PRFCT Mandem are a Manchester UK-based duo who, while well-known in their hometown, hadn’t really broken through to mainstream D&B and bass music until Korsakov Music opened up their inbox to new talent for an upcoming compilation album. PRFCT Mandem stood out so much that they passed the line for the compilation and were signed to the label for several EPs. Per its title, Formation is the first of them.
The six-track mega EP is not only PRFCT Mandem’s first on Korsakov, it appears to be their first on any label (according to Beatport) so it’s doubly shocking that the duo’s sound is already so cohesive and well-designed. Korsakov Music has released a few tracks off the EP on YouTube thus far, including the steppy, dubby, neuro-tinged “Jungle Is Massive” and the even more neuro-heavy and ravey “Oscillation.”
These two tracks would lead the uninitiated to believe the duo are going to be mainly neurofunk with a twist of old school flavor, especially with the percusive, gatling gun-style synths that enhance their beats. Our Your EDM premiere today, however, shows that there’s more to PRFCT Mandem’s style. “Hit” is one of two halftime tracks on Formation and it’s probably the more purely halftime, as the halftimer “Generator” vacillates between halftime and D&B via a funky little snare. “Hit,” however, is all halftime and all heavy bass.
“Hit” is much more grounded in general bass music, though it still has that fun combination of brain-scrambling bass synths, cool, clicky non-snare snares and funky melodies and sound design. We’ll likely see these elements with PRFCT Mandem going forward as the Formation of their style continues. Sounds like it’ll be a fun ride.
Formation drops on Korsakov Music this Friday, June 5. Pre-order and pre-save here.