serum Black Metal / Ramparts (12", £7.95)label: Horizons Music
Ten years Serum has spent in the studio. And itís a decade which has seen him release cut after cut of no holds barred, slicing beats, the type which find themselves at home within any of the sceneís heavier drum and bass sets. As a result, heís become a renowned figurehead within his field, a prolific new breed of producer who puts the underground first. He came from relative obscurity before detonating his old-school jungle flavours and contemporary jump-up, demonstrating a widespread appeal from the smaller clubs to festival stages throughout the UK and beyond. * As well as featuring in the back catalogues of revered imprints Dread Recordings, Creative Source, Digital Soundboy and V Recordings, his fresh delivery this time comes on Horizons Music. Horizons Music are also key players within the world of drum & bass, time and time again demonstrating an ability to tap into a huge range of subgenres, with their growing roster reflecting that fact. Serumís ĎBlack Metalí EP channels the same versatility, with three upfront dancefloor anthems which have already received spins across the dance music live circuit. * On first listen, itís no surprise that Serum has received support from the likes of Andy C, Friction, Bryan G, Fabio, Shy FX, Dillinja, Ray Keith, DJ Marky and many more crucial tastemakers. With records like title-track ĎBlack Metalí doing damage, alongside its clinking metallic hi-hats and winding bassline, Serumís sound was certainly created for the clubs. Punchy drums and crackling bass helps to underpin his signature, a staple production style which has made him notorious. Then comes ĎRampartsí, crashing forward on clattering breaks and an undeniable groove which sifts mercilessly through the mix. Serum delivers blow after blow, with kicking drums and distorted sonic creating a disjointed roller which becomes more imposing with every layer.
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