Fractals refer to infinite complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They also help describe a partly random and chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation. Once you understand the definition of Fractals, the fact that Subtronics chose this word to represent the sound of his debut album makes perfect sense. Full of chaotic yet beautiful soundscapes, Subtronics unravels spacetime by manipulating sonic frequencies with an elegant force.
FRACTALS Solidifies Subtronics As One Of The Most Gifted Producers In Bass Music
Released on January 14, through his own label, Cyclops Recordings, Subtronics’ Debut Album FRACTALS is everything we’d hoped it to be. As one of the hardest working producers in all of electronic music, the Philly riddim producer explores uncharted waters as he turns his focus to softer melodies mixed in with his signature bass-heavy soundscapes. Spanning a monstrous 16 tracks, FRACTALS showcases Subtronics’ depth and range as a producer.
Subtronics Proves His Versatility With FRACTALS
Before it was released, Subtronics expressed how he was working on cultivating new sounds into his repertoire. FRACTALS then proves his versatility as he explores everything from hard-hitting dubstep to experimental bass through new sonic territories. The album’s opener, titled O.P.U.S, for instance, is a meditative yet mighty ballad designed to prepare you for the mind-melting journey you are about to embark on.
“I have no idea what happened. I was at my desk, hitting keys aimlessly while exploring Kontakt libraries and it brought me so much joy. Very meditative. I hope it feels as powerful emotionally for everyone else as it does for me when I hear it. Closing my eyes and turning the intro up full volume always teleports me back to where I was when I started to aimlessly play with chords during the lockdown in 2020.” Subtronics said in a statement regarding O.P.U.S and his new profound direction.
Tracks like Spacetime featuring Nevve and Into Pieces featuring Grabbitz personify his new melodic direction before blasting you into complete oblivion in classic Subtronics style. Morning Coffee with Sony, dives into DNB inspired sounds while FUNcKED provides listeners with a bouncy rendition of dubstep. Of course, it would not be a Subtronics record without tracks like Cabin Fever offering bass that is just downright filthy.
Subtronics Collabs With Bass Music Heavy Weights
On top of his off-the-chart productions, the Cyclops general teams up with some of the biggest names in bass music. From Griztronics II with Griz to Take Flight with Sulivan King and Gassed Up with Zeds Dead, Subtronics shows his ability to combine his skills with some of the best in the game. However, the standout collaboration goes to the track Gummy Worm with his good friend Boogie T. With a classic Boogie guitar solo paired with wonky bass and a closing rap verse Gummy Worm is one of the many highlights throughout the record.
Fractals Is Here To Break Boundaries
Overall, Subtronics’ debut album breaks down the boundaries of his signature sound as he reaches far into new sonic territories. In doing so he’s able to push bass music through a new stage of evolution and creates a record that is beautiful, yet blasts you into the void of spacetime.
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