Several weeks ago, we reported that Belgian-based producer Eptic was preparing us for The End by releasing a brand new EP. Bass heads everywhere can rejoice, as the 22 year old Michael Bella has finally delivered his six track EP The End via Skism’s Never Say Die Records. The End is Eptic’s fourth EP since debuting on Never Say Die in 2012. Eptic and his label mates Skism, Zomboy, MUST DIE! and Dodge & Fuski are proving that the dubstep genre is still more than alive and well.
Like A Boss was Eptic’s first EP featured on Never Say Die Records and built up the producer’s clout on the dubstep scene. Like A Boss, the EP’s self-titled track, showcased on UKF Dubstep and Like A Boss charted on Beatport. Like A Boss showed Eptic’s 8-bit infused, funky dubstep style that would become his staple. Over the past two years, Eptic has dropped tracks like Space Cats and Mastermind that embody the producer’s signature sound.
The End features plenty of Eptic’s usual style but he also experiments with a couple different genres. Trap, drum and bass and even aspects of house are utilized to bring this album together and show Eptic’s ability to diversify his music.
Eptic’s effortless ability as a producer is perhaps the highlight of The End. The producer has honed in on his unique 8-bit dubstep sound and has really mastered it. Eptic adds swing into his rhythmic drums patterns to make each of his tracks incredibly funky. His screeching bass can be intense at times, but will still undoubtedly melt your face . The End perfectly exemplifies Eptic’s exquisite talent as a producer.
Featured Track: Eptic- The End
Up until this release, Eptic’s songwriting was fairly redundant. Most of the artist’s past work sounded similar and could be categorized as dubstep. The End features Eptic stepping out of his comfort zone by producing songs of varying styles. She is an exemplary display of Eptic’s progression as a songwriter. The track is chilled out, futurstic and will almost remind you of Flume. For the producer’s first attempt at a different sound, She is a fantastic track.
Featured Track: Eptic- She
This EP could have been slightly more cohesive, but it’s hard to truly get into a theme, vibe and flow with so few songs. The point of this release was more to showcase Eptic’s ability and diversity as a producer, rather than build a storyline. As a result, the EP format detriments The End‘s cohesiveness. However, this album is still a fun listen, with tracks like Level Midnight keeping things interesting. Level Midnight is a house-influenced, deep dub song with plenty of swinging funk to get you moving.
Featured Track: Eptic- Level Midnight
Eptic definitely stayed true to his original sound on The End EP. The filthy dubstep style that the producer procured early in his career was featured heavily on this album. Dimension 7 is the best example of Eptic’s original style. With interest in dubstep waning, it is refreshing to see a producer like Eptic inject some energy and new life into the genre.
Featured Track: Eptic- Dimension 7
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