Austrian group Fourward made an explosive debut back in 2011, dropping some of the gnarliest and most polished sounds across various labels like Citrus, Fokuz, and Simplify, to name a few. Their debut on Shimon’s Audioporn imprint also came back in 2011, when they produced a deep and dark banger for drum and bass songstress Tali called Facing Forwards. Their collab with Tali distinctively showcased their inimitable sound design, and ultimately served as a teaser for the tunes they’d soon release on Shimon’s mighty label. After a bevy of releases on Audioporn, including their epic All That Matters EP last summer, the quartet returns to Audioporn once again to drop another neurofunk EP called Aftermath.
For Aftermath, Fourward has elected to go heavy on the funk, and even heavier on the dark and techy sounds found in their previous releases. Starting with the song Streetknowledge, this tune is part stepper, part neurofunk, and all beast. A simple boom-bap drum pattern and funky lead with grooving syncopation will keep heads nodding to this heater for hours on end. For more dark funk, jump to Fourward’s VIP remix of their tune Steady State – a stand-out song originally released on the All That Matters EP. The Austrian producers took the original, added some 8-bit sound effects, and slathered the lead synth in a copious amount of distortion and high frequency content. If Steady State VIP sounds pleasing, check out the tune Mudlark for a mangled melody buried in more of the same violent distortion. Click here to pick up the EP from Beatport and also check out the massive title track on the EP featuring London lyricist Youthstar.