Today we’re pumped to introduce a new bass duo from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who should definitely be on your radar. Aaron Schwallier and Ian McIntyre, known together as As_Is, have just released a new body of work, their Matrix EP, and longtime dubstep fans need to get their ears on this.
This new EP is a nifty little two-tracker that, according to a press release, comes with its own plotline. “Stuck,” the darker, more suspenseful of the two, is meant to depict a traveler who’s gotten himself into a jam. Mysterious, spacey synths and gritty bass provide an unsettling mood, as we’re unsure of what’s going to happen with the protagonist. The other side, “Escape,” features a more triumphant melody, possibly signifying that our hero has made it out alive.
Story aside, we’re loving the overall sound of this release. It’s got a vintage dubstep feel to it that’s triggering some heavy nostalgia, but it’s also forward-thinking with its arrangements and sound design. We’re very much looking forward to what comes next from these two.
You can stream the new Matrix EP from As_Is below. Enjoy!