Originally Posted 12.26.2015
Even as an avid Dubstep listener, I can honestly say that I had never heard of Fallen 45 before receiving my reviewers copy of his latest EP. I don’t know whether I was slow to find out about him or if he was fast to come up in the scene, but whatever the cause for my ignorance of his music, it was a mistake. After listening to his newest release from the renowned Caspa’s legendary Dub Police Records, I came to understand just how much I had been missing. From start to finish To Fall or Fly is a release that captivates and entrances. Any bass music aficionado would be remiss to ignore this weighty four tracker.
Setting the tone for the rest of the release, Illusions is a monster of a tune. No auditory space is wasted. Illusions grabs your attention from the get go. The haunting melody of the synths and the subtle groove that builds throughout make the first impact of the drop all that more satisfying. With a well timed sample, which perfectly matches the tone of the build up, this track shows you the quality of this release right from the start. The repetition of the bass line and the rolling nature of it’s individual hits make your head rock from side to side without even realizing you’ve moved at all. It’s instinctive. That’s what bass music’s all about: making a groove that cannot be resisted, and Illusions is a strong start for an equally strong release.
2. 2D Spaces
While Illusions is a somewhat more laid-back, cut time tune, 2D Spaces is almost a stepper. Thebouncing drum beat is infectious. The kick’s consistent pattern makes you instantly want to move, while the hats and rides keep you fixated on the beat. The minimal intro serves as a perfect build for an aggressive drop. The bass line perfectly compliments the drum beat, while adding its own, completely new character to the song. Occasional synths roll in and out of the foreground of the track, stimulating the listener but not obscuring the main focus, the bass. The tone of these synths is somewhat reminiscent of Trolley Snatcha or Mojo, bringing a more mid-heavy tone to the song when played. 2D Spaces is a well put together tune that would rock any Dubstep set.
Fractals is a tune steeped in bass, but yet maintains a light, airy quality throughout. The repetition of the arpeggiated bell adds to this and creates a melodic root for the song to return to after it crescendos. The song is cinematic. It immediately conjures images of some sort of intense thriller like the Bourne series or even a video game such as Assassin’s Creed. Fractals has this brooding nature throughout that builds, and builds, until culminating in a bass focused, sonic resolution. When listening to this track it feels like you’re being pushed by it. It is the perfect song for its place in the EP. It stands on it’s own as a heavy track, but also continues a masterfully composed groove that runs fluid throughout To Fall Or Fly. Like all the other songs on this release, Fractals shows that Fallen 45 focusses as intently on the listening experience of his music as he does the impact each tune would have on the dance floor.
As the final track on his massive Dub Police EP, Realisations is the perfect resolution for this finely tuned, impeccably produced release from Fallen 45. The intro sets the tone of finality, while the vocal snippets, drenched in delay, captivate the listener as they ping-pong from ear to ear. The pads and synths used in the background have an unmistakably glassy texture that adds to the overall spacey, cavernous feeling of this tune. The edge of this tune is perfectly balanced with its more pensive, melodic side. Realisations is probably the most moody of the whole EP, and through this symphonious nature, gives closure to the listener on a very heavy release.
To Fall Or Fly is one of my favorite Dub Police Releases of 2015. The clear vision of Fallen 45 for this EP is apparent, and Dub Police’s choice in signing this release was spot on. Every tune has been meticulously crafted, the mix on each being perfect. To Fall Or Fly is sonically pleasing on all levels. The overall quality is superb (as we’ve come to expect from all Dub Police Releases), the tracks are inventive and fresh, and most importantly to all Dubstep fans out there, it is a weighty son of a bitch.
Fallen 45 currently has no Facebook, and is at less than 500 followers on Soundcloud, but after this release I am certain we will all be hearing a lot more about him.
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