Belgian scientists M-Zine & Scepticz have teamed up with the likes of Mtwn, Axon and Digid to deliver a suitably venomous and racquetball-themed affair via Diffrent. Exactly.
Overall, ‘Cobra/Shuttlecock/656’ has a very powerful tone throughout. That really struck me.
We think it’s fair to say this about ‘Cobra’, the other two tunes on there are a bit more leftfield. We do believe the release itself has a powerful tone overall indeed.
What inspired ‘Cobra’?
The inspiration is a video which involves cobras, and a mentalist zookeeper. The tune itself actually wrote itself fairly quickly, we wanted the drums to sound “live”, yet contain a lot of weight and punchyness.
There’s lots of inventiveness and I feel that you were really free in your approach to the assemblage of this ep, like ‘let’s really unleash something unexpected’ with this, would that be right?
Yeah, the tunes on this EP are a bit more experimental then what we’re used to writing; all of the collabs on there have had there fair share of experimenting going on during the writing stages, which started about one year ago.
‘656’ pinned me to the wall! it’s huge. Who is Digid by the way?
Digid is a Belgian bass music producer, focusing on dubstep and dub, and he’s one of our homies basically. The guy has some wicked ideas & energy during studio sessions, big shout out to “Kitty”!
And who else have you chosen to work with on Cobra/Shuttlecock/656, collab-wise?
There’s ‘Cobra’ with Mtwn, two brothers hailing from the French speaking part of Belgium. This tune was actually our first collab were we actually sat together in a room, and we think this reflects in the tune.
‘Shuttlecock’ features Axon, which has been gaining some good support by the likes of Ulterior Motive & Amoss. The tune was written bouncing stems back and forth and was the result of a Proximity Recordings party here in Belgium where we’d met him for the first time, and agreed to write a tune together.
To bring it all together, what’s a starting point of a tune… is it always beats?
Beats, always, however simple or basic you keep it: you got some groove to work off.
What tune is in your head right now?
Fields ‘Reel Funk’.
An M-Zine & Scepticz search online shows a massive array of cool work by you guys… how would you say you have evolved as artists in the past few years? What things have changed, dropped away and where do you want to take your sound to next?
To be honest, we feel like we haven’t quite accomplished our “own”‘ sound just yet, but it’s getting there. We’re just always trying to write some groovy music, whether it be D&B, or something along the 87 BPM lines.
Speaking of bpms, do tempos constrain or limit you… or is it never a consideration?
Tempos aren’t really a constriction, but we haven’t really released anything in another tempo just yet, as we feel our sound in those particular tempos isn’t quite mature yet, or ready for release for that matter.
What’s music in the box you are loving… what’s killing it live?
Break ‘Groove With It’ is just a massive massive tune!
DLR & Mako ‘Your Mind’, just because it has the most insane throwback vibes going on. And we love cheese.
Hydro, War & Mateba ‘Black Light’, this tune just murks every soundsystem.
Thanks, any shouts?
Shouts out to Chris at Diffrent, for having us on his label for the 2nd time, and caring about our music! Mtwn, Axon, Digid, for their outstanding musical vibes.