Grey Code – Masque/Curve [DIVIDID]

Grey Code cover art

Grey Code cover art

One of the premier sound design technicians on the DnB scene at the moment stands Grey Code. Known for his epic intros, lush soundscapes, and his creative take on the genre, he has released on some of the most seminal labels around: Metalheadz, Dispatch Recordings, Demand Records, Music Squad, and Skankandbass. Now he ventures over to ABIS and IMANU’s label DIVIDID for two tracks that push even further into the farthest reaches of the genre.

“Masque” starts off with high pitched eerie synth vibes backed by his trademark swirling orchestral sound, building and building into the drop. This is a massively fierce drop, accompanied by chopped up breaks and a steady minimalistic rhythm. As the song progresses, the distorted bassline roars and counterpoints with each individual layer in unique and interesting ways. This is a precisely crafted tune; using the contrast between noise and musical elements, he creates constant shifts in mood that defy the senses and leaves you in a state of pure awe.

Cross pollination among genres is a staple throughout music history, and on “Curve” Grey Code pushes into this territory full force. There is still plenty of his ethereal atmospherics and intricate sound design sprinkled throughout the track, but this is a tune that seeks to challenge what is possible. Elements of the free form experimentalism found in bass music form the backbone of this track, as it bounces from four to the floor DnB to the expansive bass modulation seen in dub music. The roar of the crunchy bass and the melodic motif are treats for the ears, reminding us to always expect the unexpected.

DIVIDID has given us another stellar release and cements why Grey Code is such a sought-after talent. Out now via Beatport and Bandcamp, pick this release up as soon as you can!