Review: Since gate crashing the drum and bass party back in 2009, Mefjus (AKA Austrian producer Martin Schober) has consistently delivered high quality material for a range of labels, most notably Critical Recordings. This time out he's operating on Vision Recordings, offering up a second album, some four years on from releasing his well-received debut full-length. After opening with the foreboding, scene-setting cyber-ambient of "Manifest", the long-serving DJ/prodiucer proceeds to lay down a rip-snorting selection of peak-time D&B cuts marked out by dark and throbbing neruofunk style wobble basslines, clandestine textures, creepy orchestration and punchy, occasionally rolling breakbeats that occasionally tend towards the old school. There are also occasional blasts of experimental D&B - see "Ringshifter" and the stabbing "Work It" - and hard-to-define bass music fusions containing notably weighty low-end motifs.
Review: Fabric has described Mefjus's contribution to their FabricLive mix series as a "hybrid artist and DJ mix album". That's because the Austrian D&B starlet has taken the bold step to pack the 29-track set with his productions and remixes. In fact, every single thing featured on the thrill-a-minute CD is his work, even the previously unreleased "VIP" versions of tracks by the neurofunk heavyweight's peers. It's a blueprint that guarantees success. While there's plenty of subtle variety and occasional changes in direction, the set is propelled forwards at a furious lick by the Austrian's passion for fuzzy, mind-altering basslines, Blade Runner-style soundscapes, punchy rhythms and fizzing electronics. As a result, the 80-minute mix seems to pass by at the blink of an eye.
Review: Given that Misanthrop has been active in the experimental D&B scene since the dawn of the millennium, it's rather surprising to find that Misanthrop is his debut solo album. Built around distorted electronics, industrial tropes, throbbing basslines and redlined rhythms, it's exactly the kind of set you'd expect from the Stuttgart native. Highlights come thick and fast, from the creepy, new wave and Kraftwerk influenced shuffle of "Notbot" and off-kilter, IDM madness of "The Funk" - like Autechre jamming with dBridge - to the unbridled aggression of "Rosebud" and atmospheric, string-drenched builds and throbbing electro-jungle rhythms of closer "Heavy Load".