Ultrasonic Sound. Questionable Directions. A Chain Of Prophecies. Experiments In Synthetic Rhythm. Inside The Hive. Behold A Pale Horse. One Way Path. Devious Methods.
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Haters Hive Remix. All fantastic songs, before we arrive at the title track Devious Methods, which is definitely one of my favourite tracks on the album.
It carries a distinctly cool, almost 'noir' vibe as does Behold a Pale Horse, another favourite presenting a moody piano melody before gradually crafting an elegant bed of beats beneath it and smoothing it all out with masterful bass work, samples and the rest. The album closes out with a 'suite' of tracks broken up into three 'movements' titled Move Within Time.
It's definitely an enjoyable listen when taken in it's full context, providing a particularly trippy and ambitious ending to the album. Devious Methods is an album I am always eager to recommend to people who may have already exhausted themselves on the more well-known DnB releases that came out of the UK.
In my humble opinion, Devious Methods is a particularly special gem in the world of drum and bass, that provides a decidedly 'American' take on the genre. Reply Notify me 1 Helpful. The prices sellers are currently asking are ridiculous. Total Science. Ed Rush. Instead, Hive manages to blend trip-hop inspired drum and bass with undoubtedly strong hip-hop influences, a bombardment of amazing sample-work, and even some slick guitars on the aforementioned Ultrasonic Sound into a stunning and unique array of tracks.
The opening Weapons of Destruction kicks things off with an ominous sample that appears to be two alien-beings observing Earth, carrying some unspeakable weapon of destruction upon us. Yet we are told: "I like to play with things a while, before annihilation" Up next is Ultrasonic Sound, which is undeniably fantastic, sampling a Bad Brains riff from the track Re-ignition, it manages to completely reinvent the effect of the riff into a pretty indescribable, genre defying song.
Slick, twisting beats and distorted basslines smashed into funk-rock guitars, samples and other indescribable electronic sounds, it really must be heard, as words will only go so far!
Repeat listens can reveal a satisfying level of depth to the music here, with many of the tracks managing to cement very distinct identities within the context of the album. Nothing sounds particularly out of place, but nothing sounds particularly similar either. There is a strong dark atmosphere coursing through the album, helping to tie things together, on songs like Inside the Hive, Behold a Pale Horse and One Way Path. All fantastic songs, before we arrive at the title track Devious Methods, which is definitely one of my favourite tracks on the album.Apr 28, · USA based producer Hive's 'Devious Methods' is an exquisite drum and bass album, arriving in at a time when DnB was already beginning to suffer the effects of saturation after its meteoric rise in popularity during the 90's/5(55).