Psymbionic is not a nationally known electronic artist outside of his Austin, Texas hometown, but his latest EP Ride With Me is sure to bring the young producer notoriety. Out on San Francisco imprint MalLabel Music, Ride With Me features remix efforts by New Zealand dubstep bosses Truth and the reigning world champion of dirty basslines Starkey. Ride With Me is only Psymbionic’s second official EP, but the tune clearly demonstrates Psymbionic’s growth as a producer. Since 2010, Psymbionic has crafted four hard-hitting remixes ranging from glitch hop to drum’n’bass, but his latest EP demonstrates his penchant for producing dubstep.
It’s no surprise that the remix of Ride With Me by Philly rude-boy Starkey is loaded with aggressive grittiness. Starkey has taken the original mix of Ride With Me and injected it with his usual flavor of edgy, grime-filled dub, giving the tune a slathered coat of glitchy filth. Starting with a series of thunking kick drums, the tune only gets nastier when Starkey introduces a synth that sounds like power tool at a dentist’s office. Eight bars later, that synth eventually breaks for the lower octaves, changing in a throaty, raucous melody. From arrangement to composition, this remix is simply a wicked showcase of talent by the prodigious producer that is Starkey. If that’s not enough, move along to the Truth remix–a sub-bass quashing that any fan of UK bass music will enjoy.