Not many d&b artists had a bigger 2012 than Rene LaVice. At the beginning of last year, Rene LaVice seized the attention of the d&b massive with his indelibly nasty tune called Headlock, featured on the fifth installment of RAM’s Dimensions series. The tune was packaged alongside Cyantific’s enormous track Infinity, and was a surprising standout on what proved to be a very popular EP.
While some may have stumbled across Rene’s earlier productions on Stride Recordings or John Rolodex’s Machinist Music imprint, it was this RAM release from a year ago that signaled LaVice’s arrival at the top of the 175bpm ranks. Since Headlock’s release, the Toronto native has gone on to deliver a few more impressive cuts on RAM, including the crushing, sledge-hammer-of-a-tune Absolute Monster. Now, Rene boosts the heat index again with his next opus–an unrelenting, 14-track album on RAM called Insidious.
Defined as “proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects,” Insidious is the perfect name for RL’s new album. Its deliberate pacing and underlying maleficence is akin to a loose cannonball rolling around on the deck of a ship, crushing toes and ankles along the way. RL’s typical style of melding d&b’s golden-aged vibes with contemporary sound design is on full display, making Insidious an instant classic.
The LP has a range of styles, but for up-front, stepping flavor, look no further than Perfect World. A rigid rhythm and rude bassline make this tune the preferred tool for peeling people out of their seats. Move ahead to the blazing title track Insidious for some soulful vocals courtesy of Ivy Mairi and some industrial-sounding synth work. Metalheadz fans will be particularly pleased by its robotic sound palette–very techy and very funky. For a bit of half-time drumstep flavor, skip ahead to the tune This Is A Conflict and be prepared for a barbaric lead synth complimented by an infectious chord progression. Insidious is out now on RAM Records. Click through to listen to the entire album and purchase a copy.