As avid supporters of Akeos since their early releases, it’s difficult to come up with words that haven’t been said to praise their continuous innovation through the wide realm of bass music. Every new track is a step forward for the Pennsylvania-based artist, and that’s saying a lot given the extraordinary quantity of material coming out on a regular basis. Just when we thought the list of accolades from the talented producer would start to plateau, Akeos is now back with perhaps their biggest accomplishment to date: curating the third installment of Never Say Die: Black Label‘s Black Ops XL compilation – a feat only accomplished by Aweminus and Blankface & SVGMAZE in the past.
With the impressive 45-minute mix hitting SoundCloud last week, a ton of hype was created surrounding the contributors to the compilation, with a few individual tracks appearing on the platform this week ahead of the project’s full release on Friday. Today, we have the extreme honour of premiering ‘Voltage Disk,’ a massive collaboration between the Akeos and JOOL. The latter has also been having himself quite the year, with releases on Never Say Die: Black Label, Circus Records and Odio Records, as well as collaborations with Hukae, Megalodon and WHALES to name a few, thus this joining of forces is not entirely out of the blue.
‘Voltage Disk’ is a menacing combination of Akeos and JOOL’s sounds. The introduction is quintessential Akeos, with a frantic, unnerving essence created in its early seconds. An insurmountable tension leads listeners to the drops that are equally as chaotic as they are mechanical and meticulous in their construction. A true display of grueling sound design, ‘Voltage Disk’ is among the standouts from Black Ops XL III, so stick around for the second half of the track to be further impressed by Akeos and JOOL.