Flux Pavilion continues to counter notions that his name is solely of use in tandem with heavy bass compositions, with the release of “I Will Stay.” The producer has flipped the artistic table for the greater part of 2019, demonstrating his ability to adequately deviate from the wonky, bass-fueled constructions that defined his early discography.
The Next to Neon and A:M-assisted “Surrender” and its successor, “20:25,” produced alongside What So Not and The Chain Gang of 1974, saw Flux veer into more melodic territory that stands in stark contrast to a cut like “I Can’t Stop.” The artistic recasting continues with “I Will Stay,” a record that places Flux Pavilion in good company: Turin Brakes.
“I Will Stay” is no one-off collaborative endeavor. Following 2017’s “Cut Me Out” and 2013’s “Mountains and Molehills,” “I Will Stay” is the third joint project to get the Flux-Brakes co-signature. Brakes’ rock conventions reflect from both the band-supplied vocal and chord progressions. “I Will Stay” bears a twinkling, synth-heavy construction. Not one to release a production wholly bereft of bass, Flux outfits the track with an ebbing bass line.
Production styles from each artist can be audibly discerned in “20:25,” a trippy trap-style future bass track. The downtempo and hazy vocals from The Chain Gang of 1974 envelopes the listener in a dark, smoldering atmosphere, and the drawn-out synths effortlessly reverberate into a throbbing beat that carries the rest of the song.
Both Flux Pavilion and What So Not have been avid on the release front this year, both experimenting in a menagerie of musical formats, from drum ‘n’ bass, to dubstep, to melodic bass music. The new collaboration proves a worthy listen among the vast collection of high-profile hits from the artists.
Flux Pavilion has teamed up with Next To Neon and A:M for an upbeat and airy new single “Surrender.” The light melody is a definite change of pace for Flux Pavilion, who has foregone his heavier style and instead has co-written a more Seven Lions-esque, melodic dubstep piece with a smooth flow and euphoric progressions. Next to Neon’s touch is apparent in the production, and “Surrender” ultimately proves to be the type of song one could play in any situation or mood. It’s out now on Circus Records.
Recently, Flux Pavilion has been on an experimental tip, keeping fans on their toes with a mixture of his classic aesthetic and crossover-friendly releases. His versatility as a producer is exactly what has kept him at the top for so many years.
Pendulum drummer extraordinaire, KJ Sawka, gives viewers a look inside his process in crafting his sweeping new drum ‘n’ bass track with Nitepunk and Mark The Beast on Circus Records, “Night Fall.”Hop behind the highly customized kit, as Sawka breaks down the ins and outs of tweaking a prophetic drum production. Sawka’s dexterous live demonstration highlights the level of intricacy and improbable complexity his ideas reach.
Since his trailblazing Pendulum efforts of the mid-2000s, Sawka has kept proactive in both his solo career and as one-third of Destroid, joined by Excision and Downlink. Have a look inside another thunderous, improvisation-privy masterpiece from the man himself.
Chime harnesses the sonic nostalgia of a Nintendo video game soundtrack in “Coins!” the latest single from the Circus Records signee. The animated tune sources its vibrancy from glitchy electronic elements that encompass the snappy sounds of a video game, ranging from gratifying ‘cha-ching’ noises to shrill zings, and virtually every other sound effect in between. Although distinctly dubstep leaning in its construction, “Coins!” isn’t a predictably bass grounded number. The track re-envisions modern dubstep arrangement through a peppy, whimsical lens, descriptors that listeners wouldn’t necessarily associate with a dubstep oriented production. Unexpectedly fresh, and daringly idiosyncratic in nature, Chime’s brand of dubstep on “Coins!” is a welcome anomaly in the context of familiar dubstep sound.
“Coins! is a track I’ve been meaning to make for almost three years now since I originally thought up the idea,” Chime said of the single. “I combined influence from a ton of different video games to create the tune, mostly within the Gameboy Advance era that I have some of the most nostalgia for. I hope for the listener it conjures up an image of pixelated explosions, manic arcade fun, and the joy of collecting stuff in games.” Listeners can catch Chime on tour as he works his way through a slew of remaining fall 2018 tour dates, which will take the producer through a number of major cities, including San Francisco, Detroit, and more.
