Neosignal
Energy


3.5
great

Review

by Deviant STAFF
November 13th, 2011 | 28 replies | 4,315 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another unrelenting testament to the powers and prowess of one of the leading drum & bass labels in the business

Over the last few years, the drum & bass scene has seen itself go through a renaissance of sorts, a resurgence not just in popularity, but in design. Over the twenty or so years since breakbeat hardcore first emerged and then became assimilated into the world of jungle, there hasn’t been a singular moment when the genre has ever found itself on its knees, desperately clamoring to reach the finishing line, but moments of stagnation have peppered the genre’s existence ever since its bastard birth. And while the likes of Pendulum inadvertently bought the genre into the mainstream with their infectious and hook-laden brand of drum & pop, the reality is they did more harm than good at attempting to reach a wider audience, with the end result a genre hastily retreating back in an attempt to save face and win back that much sought-after critical integrity.

And it’s been interesting to watch the majority of up and coming drum & bass artists jump into the now commercially relevant dubstep scene and form their own jock friendly bass concoctions, with the likes of Nero, Chase & Status and Camo & Krooked moving further away from uptempo calamities. And sure, the likes of Phace, Misanthrop, Spor and Noisia have dabbled in it as well (with mixed results), and there’s always been a sense that they’re just pandering to a mouth watering crowd looking for the next quick fix. So to see them back in form, in full “neurofunk” lockdown as it were, is something of a treat. And while this is accredited to Phace & Misanthrop (in celebration of their Neosignal imprint), Energy is an all star affair filled with fully charged mechanical implosions and needlepoint precision.

What Energy ends up becoming a showcase and, perhaps a crowning achievement for, is the aforementioned new stylistic shift in drum & bass, where the technical and clinical has been discarded in favor of ruthless and unrelenting 4x4 percussion and deeply funneled bass, that calls to mind images of rows upon rows of machines at work in some industrial assembly line, every movement of their fused ligaments creating the perfect mechanical symphony, recorded and set for dancefloor fury. Which gives the whole project a kind of unrelenting industrial and automated vibe, a hybrid collision of sorts that extends from the gun-metal gray of Rockwell’s collaboration on ‘No!’ with its jumbled complexities hidden in the tumbles of the tick-tock-ing percussion, to the molten heavy ‘Amboss’ with its end of the world signaling snare hits.

The lack of pacing on this ep is the only true letdown on offer, with the two clear frontrunner's positioned right at the onset, leaving the good but not grand Spor inclusion struggling to bring up the rear. ‘Micro Organism’ benefits greatly from both Phace & Noisia’s love of sound; filtered and studied under a microscope and deftly recreated into a fragmented army of jittery basslines, the track plays host to arguably one of the biggest and grandiose introductions not seen in drum & bass since Goldie decided hour long jungle tracks were a smart idea, before catapulting almost reluctantly into a jagged onslaught of padded weight and subterranean drum kicks. The big star however, is ‘Energie’ with its rollicking wall of sound production and beefed up bass template that hits like a speedball at high velocity and fails to look back. It’s one of those rare bangers that works on both style and substance, that still packs the much needed hit without resorting to immature necessities to keep the crowds interested. And that’s perhaps the biggest testament to Neosignal, that while operating under the same guise as every other bassweight doing the rounds, they accomplish the same task while retaining a head on their shoulders. It’s drum & bass that retains a much needed maturity, a thinking man’s soundtrack for the end of the world.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011



30291 Comments


100 reviews

Okay, the ep is being released in 3 parts over the course of this month

Tracks 1-4 are now available for purchase on 2 12'' releases through Neosignal: http://neosignal.de/energy1.php
The 3rd release (along with the complete package) will be available on the 31st of this month

Previews(courtesy of skankandbass)
Energie:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu3sHD0IuCw
Amboss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz1xCQB5Yww
No!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAd5coHRrHM
What's Wrong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=act5VSb1z10
Out Of Focus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9q8n1imrwc

Micro Organism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxR3dBscLrs

Boom

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2011



23617 Comments


damn I was hoping you'd write something epic and hyperbolic for your 100th. I had my fingers crossed for Tri Repatae++

this is a good review too though, I guess

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Sanders
November 13th 2011



2323 Comments


Congrats on the 100th! Sweet review, this sounds like something I'd dig, will check out.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2011



6248 Comments


Gratz on the 100th review, man!

Will check out, those links are pretty sweet and Phace really knows how to smash up a venue

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011



20800 Comments


Another unrelenting testament to the powers and prowess of one of the leading reviewers in the business.

Congrats on the big 1-0-0 Dev.

qwe3
November 13th 2011



21154 Comments


yaaaa misanthrop

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2011



23617 Comments


do people just say "pos" and not actually vote? cause there's no pos button here.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
November 13th 2011



14506 Comments


Happy 100th review Deviant. I wish I liked dubstep more so I could share in your joy over albums like James Blake and Old Raves End, but you do a lot for the site in terms of bringing that to the ears of people who actually do appreciate it. So for that you deserve many congratulations.

Also this review is terrible and this album sucks.

; )

Ending
November 13th 2011



1859 Comments


Nice review, interesting pick for your 100th. Also, just nitpicking here but...

with the two clear frontrunner s positioned right at the onset

I take it you're saying "frontrunners" here.

Phace & Noisia’s love of sound ; filtered

I think it should be "sound; filtered".

Again, just nitpicking. Maaaaaybe I'll listen to this.

Jash
November 13th 2011



4242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds awesome I'll have to track it down, great review as usual

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Restrikted
November 13th 2011



1889 Comments


Nice review. I loved Phace's album Psycho so i'll be sure to check this out

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011



30291 Comments


I'm pretty comfortable making the claim that now Phace has become a solo project he's gotten a whole lot better

pizzamachine
November 14th 2011



12568 Comments


Hey Dev, have you heard of Enduser? His 2011 album is great drum n' bass.

Congrats on 100 btw!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2011



30291 Comments


I am familiar with Enduser but thanks!

Acanthus
November 14th 2011



9506 Comments


This looks good, the recommended section is godly.

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bloc
November 14th 2011



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is this in-your-face dnb or that lo-fi stuff?

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2011



30291 Comments


Idk why you ask when I post links, but it's in your face (even though the Noisia track is quite tidy)

bloc
November 14th 2011



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just checked out Energie, seems like something I can like.

bloc
November 14th 2011



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Couldn't find this so to hell with it

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2011



30291 Comments


Well there's the whole it not being out yet thing so....



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