Mind Vortex’s long-awaited sophomore release on RAM Records has finally arrived, and it delivers the same explosive energy heard in their coveted Hot Box EP from last year. The duo’s new EP features two volatile hand grenade tunes called Alive and Arc, both of which easily qualify as A-sides. This release follows the same formula as MV’s previous EP, with the track Alive showcasing the group’s penchant for infusing jazz and d&b à la Now It’s Time, and the other track Arc getting a heavier drumstep varnish, similar to their 2012 smasher, Hot Box. The EP also features a surprisingly sensational VIP mix of Arc, making this release nigh irresistible.
Both Arc and Alive are confoundingly great, combining big, cutting-edge sound design with an always-welcomed measure of musicality. Drumsteppers will appreciate the harder tune on the EP called Arc, a composition filled with the requisite modulations and distortion to make any bass head happy. After filling up on the original mix of Arc, check out the VIP mix for a whirling dervish of pitch-bending synths and a syncopated rhythm section. For a straight-up d&b banger, jump ahead to Alive for an endless supply of percussive chord stabs and a feverish vocal rife with emotion. The entire EP can be purchased now via Beatport by clicking here.