Saturday, October 15, 2016

Loadstar - Encarta / Change the Channel

2016 has been a climatic year for Loadstar, having played the UK’s

biggest festival stages seeing them once again gear up for a string of club

releases.The anticipation is slowly growing with each fresh sonic piece of

artwork and after the critical acclamation which has followed their career

it’s easy to see why. Whether it’s the gritty basslines the guys are known

for, or the more melodic rollers which have peppered their sets recently,

they’ve stuck to a versatile soundscape and this output will be no different.

The next stepping stone in their colossal release schedule is ‘Channel

the Channel’ and ‘Encarta’. Both tracks platform quick-firing beats and the

quickly processing basslines apparent throughout the darker side of their


‘Change the Channel’ sets a precedent. Rolling forward on an

incredibly deceiving intro, one which focuses on a melody that resurfaces

at various segments, although you’re soon dropped into absolute chaos.

Reminiscent of their earlier productions, yet bringing together more

harmonious elements, you’re drawn into a sound which merges two ends

of the spectrum. Snatching hooks snare themselves within the mix, before

the track slowly begins to collect itself. A flicker of cinematic sample

breaks this down quickly, once more throwing you head first into a

smashing relay of breaks.

Bouncier and hitting harder with every kick drum, ‘Encarta’ follows

with clicking hi-hats and warbling bass notes which build with every layer.

A track that heavily relies on its build up, the track is diced up into

segments and with each part you’re thrown down a conundrum of

smashing percussion. A construction line of drums hit harder and harder

with every loop pattern and you’ll be unable to pull yourself out of the

track’s composition. It’s so tightly woven, Loadstar’s ingenious design

becomes very clear.

Igniting crowds worldwide, whether in Las Vegas or at

Glastonbury, Loadstar have returned with more fire than ever.

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