Andy C’s Nightlife series has exposed the world to many burgeoning producers over the last decade; those lucky enough to get their tunes on the Executioner’s seminal mix usually receive a serious spike in recognition. Until Nightlife 5, London graffiti artist Tyke received little attention for his releases across various labels, including his own Dead Or Alive imprint. After his collaboration with Recipe, The Music Makers, appeared on Nightlife 5, the Londoner immediately scored nods from some of the biggest players in the industry. Eventually Tyke found himself behind the decks at the famed Fabric nightclub, poised to deliver his rough dnb sound to the masses. After cementing an exclusive record deal with Twisted Individual’s Grid Recordings, Tyke now delivers a rough-and-tumble six-track EP called Nightmares.
After listening to the entire Nightmares EP several times over, it’s not hard to see why Hype, Hazard, DJ Marky, Grooverider, and Crissy Criss have all been giving it heavy rotation. From the production techniques to the composition, this EP borrows very little from what’s currently fashionable in bass music. For example, the track Alien is as raw as dnb comes, combining a hazy, noise-saturated synth with a perforated lead melody. The tune’s common break sample has been liberally chopped apart and pieced back together, giving the drum pattern an entirely new cadence. Jump to the EP’s title track for more of the same raw sound and slashing break samples. However, Tyke goes a step further by dialing up some cheeky dialog samples and a seriously distorted bassline for extra rudeness. Another outstanding tune on the six-track EP is called The Number, and its minimalistic structure should not be mistaken for simplicity. With an upright bass sample, some reverse bass notes, and crackling snares, The Number tramples the ground with reckless abandon.