Following swiftly on from Step-A-Side's 'Hollow' EP, Instigate returns in September showcasing a brand new selection of sounds constructed by the Sicilian based, tech orientated beat-smith Murk.
With prior releases on legendary underground labels such as Subaltern Records and Tuba under his belt, Murk has been steadily building his reputation over the last couple years through a string of high profile collaborations and remixes. Now delving into his debut solo release with the Consciousness EP, Murk supplies a techno inspired three track exploring complex rhythmic arrangements and the relationships between these patterns and the intense sub grooves surrounding them.
Kicking off proceedings Murk opens the EP with the title track, 'Consciousness'. Tense pads laid over a steady high hat set the tone for the intro before the techy feels come in full effect at the drop. Fast paced rhythms interspersed with the purposeful resonant bass tones form the basis for the unwavering progression as the track builds up to completion. 'VeXt' steps up with an unparalleled air of tension. Atmosphere is the name of the game with this one as Murk pushes the production ever forward with tech bass arpeggios and a triplet based kick pattern. Snare delays add elements of dub effect merging influences to create an amalgam of styles resulting in a true dance floor weapon. The closing track of the EP, 'Vortex', follows a more traditional 140 blueprint in it's drum stylings. Incorporating trap percussion Murk succeeds in mixing things up leaving his own unique stamp on the sound. Never one to shy away from experimentation in synthesis some interesting textures have been concocted here bringing in a strong degree of variance complementing the repetition of the bass line.
As an added bonus for the supporters of the Instigate and Murk we've arranged two online bonus tracks. 'Infectious' will be circulating as an INSTiFREE release ahead of the EP and 'Primal' will be a FKOF free download continuing our long-standing cooperation with the colossal FatKidOnFire blog.
'Infectious' opens with the type of atmospheric intensity one might have grown accustomed to with Instigate releases. Stripping the key elements right down to the minimalistic essentials, Murk goes straight in with this production focussing on creating maximum impact with the fewest of tools. The blows dealt by the uncompromisingly tight, punchy kicks and dark reverberated splash of the snare hits are individually intense but when paired with the brooding, purposeful sweeps of the modulating mid range bass swirls the track becomes an unmistakable heavyweight. This is true sound system music serving as a taster of the EP which will be dropping 28/09/2015.