America’s drum & bass scene is thriving. From state to state, they’ve proven that despite the commercial success of other electronic music genres, the 174bpm world has maintained longevity. One artist demonstrating this is Des McMahon, who alongside managing label Play Me Records, continues to push his sound into every state and across the Atlantic. After recently releasing a track with NC-17 on UK label Technique Recordings’ Summer 2017 LP, he’s returned to US imprint Santoku Records following his offering on the second Volume of their Signatures LP.
This next delivery looks back at his first release on Santoku and revamps an already stellar format. Alongside a host of featuring artists, including technically aggressive outfit Meath Teeth and Santoku’s head honcho Logam, the imprint delivers yet another EP to prove why they’re becoming an unstoppable force within the US drum & bass scene.
‘Delirium’ is the first featured collaboration, taking you deep into the mix but still giving a lighter edge with its carefully spaced note arpeggios. The title-track is an embodiment of what Des McMahon is about - mixing older flavours with more contemporary styles and breeding a new-school style. ‘Dopamine’ comes next, a standalone offering which crunches harder with every sub quake and demonstrates the darker side of his productions. Both tracks provide the reason for Des McMahon’s reputation; the young producer has proven time and time again why his music continues to pedestal him within cyberspace.
A well-loved track within his back catalogue, ‘The Hawk’ receives a remastering, which takes the original into an even more intricate dimension of sound. It verifies Des McMahon’s potential as well as his longevity as an artist, time and time working to an impressive standard.
Mean Teeth takes on remixes duties for ‘The Hawk’, bringing out an even murkier side to Des McMahon’s meticulous work. The track dips and flows between a carefully thought out bassline and even deeper vibes. Tying up a track list which platforms a scrupulously well-honed set of records, each contribution continues to push Des McMahon’s influence across the US and beyond. His career has only just begun.