19.Oct.2011 EMPD026: K+Lab vs Funkdamunk
Streaming direct from the near future ‘McFly was a Raver’ is glitch hop at its eclectic best. K+Lab and Funkdamunk hit you with thick slabs of elastic bass bouncing you from floor to ceiling while their synthesizers take aim at your knees.
‘Ahi Haka’ comes at you with explosive force, launching its drive by assault with chainsaw synths that cut to the bone. Subtle variations of old school breaks form the backbone of the attack giving you brief moments of relief before leading you straight back into the fray.
Swag takes the down deep. Funkdamunk lures you in with subtle vocal snippets and relaxed tints of melody before bringing out a bass line that pushes things through the floor..
K+Lab is now a regular feature on glitch hop charts and DJ playlists worldwide. Funkdamunk is nipping closely at his heels. Who will win this battle for broken beat supremacy?
Previews are available on our soundcloud
Anodyne Industries is a genre defying battlefield of mechanised break beats and subtle melancholy. His sound teases us with the hope of a better future while punishing us for contemplating the futility of our daily existence.
Since he announced his arrival in 2009, Anodyne has released a series of successful singles and EPs to growing acclaim. He has shown little need to conform to genre – moving seamlessly from half time drum and bass to dubstep – always remaining intelligent.
Heart of the Machine comes in the form of a four track EP. Two tracks are pure Anodyne: the title track is a sci-fi infused half time drum and bass exercise in defiance, and Kanjou Nashi: an intelligent dubstep number with subtle IDM edges. The release is rounded off with two remixes by Empathy’s favourite masters of the dark arts: Nanotek, Mars and Lex.
Nanotek lends his immeasurable sonic muscle to Anodyne’s Kanjou Nashi. Nanotek has unleashed his brutality through such eminent labels as Tech Itch Recordings, Obscene and Intransigent Recordings. The blackness of his soul is unquestionable, terrifying even the sturdiest amongst us. The resulting dubstep Frankenstein reveals darkness of spirit so deep it will be studied for generations as archaeologists wonder how ancient souls could be crushed by the weight of breakbeats alone.
Mars and Lex close out the release, visiting us from the vast expanses beyond the Dnieper. Their journey from the source of the sun sees the release end on an uplifting note. Their electro dubstep remix of Kanjou Nashi rises above the darkness to offer the dancefloor just a little hope that they might just survive the night.
This release will be available for bionic transfer into your consciousness from Saturday June 18 2011 in all good digital stores: Beatport.com, junodownload.com, itunes.com, amazonmp3.com and more.
04.Mar.2011 EMPD023: Operation Restore
In light of the recent earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand, Empathy has teamed up exclusively with Junodownload to offer dance music lovers an effective way to contribute and support the recovery of Christchurch and its people.
We’ve decided the best way we can contribute is to support the Red Cross with our music so we’ve assembled a team of musicians who share our dream. Junodownload has stepped up to help Empathy with the release – meaning we will be donating 100% of the return for this release to the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Fund.
Many artists on this release have been personally affected by the earthquake and ALL have been struck by the magnitude of the disaster. Operation Restore will be featuring a host of New Zealand’s finest electronic artists including: Cern, Nanotek, Minuit, Funk ‘n’ Slo Cuts, Timmy Schumacher, Kyla, Greg Churchill, Borderline, Ollie Bassweight, Johnny Hooves, Black Planet, and many more. We’ll also be seeing international support in the form of William Breakspear (UK) and Kid Digital (Russia). We’d like to thank all the artists who have donated their time and effort to make this release possible.
This release is available to buy exclusively from Junodownload and features a specially reduced price.