‘Promises and Lies’ ties together the aspects of Fragz production which have helped to propel him into the spotlight. The title-track features the grimy, gruff vocals of neuro stalwart Kryptomedic, beginning the five records with an apologetic sonic meltdown. Its slamming drum loops and flying beats are a foreboding look at what’s in store. Disphonia joins Fragz for their ‘Blind’ collaboration, another hurter that takes no prisoners with its crunching LFO. Fragz brings out his full force for ‘Eco Round’ and ‘Hustle’, throwing sonic punches with the battle cry samples of ‘Eco Round’ and the clattering chaos of ‘Hustle’. Impak joins the track listing for his remix of ‘Eco Round’, contorting the delivery into another monster, one exorcized by its clambering beats and wayward bassline.
The full package is devastatingly powerful, drawing out the beast from Fragz production and highlighting how he’s opened the floodgates internationally to the world of Portostep. Fragz is unafraid to pull his listeners into the city that inspired him.Beatport: March 27, 2017
Worldwide: April 10, 2017
Red Light: Distribution, PR and Publishing at Cygnus