Kolectiv – Immortalis EP (DIFF024) Review

     Dexta’s fuchsia spotted Diffrent Music takes a large (giraffe)step up to the plate this coming Monday with another fresh batch of merkers; this time around it’s the offerings of label buddies Kolectiv with their ‘Immortalis EP’. The three piece drum and bass outfit from London have delivered a slew of punchy rollers and twisted half-time steppers since their conception a few years back through underground exponents Scientia Music, Dispatch, Proximity Recs and Kolectiv’s affiliate Nurtured Beatz imprint. I introduce to you this storming four track digital download release with two bonus tunes for those wanting to cop the limited edition CD.


Kicking things off with the title track; the dark and techy ‘Immortalis’ hails back in time, as per the delightful hip hop vocal lick, bringing to mind that classic Perez flavour circa 1984. It’s the surgical precision of the kicks, snares that scatter atop wonky synths and the ominous soundscape that brings a delectably murky vibe to this one.

The second tune on the EP is ‘Make Me’, a hypnotic collaboration with Diffrent head man Dexta and my stand out track of the EP. This sleazy slow-fast acid riddim is a real treat for those digging the current movements within that part of the 170 genre. The perversely winding bassline and catchy power vocal set to a stomping half-time marching beat is something you’re going to want to wind your waist to.

High grade stomper ‘Sleeper Cell’ is a fierce, spectral soundscape with a scalpel-sharp breakdown and scuzzy Noisia-esque bassline that will tantalise the palate of any minimal junkie. This menacing half-time track is a compliment to the shadowy pressure that is maintained throughout the entirety of the EP.

The fourth track ‘Killer Instinct’ is not for the faint of heart. It transports me on some kind of science fiction horror trip for a minute or two. Featuring the talents of Mauoq, a regular collaborator of the Kolectiv boys; this murderously atmospheric stepper snaps and snarls as it builds the pressure like the bloodlust of a homicidal maniac.

Diffrent Music goes ahead to spoil us with two exclusive tracks available on the limited edition CD, featuring handmade, no doubt pink, sleeves.

First of the CD exclusives is ‘Immortalis VIP’; a tough techstep tune with a crunching tearout bassline. This hard, energetic dance floor vibe will be well received.

And lastly, ’Slow (Dexta’s Time Machine Edit)’ surprises us with an interesting slice of acid autonomica, featuring a sumptuous full vocal that drifts out dreamily over throwback eighties synths. It’s certainly diffrent.

Kolectiv – ‘Immortalis EP’ is available to order on CD from 10/11/2014 and is available for digital download 17/11/2014.


Download: diffrent.bandcamp.com/album/immortalis-ep

CD: shop.diffrentmusic.com/product/diff024cd