JUNODOWNLOAD: Muttley brings his stripped back Bristol thumps to Wing & Guesswerk's Imperial imprint: "Enemy" is all about the kicks, spaced and laced with a pensive sense of drama. "Tamaki" takes a wavier route as full focus is on the synths in a similar fashion to a Terrorrhythm jam. "Legions" goes back to basics with a grumpy tubular bass oozes back and forth over a dubby halfstep and shiny skanks. Finally, "The People" takes us back to the roots with a crisp hook and drums so weighted your speakers will have stretchlines after you've dropped it. Serious details.
Imperial Audio presents Bristol based DJ and producer Muttley, as he supplies the goods for our ninth release, in the form of his new Tamaki EP (IMP009). Consisting of 4 brilliantly produced tracks that provide all the right frequencies to shut down the dance. Expect big snares, deep bass and spacey, reggae influenced melodies.
Legions kicks off the EP with a positive dub/reggae vibe that unfolds into weighty cauldron of bass, reminiscent of the likes of dubstep legend, Tunnidge, proving why Muttley is such a talented producer. Enjoyable variation and processing of the percussion and various sound FX. Legions would slot nicely into any dubstep set, providing a chest thumping bassline and steppy drum beat to get people moving.
Next up, the eerie synths and machine-like style drums of title-track, Tamaki. Muttley introduces us to sci-fi, nintendo-esque melodies before they unfold effortlessly into the industrial sounding drums. Muttley supplies an abundance of murky basslines and rhythms on this EP but they are particularly impressive on Tamaki. As the track develops, the introduction of yet another cosmic melody adds an extra dimension and continues to evolve, even sounding a little middle-eastern at times, encouraging the listener to remain locked into this journey.
Muttley continues to impress with The People, starting off with a catchy, reverb soaked melody, he then introduces a smartly placed and processed vocal sample to set the vibe. Perfectly delayed percussion, big aggressive snares remain a common theme throughout the EP and throughout this track in particular. Muttley shows some really clever use of empty space allowing the individual elements of the track shine. Clever polyrhythms between the kick and bass patterns are the core of this track and really drive it forward and trigger an irresistible head-nod throughout.
Enemy begins with an atmospheric introduction, consisting of more spacey, synthesised sounds and great use of reverb. The manipulation of space and control of frequencies in the mix, as seen throughout the EP, is a big attraction. The percussion on Enemy is much more prominent compared to the other songs, featuring various clever one-hits, clicks and foley that contribute to glueing together this stomper.
Muttley continues to display his ability to forge multiple polyrhythms, a great knowledge of production techniques, combining a diverse selection of sounds and his skills to create a must have release. The Tamaki EP feels like a nod to the roots of Dubstep, sticking to heavy, memorable basslines and the use of space, also catering to the steppers with his well-crafted drum patterns.
Imperial Audio was set up in early 2012 by DJ and producers Wing & Guesswerk. A label that focuses on bringing underground artists to the forefront of the scene whilst continuing to provide an original sound.