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Chicks & Drugs/Empire
This is Truth's third release on Tempa. Featuring two tracks -- "Empire" and a collaboration with Stylust Beats titled "Chicks & Drugs." Both retain the cinematic, expansive aesthetic that the New Zealand duo has established on their previous releases for Tempa and labels such as Deep Medi and Disfigured Dubz. The chimes and industrial drones that open "Empire" rack up tension to a snapping point, before the track grinds to life in salvoes of intricate percussion, plunging sub-bass and the crunch of metal on metal. With its vaguely tongue-in-cheek opening chant, "Chicks & Drugs" seems a slight departure from the intense, dread sensations of "Empire." But when it drops in punctuated tidal waves of sub-bass and a sparse halfstep beat, it's just as intense and immersive as you'd expect from the duo.