Heist aka DJ Heist aka Strider is a name synonymous with both a highly-unique production style and a library of music so extensive, one could argue the man deserves his own sub-genre. This month, we’re seeing his first release on Low Down Deep since his iconic, experimental collaboration EP with DJ Pleasure entitled ‘You’re Not Ready’. It’s a double-sided release this time, going under the guises of ‘Moose Knuckle’ & ‘Sharkticons’. The two tracks couldn’t be more different from one another in terms of vibe, however, both effectively showcase Heist’s ability to consistently blend his own custom creations of basses, synths, FX and beats with all things Jungle / Drum & Bass that have influenced him since way back when.
The journey begins with ‘Moose Knuckle’. Heist effectively pays homage to and successfully modernizes classic ’97 era Jump Up. It’s been kept no mystery that he was, and still is, highly influenced by the classic V Recordings sound, so it comes as no surprise that his respect for the old school can be heard for miles on this tune. The first two notes of the b-line bubble deep, and take you back…way back, while the latter five notes have a stabbing, stimulating effect that seems to never leave you. Add in the immersive arrangement throughout, beats so delicious you can almost taste them, the clever use of chimes, female vocals, and FX in the atmospheric intro, and you’ve got yourself one of Heist’s most incredible creations to date. It’s been an absolute favourite at Low Down Deep HQ for months on end! Simply put, what…a…tune.
On the flipside, ‘Sharkticons’ is a complex, varied brew of many handcrafted sounds Heist has become infamous for. Most notably, you can hear the direct influence of one of his biggest and most successful dancefloor tunes to date, ‘Arcade’, as well as more subtle influences and familiar blips, blaps, booms, and bubbles from tunes like ‘The Verdict’ or even ‘Quake’. We’re also really vibing on his heavy use of distortion on the drum kit. It’s quite a nice contrast to Moose Knuckle’s no frills, clean & crisp kit, and helps to emphasize even further how much these two tunes live at polar opposite ends of the Jump Up spectrum.