Exclusive Premiere: Sonic – Empty Bar (Western Lore)

“Empty Bar” by Sonic is taken from the “110174” EP on Western Lore. Due for release on 8th March 2019 on both heavyweight double vinyl and digital download, containing eight tracks the EP covers drum and bass, techno and hardcore in Sonic’s own unique style.

Split into two halves the first twelve “Serendipity” features the more subdued of the eight tracks, concentrating on ambient atmospheres and tightly programmed drum patterns. Highlights include “8082devast8”, a glorious 8-minute jungle techno opus with a pounding rhythm and heavenly melody.

Listening to the EP it’s no wonder that Sonic first began exploring music described as “on the boundaries of live and electronic” alongside Four-tet and Jas and James from Simian Mobile Disco as it draws inspiration from such a wide variety of musical styles. The track “Serendipity” (that also lends its name to this half of the EP) continues the techno theme but this time in a classic Detroit style, reminiscent of early Deep Blue this track has already been getting attention from drum and bass DJs that aren’t shy of pushing the more abstract styles with its infectious bassline and cosmic strings.

The second 12” “The Ruffneck” focuses on a more visceral sound including darker tones and yet more heavy techno kicks. Highlights from this plate include our featured track “Empty Bar” and the four-four intensity of “Volcon”, a track that has been destroying dancefloors for Western Lore label boss Dead Man’s Chest in recent weeks. It was also dropped by Coco Bryce at the recent 7th Storey Projects X Two Hungry Ghosts night at Aaja.

“Empty Bar” revolves around an enchanting chime loop underpinned by the classic “Demons Theme” bird sample, rugged amen chops and a heavy dub bass-line.

Buy: Western Lore

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