Auditory intoxication. Symphonic bliss. Programming madness. Just a few terms that come to mind after listening to Dirtyphonics’ latest LP Irreverence, out now on Dim Mak. Easily the French quartet’s most profound, single piece of work to date, this 10-track album will certainly go down as one of 2013’s best. Irreverence explodes though bass genres with reckless disregard, scorching any preconceptions of what bass music is, or is supposed to be. If measured by BPM, the bulk of this album falls between dubstep and drum & bass, but one audition will affirm that it is so much more than any typical bass genre.
Starting with the track entitled Los Angeles, Dirtyphonics team with UK dubstep troupe Modestep to deliver a smoldering melodic romp that is a cross between heavy drumstep and the analog sounds of ’70s sci-fi cinema. Jump to the track Prelude (Black) to witness the programming genius of the four Frenchmen, with bleeps and formant groans around every corner of this drumstep banger. This song reveals its grandeur at the 3:44 mark when the rhythm downshifts into a brilliant half-time sequence, only to wind up to full-throttle moments later with the original drums.
For more half-time, glitchy drumstep, move on to Dirty, where the track title adequately sums up the general vibe of the tune. From vocoded lyrics to a throbbing bottom-end, this tune is a hot injection of caustic filth. The Irreverence LP is available now through Beatport here. Click through to check out the rest of the tracklist and notable collaborations with Steve Aoki, Foreign Beggars, and Liela Moss. Also, make sure to catch the Dirtyphonics boys on their Irreverence Tour happening now in the US and Canada (tour dates here).