by Kyle Taylor |
Also in the long line of notable releases for the day, we have the massive mechanized new single from the insane collaboration of KJ Sawka and ill.Gates. Both of these musicians have been on the forefront of the electronic music world for years now, and their impact is constantly felt throughout the scene still today. Having played key roles in both Pendulum and Destroid, Sawka’s drum viscosity has resulted in a irresistible, head-bang inducing percussion time and time again. ill.Gates has been a leading face in the west coast bass music scene longer than I can honestly say I could recount with accuracy. He has collaborated with countless equally influential musicians and producers, with his hand remaining ever present.
The single, which is available now for FREE download, was joined on the complete Unsung Heroes EP. The full EP is out on the newly founded Impossible Records, owned and operated by Sawka himself. Opening with the original mix of the single, both KJ Sawka’s and ill.Gate’s influences are immediately felt. With rapid, organic drum patterns, Sawka’s percussion prowess is proved once again. ill.Gates’ funky, yet still voluminous, sound design carries itself in and out of loosely jumping moments and bone-shaking bass rivets. The EP further includes a violently destructive remix from Philadelphia’s own Architekt that easily rivals the original mix in terms of shed shrapnel; as well as a gloriously funked-out remix from Sugar Beats, which adds some lovely extra vocal samples; and a freshly torqued VIP mix once again from the team of KJ Sawka and ill.Gates.
01) KJ Sawka & ill.Gates – “Unsung Heroes (Original Mix)”
02) KJ Sawka & ill.Gates – “Unsung Heroes (Architekt Remix)”
03) KJ Sawka & ill.Gates – “Unsung Heroes (Sugarbeats Remix)”
04) KJ Sawka & ill.Gates – “Unsung Heroes (VIP Mix)”