Just when you thought it was safe to turn your attention back to other artists for a minute, turns out Current Value is giving the DnB world less and less of a refractory period in terms of time between terrifyingly good releases. His next venture is fast approaching with Far Layer, due out this Friday, March 22 on an Othercide Beatport exclusive. Time to hunker down for more bass explosions.
Far Layer is quite different, even for Current Value. There is some definite work that would seem somewhat like conventional DnB but some tracks are really out there. There’s a surprising amount of melody and vocals on this EP, which seems to be indicative of CV’s recent interest in melody and music and how it pairs with heavy bass. “Dispelling Fear,” feat. Snow and Coresplittaz, for example, has some really interesting vocal and melody work. Similarly the title track is almost all melody and ambient sound design. “Photoelectric” and “Ferromagnetic” seem to be more conventional DnB but they still have that brainsplitting Current Value charm that never quite lets the prefrontal lobe off the hook.
In terms of recognizable drum and bass, our Your EDM premiere “Ferromagnetic” even goes as far as to have a very familiar musical sample in the intro and in the break. The beat structure, however, is another CV slammer. Only Current Value can give a hearty nod to the old school in a track while at the same time making it so different and new that no one would question his innovation or originality.
The beat and bassline are both quite minimal and clean with a simple kick and snare overlay and more classic DnB phrase transitions. The most notable innovation here is in the syncopation of what can really only be called a second beat, although some may tag it as the bassline. Raw, grinding and almost dissonant in how off the main beat it is, this second beat is where the brain of the listener really wakes up, pays attention and tries to make sense of another CV track. Let the simultaneous skanking and chin scratching commence.
With so much to digest on Far Layer, one could say that DnB fans will be occupied for a while but we still hope he continues his current trend of releasing more often. In the meantime, enjoy exploring the Far Layer of the cerebrum with this epic EP.