It was only a little over a year ago when Proxima unleashed his stunning debut album “Alpha” on Tempa Records. Considered to be his most accomplished work, it was a monstrous slaying of hyper-designed dubstep weaponry, fully rendered with razor-sharp percussion, icepick melodies and trademark metallic drums. Post album release, however, the Dutch wonder has returned to his roots having rediscovered his love for the faster tempo à la Drum & Bass. Back in his natural habitat, Proxima has featured on Icicle’s deluxe edition of “Entropy” remixing Mefjus and Icicle’s “Isolation”, on Blackout Music’s “Evolutions Vol 1” EP with “Apollo”, and finally a full single on Plasma Audio with “Crane” and “Jibber” along with a freebie titled “Salty Drop”. Each resonate the metamorphosis of his complex neuro sound design which evolved during the “Alpha” sessions. Having recently spoke with Gijs, he sounded happier than ever where he is musically, and it would seem that his focus for now is to continue to develop his sound at 170. While this news will disappoint his dubstep fans, he hasn’t forgotten us entirely.
“Nasty”, one of Proxima’s most sought-after unreleased tracks, appeared to somehow miss the tracklist selection for “Alpha” but has been snapped up by none other than electronic music giant UKF. Aptly titled with its bullet proof sub-bass detonations, biohazard snarls spewing caustic pollutants over everything, and percussion via tactical shotgun blasts, “Nasty” levels everything in the dance; the speaker cones, the dancers, ear-drums, the ceiling tiles, bones. A true monolith of intelligent sound design packed with intense sound system force.
“Nasty” is available today on UKF’s “Dubstep 2015” compilation. We’re premiering the full track on our YouTube channel, which you can stream below. Special mention to Hana Makovcova Photography for hooking us up with the amazing press shots.