For the last decade, Black Sun Empire’s tech-infused sound spread like a virus, infecting the dark underbelly of underground D&B scene one warehouse at a time. Quickly building a cult following, the Dutch drum & bass group appeared on many of the genre’s top labels like DSCI4, Renegade Hardware, and their own Black Sun Empire Recordings, seeding their brand of ‘neurofunk’ before the term even existed.
With their recent LP From the Shadows still going strong, the group now readies a massive, 28-track remix album filled with re-imaginings of their most profound productions. Titled Variations on Black, the LP comes by way of their new imprint Blackout Music NL, and features many of the genre’s leading producers including Noisia, S.P.Y., and The Upbeats, among others. LessThan3 presents a look inside Variations on Black with an exclusive premiere of Ulterior Motive’s remix of BSE’s Monologue.
Ulterior Motive gives 2007’s Monologue an abrasive rework, reconfiguring many of the original’s elements into distorted vestiges of their former selves. Fortunately, the resonant stabs from the original mix make it into the rework, but not without a new layer of creative filtering. The tune also showcases a variety of rhythmic patterns ranging from rolling ghost snares to simple boom-bap drum sequences–typical M.O. for the Bournemouth duo. For more of the same neuro-pressure, make sure to check out Noisia’s remix of Arrakis–which also appears on the Variations on Black album. The Dutch trio delivers a high-energy retooling, full of cinematic effects and aggressively tuned synthetics.
Variations on Black will be available on Nov. 4 via Beatport and Nov. 18 at all other outlets. Until then, head over to Black Sun Empire’s SoundCloud page to preview several selections from this forthcoming album, including a few VIPs from the boys themselves!