Fri 12 Oct 2018 – The Works, Detroit, MI, US
Sat 13 Oct 2018 – Elevation @ the Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI, US Thu 18 Oct 2018 – DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA, US
Sat 20 Oct 2018 – Envy Nightclub, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Thu 25 Oct 2018 – Bar Fly @ Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, US Fri 26 Oct 2018 – The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO, US
Sat 27 Oct 2018 – The Black Box, Denver, CO, US
Sat 03 Nov 2018 – Big Adventure 2018, Costa Mesa, CA, US
“Party Starter” showcases Flux’s all-encompassing affinity for bass music across the spectrum, fitting screechy dubstep-nodding bass into an exquisitely maddening trap composition. While a hazy, melodic intro casts an air of obscurity over the track, the drop’s rhythmic bass punches dispel any ambiguity.
Flux was one of the most fervent envelope-pushers around the 2012 era dubstep renaissance, championing game-changing tracks like “I Can’t Stop,” which remains one of the most used outros to festival sets in the electronic scene worldwide. Today, he continues to pioneer the bass genre, showing that artistry is still going strong within an often misinterpreted sound.
In anticipation of Circus Records‘ upcoming Earwax compilation, Flux Pavilion released a new single, “Symphony,” featuring steamy vocals from Layna. Seamlessly integrating lush synths and gritty bass, the track bounces underneath the protagonist. Gliding verses heavily contrast with the dubstep veteran’s signature thick hooks.
The label founded by Flux and Doctor P will unleash Earwax Friday, July 27. They’ve already dropped “Kinmirai” by Kentaro, Rafik, & Yuto and “Glass Forest” by up-and-coming producer, Growlz, from the compilation. Other artists included on the project are LUZCID, DISKORD, Fransis Derelle, X&G and more.
Circus has has a busy two weeks, releasing Meaux Green’s EP, Atlas Shrugged; a single Doctor P & Shapes, “Cold Individual” and a single from Crizzly and YDG, “Knocked Out.”
Duke & Jones have officially planted their flag with the release of their debut four-track EP, Eclipse. The new collection is the culmination of the duo’s steep upward trajectory over the course of the last year, eventually catching the ears of Doctor P and Flux Pavilion for a Circus Records co-sign. Duke & Jones’ first extended play comes after a string of successful releases across Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats, Thrive Music and more in recent months, along with some well-timed Zedd support in the lead up to the new release. The Manchester-based DJ duo put together four heavy handed original works, each landing as effective setlist weapons in Duke & Jones growing catalog of inventive bass cuts.
go check out @DukeandJones !!! One of my fav newcomers right now :). Been playing their tunes a lot lately!
Eclipse is a highly collaborative effort, bringing aboard fellow Manchester producer Rohaan on “Numerals,” Don Cotti on “Sticks” and Aviella Wonder on the duo’s previously released Circus single “Final Goodbye.” Fine tuning their sound with each release, the emerging UK producers are carving out an impressive come up as they deliver their biggest release to date, inevitably inching towards their well-deserved breakthrough moment.
After a brief bout with cancer last year, British dubstep pioneer Rusko, real name Chris Mercer, is back in full force. His new EP, aptly titled Has Made Five More Songs, builds on Rusko’s previously released single, “Hot,” with four fresh tracks that create a unique, restorative new story around his sonic legacy.
2007 was the year Caspa and Rusko cemented themselves as flag-bearers of the contemporary dubstep sound that went on to dominate the world. Rusko’s new EP, out now on Flux Pavilion‘s Circus Records, is the current incarnation of this sound — taking classical dub, two-step, and grime, and flipping it on its head.
From the reggae/jungle-infused break beat stylings of “Walalangleng,” to the low-tempo whomps of “Mind The Gap,” to the beautifully laid-back melodies of “High” and “Emotional,” the EP provides a full survey of dubstep’s evolution from its emergence as an offshoot of UK garage to the present. This is his heart on a sleeve — a pivotal, defining time for Rusko in 2018.