Keith Stewart was fast asleep when Troy Beetles, otherwise known as bass music producer Datsik, started blowing up his phone at 7 a.m. one morning last August. The Firepower Records boss had just heard 80 Weight, a dark and bouncy trap production that Stewart wrote under his Sub Antix alias–and he was entranced. The two Canadian producers had been playing shows together for a few years, and 80 Weight convinced Beetles that Stewart’s unique take on the trap genre would make him a strong addition to the newly formed Firepower label.
Techniques was released this week, just ahead of Sub Antix’s 11-day stretch on the “Firepower Most Wanted” tour with Datsik, Funtcase, Antiserum & Mayhem, Protohype, Must Die!, The Frim, and Rise At Night (tour dates here).
The 5-track EP is crisp trap for the psychedelically-inclined. The VIP mix of Radical may feature a few of trap’s prerequisite sonic traits–sharp 808s, someone shouting aggressively in the background–but it’s built around a sultry melody that’ll hypnotize you like the song of a snake charmer.
“The whole EP definitely has that Arabian sound,” Sub Antix said. “It’s a bit more experimental. As my tastes changed I got into lighter, bouncier stuff with a hip hop twist.”
“Techniques” is available for purchase on Beatport.