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The New Face of Drum and Bass

All Hail Emperor, the New Face of Neurofunk Drum and Bass

UK-based drum and bass label Critical Music has been at the vanguard of experimentalism in the genre over the past five years.

On one end of the spectrum, acts like Ivy Lab, Sam BingaForeign Concept and label head Kasra have brought in elements ranging from hip-hop and dancehall to ambient and downtempo into their releases. Over on the heavier side of things, EneiMefjus, and precocious young talent Emperor have been leading the charge for neurofunk—a newfangled take on peak-time banger drum and bass that blitzes at breakneck pace, often rushing forward at around 170bpm, with the roaring bassline chuggery of dubstep, the cold tones of techno, lightning production techniques, and sharp sound design.

Emperor, born Conor Corrigan, has been Critical Music's secret weapon for some time now. His first release with the label came in 2012, shortly after his 18th birthday, but he's been allowed time and space to develop both his sound and the mental fortitude it requires to last a lifetime blasting the aneurysm-inducing sonics associated with the neurofunk style. Last year, Critical let Emperor loose and he dropped the jaw-dropping Into Black EP, followed it up with an unrestrained multi-genre EP on UK label inspected, and now, for his coup de grace, comes his debut LP, Dispositions, released this Monday.

Dispositions is a 16-track torrent of frenetic energy, warped basses and scythes of fucked up synthetic sounds that officially announce what many already knew: Alongside genre deities Noisia and current scene leader Mefjus, Emperor is at the top of the neuro pile.


Posted by Wazza on Sun, May 22 2016 13:07:06

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