Finding inspiration in the textures and soundscapes of the drum & bass genre and drawing from a vast pool of other heavily felt influences, including hip-hop, dubstep and grime, UK bass music export Thelem has cultivated his own infectious, head-turning style of bass music production that focuses on delivering expertly crafted bass frequencies, rhythmic variation and dark, minimal atmospheres that resonate with heavy, low-end power. Thelem’s output never ceases to supply exciting, forward-facing adaptations of his unique, earthshaking production personality known to set dance floors and speaker systems ablaze across the globe, with his forthcoming EP, Ninety 3, standing as most recent proof.
Thelem’s highly anticipated three-track Ninety 3 EP arises as the first release from the producer’s own Chapters imprint, proving a mighty proper introduction of the label to the underground bass music circuit. While the entire release boasts an overwhelming arsenal of grime-influences, rudeboy synths, Babylon crumbling war drums and hip-hop basslines, it’s the EP’s final track, “Lock Out,” that’s really got us buzzing. “Lock Out” ascends into a world of innovative swag, booty shaking bass, and 8-bit flare that administers a commanding demonstration of Thelem’s individualistic, irreplicable and highly progressive sound.
It’s tunes like these that serve to further cement this pace-making producer as an integral player in crafting the future of the underground sound. Be sure to grab “Lock Out” along with the rest of Thelem’s Ninety 3 EP on July 28 via Chapters.