Dec 02, 2012
Shogun’s Latest Sampler
The Prototypes - Blackout (Original Mix) [Shogun Audio]
Icicle - Timer (Original Mix) [Shogun Audio]
Technimatic - Solace (Original Mix) [Shogun Audio]

D&B staple label Shogun Audio drops the Evolution Series 4 EP for the holidays, giving us a glimpse into their promising 2013 roster.

I’ve taken note of The Prototypes a few times this year, with their remix of AlunaGeorge‘s Your Drums, Your Love in particular proving to me that they can manipulate sexy vocals into a melodic D&B masterpiece. Given that, a destructive underground bass anthem was not what I was expecting when I saw their name on Shogun’s latest sampler, but that’s exactly what we got with Blackout. In many instances, the most impactful D&B is the stuff that is in-your-face but also really well knit together. The Prototypes take this as an opportunity to show another aspect of what seems like a very deep knowledge of production, can’t wait to see what these guys come out with next.

Holland’s own Icicle dishes out an equally filthy track in Timer, a 174-bpm bass tune that invites you to stomp around the house. Shogun newcomer Technimatic also comes up strong with Solace, a liquid beat that shows a lot of restraint and thorough production for somebody so new to the big-label scene. Evolution Series 4 releases tomorrow, so be sure to pick up the whole thing!

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