Well, It’s not too often that we get super excited over a release. We got sent this one over today and had to review it straight away. From the moment we stuck it on, we knew it was gonna be a good ‘un. Hypoxia are relentless at the moment and after a packed-out year don’t seem to be showing ANY signs of slowing down.
The EP opens up with one of the most ridiculous Drum & Bass bangers we’ve heard of late. It starts with some cool plucks and atmosphere, whilst building this energy in the background the entire time. When the track finally drops – all hell breaks loose. We can imagine this track getting a rewind straight away and the entire dance floor losing their utter minds.
The second track, Cognition, has this real middle eastern feel to it on the intro with this really fat, wide reese droning through the EQ to just add that extra eerie dynamic. It then builds in to this really unique and original drop that makes me feel like i’m in an actual warzone.
Membrane Theory is a really cool track in its own right. Starting off the track with these really crisp drums, we then have this really nice deep sub/bass that comes through that elevates your heart rate. The percussion then slys its way in there, and when it drops it was almost so subtle that you’re already dancing without realising.
Finally, we have Soundystem Heavyweight, the last track on the EP. Again, the way Hypoxia have built this intro is really nice and not too in your face. It lets your mind wander enough just to paint that picture. MC Seko lays down some bars over the top of this, that really helps to set the tone. When it drops, this track really is heavyweight and we can imagine it testing even the best of speaker rigs.
Somehow Hypoxia have managed to get everything familiar about Neurofunk and turn it on its head. It’s both familiar and distant, and nice to hear some unique and interesting ideas coming through. If the guys keep this up, i’m extremely excited to see what else they have to bring in 2016.