Review: Alix Perez – ‘Chroma Chords’ (Shogun Audio)

Alix Perez Chroma Chords

★★★★☆

On his sophomore sojourn, Alix Perez goes round the club, making sure light fittings and bar stools are tightly secured, handing out business cards as a sub-bass handyman with a utility belt full of low-end detonators. Balance is everything to the Belgian, simultaneously weighing up light and heavy within tracks, halving the album into migraine makers and the curiously afloat, and the neon-streaked against the pitch black for club cravers versus headphone retreaters.

Surgical scales become a must when calculating glitch, dubstep, hip-hop and drum & bass as a liquid synthesis armed with megaton weight, where “Playing Games” prepares to dive into Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools” as the essence of grace under fire. The velvet-crunched “Broken Heart” is up to splashing daintily to a Destiny’s Child sample, charming you amidst maximalist foliage; “Annie’s Song” capitalises on synth elasticity for an R&B wind and grind, and “YDK” slides into post-dubstep with ease.

Laser-guided bunker transmissions “Shadows” and “Move Aside” completely blow the hypercolour off the map, though one gripe is that the gargantuan bass can spread itself too thin. Despite running as a logical multiple threat, unhealthily grimy hip-hop slugger “Monolith,” featuring UK heroes Foreign Beggars and Jehst, shares the same subwoofer lawlessness as “Villains 1 Heroes 0,” “Blueprint” and Phace & Misanthrop scrap “Burn Out.” Why change the swing of a wrecking ball doing its job though? And because of the contrasts working with and against one another, Perez prevails.

File under: Noisia, Spectrasoul, Lapalux

Album Review: DJ Kentaro / ‘Contrast’ (Ninja Tune)

★★★☆☆

A turntablist turned dubstep detontator, seduced by gigantic wobbles being able to hit the big time, DJ Kentaro’s kitchen sink mentality is a mere half-hour long, the development of stylus wrecker to Japanese exocet having him breathe fire and running the city into a fever. The cut and dice never leaves him, intelligently worked into “Crossfader” and electro-funk ease-up “Next Page,” and there’s more than enough hip-hop firepower — DJ Krush, D-Styles, Kid Koala, C2C — to bill Contrast as a purely multi-deck throwdown. “Kikkake” and “Higher” however immediately state his intentions to push the plunger down on billowing, chaos-in-Metropolis, midrange dubstep/drumstep, made for snapping stadiums into a state of smithereens. State of the art for sure, even if it’s following a fast becoming long tradition – massive sounding, but in reality engineered spotlessly.

UK mega-mouths Foreign Beggars are the perfect power boosters for “Step In”, and the same goes for ragga runners of de dance MC Zulu on “Big Timer” and Fire Ball on “Fire Is On”, turning what was already a demolition job into a game of wrecking balls playing dodgeball. You’re actually getting your money’s worth out of 30 minutes – too much more would’ve been overload, such is Kenatro’s unflinching bass/synth bloodlust that will estrange those wanting an exhibition of crabs and juggles, but will get a helluva lot more of the market onside.
File under: Drumsound &amp Bassline Smith, Pendulum, Sub Focus

Big Shot Guest Mix: Invader!

We all savor mixes from our favorite DJs, but it’s always good to taste some new DJ blood. Meet Alejo Gonzales, the South Florida-based force behind Invader!, a project that serves up a melange of dubstep, electro house, drumstep and drum ‘n’ bass. In a rather short period of time Gonzales has issued tracks on Royal One Records and Heavy Artillery Recordings, and he’s also put the Invader! stamp on official remixes for bands like The Anix, Ketura and Aerodrone. Have a listen to his Big Shot Guest Mix featuring some of his own productions and tunes by South Central, Knife Party, Foreign Beggars and Camo & Krooked that clocks in an one hour (!) and tell us what you think. Download and enjoy.

Big Shot Guest Mix: Invader! by Big Shot Magazine on Mixcloud

Big Shot Guest Mix: Invader!

1. Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te / “The Eye” (Invader! Remix)
2. Invader! / “OMG” (Original Mix) (Royal One Records)
3. South Central / “Japan” (Original Mix)
4. Arent feat. Most Freedom / “Brave New World” (Farleon Remix) (Funkk Sound)
5. Borgore feat. Shay / “Flex” (Document One Remix Instrumental) (Buygore)
6. Invader! / “This Is Antidote” (Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party vs. SubVibe Mashup)
7. Invader! / “HAX” (Original Mix) (Royal One Records)
>> Skrillex / “Rock n’ Roll” (Original Mix) (Mau5trap)
8. South Central / “Soloud” (Invader! Edit)
9. Wuki & Invader! / “Wukinvader” (Original Mix)
>> Popeska / “Lololololol” (Original Mix)
10. Knife Party / “Tourniquet” (Original Mix) (Earstorm)
11. Invader! / “WTF” (Original Mix) (Royal One Records)
>> Nero / “Must Be the Feeling” (Original Mix) (MTA Records)
12. Nero / “Must Be the Feeling” (Kill The Noise Remix) (MTA Records)
13. Knife Party / “Centipede” (Original Mix) (Earstorm/Big Beat Records)
14. SKisM feat. Virus Syndicate / “Like This” (Original Mix) (Never Say Die)
15. xKore / “Hello” (Original Mix)
16. Fatso / “Far From Home” (Skullee Remix) (Funkk Sound)
17. Twitch / “Get Wild” (Original Mix)
18. Steve Aoki feat. Rivers Cuomo (Alvin Risk Remix) / “Earthquakey People” (Dim Mak)
19. Flux Pavillion / “Bass Cannon” (Zomboy Remix)
20. Joe Jonas / “Love Slayer” (Invader! Remix)
21. Knife Party / “Fire Hive” (Original Mix) (Earstorm)
22. Skeptiks / “Cobwebs” (Original Mix) (Never Say Die)
23. Invader! / “Innocent” (Original Mix)
24. Freek Squad / “Work It” (Invader! Remix)
25. Invader! / “Alive” (Original Mix)
26. Zomboy / “Cage the Rage” (Original Mix) (Never Say Die)
27. Foreign Beggars – Still Getting it feat. Skrillex (Original Mix) (Never Say Die)
28. Zomboy / “Game Time” (Original Mix) (Never Say Die)
29. xKore / “Even Horizon” (Original Mix)
30. Sub Focus feat. Kenzie May (xKore Remix) / “Falling Down” (OWSLA)
31. Tristam / “Shine(d)” (Original Mix)
32. Pendulum / “Salt In The Woods “(Original Mix) (WM UK)
33. Porter Robinson / “Spitfire” (Kill The Noise Remix) (OWSLA)
34. Skrillex / “San Diego” VIP (Original Mix)
>> Skrillex feat. Sirah (Original Mix) / “Kyoto” (OWSLA)
35. Camo & Krooked / “Dusk To Dawn” (Original Mix) (Hospital Records)
36. Loadstar / “Space Between” (Original Mix) (Ram Records)
37. Koan Sound / “Talk Box” (Kill The Noise Remix) (OWSLA)

Download: DJ Kentaro feat. Matrix & Futurebound / “North South East West”

Japan’s DJ Kentaro is a demon behind the decks. After making international waves in various turntable competitions, he expanded his horizons and released his debut album, Enter, in 2007, where he collaborated with Spank Rock on several cuts and explored genres like drum ‘n’ bass and beyond. “People say the record has many genres of music,” he told us after the album was released, “but to me it came together so naturally.”

This summer DJ Kentaro will present his second album, Contrast, on Ninja Tune With the album’s first single, “Step In” featuring Foreign Beggars, already making noise, he presents “NorthSouthEastWest,” a nifty collabo with d’n’b stalwarts Matrix & Futurebound. We think it’s pretty hot and can’t wait to hear the rest of his new full-length. Download and enjoy.