The mysterious REAPER came in swinging with his new single, Pulse. The track comes in hot with an industrial-esque drum and bass edge from the start. Aggressively building up, the single automated vocal line “bring it back” predicates a pause that takes a hard turn into the drop. Then the drop descends into a choppy twisting bass line over steady drums.
The clearest metaphorical analogy would be sprinting through a city (likely surrounded in flames), while someone chases you. Just before the drop, you fall over a cliff and narrowly escape. The only certainty is you won’t make it through this track without feeling ready to throw hands at anyone who tests you. Listen to Pulse out now on Bassrush below.
Not much is known about the US-based producer, but he’s run in circles adjacent to the Pacific Northwest for some time now. REAPER debuted last year on Vancouver-run Monstercat. The PNW’s flagship bass label hosted an array of REAPER releases over the past year including two EP’s. His discography also includes a collaboration with familiar local face Whipped Cream. We thought we would finally catch him live this year as support for Kayzo’s Unleashed tour… until COVID thwarted our chances.
He first caught our eye after tackling bootlegs of bass music figureheads like Pendulum, Skrillex, and Excision. Flipping Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road and Porter Robinson’s Shelter makes it apparent that no track is safe from REAPER’s madness. The enigmatic producer has honed heavy drum and bass into his own and there’s no stopping it. Pulse clearly indicates that, and we can’t wait to hear what he’s waiting to hit us with next.
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