On his third EP release on QED Records, Evo Evolver (aka Araknidus aka Philippine dnb musician Myke Madriaga) dishes out melodic two-step and drum&bass replete with expansive atmospheres and cinematic elements. There’s even a hint of the wobbly aggressive bass made famous by dubstep artists of every age and stripe right alongside lush and melodic strings.
Evo Evolver creates smooth, cosmopolitan drum&bass music rife with tension. In his music you hear opposing poles struggling for control: grime and glamor, light and dark, rest and note, indie and mainstream, the decaying future and the thriving present.
Dystopian Dream is his musical examination of opposing polarities, which in the end makes it an engaging listen — worth every minute of its 23-minute running time.
What happens when you mix together the liquid grooves of urban jungle and the immediate intensity of youth? Oddly enough, in this case, the end product is combination of mature futurejazz, and quirky drum ‘n’ bass experimentation care of aLJar3d. Despite the occasional discordance, there is energy and studiousness here that displays the artist’s dedication to his craft.
“Delayed Summertide” is six tracks of sophisticated, funky, smooth but always energetic drum ‘n’ bass from a newbie that already knows where he’s going.
DETAILS: 6 mp3s, encoded at approximately 128 kbps, 44.1 kHz stereo. | Total run time: 29:32
DOWNLOAD: entire album as a single zip file (27 MB) – from Archive.org.
Individual tracks after the jump.
Two drum&bass masters team up to dish out an aggressive laser volley of tracks that proclaim the supremacy of two-step and jungle — even in 2009. Araknidus and aLJar3d both litter their music with speech samples and distorted synthlines, with tough beats and a love of sci-fi. Welcome to dystopia, enemy aliens, evil warlords, and mutant clones.
Araknidus is the dubstep artist alias for Mike Madriaga (akaEvo Evolver) whose releases are on QED Records. Meanwhile, aLJar3d is a Bacolod City-based musician who has been travelling the Philippines bringing his DNB music everywhere.
File under: dubstep, 2-step, drum&bass, dnb, sci-fi
Details: 8 MP3s encoded at 128 to 192 kbps (VBR) 44.1kHz stereo. | Total running time: 41:43
DOWNLOAD: Download the entire album in one zipfile (45 MB – VBR).
(qd-4253) Various Artists - Travel Agents: Bagetsafonik Travelogue Detours
In 2007, an independent Philippine band named Bagetsafonik put together an album called Travelogue which fused indiepop with electronica. One year later, they got fellow artists and producers to reinterpret those tracks. Travel Agents: Bagetsafonik Travelogue Detours is a 12-track album containing reinterpretations of each of the tracks on their debut album in various styles.
Artists/Producers: Caliph8, MoodJunkie, PaoChec, FluxusSyndrom, DJ Ponga, Names Are For Tombstones, Squid9, Spazzkid, Waking Up The Sunrise, Eggboy feat. Analog MC, Rlyn & Big Daddy J-Dibbs, N:ua, M.A. Mastering: Allan Confiado
DETAILS: 12 MP3s encoded at 192 kbps, 44.1 kHz stereo.
Welcome to a six-minute urban exploration using drum ‘n’ bass and suave textures. The Unit delivers nothing short of musical poetry in a single DNB track. With some bonus military design for the cover art thrown in just for fun.
DETAILS: One MP3 encoded at 360 kbps, VBR, stereo. KEYWORDS: drum & bass, two-step
01. The Unit – The Love I Have [14 MB]
02. Cover Artwork [10 KB ]
Neon City is a 6-track drum-n-bass full-length album that never veers far from its core goal of providing a smooth series of jazz-influenced accompaniments to urban exploration. A little bit sparkling Tokyo, a smidge of vast California, and a whole lot of grimy Manila, the release becomes a unified whole, because it is cut from a single template of light, but driven, grooves. Evo Evolver’s signature sinister mood is abandoned for a different flavor of DNB.
FILE UNDER: drum&bass, jungle, downtempo DETAILS: Six MP3s at 192 kbps.44.1kHz stereo. | Total Running Time: 27:10. | Released: April 3, 2008.
Demolee is smooth. And by that, we mean his music. In an effort to create some stuttering drum-n-bass, he instead coughed up four tracks of suave sophisticated downtempo. And now he claims he that was his original intention. Whatever the case may be, A World In Slow Motion is a jazzy trip through nocturnal cityscapes with arms wide open.
FILE UNDER: downtempo, chillout, drum&bass DETAILS: Four MP3s at 192 kbps.44.1kHz stereo. | Total Running Time: 18:40. | Released: Good Friday. March 21, 2008. DOWNLOAD: Entire EP as a zip file (25.7 MB)– from Archive.org
Individual tracks after the jump