This Bass Goes to 11 : Figure Horns of the Apocalypse EP reviewed

9/14/13
8.8ARTIST INFO

If bass were a weapon, then Indiana DJ/Producer Josh Gard, best-known under his chosen moniker Figure, would be J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Seriously though, this sh*t has some WOMP to it.

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Horns of the Apocalypse EP is Gard's debut on the Skrillex-fronted label OWSLA. It's streaming in its entirety for you below, along with a track list for your convenience, so if you just wanted to hear it feel free to skip ahead now. I won't be offended… too much.

Having previously made a name for himself with his Monsters of Drumstep series, along with his Halloween-centric horror tracks, Figure finally brings his craft to a wider audience. And he nails it on just about every conceivable level.

Horns… features not one, but TWO (!) tracks in which Del the Funky Homosapien is present (For you non-underground hip hop nerds, that's the dude who rapped on the first Gorillaz single. That would have been enough to placate me, but the other 3 tracks on the EP are also great.

On the opener "Beast Mode," Figure quits the foreplay and throws everyone into the deep end of the bass pool. This shit opens with some face-melting thumping and doesn't stop until it's all-too-short runtime of 21:26 has come to pass. What makes this EP so damned good is how Gard differentiates himself from most of his EDM-peers. The drops here are plentiful and well worth the wait, but it's how he fills the space before and after that has everyone salivating over his music. "Super Sonic Brain Waves" in particular goes places I would never have imagined it, or any other EDM song, going. Hell, all five tracks would more than likely be labeled electronica if EDM wasn't the buzz-genre of the moment.

"Astro," the closer and my personal favorite cut, features fellow OWSLA signee Nick Thayer and the track is a Hannah Montana 'best of both worlds' situation. (Sorry. Actually, I'm really not.). Thayer's funk-influenced fingerprints are all over this one, as it has a different vibe than the rest of the EP.

Ultimately though this is very strong debut all the way through. There's something here for everyone, assuming of course you like a fuck ton of bass.      

Horns of the Apocalypse EP is available now over at Beatport. It drops on iTunes and Spotify on September 24th. And again, you can stream it below.

1. "Beast Mode (Feat. Del the Funky Homosapien)"
2. "Eagle (Feat. Mr. Lif)"
3. "Super Sonic Brain Waves'
4. "War Call (Feat. Del the Funky Homosapien)"
5. "Astro (Feat. Nick Thayer)"