Riding the tail of a summer of touring alongside his OWSLA labelmates, Kill the Noise returns with an extended release, Black Magic. The EP veers away from the 32-year-old producer’s typical aggressive bass heavy tendencies and gives dubstep fans a reinvented version of the genre most well known for its drops.
After three years of honing in on the hard sounds of bass music, Kill the Noise steps out of his comfort zone on Black Magic to show he isn’t just another bass plunging producer. Adding melodic tones, instrumental chords, and vocal harmonies to the tracks on this EP, Kill the Noise seems like he has something to prove.
Though Black Magic is still weighted with sub-bass, the EP lends power to beats rather than the drops. Opening with the title track “Black Magic,” Kill the Noise starts the compilation off with vocal help from a choir (Saturday Night Singers) before adding electro-enhanced booms to form a fiery banger. “Thumbs Up (For Rock ‘N Roll)” comes up later on the EP, featuring a collaboration from the UK bass machine Feed Me. The track hits at a moombahton rhythm incorporating distinctive Feed Me snyths and classic Kill the Noise industrial bass beats along the way.
Kill the Noise packs a quiet punch on Black Magic, showing his production skills have evolved over the years. Without losing sight of his dubstep roots he gives listeners an output focused on musical production and rhythmic power, adding yet another producer working to give dubstep a much needed facelift.