Chroma – Territories / Brain Strain – Renegade Hardware
Renegade Hardware present – Chroma. Formed back in 2011, the Chroma crew crashed onto the scene right from the start, with essential tracks on Hardware, ProgRam, Commercial Suicide, and their very own Coded label. Subsequent releases have blown speakers and minds in equal measure, and now the Newcastle lads are back with the follow up to their debut Hardware release: Machine which featured on the heavyweight Limber EP.
Territories lays its stall out early doors, with tight, remorseless drums leading into a dynamic, well-controlled build. The bassline clashes in soon after, and you know you are being set up for something big. That promise is paid off by something huge and unexpected. Chroma bring together everything they’ve become known for, with pulsating beats, eerie background samples and a driving, energetic arrangement. The low-end morphs, the effects come in and out, and you’ll know you’re in enemy Territories. As welcome an addition to the Renegade Hardware canon as you could wish for.
Brain Storm meanwhile creates its atmosphere early on, with overarching synths establishing themselves, as colliding breaks sit waiting to release. Dubby, echoing bass paths are also thrown into the mix, and the drop is mighty. Dirty and grimy are the orders of the day on Brain Storm, as the producers let their imaginations fly and lead them into new areas. They take you deep down into the grubby underworld of drum & bass, with hints of early Icicle vibes.
Territories/Brain Storm is undoubtedly Chroma’s finest work so far, so make sure you are involved right from the get-go. HWARE30 is simply essential.
April 9th, 2014