Optiv presents: Akrom – Undermined / Lifecycle
Optiv presents: Akrom – Undermined / Lifecycle (Front Cover)
LABEL:Red Light Records
STREET DATE:July 10, 2017
ARTISTS: Akrom  


01. Akrom – Undermined [4:52]
02. Akrom, Disphonia & Impak – Lifecycle [5:58]

What can be said about Marco Reggianini? Aside from being a neurofunk pioneer under his stage alias Akrom, he’s been deeply entrenched within drum & bass since the early 2000s. When he first discovered the world of 174bpm, he immediately fell in love, attending parties around Italy which gradually built his plans for producing his own music. He began playing out regularly behind the decks, having his first track released on Maztek’s Subculture Music label and firmly solidifying his place within the genre’s fabric.

As the years continued, Akrom received a plethora of support from some the scene’s heaviest hitters, including Optiv, BTK, Chris SU, June miller and more. With subsequent releases on the likes of Optiv’s Red Light Records and Druid Records, Akrom makes a welcome return to Red Light Records, a monumental imprint who time and time again deliver only the most upfront cuts.

And that’s exactly what Akrom offers with ‘Undermined’ – a stomach churning, furious dancefloor record which crackles beneath every distorted slab of bass. Akrom proves that he knows how to make an impact, throwing kick after ferocious kick, relentless in his drum manufacturing. Each well-chiselled groove gives into waves of static, pushing you under its heavyweight tides of sonic. Akrom is dynamic yet aggressive, never slowing down to catch his breath and adding the funk which is sometimes missing from more contemporary tracks.

On the single’s flipside comes ‘Lifecycle’, a collaboration between Akrom, Disphonia and Impak, bringing together a fiercely eclectic melting pot of skillsets. Akrom once again brings his undeniably intricate but angrily woven artillery bombardment, whilst Disphonia and Impak are equally intimidating with their crushing, unadulterated beat patterns and hooks. This is another record for the dancefloor, with a bassline that grabs hold between each filtered segment, pulling you into the depth of its gyrating grooves and expertly measured composition. Red Light verify their unbridled ability to enlist only the most dangerous recruits for their roster.

Another impressive record locked into the Red Light back catalogue, the label are unstoppable for yet another year. Anyone sleeping on Red Light are missing out; they’ve unleashed this year’s imperative releases. And the imprint isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon, with a packed release schedule of stellar abilities.

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