DSurr’s new release is frequency cannabalism.
That’s right bassheads and synth lords. Dsurr has teamed up again with the stateside label Tactical Audio. Releasing a duo of tunes that will huff, puff, and blow the house down. This is Tactical’s 27th release! DSurr’s 6th with the imprint. With other releases on Noxious Records and Rockers 175, this midwest based producer is consistantly banging out proper woofer tearing tunes.
Known within the dnb wolfpack to be pushing the edge of modern stepper style dnb. DSurr does not disappoint nor leave any expectations un fulfilled. The two tracks here, Down Stairs & Whipped Cream stay in the lane of future mechanical funk. Something both DSurr and Tactical Audio have been developing for years now. Both tunes play off of each others similarities of darkness and gigantic bass frequencies. But have their own nuances that is comparable to separating conjoined twins.
LETS GET INTO THE JAMS!!!
The first tune Down Stairs is a static bass heavy rocker. Beginning with a dark drone like synth hurling minor chords at you like sonic daggers. Cutting through the atmosphere with samurai like precision . Keeping a circadian rhythm going with a steady stepper kick and snare pattern. Always has my head banging. An array of elongated and lasting risers seem to come in consistent waves. Adding tension and building the drops. Allowing the tuned down vocal sample to haunt you from the back of the dance floor. All this tune does is SLAP! SLAP! SLAP! from start to finish. A bonified party rocker for sure!
Whipped Cream is definetely the intersection where old school tech step and modern neurofunk come together. This song has all the elements that classic styles of techy neuro from the 98-04 era of Phunkateck/Thermal/Sound Sphere labels and crews used so diligently. Keeping the ride out of the sun and in the shadows. The amount of sweeps and filtering gives anticipation and tragedy life in this movement. All of the tiny glitches and moving cymbals and bleeps notes add that cyberpunk feeling I expected. All along a wisp of air panning back and forth, and a riser/vocal combo guiding you to the edge of every drop. The tension is real with this one. And when it hits, it hits hard!!
WHAT’S THE DILLY D_E_B_T ?
So I dig both of these tunes. Each of them is expertly crafted, engineered, and fully fleshed out ideas that have a resolve and a story. I always expect the darker side of future funk and cybernetic tech from artists and labels like DSurr and Tactical . So it met my expectations when the files arrived. But exceeded them by taking the rumble of the low end too a deeper and even lower level than I was expecting.
These songs were not derived from some sample pack that has been regurgitated by every lad who stole a crack of Ableton/Reason yesterday and are slapping pointless bangers together for people who spend more time zombie gazing into their phone than enjoying time on the dance floor. These are expertly written and performed songs that were curated and released with intent and purpose. In a time where dnb seems to be loosing its purpose and roots. It keeps me stoked knowing people are still intent on making music with genuine intent. Rather than making music to land 35th on some chart that no one cares about. On a site created by people only care about analytics and sales, not refined drum and bass.