Delta9 Recordings has a scope which stretches throughout the most creative parts of Europe, places which are renowned as a hotbed for music, as well as a breeding ground for artists. From Berlin, Germany to Bergamo, Italy, the label has built itself on top of these two cities, bringing forward artists from the continent’s furthest reaches and pushing them onto the pedestal provided for them by the label. Delta9 Recordings focuses on mainly the dark, minimalistic sounds of drum & bass and this is something which is highlighted throughout their slowly growing back catalogue of music. Their next EP follows this tradition, with DJ and producer Frame taking centre stage for his moody, rolling delivery. The relative newcomer is about to offer the Delta9 Recordings fan base three brand new sonic cuts which epitomise what he represents; a no-holds barred production standard and a level of musicality which isn’t watered down by the music’s darker undertones.
First to be unveiled is title-track ‘On the Road’, a record which begins with a strange looping of bass and flying beats, peppered by scuttling percussion which juts out from between each layer. It’s an introduction into Frame and if it’s your first insight into his artistry; you become aware of how immersive his production is. ‘Pony Express’ peddles hollowed breaks, which break up the mix and pull you down each rattling drum sequence with a power that keeps the record driving forward. It’s reminiscent of the old-school vibes which made drum & bass such a recognisable genre, however it also boasts a more contemporary standard with its low lying bassline, one which ducks and dives throughout the composition. Ending the EP is ‘Unbreakable’, one which draws you in through its throbbing bass pads which are like a heartbeat beneath its intro. As ‘Unbreakable’ descends, you’re thrown into loops of crashing drum pounds, something which is unmistakably a part of Frame’s engineering. As a collective, every track featured demonstrates Frame’s appeal as an addition to any DJ set. This is something which will continue with the help of Delta9 Recordings, an imprint who are already leaving their own legacy.