This year has been a time for Throne of Blood to stretch out a bit. Following a string of well-received singles exploring the quirkier corners of the dancefloor (DJ Chloe, Brioksi, Pleasure Planet, Bohemian Groove, PBR Streetgang) as well as Moon Rock a long-percolating exploration of modern ambient music, we’re dropping a springtime megabomb aimed squarely at the big room. Luca Venezia aka Curses may be new to the Throne of Blood fam, but he’s a familiar fixture in clubs around the globe and an ambassador for heavy bass thanks to the countless bangers he’s released over the past decade or so on labels like Institubes, Marble, and his own Trouble & Bass imprint. Having shelved his long-running Drop the Lime project, Venezia certainly hasn’t abandoned the dark menace that has become his sonic signature.
Kicking things off, “Call the Doctor” focuses down to simple efficiency: digital sirens, pitched-down vocals, and tooth-rattling subs demonstrate that Curses hasn’t forsaken his love for bass or the brutality his fans have come to expect. “String Static” combines big reverb and ominous atmospheres with a bounce sure to move the crowd. In keeping with the “not for the chillout room” theme, Curses asked his friend Riton (Ed Banger) to lend his inimitable touch to a remix of “Call the Doctor.” Never one to err on the side of moderation or modesty, Riton takes Curses’ banger to another level, upping the tempo and chopping vocals on top of frenzied crescendos. This one was definitely designed for the world’s most massive dancefloors. “Pompopo” winds things down, complimenting Riton’s rampage with a lengthy groover that’s sure to become a secret weapon for savvy DJs.
Published: 10th April 2014