Dark Matter Various Artists - Bass Controllism Records
Welcome to a special one-off blog post showcasing a fantastic VA compilation coming out of Bass Controllism Records from the Netherlands. This Dutch label has just released the Dark Matter VA which boasts 45 tracks by 32 artists; the majority of the tracks are techno & its sub-genres with a few other electronic genres represented. The tracks are in bpm order (lowest to highest), thus, gently taking you on a journey to oblivion! You can find the compilation on Beatport, Traxsource & Junodownload as well as other music download & streaming platforms.
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Here are the tracks in order complete with pithy one-liner reviews from UK minimal & techno producer, Hegstraction, with artist & track hyperlinks. (Click on the artist names for links to their music & the track names for links to the specific track. Click here for the artist Beatport links.)
"A great start to the compilation with this percussion-driven track accentuated by atmospheric white noise stabs & deep dreamy background melodies."
"A smooth half-time & breakbeat track that lures you in with silky melodies, sub-bass lines & industrial flourishes."
"Something a little heavier & darker now; this track has some nice punctuated sequences lodged between sinister hypnotic sections."
"Lorenzo's created a nice groove here with some trippy vocal FX & a satisfying beat."
"Stepping up a gear with this track; the kick, hi-hats & heavy reverb make you 'pull the bass face' as you get into the mix."
"Love how this gets going after the one-minute mark and then again at 5:30 in; the melody has a great anthem-like quality."
"Some lovely bass & reverb on the kick in this track combined with nice percussive touches, dark stabs & complementary melodies."
"Here comes DJ Marz with a driving track, soft synths setting a nice flow, forward percussion, and some otherworldly sounds in the breakdowns."
"A little harder & faster for Ex One's second track on the release; the kick patterns & percussive elements create a perfect groove to dance to and get lost in the melodies."
"Ooh, those synths at the one-minute mark really give it a nice edge; quite low-key industrial at some points with a really good choice of melody."
"Time for your subwoofer to get a workout; lovely hypnotic driving beat with some subtle percussive & synth elements."
"Time to catch your breath with some smooth sub-bass moulded with house & dub vibes."
"Getting into a nice progressive house groove now with ethereal vocals leading you between worlds."
"Let's go! Pushing the pace with complex percussion and automated synths, we find ourselves immersed in the 'sound'."
"Great subdued melody here has the 'look' of a famous anthem combined with hypnotic beats & FX."
"Switching things up with a Jackin House track & as the name of the track implies, multiple bleeps & bloops with vocals & beats coordinated to create a rhythm."
"We're treated to a heavy kick with hypnotic trippy melodies in between breakdowns & bridges adding to the overall atmosphere."
"The minimal-esque 'bleepety, bleepety, bleepety' serves as a nice melody here amongst percussive work & warped synths & FX reflecting the name of the track."
"Into some breakbeat now & this track really kicks off at 1:42 with a chunky electro dynamic lead synth - very satisfying!"
"Si's got some lovely electronic 'byte' on the kick & lots of nice automated sequences driving the track forward with hard dance & industrial fundamentals."
"'Hypnotic' is the keyword here with some snare stabs & low-key house synths rounding out the picture."
"Another driving hypnotic number from Kev with some synth arps & manic melodies creating an intense atmosphere."
"A lively house track with those bouncy synths just right for the dancefloor, & some of those trippy melodies again, and I love that little bit of percussion just after 4 minutes in."
"Oh, it's my track ..., so this is how I think transformers talk, haha, bundled up with suspenseful long builds reaching a complex groove."
"Great intro to this track with nice meaty kick patterns, dynamic techno-house synths, & those lovely ominous dark synth stabs in between nicely mixed robotic vocals."
"A no nonsense driving sci-fi techno track with fitting vocals in between some acid melodies."
"Frantic arp sequences combined with percussive elements giving a satisfying tonality, & feeling a little tribal by the end."
"An onomatopoeic track with a creative & minimal-sounding intro continuing into a breakbeat flow."
"A hypnotic driving track with subtle melodies, FX, & industrial elements."
"This track has the 'get to know your neighbours' kick; the first hard techno track of the compilation, bringing hard dance synths & moody basslines."
"An eerie intro leading into dark melodies & a heavier harder final third with some tight acid."
"We're going on a musical journey through minimal pastures, breakbeat highlands, melodic valleys & progressive mountains."
"Rolling into 140 bpm territory with a hard dance track with video game synths & sound FX."
"Dark minimal hypnotic vibes creating a fast-paced techno meditation."
"A hardcore blitz with hard dance rave signals complete with ominous dark pads."
"Ravers rejoice! Shaun's got you covered with a hard dance energy-filled track with builds, drops & breaks."
"Another Mitshi track with high-energy, complex percussion, & pulsing lead synths."
"From a dream-like intro with sub-basslines to introspective pads, 'mainframe' synths, & sci-fi vocals."
"A rave in a giant empty water tower anyone?! Pushing the pace now with subterranean melodies, synth stabs, & rhythmic percussion."
"Achiel's created a great groove here just with kick, percussion & FX; then, some nice atmospheric pads, upbeat kick patterns, & dynamic thick lead synths."
"Bringing the primordial power of the goddess of the sea, we're treated to a peak time driving percussion heavy wave with fervent melodies."
"Fast-paced breakbeats with fat basslines, riser builds, & intricate percussion."
"A creative dubstep mix punctuated with bass synth stabs & melodic influences."
"Hard dance kick patterns with muted rave signs & esoteric pads & melodies."
"Finishing with a bang, a rap-infused hard dance number, with D'n'B inspired sequences."
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