Growing Pains Akov 5:31
Chimera Akov 4:44
Shak Out Akov 4:55
Hot Flush Akov 4:57
Woolly Mammoth Akov & Dubape 4:39
Akov is a pseudonym well known across the drum & bass world, one which has steadily been pushed further and further onto the forefront with every one of his meticulously manufactured releases. And for his next output, he’s joined the ranks of Cause4Concern, an imprint still standing as one of the most defining since they first engineered themselves into the fabric of neurofunk. The five cut selections stretched out along Akov’s forthcoming EP pedestals his darkly lit creativity in its most divisive form. From title-track ‘Growing Pains’ to ‘Woolly Mammoth’, his collaboration with Dubape, each record will serve as a reminder of just how ingeniously grinding Akov’s production continues to be.
Needing little introduction is ‘Growing Pains’, a delivery which sets the EP’s standards and drives forward on a foreboding intro, laced with atmospheric percussion and floating voice notes. The track then detonates, quickening its pace between each layer of drums and crunching harder with every kick. Punching bass stabs drive the knife in even further, leaving an aural aftertaste which reverberates across your synapses. ‘Chimera’ is just as broodingly aggressive, snapping into life with an old-school esque breakdown which oozes with contemporary appeal, creating a hook that holds you in its grasp. Next up, ‘Shak Out’ brings out another side of Akov’s versatility, pushing a reggae infused build up which nods to its namesake before exploding into all-out anarchy. The record moulds itself around each climatic break, which moves them further and further into its mix. ‘Hot Flush’ utilises an incredibly relevant spoken sample for a record chiselled with well-honed grooves and it adds yet another dimension to the EP’s diversity.
Finally, you’re brought through to ‘Woolly Mammoth’ featuring Dubape, an offering which asserts itself through shaking bass-heavy distortion and steppy, underlain rhythms. It’s a lumbering monster which winds itself throughout a compact composition, becoming more intense with its pounding bassline. The melting of two minds gives a welcome addition to Akov’s forthcoming EP on the influential C4C. It’s another step in the right direction for an artist who it hotly tipped. And ‘Growing Pains’ proves that’s for good reason too.
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