Article by Mitchell Buchanan
Pain and pleasure are often mixed together. There’s nothing quite like the pain of a bittersweet romance; getting through the pain of an injury can make us feel like the toughest person on the planet; sometimes we can laugh so hard it makes every inch of our body scream out in agony even though we just can’t stop. And Agony is, today, once again a source of exquisite pleasure. Kredo, a Swiss electro and dubstep producer, releases a free EP entitled “Agony” on April 24th. This six-track album features Kredo’s astonishing knowledge of instrumentation and melody creation, and spans multiple genres and energy levels throughout its highly elaborate 25-minute duration. Like his previous work, the tracks on this EP boast not only impressive musical craftsmanship – they also carry an emotional weight that, at some points, becomes almost overwhelmingly powerful. The power to elicit deep and powerful emotion from music is tricky business, but Kredo’s profound musical background makes this extraordinary task seem like an effortless accomplishment for the Agony EP.
Opening the album with a blast of highly energetic electro, Kredo wastes no time showing off more than 14 years of dedicated piano experience with elaborate, 8-bit influenced synth melodies intricately layered upon each other in the powerful track “Gate of Fate.” Melodic interludes and dynamic build-ups give way to a rumbling, growling, bass-infused electro drop that rattles and shakes but keeps the rhythm bouncing just right. Watch out for the half-time breakdown in the middle of the track – if there’s any time that a bass drop will destroy sound systems, it’s at exactly that moment! Soon, however, tempos switch and the high-energy mood becomes clouded with “Just Another Lady,” a dark and melodic dubstep track that’s eerily haunting and exceptionally beautiful. Strings and modulating synths provide a brooding atmosphere that’s perfect for the sorrowful vocals that float like a ghost above the incredible instrumentation. The drop is heavy, but certainly not angry – instead, it feels rich and emotionally-charged, as if there’s a deep feeling of sorrow fuelling the music rather than aggression. “Sedative” continues this moody atmosphere with a low-key dubstep track that constantly bubbles but never quite rises to the surface. Keeping the tone down low and focusing on vocals and rhythm, Kredo pays homage to dubstep’s roots while creating a track that’s nothing but new-school.
“Agony” begins the second half of the EP with gloomy piano and a crescendo of slowly-modulating synths. Soon, a triplet-infused snare rhythm emerges from the depths and we’re thrown into a hard-hitting mix of tightly coiled bass, minor synth chords, and utterly explosive drums. In signature Kredo style, the music is highly energetic but not aggressive by any means – there’s an unquenchable power thats dying for release, but Kredo holds back for the safety of the listener. The swinging, triplet power of “Dead Run” plays off the rhythm of the last track, but kicks the energy levels up a several more notches. Scratchy bass, sliding synths, and an ominous, wobbling lead come together to create a track that would be perfect for a villain in a futuristic film noir. And if that’s where “Dead Run” feels at home, then consider the closing track to be the bad-ass finale to the film. A bouncing 110bpm tune, “The Riddler” combines the bounce of 110bpm with the dark, swooping bass of a heavy dubstep track. Vocal offbeats keeping the rhythm kicking back, the tune boasts a bass-heavy instrumentation that doesn’t weigh the rest of the track down; instead, the bass adds an intensity that creates an explosive close to this incredible EP.
Kredo is still carving out a name for himself in the world of EDM – but this Swiss producer is rapidly gaining popularity with each and every noteworthy release. And rightfully so: Kredo has years of musical experience, he knows how to create melodies that reverberate deep within us, and he knows how to make an ever-expanding variety of incredible, digitally-produced sounds. Even better, “Agony” is a free EP, so make sure you pick up a copy and show this up-and-coming artist your support – there’s nothing more rewarding than being there to watch a gifted artist build a name for themself, and Dubstep.NET is proud to be doing exactly this with Kredo… Keep a close eye on this tremendously talented producer!
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