After a brief hiatus the Repertoire camp are back with a debut release from exciting upcoming artist Ikos. Sifting through the myriad of Drum & Bass, it’s refreshing to come across something that is a clear juxtaposition to that of the rest of the sub genres. With an emphasis of spatial awareness and sound creation, the Tiger System EP takes you on a journey through crumbling abandoned warehouses and leaves you in a dark futuristic Sci-Fi movie without a coat to keep you warm.
‘Tiger system’ the title track is a reminder of how drums can be programmed when the artist chooses to pay them real attention. The amount of care involved in this track, with all its subtle nuances and layers of sound, shines through with obvious depth. While the bass is certainly not overpowering, it slices through crisp and warm, leaving room for the mids and highs to be appreciated.
‘Opal Ghost’ delivers a glitchy roller. Ikos demonstrates knowledge of confirming space between the drum track and the low end. Technicalities for days. The bass is taken care of upfront, however is executed in a beautifully tasteful way, far from harsh yet impossible to ignore.
‘War Drum’, with its haunting intro lets you know something important is about to happen and yet doesn’t give the game away, very much a calm before the storm. That storm is a heady mix of break your neck, hard hitting tech drums intertwined with hectic elements of sound that demand your attention. A track destined to please those who like it dark. When you move past the aggression and settle down, the edits involved in this track are bewilderingly impressive. A special piece for sure.
‘Collapsed Magnet’ shows that a two-step beat doesn’t need to be predictable. Again displaying intricate detail yet doesn’t clone what’s gone before it. The subs roar, the drums hit hard as the tune twist and turns progressing, whilst a dark unusual funk develops.
This is a release not to sleep on!
Track List/Running Order
1. Tiger System – Ikos
2. Opal Ghost – Ikos
3. War Drum – Ikos
4. Collapsed Magnet – Ikos
A quick note, as you may or may not have noticed, Repertoire has been on hiatus for a good 12 months now.
Releasing a vinyl was an achievement in itself and something I had always wanted to do, a bit of a life goal to tick off the list.
The mp3s were great, with Nu-Urban getting the tracks out to Beatport, Play.com and iTunes amongst others.
Who knows what the future may hold for Repertoire, I am thinking when the time is right another vinyl release could be on the cards, and even free digital downloads. But nothing is written in stone, and nothing is planned at this moment.
I just want to thank the following for all their help with the label and getting the tunes out there
Tobie aka DJ Tera aka one half of Serial Killaz for everything really.
X-Nation aka Stimpy for some big boy tunes
Infest; for his amazing web skills, designs and amazing tunes (and Quasi!)
Basement Pete @ Nu-Urban, legend.
Nookie, Crissy Criss, 1xtra, Everydayjunglist.biz, drum & bass arena and every single person that spent their hard earned money on a Repertoire vinyl or mp3.
A free release from Repertoire, two tunes that have been knocking around for a good while now, and decided to give them away for free.
Something Special is a Calibre meets Photek mix with rolling beats, smooth keys and pianos, with an amen 2nd drop.
Atlantic Blues is more of the same, A crisp ‘Think’ break runs through with deeb subs bubbling along, pining synths and vocals.
Check out the previous 3 releases from The Law, X-Nation and Infest & Quasi, not to mention the debut vinyl release REPRV001: Sophine b/w Cloud Fairy, out now on Repertoire through Nu-Urban.