Myles Oliver
Forcefield


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR (189 Reviews)
October 16th, 2021 | 38 replies


Release Date: 09/20/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great example of how to tell a story without a single lyric.

When I first heard Forcefield, it instantly reminded me of my favorite thing about all the electronic music I enjoy: the way it creates a mood and a setting. The beats merely set the musical base so the unsettling synths and odd bass lines can twist and mingle with each other in all sorts of weird ways; of course, this is all according to the creator’s plan. Myles Oliver (aka AnimalsAsSummit) has given us a wonderfully warped playground of crazy drum and bass tunes, all giving off distinct vibes but still adhering to the same futuristic setting. In fact, let’s see what his intention was with this release:

“Forcefield represents all of what I've wanted to put into drum and bass music. Heavy and groovy sounds that don't fit into any one time, or stick to any rulebook. Here I set out to complete 10 tracks of floor-ripping funk. From the spinning blades of the apache helicopters over a silver city, to the kung fu warriors of the future; this is a mental trip into another dimension.”

This came from his Bandcamp page, and I couldn’t agree more with his sentiments. What makes Forcefield such a fun listen is that it creates so much imagery without Oliver singing or speaking a single word in the music itself. The album is purely instrumental (sans the samples, which contain some dialogue), but its atmosphere comes from how creatively written and arranged everything is. In fact, it’s a great example of how effective repetition is when it’s used correctly; the beats themselves aren’t altered very much, but as I stated above, they’re only there to set the stage for everything else going on above them. “Circle of Seven Fists” is an excellent representation of such, as I imagine this song is what Oliver was referring to with the “kung fu warriors of the future”; the abrasive synth lines and creative samples really make you feel as though you’re engaged in a fight with martial arts masters in some dystopian alternate universe. Meanwhile, a more lengthy excursion like “The Human Download” manages to stretch its wings out a bit more by periodically switching up its beats and altering between light and dark soundscapes. Pay particular note to the middle section, which plunges the listener into a grimy industrial environment while the frantic drums push everything along; chilling stuff.

You have to give Oliver credit here; the song titles do a great job of matching the mood each track is going for. “Momentum” has an incredibly apt title, as the consistently fast beat is complemented by weird swooping electronic effects that come at differing speeds. Then there’s “Night Vision”, whose brooding synths and strange “wah-wah” effects give off the feeling of walking down a particularly dangerous part of the city at night. My favorite moments of Forcefield however, are the ones in which the beats stop completely and you get a moment of reflection before the intensity starts up again. “Night Vision”, the title track, and the outro of “Circle of Seven Fists” have the best examples of this, and they provide a nice respite from the rest of the action. If there was one thing that could be improved upon here, however, it would be the variety of the beats. Most songs go at a pretty consistent tempo, and while speedy tracks can be exciting, the next record would benefit from Oliver switching things up a bit more in this department. Still, that doesn’t detract too much from what is otherwise an incredibly solid effort. Myles Oliver has a lot to be proud of with this recording, and it’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here. I haven’t listened to much of his back catalogue, but based on the quality of Forcefield, it seems as though I have a lot of great music to explore in the near future.



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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2021


12395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This one goes out to my boi AnimalsAsSummit. Great work, man!



Check out the album here: https://kinggreenied.bandcamp.com

DePlazz
October 16th 2021


3290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agree with the review. I enjoyed this quite a bit, will be spinning it again and might up my rating. It's drum & bass without the boring parts. The different track lengths work very effectively here; and none of them are longer or shorter than needed.

AnimalsAsSummit
October 16th 2021


5781 Comments


Oh hell yeah! You described exactly why I wanted to make this album and a lot of what I wanted to get across, perfectly. Thanks so much for this review! Beyond awesome writing too

@DePlazz appreciate the kind words man, you know your stuff!

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ghostalgeist
October 17th 2021


622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

god rez rules, i'm reminded of how great it is every time i see your avatar man

AnimalsAsSummit
October 17th 2021


5781 Comments


Agreed, one of my favorite games ever! And thanks for jamming the album ghost. Glad you enjoyed it

ghostalgeist
October 17th 2021


622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for givin us a good album to jam man /m/

AnimalsAsSummit
October 17th 2021


5781 Comments


/m/ no prob

parksungjoon
October 17th 2021


38522 Comments


woah nice feature

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2021


12395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Animals: Glad you liked the review! Always glad to give a shoutout to another user :]

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2021


21877 Comments


That might be the craziest album cover I've seen in a long time

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2021


12395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For sure. Makes me feel like I'm about to play something futuristic like Mirror's Edge or Timesplitters

ChrimzonCanine
October 18th 2021


1104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album cover screams 1999 electronica

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Trifolium
October 18th 2021


27477 Comments


Nice feature Animals 💖💪🏼!!!

AnimalsAsSummit
October 18th 2021


5781 Comments


Thanks @trif agreed! And thanks in regards to the artwork @neek and @chrimzon, that cover took weeks to create. I wanted the art to reflect the kind of album art I love; inspired a lot by RAM Records 1999-2004 period, among other influences from around the same period.

normaloctagon
October 18th 2021


6974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah div

ChrimzonCanine
October 18th 2021


1104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wanted the art to reflect the kind of album art I love; inspired a lot by RAM Records 1999-2004 period, among other influences from around the same period.


For sure! It really captures that golden era of D’n’B and underground electronic music really well, especially since it’s my favorite era of that kind of music :3

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2021


3045 Comments


Nice review @DivergentThinking! I always like to see user projects get the spotlight.

Been meaning to check Through Us In Radar for a while, but might get around to this one eventually as well.

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2021


12395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys!



And yeah, I'm definitely planning on exploring the previous albums soon as well

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2021


21877 Comments


Honestly if the title was removed it might be one of my favorite album covers (but the font/title are iconic of the era you're trying to represent so I totally understand and appreciate the vibe)

parksungjoon
October 19th 2021


38522 Comments


he did it all proper like

authentic



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