Fourward – Talk to Me
Mainframe flag-bearer’s Fourward return to the fore after the success of their collaborative release with fellow Austrian native Body & Soul earlier this year ? ‘No One Here Ft. Filo’/ ‘Tequila Worm’ ? this time with another exceptional release as a solo unit. Raising the bar for tech-aligned ferocity, ‘Talk To Me /’Stressed Out’ represents a clear evolution of the Fourward sound, marrying the traditional neurofunk aesthetic with a crystal-clear production technique that places the quartet within the pantheon of the most forward-thinking electronic artists working within the scene today. ‘Talk To Me’ opens like the sonic representation of futuristic warfare itself, introducing tearing horns, ticking hi-hats and spiralling mids to its precision-focused arrangement. Moving towards its brutal drop with crisp, militant rolling drums and analog synths woven throughout, what becomes clear is Fourward’s ear for maintaining a core rhythmic structure and incomparable attention to detail. ‘Stressed Out’: Merging an explosive scattergun amen workout with a signature ‘new-age’ synth and mid-based approach, ‘Stressed Out’ fully displays Fourward’s versatility as a clear departure to the first song in terms of tone and arrangement. Filtered ghost amens ebb and flow whilst growling subs stab in and out with wild abandon: this is Fourward at their devastating best.