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Feat. Gridlok, Aeph, Redpill, Virus Syndicate, Mc Mota, Ben Verse, Miss Trouble, Nuklear MC
The absolutely huge feat which is Maztek’s forthcoming LP is finally upon us. ‘Warpath’ was rumoured since the drum & bass veteran dropped his first single, a collaboration with Aeph, on his newly created 0101 imprint, which signified a brand new creative endeavour for an artist who’s spent years crafting himself into the genre’s history.
And it’ll be yet another defining output for one of neuro’s pioneers, who’s already paved his way with a number of releases and will continue to do so with the calibre of music showcased throughout ‘Warpath’s track listing.
‘Warpath’ presents Maztek journeying back to his musical roots, whilst he brings through a host of talented artists to collaborate and feature on an epically diverse selection of records. Three years of ideas, work and struggle, ‘Warpath’ is a concoction of both old school and new school, drawing out its hip hop, reggae and drum & bass roots with a passion that modern neurofunk has afforded him. His aim was to bring back the same vibes which got him hooked on the genre, but give them a more contemporary twist, with some tracks purposefully sounding more electronic or acoustic. It’s the acoustic snares and drums prevalent across the album which help translate Maztek’s music into a live setting, which is the reason why his cuts are so devastating on the dancefloor.
First track, Maztek and Redpill’s ‘Electronic Warfare’, sets a standard, slicing deep with every stab of sonic disturbance. Next up, ‘The Dirt’ has already made the rounds alongside his other featured collaboration with Aeph ‘Trajectory’, with both tracks having already caused carnage on dancefloors since they were unmasked earlier this year, with Aeph appearing again to obliterate more speakers alongside ‘What You Got’. Maztek’s standalone delivery ‘Cheeky Dub’ helps to encapsulate the LP’s ethos, a return to the true sound which runs through the heart of all his productions. Notorious frontmen and women like MC Mota, Pendulum’s Ben Verse, Virus Syndicate, Nuklear MC and Miss Trouble also add their vocal crooning into the mix, adding perfect swathes of cool throughout the album’s offerings. Maztek & Gridlok’s ‘Gladiators’ makes a reappearance, yet another heavyweight merging of minds. Tracks like ‘Pandamonium’, ‘Bass Drop’, ‘Back to the Jungle’, ‘Come Closer’ and ‘Timeless’ further highlight the unbridled diversity of Maztek, even within the darker constraints of drum & bass. And this is one reason why ‘Warpath’ will hold up against the test of time, alongside the legacy of an artist who’s been able to draw from an intimidating array of artists for his biggest work of art to date.
released April 21, 2018
Maztek, Gridlok, Aeph, Redpill, Virus Syndicate, Mc Mota, Ben Verse, Miss Trouble, Nuklear MC
The year of artist lead independent imprints is now upon us, with those who have helped build the genre from its roots
taking centre stage to build platforms for their own creative endeavours. One of these artists is neuro-stalwart Maztek, a defining name within the underworld of drum & bass and one who has helped carve its path within the world of dance music....more
Kick snare, keep on guiding the drum - we got the
between the setting and the rise of the sun - we got the
Better get a breakbeat, make it last all night long - got to
bite the bullet and fire the gun.
Track Name: Maztek x Ben Verse - Warpath
Setting the tone, getting it done,
moving in the future zone the pressure is on,
tune into these frequencies just letting it run.
On point laser guided aiming exact,
there’s no preventing it no holding it back,
coordinates are set check, start the attack,
detonate the place when the party is packed.
Get you up out your seats detonating some some beats full loaded that’s armed to the teeth,
use your mind to anticipate a defeat, disintegrating the weak, start the ignition bring in the heat.
Stand back whoever thinks they are leading,
after dark through the system I’m speaking in that place between living and dreaming,
under fire.. .. undefeated
Track Name: Maztek x Miss Trouble - Shake The Foundation
You heard on the block - we rock the ground
Shocked by the energy, electrocute
The vibe's on 'til the light emerges forcing the dark to disperse and
Still we run, we don't stop!
To the curves, ellipses, eyes they blood shot
Ricocheting stars colliding with force
Like the sun is radiating the nation...
Underground, we shake the foundation
Track Name: Maztek x Nuklear MC - Trigger
The cold wind blows but the stiller i stand,
i stand steady with my weaponry then wait for command,
i hold it down, silence, don't dare make a sound,
I'm like a predator looking for prey, waiting to pounce.
I keep my cross hair locked upon the front line spot,
with my finger on the trigger ready to take first shot.
I got the target in my sight, now I'm holding my breath,
release the bullet out the chamber then i put him to rest!
Hardcore album of hardcore collaborations, while some solid drum and bass and breakcore is represented, its the nosebleeding gabba that brings an evil grin to the face - the best of which would make Mr Newlands of Newcastle pleased. Egg Wizard