Des McMahon returns for the second time to a record label who have firmly solidified themselves within both the US and European drum & bass market, having already bridged the gap across the Atlantic. His next EP on Santoku is an expert follow on from the release which provided a pedestal for the young producer, one who’s paved his way through the scene’s biggest stages in the US, the type which tastemakers look to when they consider the underground success of dance music’s pivotal sub genre. The finely-honed sounds of Des have often brought out the freshest turns in DJ sets and mixing styles, providing an intricate look into the younger members of drum & bass and the talent which they’re currently bringing through the ranks.
The four-track package from Des is a look into the versatility of the upcoming producer – from ‘No Need to Speak’ through to ‘Ghost’, he grapples with his heavy layering and carefully laid out musicality in a way that demonstrates just how illustrious he is as an artist. This time he’s taken a more dance floor approach, opposed to the cut throat style of his ‘Delirium’ EP, whilst still pushing his signature throughout every meticulous segment he builds, one on top of the next.
‘No Need to Speak’ draws you straight into the fray with drums which administer swift punches and a bassline that crackles throughout the mix. Next up ‘Bad Habits’ is just as dynamic, creating a driving rhythm which is punctuated by the records swift hooks that jump out from you between the composition. Following on is ‘Bulletproof’ which nods to its namesake and it’s impenetrable in its make up. And finally you’re brought into the wavering movements of ‘Ghost’, the perfect end to his ‘No need to Speak’ EP and giving a final snapshot into his diversity as a producer.
Santoku highlight how they have an eye for picking up blossoming newcomers – and Des is leading the charge. Although a go-to from the beginning, Santoku are making themselves widely felt without the need to submit to a more commercial appeal.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, steeped in the potent brew of Philly’s wide and deep musical history, powerhouse producer Des McMahon earned his stripes at the forefront of the Washington D.C. electronic music scene. Initiated at landmark venues such as Fur Nightclub, U Street Music Hall and Echostage, Des’ ability to build groove-fueled sounds has made him one of the fastest rising drum & bass artists in the U.S. Simultaneously unleashing excerpts from his own creative character — spanning from deep rollers to dance floor crushers — the sky is the limit for this exceptionally talented musician. He’s had consistent airplay and support from national and international figureheads such as Noisia, Rene LaVice, Break, and The Prototypes. Now LA-based, this sonic Jack-of-all-trades has brought his distinctive sound all over the continent, performing at places like Electric Daisy Carnival, Nightmare Festival, Dreamscape, Beyond and Nocturnal Wonderland. With releases on Viper Recordings, Get Hype Records, Technique Recordings, Insomniac Records and remixes on both Circus and Ultra Records, Des is showing absolutely no signs of stagnation. Prepare yourself for a barrage of low frequency bass weight from this monster producer — heʼs only just begun.