An introduction for Craggz & Parallel probably isn’t necessary, as most drum & bass fans already know this veteran group from their first break-through release on Dillinja’s Valve imprint almost a decade ago. Since then, the producers have delivered a bevy of shadowy tracks on the harder side of the bass spectrum, releasing two albums and several rude tunes like Release, Future Shock, and Hurt You, to name a few. Not even three months removed from their techy banger Invasion on burgeoning Japanese label Yabai 84, the duo have just dropped another imperious EP called Fragments, out via their own Product Recordings.
The Fragments EP features four pressurized tunes, all of which are ominously funky–perhaps none more so than the frighteningly dark Metal Plate (video below). With a hostile bassline and a deluge of snappy drums, Metal Plate is as nefarious as it is entrancing. For a heavier dose of sub-frequencies, jump ahead to the EP’s title-track where C&P drop the bass like no other. Fragments is built around a surging, resonant bass stab capable of shifting tectonic plates if played loud enough. Add a few ethereal pads and live drum kit and Fragments transforms into a shiftless stepper suitable for main stage play at the largest festivals. The next song on the EP is the tech-funk roller called Nobody–a tune that reflects the duo’s versatile production style. Splashing percussion, a glitched-out, soulful vocal, and a gliding bassline drives Nobody’s funk quotient through the stratosphere. Click here to head over to Beatport to pick up the entire Fragments EP.