A Change of Pace…No, Literally [Slowed Reaktion Time]


Matt Mayo of Bedfordshire, Britain (UK) is perhaps one of the most intriguing new producers we have had the privilege of stumbling upon. Besides producing some of the most emotive Drum and Bass jams we have ever heard, we strongly admire the maxim or motto Reaktion has synthesized to describe his production method and overall attitude towards life. “EZ,” presumably pronounced “easy”, has an enigmatic definition of sorts, but we think the word applies best when listening to Matt’s music.

According to Reaktion’s SoundCloud, “ez” can mean anything and everything. However, Matt finds the exact definition can be found most appropriately in an ancient Greek saying, “σιγά, σιγά” or “slowly, slowly.” When considering giving a listen to these next few tracks off “Ephemera,” the latest EP release from Reaktion, you absolutely MUST: “take your time, relax, and keep it cool.”

You know how we do, real “ez.”

In an EDM world where almost every other producer is concerned with delivering a “fat drop” onto their audience, Matt Mayo of Reaktion offers fans a change of pace. Each track off “Ephemera EP” comes with a slow, progressive, and introspective build that lightly floats the listener across a whimsical, highly piano-infused drum and bass dream-state. This EP fits perfectly for a late night studying cram session or even a reflective cruise home after a wild night of raging.

We hope you enjoy the “Ephemera EP” by Reaktion.

Skrux | Artist Spotlight [FREE DOWNLOADS]


Following music is a funny thing, really.

For this Rager, it would seem that the world is saturated with an endless supply of fantastic music and there is simply just not enough time to enjoy it all, let alone share it with others. Even limiting myself to a particular sub-genre won’t allow a me to experience all that there is to out there. It’s sad really.

However, despite the inevitable disappointment that comes with the realization of this shortcoming, we are given the challenge as fans to show off musicians that we discover, that we champion in the hopes that others will catch on. It is our duty as music lovers to share the greatness and to spread the love.

Now, by no means do we claim that we discovered this next artist, not by a long shot. However, this is yet another producer we have listened to, enjoyed, but never really taken the time to sit down and thoroughly listen to his “musical portfolio”. BIG MISTAKE. You need to listen to this.

Kaylan C. Brown, aka Skrux, is a 19 year old melodic dubstep producer hailing from Arlington, Texas. On the surface, after just a few listens, he is very much like many of the trailblazing producers who have pioneered this genre today (Seven Lions, Mt. Eden, Adventure Club). But, unlike these particular artists, Skrux provides an unmatched touch to any vocal piece or arrangement. And yes, we are aware that this idiosyncrasy seems trivial on the surface, and we aren’t exactly sure what it is that Kaylan is doing different.

Either way, we strongly urge you to give a listen to the next couple of tracks and decide exactly what it is for yourself. As for us, we can’t help belting these lyrics during and long after his songs cease to play in our headphones. His original jams and remixes are infectiously ripe with simple melodies and resonating vocals in surplus.

If you dig, show Skrux some love via SoundCloud and Facebook (you know what to do, he’ll appreciate it).

(By the way this first remix of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is absolutely gorgeous. Nearly perfect.)