Luckily for us, last month Bar 9 released an impromptu and highly awaited set of singles, namely, ‘What You Gonna Do’ and ‘Before The Storm’. So we got our resident muso, Robbie, on the job of reviewing the pair. Here are Robbie’s thoughts on both the records:
‘What You Gonna Do’
It’s nice when dubstep producers keep it real, never loosing the essence which brought them to success in the first place s – Bar 9 is one of such people, remaining inside the realms of shifty bass music, head banging his way into 2013 in much the same way as he did in 2008.
From calm, crescendo beginnings ‘What You Gonna Do’ shifts it’s steady builds for head banging bass noise. Still finding space to be suitably melancholic, a whirring melody sits above the drilling bass that leave the subs struggling to deal with the thick weight of subatomic sound.
It’s a taste of old dubstep, mixed with the club playability of any hype record – should be interesting to see what happens if dropped on the 15th.
‘Before The Storm’
From the crack of thunder that starts ‘Before The Storm’, to the crystal cut piano melody that appears seemingly at random points throughout the record – this record is everything that is epic.
It’s got the vibe of a soundtrack, mashed together against the drone of selective synths – switching from calm, to absolutely batshit mental in the space of seconds. But in no way does that transition make it feel dizzying – if anything it should be welcomed by more producers.
See how it goes down.
Dub All Or Nothing with Cookie Monsta and Bar9
Friday 15th March at Cable London
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