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Various Artists – Diffraction Of Sound EP

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artwork.pngLabel: Protect Audio Score: 7/10

Since it’s launch in June 2012, Protect Audio has shown a devastating tendency to showcase the cutting edge of the drum and bass spectrum.  Now five releases down the beginnings of a camp are starting to show. In a short space of time they’ve introduced some great artists like Survey and Homemade Weapons, who if the bloggers are to be believed are definitely set for big things. 

The Diffraction of Sound EP out on April 29th serves as a recap on the first four releases. Each of the label’s artists returns for another outing and the EP’s cohesion is a testament to the label’s A & R department. 

Berlin based Survey kick off proceedings with a guttural stomper that can only come out of a long winter spent in Germany’s cold capital.  Homemade Weapons keep the atmosphere dark, but with a slightly more insistent production. Percussion is the order of the day for the Slivers VIP

Marukomu’s Iridium sounds, to my ear, almost nostalgic. It’s dark, rolling and atmospheric. Everything that a good drum and bass track needs at its core.  Displaced by Shiver rounds off the EP with “Ragsesque” pummelling.  

All in all a dark and dirty EP with plenty of bass weight propping it up. 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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