After a brief hiatus, rapidly rising bass duo Nu Era have bounced back on the scene with some serious firepower in tow. Out this month on Four40 Records, this tune is as massive as it is a fresh direction for Nu Era.
Titled “Sick” and featuring serious vocal help from longtime talent RTKAL, this is quite the contrast to the duo’s more recent, upbeat tracks. Gone are the bass house vibes and pumping energy, and in their place is a slow and low chunk of dirty, trapped-out 808 music. Oozing in with ominous and hazy synth pads, RTKAL’s razor-sharp lines crack over the stripped-down beat, increasing with energy as the whole vehicle surges forward before crashing down into the deep end, serenaded by warbling horns.
Flowing along like melted asphalt, “Sick” relies on its epic and eerie atmosphere, only to take off momentarily with a comparatively speed-of-light dancehall/Kuduro rhythm, before slamming the listener back onto the pavement, as rolling hats spin in the distance. Sometimes tracks go so big, they take the crowd to the next level; sometimes, as in this case, they go so deep and low that they melt the audience right down into the floor. It’s a nice change of pace for Nu Era, and it’s definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Available March 24 via Four40 Records.