Of the three albums that came our way from Neurodisc recently,
I will have to say that Bass Hit's Pressurized
intrigued me the most as I didn't have prior experience with
the act's musical machinations. Falling in the same genre
(Electro Bass) as Bass Freq and Bass Lo-Ryders,
I had an idea of what to expect, but the full offering would
prove to be completely new and full of surprises.
Bass Hit certainly loves its high-speed breakbeat
roots. beats come fast and furious, with a lot of deep tones
and crisp sampled beats. To make this quite clear, the album
opens with Breakbeat Science , an intense fast-paced
track that throws tons of bass and looped beats at the listener.
Get on the Floor balances some rolling deep synthesized
tones with high pitched keyboards, leaving an interesting
balance that keeps the listener entertained. Raise the
Bass follows with a nice beat and a certain graininess
that sets it apart from previous tracks. This falls away to
a more "spacey" techno feel that still works nicely with the
M25 Motorway feels rather appropriate in mood as
it feels like any techno track present in a number of racing
videogames (like Gran Turismo
or Ridge Racer).
The bass and drums of Hit the Breaks actually put
a smile on my face when I first heard it. It's swift, catchy
and just plain fun to listen to. Techno Bass '95 does
a nice job of having a throwback feel to it's sound.
The second half of the album roars to life with Speed
of Sound , an almost pungent blast at the listener that
shows off different tones than previously revealed. Trax
on Wax follows this with another awesome drum beat that's
accented with some high-end keyboard sounds. Sixty-Four
certainly plays at videogame roots with the 8-bit audio
effects tossed in as seasoning to the laid-back mood of the
The longest track on the album, India Bass , is a
more subdued effort and shows that Bass Hit can really shift
their style and influence up when need be. Spindizzy
is heavy on house beat influence and does a nice job with
the deep tone beats. The final track, The Gospel of Bass
, end the album well with familiar beats and bass tones.
It serves well to wrap up this fine offering.
As said previously, there is a certain racing videogame mood
to this music that just feels right in terms of style. When
I listen to this album I certainly feel like I should be racing
in a customized car. In terms of pure excitement, Pressurized
is a blast to listen to. It's unrelenting and pushes forward
without any apologies. If you are interested in this genre,
this album is certainly worth a listen to.
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