Emerging producer Kusp is the latest to join the Detail Recordings family with his new album, Arashi. Ostensibly an exploration of the full drum & bass spectrum, Arashi involves so much more than that. There are half-time bubblers, junglist snarls and even some generous lashings of grime (although much of the album sits around the 170BPM mark).
One of the many highlights from the release is "Badlands", one of the grimiest efforts on the release, but still packing a D&B punch with a suitably high tempo. As with the rest of the album it's wild and unpredictable, something Kusp himself explains below was down to the sheer lack of expectation heaped upon him as a new artist:
"This was quite a daunting prospect at first but, as I warmed to the idea, I found it allowed me to be a lot more creative and basically just write what I want without having to stick to any aesthetic or aim tunes for labels. This made the writing process a lot more enjoyable, and I'm very happy with the results. Being a fairly new artist, there's no expectations around me—I feel like I've used that to my advantage and written an album that's all over the D&B spectrum. There's not much continuity here, but that's what I like about it really. While an album full of great liquid tunes, for example, is awesome—and I have the upmost respect for producers that really hone in on perfecting their sound within one sub-genre—I don't really have the desire, or attention span, to do that."
Arashi drops November 5 via Detail Recordings.