Okay so it’s not totally correct to say the Rome based mostly duo referred to as Exept are simply returning with their first full-length album Black Soul, due out this Friday, June 26 on Delta9 Recordings. On high of the album teaser tracks “Icebreaker” and “Nightbreath” that D9 launched within the final month, Exept have additionally featured on numerous collabs on the imprint in addition to a model new single on Blackout’s Variations Gen. II compilation EP with their quick and fizzy observe, “Crystal Hammer.” So, they’ve been again after a virtually two yr break since June 2022, however Black Soul would be the first time shortly we’ve all been slapped with a healthy dose of Exept.
For many who don’t recall, Exept debuted as a duo on Noisia’s Invisible label in 2018, in order that they actually hit the bottom operating and didn’t cease with subsequent releases, dropping bombs on Pseudoscience, Imaginative and prescient correct, Dispatch and Surveillance Information earlier than COVID hit. The pandemic hit particularly exhausting in Italy so it’s not stunning that the Exept boys could have had extra urgent issues on their arms, however now they’re selecting up the place they left off with their distinctive model of neuro and on an epic LP stuffed with progressive twists and turns, no much less.
Followers who’ve listened to “Icebreaker” and “Nightbreath” will already know that Black Soul is greater than cookie-cutter neurofunk. “Icebreaker” is spliced with 174 techno however punters could not clock it as a result of it’s blended in with hurricane synths, jazzy hi-hats and deep bass sine waves. “Nightbreath” begins off with a traditional D&B beat however after an ambient break it goes 140 within the weirdest manner earlier than plonking again into 174 seemingly out of nowhere after which toggling between minimal dubstep, extra 174 straight beats and D&B. For those who have been questioning if Exept had misplaced their edge within the final two years, the reply is clearly a convincing “no”. If something, they’re edgier than ever.
Black Soul has a wealthy narrative as an album on high of the dancefloor slappers contained in every observe. The opening observe is a lush, ambient, beatless observe that sounds just like the intro credit to a online game that then drops seamlessly into the title observe. The closing observe can also be referred to as “Black Soul” and is equally beatless and classically impressed, meant to place a interval on the tip of the album’s sentence. In between, there’s a great deal of style leaping, just like the dub-tempoed “Discordia” and the correct halftime “Nero” in addition to a great deal of glitchy, itchy drum & bass like “Not for You” with Disprove, “Missin On-line” with Slwdwn and the primary title observe. If Exept established their model between 2018 and 2020, on this new period it seems they’re planning to take it in each attainable course, if Black Soul is something to go by.
Our YEDM premiere and, fortuitously, the final teaser earlier than Black Soul drops, is for the whiplash-inducing penultimate observe on the album, “Don’t Belief Me.” With a celestial intro that shortly descends into multi-beat chaos, this observe is a spotlight amongst highlights on this album. Much like “Nightbreath” in that it accommodates a number of beat constructions, “Don’t Belief Me” is much more maniacal as a result of it morphs from its quick techno into breakbeat after which glitch-neuro so seamlessly with the usage of cyclonic snares and switchbacks that listeners will genuinely marvel how they received to the center of the observe from the start. A sonic epic journey contained in three minutes and 29 seconds, “Don’t Belief Me” is a full thesis reply to the query, “what occurs when D&B producers resolve to deal with techno like D&B?”
Although they’re doubtless having fun with one other little break after the exhausting graft of constructing Black Soul, it’s clear the Exept boys are able to show that their legacy isn’t solely these first two years after Noisia received a maintain of them. There’s way more to come back from the breakout Italian artists, and within the meantime we are able to all enjoy – and determine how one can combine out of – the tracks and musical journey that’s Black Soul.