Release Date: June 13, 2017
Label Division: Enemy
Cat Ref: KNTKNMY011
Genre: Drum&Bass (Various)
An album is an remarkable body of art - even for more established artists, it's an all-consuming project which can take years in the making. This is why when a relative newcomer like Kursiva takes the reins for his 'Waveform Shapeshifter' LP on Kinetik Records, a label who time and time again put first the artists taking precedent over the scores of talent across cyberspace, it's an even more impressive feat. 2017 has already been a colossal year for the label and they return to form with Kursiva's most recent output.
'Transpose' featuring Impak is your first taster into how this album will be received on the dancefloor. From start to finish, Kursiva doesn't relent his hard driving, unforgiving anthems, cutting deeper and deeper with every sonic cut he unleashes. Up next, 'Shattered' fragments Kursiva's impressive production standard, with every carefully engineered layer coming at you with its jagged edges. Then comes his collaboration with Voltage Voodoo 'Press 2 Play', merging two impressive styles to present an undeniably huge offering. Then comes 'Hoodlum', a no- holds-barred, chaotic electronic roller which grabs at your aural synapses with its jousting hands.
'Temple Meads' presents a more diversive side to the LP, one which ricochets throughout the record and is unafraid to give a snapshot into the more versatile soundscape Kursiva commands. For his second collaborative piece, Kursiva joins Loop Stepwalker and Few but Crazy for 'Speedline', with its drivingly mad bassline and destructive drum patterns. 'Hydra' once again opens Kursiva's musicality and gives an insight into the producer's vast range of styles, whilst Gradual's remix of 'Hoodlum' which features on the LP pays homage to the original whilst giving Gradual's own signature twist. And infamous MC Kryptomedic also raises his head, another featuring artist who adds his growling vocal undertones for explosive title-track 'Waveform Shapeshifter'.
Closing the LP are tracks 'Preditah', 'Spaceship Commander' and the outro 'Briefing'. 'Preditah' continues the aggressive, snapping theme prevalent throughout the album whilst 'Spaceship Commander' shifts the vibe with its brooding atmospherics. The meticulously engineered metallicity of 'Briefing' leaves a lasting aftertaste - one which leaves you reeling at the imposing skillset shown by Kursiva throughout the LP's entirety.