Command – to exhibit power over, to control.
Strange – different, unusual, unique.
Showing power over the unusual and different is what Command Strange is all about. Dive in, the water’s fine.
Kazakhstan’s Command Strange has been turning the music world on to his rather special world view since he was 16. After tracks on Have-A-Break and Fokuz, he has gone on to rack up over 150 releases. Specialising in rolling, epic soundscapes, he offers a serious, musical take on things drum and things bass.
After a mammoth 2012, with releases on Metalheadz Platinum, 2013 looks set to be even bigger. Now he is moving onwards with a new release on Horizons, Hyperbug/Regrets (with Malaky). The twin set of tunes show off what Command is all about – vibes, vibes and more vibes.
Hyperbug starts off with a sawing intro, with the metallic bass continuing into the main section, which is highlighted by shimmering electronics and a jumping, pumping beat. The drums kick and kick again, with the tempo revealed after two drops. Things build and build with his one, moving into more and more funky sections, peeling away until the dark heart of the track is revealed. Up there with the finest in the genre, Hyperbug will soon become a signature sound in any DJs set. Strange, but very commanding throughout.
The flip is Regrets, in conjunction with Malaky. Smoothness is the name of the game as things kick off with a sweet vocal snatch, before proceedings dip down with some trademark samples and stretches. Piano plays plaintively in the background, reminiscent of Lenzman and Artificial Intelligence, with the bass moving elegantly through the tune. Contemplative and emotional but still urgent, Regrets will move dancefloors as well as hearts and minds.
Command Strange will provide the soundtrack to your 2013, so get on the train early with Hyperbug/Regrets.
Have a listen to this podcast! It’s wicked!
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