Bristol drum & bass producer and #DJKontrast has been making his presence felt throughout the drum & bass scene; for his forthcoming release, he’s been welcomed into the #LockdownRecordings team, an imprint which has been flying the flag for independent labels making their own place within the dance music world. His return to #LockdownRecordings proves that he’s become a defining part of the imprint, after his ‘#OpenRoad’ EP in 2017 saw his name become more recognisable amongst his counterparts. With an education in sound design, his production techniques are of an undeniable quality and his sonic capabilities are also apparent throughout his forthcoming, five-track ‘Close to You’ EP on the imprint.
#Lockdown has built a strong reputation for finding and developing new talent and #Kontrast is another example of the new breed of newcomer producers who are currently moulding the drum & bass world with their high levels of engineering. With his growing audience, alongside the fan base of #Lockdown, this new EP will represent a standout piece in the labels catalogue.
The relaxed, jazzy melodies which stream through his music always also push a weighty undercurrent, something he’s pinned as a signature for his work. The low sub basslines striking through the heart of beginning cut ‘#Dawnings’ sets a precedent for the EP and it’s one which is followed in quick succession with the more minimal rollout of ‘#SignsThatILove’. #Cybin then joins #Kontrast for ‘#LastingMystic’, a chilled jungle roller with plenty of summer vibes, bringing through the sounds which have made both artists infamous within their circles. Title-track ‘#ClosetoYou’ is a defining part of the release and it boasts the moniker which #Kontrast has stayed true to, yet honed diligently, since he first began producing. Then finishing the EP is ‘#Sovereign’, another classy liquid jungle offering, once again delivering the rumbling subs and intricate beat layering which has made #Kontrast such an identifiable force over the past two years and definitely an artist to watch closely in the future.
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