Sunday, May 30, 2010

Niveau Zero - In_Sect (Ad Noiseam 2010)

I've been a fan of this label for a few years now, because it brought me acts like Cdatakill, Hecq, and Detritus, and tends to release some rather outstanding electronic overall. I really try to shy away from the hip-hop influences, mainly the MC stuff, so for me that has always made Drum N Bass styles a challenge to get into fully. I'm not an expert on dubstep and DNB styles, but I do know awesome sounds when I hear it and this French Dubstep artist and Ad Noiseam are definitely ones to convince me to venture a bit deeper into these styles. My knowledge of the sound goes about as deep as Burial and Boxcutter these days, but my electronic knowledge goes very deep.

Many issues with the dance and electronic styles are the recycled elements, pre-programmed and standard rhythm patterns and overall predictability, but none of that is an issue on this release. The basslines here form the main backdrop to the album, tight and addictive they overpower the listener rendering them unable to resist the prodding rhythms and undeniable grooves woven within. Multiple titanic bass lines and methodical percussion, a smooth yet unpredictable flow in the rhythms makes this as anthemic as it does an infectious groove trip. Some of the basslines here are as heavy as some of my favorite riffs or power electronic hums and buzzes, and there's as much a sense of darkness, suspence and hidden mystery within the tracks to keep me happy. Ad Noiseam hopes to break the musical sectarian boundaries with it's releases, and stubborn assholes like myself can't get past the MC stuff, but will be induced to skip over those few tracks in search of the ever-encompassing rhythms that lie beyond them.

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