Not one for audio sensitivity or mind relaxation, Gage has provided some utterly intense and destructive music in the last few years.
Though not an official release, his 'Yoshimitsu' war dub from two years ago is testament of the heavy artillery tunes he's capable of. Gun shots and explosive bass kicks aplenty, it's a proper raucous bass ride and alerted many to who he was. Next was the cosmic 'Telo', packed with riotous pings and a go-to dancefloor heater at London party Boxed, beginning his now-tight ties with Bristol label Crazylegs.
With releases from the likes of Bloom and Ziro, the imprint's a holy grail of rough, crushing and industrial sounds, so it makes total sense for Gage to call it home. He's extending the tenancy with the 'Mercury' EP, out on April 22, and it's definitely not a release for the faint-hearted. It's clear from screeching opener 'Turbulence' that this six-tracker's never going to be one to start your Sunday with, and the ready-for-war mentality continues throughout. Slackk's described it as "mental" and LuckyMe affiliate DJ Paypal labelled it as "fucking crazy". We now know why.
On 'Hyphema', devilishly sharp synths twitch and pinch as mutant bass lingers in the background. No limits are set and there's no restrictions in place. Gage goes in with all of his productions and this one's just about as wild it gets. Renegade behaviour, but we're all over it.
'Mercury' is out via Crazylegs on April 22. Pre-order it here
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