Out now via Never Say Die is the brand new EP from dubstep producer/DJs Habstrakt and Megalodon. “The Storm” isn’t the first time this pair has worked together; take a listen back to Megalodon’s “Boom” EP from last summer and you’ll find they worked together on the thumping “40 Cows”. This time they’ve stretched their creative minds to four tracks, with each one showcasing some seriously original bits and pieces. It’s a celebration of fresh and established style within the genre, and will undoubtedly sate Never Say Die’s legion of fans.
What stands out here is how each producer’s sounds complement each other – with Megalodon you’re headed straight back into the murky depths of the emergence of dubstep from its South London roots; always expect deep, thundering bass lines and a rattling melody. When listening to Habstrakt, you should always expect the unexpected. Here is one of those artists who can turn their hand to a range of styles, just take a listen to his bouncing House VIP of Eptic’s “Danger” as a prime example. The Frenchman throws in plenty of quirky bass sounds, licks of samples and impressive vocal contributions, taking his brand of music into original territories everytime. Together, this duo proves they are a musical match made in heaven, with the balance of light and dark spot on throughout “The Storm.”
The opening track (and our personal favourite) is a flurry of sounds – unique vocal chops, sirens and warping bass make up wonderful “Yabba Dabs.” Having seen early support from label head SKisM, this is the kind of tune that will rip up a set with its infectious, sing along chorus. Next up is the title track, a smoother foray with a swooping sense of power. It all suddenly goes much darker with the third tune on the EP, “Revenge“, with its chilling organ chords and chopped up, stomach churning drops. With Megalodon releasing tunes on Never Say Die’s recent Black Label series, it’s clear that he in particular has some real strength in producing for the filthier end of the spectrum. “Riddim101” is the closing track, and it will certainly stick in your ears long after it has finished; expect blistering rhythmical patterns and snare-tastic layering here.
“The Storm” is a classic collection of dubstep that sounds refreshing in 2014, containing plenty of impressive production elements from both featured Never Say Die artists. Give it a couple of spins and you’ll feel empowered for the rest of the day.