Ever since Emperor’s Into Black EP released on Critical Records last May, I have been eagerly awaiting new material from him with high expectations. Well, his debut album is finally here and after listening to some of the tracks released so far it does not disappoint. I will discuss my favourite 3 from the already released previews: Haste, From Ashes and Interstellar.
Haste begins with an ominous atmospheric pad with crackling drums and a rising bassline, before dropping into all out chaos. With noisia-style wobbling bass and interesting sound effects, alongside amazing production and also sounding great in a mix, this is definitely one to watch.
From Ashes is apparently Emperor’s earliest completed track on the album. Again with an ominous intro, it is a full on neuro rampage with a grinding bass, rolling hihats and a really groovy feel. This is one meant for the dance floor.
Finally, Interstellar is my favourite of all the previewed tracks so far. A collaboration with Centra, it begins with a filtered bass and futuristic effects, but then the bass drops and all you feel is weight. Chunky, thunderous drums (I have never heard a kick and snare sound so huge) reverberate around the room, it starts with an interesting bass pattern but then switches to a usual rolling pattern. But, the second drop where the build up starts with filtered bassline and then goes quiet, with a vocal sample and then the drop… this is Emperor at his best, bringing heavyweight bass and his masterful production style to drum and bass.
Overall, a good start to an increasingly interesting LP. The neurofunk master has returned.