Andrew Wowk, Sydney - Australia - on 15/2/12
Break’s Symmetry label is now ten releases deep, and for this special occasion the label head turns in one of his most unique, challenging productions to date, while Xtrah takes care of the dancefloor destroying duties on the flip.
They’re Wrong is a massive change of pace and style for Break, who has built a reputation on dark, grinding beats and heavy basslines, but certainly not an unwelcome one. If anything, it’s evidence that he’s just outright talented: not just a master of no-holds-barred neuro and tech-step, he is also able to craft intricate, warm, and soulful deep vibes, too. The bassline is a sweet, jazzy rhythm played on an actual bass guitar, and this is beautifully accompanied by echoed electric guitar chords, lush atmospherics and crooning vocal samples. His trademark drum programming is of course present, with They’re Wrong taking edits, breaks and rolls to a new level, combining the raw, edgy sounds of jazz drums with meticulous sequencing.
Newcomer Xtrah makes an emphatic statement with Cyrax: brock out or fuck off. With ridiculously high production skills for a newcomer (some of the scene’s stalwarts could take a lesson from this kid), he carefully crafts a chunky cut of minimal, but heavy and dancefloor-ready filth. The beats are tight, steppy, stripped-back and clean, but with a slightly rolling feel, and this feel is augmented by the low-end comprised of three different bass sounds – long, descending saw waves, wide, rounded sub bass growls and rugged Reese stabs.
A great tenth release that showcases two very different sides of the Symmetry sound and no doubt just a taste of what’s to come from the label.
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