Since he began the eternally cool and considerably clandestine label Sub-liminal Recordings again in 2015, the artist referred to as Agro seemingly hasn’t had loads of time for his personal releases. Sub-liminal has been a champion of all issues underground, discovering artists and curating releases that the bigger and extra widespread facet of the D&B scene would possibly miss. The Brighton-based label with Agro on the helm has given come-ups to the likes of Harm Report, Warhead, Flowdan and DJ Hybrid in its seven years of operation, and Agro contiunes to seek out bass gems in unlikely locations.
Within the imprint’s first couple of years, Agro did apear on lots of Sub-liminal’s collab EPs in addition to firing off a lot of one-off or two-off single drops, however within the final couple of years, it appears he’d been focusing extra on taking good care of his artists. That’s, till the previous couple of months. With a string of collabs, a remaster and “Half 2” of his seminal 2017 monitor “Noise Grievance” and an EP teaser within the type of a Taxman remix of one other Agro basic “Dangerous from Morning,” it appeared he was gearing up for one thing huge.
Enter Agro’s upcoming EP, the aptly named Digital Armshouse, due out this Friday, September 2. Solely Agro’s second EP on his personal imprint since 2015, he’s launched a lot of EPs on different labels like Choose the Lock and Gradient, however this assortment is rightfully at dwelling with Sub-liminal. An epic six tracker, Digital Armshouse actually is an arsenal of bass weaponry Agro has seemingly been gathering and creating over time, ready to unleash it on the world.
Contaning the afore-mentioned Taxman remix, a jumpy, jungle-laced praise to the unique “Dangerous from Morning” highlighting Flowdan’s tight-as-fuck stream expertise, Digital Armshouse opens with an equally ameny title monitor which additionally has hints of darkstep. Agro’s type has at all times been about cheeky nods to the old fashioned, combining parts like closely syncopated snares and darker-than-dark bass in ways in which make them sound trendy and danceable for at present’s crowd. That type is on full flex in Digital Armshouse, with every monitor tighter, steppier and amenier than the final.
Our YEDM premiere at present may very well be the steppiest monitor on the EP, “I Blacked Out.” Dare we are saying bordering on trendy bounce up in its beat construction, “I Blacked Out” is surprisingly fairly minimal in its composition when you break it aside. The issues that make it really feel extra sturdy are the heavy sound design, snappy snares and one other stunning aspect, a beautiful drone which makes its look in the course of every phrase. Who from any period of D&B doesn’t love drone? The amens are additionally minimal on this monitor, so that provides the bass parts house to actually take over the monitor, marrying with the pattern to create one thing a bit otherworldly and, with that drone in place, a musical equal to truly blacking out. Its soothing and dancefloor-friendly on the similar time, and we’re right here for it.
Hopefully Digital Armshouse is the start of Agro releasing hundreds extra as soon as once more on Sub-liminal Recordings, as his type is clearly suited to the label and actually most likely drives it greater than he realizes. Both method, followers can at all times anticipate the impeccable A&R of Sub-liminal and the jaunty type of Agros for a very long time to return, and they’re going to probably cross paths once more. Within the meantime, we have now this Digital Armshouse stocked stuffed with bass.