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Manchester based DJ / producer Antagonist cues up a collection of dense and uncompromising electronic tracks on his R&S Records debut. The "Rites" EP pulls together 5 new tracks that lean on the artist’s drum ‘n’ bass roots and influences, a sound that has informed his DJ sets and studio productions since he launched the project in 2004.
Channeling his productions towards the more cinematic and darker side of drum ‘n’ bass and broken beats, Antagonist has released a strong run of EPs for labels such as Samurai Music, Ronin Ordinance, One. Seventy and his own Discipline imprint, stamping his hybrid sound across these well received releases.
Layers upon layers of shadowy ambience and wistful tones are punctured by hard edged beat-science, as Antagonist goes in deep on the complex breakbeats, chopping back and forth knifelike loops and dynamic kicks. A highly accomplished debut for the R&S label from this sonically exciting young producer and another shining example of innovation and creativity from within our city.
Matt says: Dreamy in parts, jagged in others; Manchester innovator Antagonist has pushed the boundaries of DnB & halftime to the max here. Reminds me of the urgency and bewilderment of when I first heard Photek or Ed Rush records. Sci-fi jungle technologically miles ahead of 2023.
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