Glasgow-based producers and LVLZ Radio residents Rapture 4D and RUDA have teamed up for their first collaborative EP, Nebula, scheduled for a 26 July release both digitally and on 12" heavyweight vinyl. The project sees the 21-year-old partners in grime make their label debut on Scrub A Dub, the Scotch Bonnet sister label fronted by Glaswegian soundboys Mungo's Hi Fi, which has previously brought us iconic rave weapons like "Rules of the Dance" and Egoless's "Like A Nuclear Bomb".
Each of the EP's four tracks – the latter two of which are R4D solo efforts – blur the lines between grime and dubstep. Like his last EP 13, released on Slimzos, Nebula is all about showcasing bass-weight and rhythm, and is a stark contrast from the more melodic offerings on his own imprint, Plasma Abuse.
Opener "Hubble Flow Dub", available to stream exclusively below ahead of its release, finds a juddering, seismic sub bass offset by mechanical bleeps and distorted drums. Meanwhile, the sparse and skippy "Left Hand Path" samples a 2018 Sky News documentary on gangs, set against glitchy synth plucks. "Skylab" is more closely aligned with the output of artists like Kahn & Neek, fusing deep dubstep basslines with ambient soundscapes and audibly grime-influenced drum programming, while closer "Kosmos Redshift" combines abrasive, creaking synths with R4D's signature square-wave sound design.
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