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Burr Oak - Polar Lows EP - Trendkill Records



The name #BurrOak should already be very familiar to #TrendkillRecords’ most ardent followers. The emergent drum and bass supergroup, formed of Parisien producers #Opsen and #TheClamps, burst onto the scene last year, striking listeners with their intense, no-holds-barred approach to neurofunk. Drawing on their ever-innovative sound design skills and prolific work rate, the two Frenchmen crafted a whopping four releases for the #Prolix-helmed label last year and have since guested on #Eatbrain and #Cause4Concern in 2020. Now celebrating a homecoming of sorts, October finds the pair returning to Trendkill for the #PolarLowsEP, which features a seismic alliance with Austrian duo #TRTactics.

Showcasing their production prowess, the individual contributions from each member of #BurrOak shine through over the course of the three-track project. As a former member of the innovative trio #Signs, well-known for their halftime contributions to labels like #Noisia’s #Division, #Opsen audibly leaves his mark on opener and title track “#PolarLows”, which utilises flourishes of snarling, hip-hop inspired breakbeats before searing synths launch it into a riotous climax. Meanwhile, some of the blistering basslines on show throughout the EP are well-aligned with #TheClamps’ signature sound, the sum of the two’s contributions making for phenomenal results.

Add #Trendkill labelmates #TRTactics into the mix on “#Washoku” and expect a four-way collaboration of epic proportions, deploying both heavyweight synth work and fleeting, atmospheric pauses. Rounding off the EP is the brooding, progressive “Intelligent Suicide”. Introduced with melancholy ambiances and subdued stabs before hurtling towards a gritty, mechanical crescendo garnished with whirring feedback and drilling basses, the song makes for one of the pair’s most intriguing creations to date, serving as a firm reminder that these two titans of the neuro scene have plenty more tricks up their sleeves.

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