Signs are a drum & bass outfit well known for their 174bpm riddims, with a back catalogue which has continued to dominate the darker realms. The French trio have pushed forward their cut throat assault with every consecutive release, gracing the discographies of the independent imprints who are currently leading the creative processes within their scene, crafting their own influence across one of dance music most unforgiving genres. And this time, they're set to drop an atomic sized release via the home grown Othercide:Subverse, the sister-label of Othercide Records and a label dedicated primarily to releasing half-time. And together, they'll demonstrate why there's been growing interest within the French market, cutting above their European counterparts with the Bandulu EP.
One factor which has enabled Signs to push forward their sound is an unbridled sense of versatility. The Bandulu EP drops the tempo for two brand new records, 2/2 dancefloor slayers which slice open subs and leave bass peddles reverberating through speaker stacks. Title-track Bandulu sets the pace; a lumbering mass of sonic dissonance and heavy distortion, it steps out with its refined engineering. It's a slick mass of beats and drums, with pulses of percussion and diced up vocal samples creating a call to arms beneath the mix. Signs' next offering Flexible is just as thumping, pushing forward on chiselled kick drums and a groove which instantly snares you in its grasp. The outfit certainly deliver for their forthcoming release, highlighting their positions as pioneers within their field.
And finally, you're introduced to remixes from both Host and CRIMES!, who pay homage to the originals whilst giving their own twist on each track. Whilst the US -based CRIMES! brings a more melodic spin to Bandulu, with an extra-terrestrial underpinning, Host moves Flexible into more minimal territories. Both reworks add another dimension to their predecessors and they bring yet more artists under the Othercide:Subverse umbrella. Together, they represent a new era for Othercide and the French dance music circuit. The scene is as healthy as it ever was and Othercide are leading the charge for yet another groundbreaking marker in its history.
Release: Bandulu EP
Release Date: 1-12-2017