MalLabel Music has prepared some heavy duty detonation this week, as California’s BLAOW rallies the heavy hitters for his ‘Bombsquad Vol 1’, a tour de force of genre expressionism and production prowess.
Emerging from the underbelly of the infamous Camp Question Mark crew, BLAOW aka Ryan Tougas has managed to earn a spot as an innovative artist in a crowded genre.
Opening with an executioner’s cadence, ‘Perfect Score w/iMok’ is laden with 808 tendencies, massive horns, sky falling chirps and stadium worthy soundscapes. ‘Moon Boots w/ Chops Junkie’ takes an eerie slo-mo creep step through dark and dirty bass. A collab with MalLabel brethren LITLBIRD, ‘The Conquest’ mixes stripped down techy sounds with a flushed out low end for a freakshow all it’s own. Massive and driving, ‘All Outta’ Liquor w/ Haddit’ rips the future of dubstep into a new dimension with racing upswings and drops heavy enough to test your woofer. ‘Awoken w/ Radiks’ switches things up into a swirling cascade of mechanical chirps, grinding industrial bass and smirk earning samples. Next, ‘Timewarp w/ Kringle’ is a pinnacle of the best in future bass; innovative, genre bending and designed for the dancefloor. The EP finishes with another MalLabel artist collab, ‘We Warned You ft Peek Levels’, where filthy grime samples meld with wompy horns, bright sharp beats, purist snare hits and unexpected tempo changes for a grand finale of genre destruction.
Epic in the truest sense of the word, ‘Bombsquad Vol 1’ has the colossal sounds that the 2018 festival season will be begging for. Run for shelter, the explosion is on its way.
Artwork by Marti Chann
Mastering by Saif Bari