One of Drum&BassArena’s hot picks for 2013, Stealth lives up to his name in every way… Quietly making big moves behind the scenes, grafting hard at his dark sonic art, earning his stripes, waiting for the right time to pounce on his prey…
Well the time is now, and we are all his prey. Going in for the kill with his Program debut, the London-based artist has made his move with precision instinct, leaping on us with two rich, rampant rollers just when we least expect it.
Inherently underground and immaculately timeless, both ‘Scrummage’ and ‘Nanite’ purr with intricate production prowess. Late night vibes for drum & bass connoisseurs, they carry the hallmarks longevity, offering something new on every listen.
‘Scrummage’ leads. Opening with crisp, cold atmospheric subtleties, a waspish bassline zips its way into the mix by way of crafty LFO. Fluctuating with angular attitude, the bassline soon becomes the main melody, pinging us back and forth with gritty cheekiness. As we roll deeper into the mix, we’re introduced to haunted one-shot human elements and a wealth of sub bass that underpins the whole composition. Vicious without the shoutiness; like the genuine tough guys who never even have to raise their voice, ‘Scrummage’ is 100 per cent killer.
The icy vibe continues on ‘Nanite’. Sharp, stark and steppy, this one’s home to yet more creamy sub bass and pensive, synapse-snapping kicks, conjuring up memories of the mid-to-late 90s when drum & bass was really finding its own identity. Boasting a truly menacing vocal sample, the track title might have connotations of a sweet night’s sleep but the overall message is clear: don’t have nightmares.
Two killer workouts, one unmissable label debut. Once again, it’s time to get with the Program!
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