The bright minds behind Never Say Die’s Black Label appear determined to leave you bruised and battered once again. Having developed something of a reputation as a notorious bass assailant, it should come as no surprise that Axel Boy consistently assembles beats that go toe to toe with the dubstep elite. Settling into a nice groove as of late, his phenomenal Federalés EP only adds more ammunition to his vast arsenal. A fair warning to all: anybody who chooses to blatantly disregard this release runs the risk of immediately losing their listening privileges. Sorry, I don’t make the rules, I’m just here to enforce them.
Now, as for this glorious production, let’s break it down from top to bottom, side to side, and all three hundred and sixty delicious degrees. Pushing its way to the front of the pack, “Pit Dub” rapidly establishes itself as a force to be reckoned with – essentially setting the pace for the entire EP. Before you even have a chance to catch your breath, “Move Right In” does exactly as its title suggests and invades your sound system with noises nastier than your unwashed undies.
One could argue that the pinnacle of this dubstep extravaganza takes place when the title track finally reveals its true identity. 50 Carrot collabs have a knack for being spectacularly filthy, and “Federalés” definitely falls right into line with the rest of them. Sealing the deal, Axel Boy busts out “Battle Axe” in an effort to fend off the few survivors lucky enough to make it this far into the EP. For those of you with life still left in your lungs, you’re breathing rare air.
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