Subtronics rose to prominence as one of the leading forces behind the riddim subgenre making its wait into the mainstream, and closed out the last year with remix album, ANTIFRACTALS.
This album is a headbanger’s delight, and a follow-up to his first album released last January FRACTALS. ANTIFRACTALS boasts a medley of remixes and VIPs from his first album, introducing fans to musical styles from not as well-known artists like Mr. Bill, HOL!, IMANU, and many others.
Subtronics builds upon his debut album by offering fresh perspectives from other bass artists, as well as his own VIP remixes of nearly every song from FRACTALS, with our personal favorites being Gassed Up VIP, Flute Dub VIP and Take Flight Tech House VIP, featuring Sullivan King’s signature screams but to a funky, tech house bassline. This song may sound familiar for those lucky enough to witness the very elusive tech house sets from Johntronics (John Summit b2b Subtronics).
A Hundred Drums remix of Flute Dub starts off mild, but progresses into a dubstep/techno drop that goes harder than the original. Bassheads will rejoice from the plethora of filthy dubstep remixes, like the Cabin Fever – Kompany Remix, FUNcKED = HE$H x Versa Remix, and many others. The MUSTDIE! remix of MetaFractal goes into hardstyle near the end, and the Hieroglyph remix from Of The Trees goes experimental, almost completely abandoning the original melody.
Another genre-bending remix we love is PEEKABOO’s remix of O.P.U.S. that turns the trippy instrumental into a trap-inspired banger, and left us scratching our heads with how PEEKABOO derived this from the original track. The Morning Coffee – Mr. Bill Remix starts off with a slightly rearranged drum-n-bass fused with dubstep remix, but abruptly switches to psytrance two-thirds of the way in creating a fun-filled trip for your ears.
For those of you who cannot get enough of Subtronics’s otherworldly bass sounds, this album definitely hits the spot and is perfect for starting off 2023 and keeping us busy until festival season!
ANTIFRACTALS tour stop yet to be announced for PNW
Subtronics fans experienced a preview of his VIP ANTIFRACTALS at day 2 of Bass Canyon last August, where he was the final set of the night and arguably the best act of the entire weekend. In the PNW Subtronics recently played closing sets at the first day of Contact Winter Music Festival on December 29 in Vancouver, BC followed by the second night of Moonlight Masquerade in Portland, Oregon.
Subtronics also announced a tour to coincide with the release of his new album that is sure to be out of this world, with many of the stops already sold out around the country. Last year Subtronics kicked off his FRACTALS album tour in Seattle, and we hope that he comes back to the PNW soon!
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