swept away by the awesomeness of this one. Backspins, chopped-up and layered breaks are executed with perfection. Your ears will be in for quite the treat as sound goes bilaterally from left to right and back.

Both of these tracks are keepers in the record box, as has been the case lately. With so many amazing releases coming out, crate diggers are in for a field day.

The release comes out September 20, 2019.

Connect with Absys Records  HERE.
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Pre-order the release HERE.

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A junglist before he even knew what 'jungle' was, Bhagavate Zero was instantly hooked onto the sound of rave around the age of 10 while dancing around to artists like 2 Unlimited, 2 Bad Mice, Sonz of a Loop Da Loop Era, Cosmo & Dibs, and so many more. As radio play changed, so did his tastes. As 1999 came around though, BZ was slayed by the sounds of AK1200, Dieselboy, Dara, Ganja Kru and DJ Rap, which later turned into an obsession with amen breaks and techstep. With published works hosted by Dogs On Acid, Rinse Mag, and Bassline Magazine; while also writing for the likes of Disturbed Recordings, Guerilla, Blu Saphir, Killing Sheep, Influenza Media, Sublunary Artist Management, and N2O – Bhagavate Zero (then known as Sykophiend) dove into the performance art of DJing, opening for Omar Santana in 2005 at Headstrong 5 (noteworthy part of that set – a mosh pit of epic proportions to Audio & Mackie's remix of Master of Puppets). Known for a wicked selection of mostly 1993-2005 music, he would then go on to play all over California. This headbanging, slam-dancing, screaming maniac will stop at nothing to get a crowd going. Now in 2016, he is a staple writer for Best Drum & Bass Blog, and is focusing on DJ gigs and original production material.

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