Updated: Aug 26, 2020
Halogenix has made waves throughout the Drum and Bass community this week, with the release of the long-awaited ‘Dragonforce EP”.
Dedicated in loving memory of Ebow ‘Metropolis’ Graham, it marks the latest of his releases under Kasra’s Critical Sound, with the project already being highlighted by many Drum and Bass fanatics as the EP of the year.
The vivid cover artwork for the EP is seeming to be a huge selling point on its own, with its reception amongst fans ensuring that vinyl presses of the release would be sold out amongst all retailers during the pre-order phase.
Produced by illustrator Bertie Simpson, the same artist behind Halogenix’s 2015 release “All Blue EP”, the Japanese Manga-style artwork draws influence from the very title of the release itself.
Proving to be a must-have for everyone's collections, the Dragonforce EP showcases the extreme versatility that Halogenix has amongst his production arsenal, whilst still providing listeners with a soulful sound that he seems to frequently master throughout a vast chunk of his music.
The lead single “Independent” is a prime example of the latter. The techy vocals littered throughout the track produce an aura that totally immerses the listener, and serves as a product of Halogenix’s immense skill in producing vocal Drum and Bass. Amassing nearly 70,000 Spotify streams after a week of release, it is obvious that “Independent” is a favourite for many, and potentially the standout track on this EP.
“Dragonforce” takes a different direction, and is another output of A-grade production. Sharing the title of the EP, “Dragonforce harnesses inspiration from Japanese comic culture and features some incredible samples as a result. One of the darker tracks that feature on this release, “Dragonforce” will be essential for DJ’s looking to progress their mixes.
“Reminisce” is another soulful addition to the EP, with its light vocals and rolling drums creating an intense but incredibly relaxing end-product. Meanwhile on the flip side, “Teknika” combines a darker style bass with another dose of technical vocals, to optimise the vintage Halogenix sound.
The combination of all four tracks is nothing less than a result of production genius, and provides further evidence that the former Ivy Lab member is consistently furthering the boundaries with his releases.
The release of the EP itself has provided a rare occasion in which a collection of music does not contain one bad piece of content, and has answered the hype in resounding fashion.
Head over to https://criticalmusic.com/ to purchase a digital copy, and find out more about the Dragonforce EP.