Seattle based Onset Audio has been coming out strong since it’s inception in 2010 with killer releases by Demo, Psidream and Red Army. The label now turns to another veteran in US DNB, Symbl who is half of the production duo sensation Arsenic. Not only can this producer make some amazing beats but his mastering company, The Lab, is transforming most of the US DNB tunes being released to come out sounding as immaculate as can be.
Serenade is an erie dark roller that reminds me of Doc Scott’s Shadow Boxing for the new age. This tune shows the true talent and raw emotion of Symbl and reminds me why I love US DNB so much. Great tune that can be used just about in any setting.
A little on the lighter side, but not much, is Contender; a tune that I put on par with anything during the Renegade Hardware heyday. Superb use of the strong drums with a techy stab bassline. Very well rounded and powerful tune!
Calamity is a nice dark and hard amen track and I love it! So much raw energy that will move any dancefloor! The synth melody reminds me of a throwback to the roots of DNB in the early 90’s and the amen edits are very impressive to boot. Love this release by Symbl and the folks over at Onset Audio!