SKALATOR MUSIC #011: GROVES
Catalogue Number: #SKLTR011
Release Date: 14.05.2018
Tracklist:
A // CLINIK
B // FALL APART
C // PRONE

After a period of hibernation over fall and winter, following the release of “Phoenix E.P.” by Neurotoxin, we are proud to unveil our eleventh release on the label, by Toronto-based Artist: Groves.

Although a fresh face in the scene for many, he’s been around the bass music scene for quite a while, dedicated to music theory and crafting his production skills over recent years.
With a solid background as a drummer since young age, he got into Dubstep at first through his older brothers, and was inspired by the likes of DMZ, Skream & Benga, to name a few. Soon after, he naturally progressed into Drum and Bass, and started making music with fellow producers David Louis, Captivate and Stranjah. Their input as producers has led to the creation of Vortex, who are steadily cementing their position, as one of the most promising artists on today’s contemporary bass music scene in Canada.

Groves has been receiving an overwhelming amount of international support by the likes of dBridge, Fracture, Skeptical, and Fixate, with his recent “Tengmo Rah” E.P., released on the mighty Exit Records.

This release is proof that the future of Drum and Bass can still be as exciting as in the early days. 1

A // CLINIK
“Clinik” starts off with a vocal sample and a spaced-out lunar module sound that sets the vibe throughout with some dreamy pads, creating a smooth atmospheric soundscape.
An ever present rhythm section soon steps in with a series of clinically-placed breaks, combined with warm and heavy sub-bass vibes. Metalheadz/Reinforced golden era memories.

B // FALL APART
“Fall Apart” presents itself with a smooth introduction featuring dark cinematic moods.
These are soon followed by arpeggiated bells that roll over dung the track that create a more random direction on the groove, together with a sharp upfront snares and cheeky wobble bass effects.

C // PRONE
“Prone” is half-step drum and bass at it’s finest, with plenty of dark-layered pads and effects, baffled by an array of well-placed delays and reverbs on the sound spectrum.
Tightly designed drum patterns provide an exquisite crescendo groove, trademark of the Vortex sound.