Opening things up for Cyberfunk is The Existence EP; it pulls no punches straight out of the gate. With his music gaining the attention of labels as diverse as Ram Records, Metalheadz and Critical Music, the production is precise and razor sharp, all the while retaining that tech edge Xtrah has become known for. Operator starts things off and surrounds you with growling deep, sub low bass. There’s a definite old school vibe in its simplicity. We Exist is a lesson in tight, rolling percussion work - drum edits and drop outs sit perfectly amongst more trademark Xtrah bass stabs.
Keen to use the label as a platform from fresh and undiscovered talent alongside established names, up-and-coming duo Simple Technique take the reins on Cold Steppin. Equal parts brooding and dark, the track shows a mature level sound design whilst retaining an uncompromising rawness from the newcomers discovered by Xtrah and who will be a big part of the Cyberfunk family. Simple Technique are definitely a name to keep your eyes and ears on in the future. Closing proceedings is Forte; a deadly collaboration between Xtrah and Symmetry Recordings boss man, Break. Filled with punchy 2-step breaks and gut wrenching, speaker shaking low end, you get the best of two producers at the top of their game here and is a perfect way to tie up and incredible debut release.
With a single of the month rating in Mixmag, an 8/10 scoring from DJ Mag, Radio 1 support from Friction, plus club support from a number of DJ’s across the scene, the Existence EP is just the beginning of what plans to be a productive year for Xtrah and Cyberfunk.
a1. Xtrah - Operator
a2. Xtrah - We Exist
b1. Simple Technique - Cold Steppin
b2. Xtrah + Break - Forte