Italian Drum & Bass trio INWARD, HANZO, & RANDIE debut their newest EP “IKIGAI” on METHLAB RECORDINGS, featuring the specialized vocal timbres of THE SCIENCE. A rising sonic force in the DnB scene, INWARD, HANZO, & RANDIE have seen their tracks featured on labels such as Red Light Records, C4C Recordings and Blackout, continually exemplifying a raw but refined sound with their production. With IKIGAI, the trio continue to pursue this aesthetic whilst incorporating new and experimental approaches to sonics that install additional vivacity within their work. The resulting four track EP features hard charging tech dnb beats and halftime alongside soaring vocals, an effortless combination that creates a uniquely animated atmosphere on the dancefloor.
MEMORY CHECK opens the EP in full force as the impassioned cries of its soulful vocal echo amongst a syncopated salvo of kicks and neon bass, creating an air of fervent & energized desire. LIBERATE features the striking vocals of THE SCIENCE, which yearn for vibrance against a dystopian backdrop and above waves of reese bass, breaking upon powerful kickdrums in a malstrom of sonic force. SPACEFUNK’s cosmic atmosphere quickly intensifies as a funk fueled guitar riff sends its components rocketing forwards at breakneck pace, bringing the funk back to neurofunk. Its percussion and basses imbued with outlandish vitality by the frantic vibration of its steel strings. THE BITE moves by contrast in murky depths, but is soon transformed as its lumbering gait gains sinister weight with every beat, with percussion entwined by a serpentine bassline that moves divinely between impactful dynamic sonics.
IKIGAI shows INWARD, HANZO, & RANDIE in true form with four tracks that illuminate the trio’s singular dynamism, merging technical ability and creative prowess in a harmonious opus roiling with living energy. One of the most remarkable and rising talents in bass music, featuring on the relentlessly exploratory MethLab platform.
Italian trio Inward, Hanzo & Randie have always been influenced by a wide array of musicians and genres, drawing inspiration from jungle, d&b, breakcore, metal, punk and techno to fuse into fresh ideas that perfectly annihilate the dance. Following their initiation into the Italian d&b scene in 2010-11 with releases as separate entities on Maztek’s ‘Subculture Music’ label, the members of the trio started to be individually recognized as gifted producers, and were invited to release on labels such as Optiv’s Red Light Records, Big Riddim and Avantgarde Recordings. But it was in 2016 when things started moving in a direct and hype way, with the coming together or the 3 producers on a more permanent basis, bursting into raver’s awareness and impressing the top tier of d&b producers with first the ‘Stutter’ EP on Red Light, followed by the ‘Squaremouth’ EP on Cause4Concern Recordings – which saw airplay from Friction and Noisia, as well as the trio remixing C4C’s legendary track ‘Gas Chamber’. With 2017 behind us, and the joining of Inward, Hanzo & Randie to the MethLab roster, and with the massive LP on Cause4Concern Recordings – the future is very bright for this trio of fast-moving producers with an intricate ear for complex production. Expect to hear their names on an exponentially growing cycle.
Inward, Hanzo & Randie