With support from some of the biggest names in bass music, including Datsik, Skream & Benga, Rusko, Mistajam, Plastician, Emalkay, as well as tens of thousands of YouTube and SoundCloud plays, it’s time for 19-year-old producer/DJ DKS aka Max Clarke to take center stage. Age is not a factor when it comes to admiration and musical knowledge and this young, aspiring musician has talent and experience way beyond his years.
“Can’t Get Enough” kicks off the EP with a warm shimmering intro and shuddering bass. The brushing of a high hat is fused with a clipped vocal sample, and a skull shuddering drop that sends the blood rushing. Up next, the bass driven track ‘I Know’ is a skeptic mix of uplifting and unpretentious soundscapes, which touch upon the deeper and darker side of dubstep. DKS draws on an array of influences on ‘I Know’ with his clever use of vocal samples, and ubiquitous snares. Continuing in the flare, ‘String Theory’ immerses itself in a grimier province with its murky breakdowns and chainsaw swings. The dubstep infused wobbles and manic high hats are layered perfectly and tear through one another with booming force.
DKS builds you up during the EP’s seamless flow of musical moments and closes with the larger-than-life record ‘Monsta’. ‘Monsta’s’ dynamic foray is cleverly calculated and the crescendo will knock you senseless. The thrilling female sample and frenzied synths rip each other apart in a brilliantly cultivated manner unlike anything we’ve heard before.
DKS has been championed by BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra, as well as getting his tracks heard across the Rinse FMairwaves. Max has become known for his interesting melodies and arrangements over the past year, and has bought a breath of fresh air to the scene. This is a truly unmissable release from Firepower that once again encapsulates their essence of forward thinking at the forefront of electronic music.
About DATSIK and FIREPOWER RECORDS:
For DATSIK, FIREPOWER stands out as an extension of his revered and applauded musical persona. “I come from the dark, hip hop-influenced side of dubstep, and I’m trying to create a haven for that style,” he explains. “There are all of these incredible young producers on the rise. I want to elevate them and promote them. If I’m playing a track in my set, I’m likely to sign it and release it. Those are my guidelines, and FIREPOWER‘s dance floor ammunition is my contribution to the EDM world.” DATSIK‘s specialty is wrecking the dance floor. Barely out of high school, the Canadian artist and producer inked a deal with Excision’s Rottun Recordings. He released a series of successful singles and EPs and rose to prominence as a leader of the underground dubstep scene in North America. After collaborating with the legendary Korn on The Path of Totality, he toured the U.S. with the group. Then, 2012 saw him release his proper full-length debut, Vitamin D, via Dim Mak Records and featuring the epic single “Evilution” [Featuring Jonathan Davis of Korn & Infected Mushroom]. However, founding a label has always been part of his plan. FIREPOWER began formally contributing to that landscape with the release of AFK & Hizzleguy‘s 10-song EP, Full Clip. Unveiled in February 2012 on iTunes and Beatport, the collection solidified FIREPOWER as an explosive force to be reckoned with. Shortly after, the second signing Getter dropped the razor sharp Psycho EP. Other acts that make up the roster include Barron, Rekoil, TERRAVITA, THE FRIM and DATSIK himself. With tours planned under the label banner and more music on the horizon, they’re well on their way to domination. Either duck and cover or storm the gates with them.