When you consider the cultural heritage of drum & bass, Spain isn’t necessarily the first place that would come to mind. However, within Spain’s murkier corners the scene has remained healthy, steadily growing its output of talent and upholding the same production standards prevalent throughout Europe. One of its most prominent figures is Ruben Asensio – also known as DJ Assassin. Aptly named due to his quickfire skills behind the decks, he’s just as gifted in the studio. With his distinctive sounds and powerful scratch shoots, his solid and energetic drum & bass frequency has garnered respect globally. His dirty style, manufactured with strong basslines and electrifying synths, has seen support from the genre’s biggest players, including Pendulum, Dillinja, Mefjus and Spor. Following his transition from Hip-Hop into drum & bass, he’s remained inherently underground, this time joining the admired ranks of Red Light Records.
Alongside DJ Assassin comes Loop Stepwalker, also hailing from Spain, with a history littered across dance music’s darkest genres. His eclectic tastes helped him become a prominent part of bass music culture in Spain, having featured on Rinse FM and signing an array of releases on the underground’s biggest imprints. Moving constantly across a huge portfolio, he joins his fellow Spaniards for this next colossal release.
‘The Fury’ is unforgiving, relentless and crashes forward on aggressive beat patterns. The record alludes to its track-title, throwing hit after hit of sonic chaos, pulling itself forward on its darkly engineered segments, gritting its teeth with every distorted breakdown. The record grabs you by the throat, with well chiselled hooks and each industrial slam of drums. Through its anarchy, both artists demonstrate why they’re such revered icons within the Spanish scene and beyond.
And finally, Kalashnikov joins the two for collaborative track ‘Techno Militia’. Continuing the unyielding, powerful vibe prevalent throughout its predecessor, ‘Techno Militia’ throws itself at you layer upon layer. There’s no sign of limiting the impact and each artist brings their individual skillset to create optimum damage, with Red Light Records continuing their reputation for their no-holds-barred releases. Each featuring artist helps them maintain their hegemony of the underground – one soundtracked by records of the same calibre.
Beatport Exc: 25th May