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Juan Reviews: Repulsion x Nova x Pacific Numen V.V. EP ONE (VV-THREE)


I'm sure by now you know about Vinyl Vigilance. Only three releases in, but goddamn have they made a name for themselves. For the first release they kept it close to home, bringing us label head Kadet P's 'Alcaravan' alongside Kman's fearsome 'P.W.M'. V.V.-Two was where it all got a little bit mad. Out of nowhere Cluekid's 'King Kobra' went from being that tune he forgot to bring to GetDarker years ago to being that tune that everyone was mashing their keyboard to get a hold of. It's definitely been interesting watching the development of the label over the last two years, and we can assure you they're not about to slow down. VV-Four and VV-Five are locked in and ready to go, no words on who they've secured yet, but we're replacing our 'f5' keys over in Juan HQ in preparation. Let's talk about this release then. Having released some OGs and well-established names, Vinyl Vigilance have swapped over to some of the new young gunners. I don't think it would come as any surprise that the boys over at VV have their fingers on the pulse of the scene and securing Nova, Repulsion and Pacific Numen for this EP really highlights their A&R expertise. All three names have been on the ascendance over the last few years, churning out a seemingly endless stream of bangers. Vinyl Vigilance is definitely a fitting place for these guys to secure their first vinyl releases. As the name should make fairly clear, Vinyl Vigilance don't fuck about with digital releases. Vinyl only bizness.

Lets start at the beginning. Repulsion and Nova's 'Late One Night' opens the release. I've never had the chance to listen to this one over a system yet, but when I do... Holy fuck. It's one of them ones that you'd happily drop your pint to go and join with the crowd. New school producers, but the vibes the track emanates are definitely rooted back in the early years of the sound. That bassline is just relentless and the drums are minimal creating one of them tunes that wouldn't have been out of place in 2009. That isn't even a criticism. It's one of the things I think we all love about dubstep. It has this uncanny ability to duck and dive between different soundscapes and styles. Old school tracks are just as important as tripletty trap infused beats in 2018 without a doubt.

Second up is the solo Nova production 'Scavenger'. Its harnesses a lot of the same energies as 'Late One Night', meticulously driven by its bassline while the percussion remains minimal. When I say minimal I don't mean absent. The hats and the snares are obviously still present, but they're programmed in such a way that the bassline is given a lot of breathing space and drives the track forward. This is Nova in his element no doubt. For our sins, Repulsion and Pacificic Numen haven't been featured in our 'Who's Doing Bits' feature yet (hang tight for the next edition), but Nova has managed to make his way onto the list. We said that he was a guy to watch due to his uncanny ability to just churn out classic after classic, and surely this track proves us correct.

The final (or is it?!?!?!) track is Pacific Numen's 'Uncool'. Who are Pacific Numen? That's the real question. One of those if you know, you know kinda deals. For my tastes, this is the stand out track on the release no doubt. Beautifully broken in its drum patterns, it perfectly encapsulates the 'step' in dubstep. And let's not get started on that sample. I'm an absolute sucker for trying to find sample sources, but this one has stumped me. It feels like it's an obvious one, so feel free to chime in in the comments if you know! "I want' to make this face all night...nnnnnggggghhhhh" kind of sums up what you see from behind the decks I guess.

I mean, there's not a lot else I can say. The release is unsurprisingly heavyweight. You'd be an absolute fool not to buy it.

This Juan a certified connoisseur cut.

Vinyl Vigilance: Nova: Repulsion:

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