You may not recognize the name right away but Bios has been on the forefront of electronic bass music for years now. This musical visionary has been progressing the scene with some incredible releases from artists around the world via his label Saturate Records and now he’s seeing his own debut release on Slit Jockey Records founded by Philadelphia underground heavy-hitters Starkey and Dev79 (as well El Carnicero). If you dig underground electronic music you’re in for a treat!
Ashki Chronicles is a six track “icy grime” album that embodies a new, healthy resurgence of garage music. From first to last, Bios has laced each track with driven, complex rhythms, deep bass and ice-cold synth/sample work that compel the listener to move while simultaneously delighting the ear with a smattering of interesting timbres. Bios has organized the album in such a way that it plays through much like you might expect the songs to be ordered in the club with a nice natural flow between tracks and of course plenty of diversity to keep the energy feeling dynamic. Still, I can’t help but be drawn to the gritty fuzz and ‘variations on a theme’ structure of “Septic Winds Variations” as well as young Yunis‘ deep-and-dark remix of “Stomp” so different and amazing it could easily be played back to back with the original and set the room off in a sweaty underground club. From Slit Jockey Records:
The tracks on this EP are a carefully crafted collection of dark riddims ready to pummel sound systems, headphones and minds all over the world. While clearly a grime release, you can hear the influences of mechanized techno and tripped out wonky, through out, which creates a unique and moody flavor. Ashki Chronicles is rounded out with a remix by Yunis (of the duo Drill Drill) who turns up the head nod factor.
Bios – Ashki Chronicles | iTunes
Bonus: #31 BIOS – Plenty (Basskalender 2015)
Slit Jockey Records
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