Hailing from Russia, Teddy Killers is a drum and bass trio that has been taking the bass music scene by storm in last nine months. Coming from humble beginnings, the group’s recent success is largely due to a remix they did for Skrillex on his “Ease My Mind/Ragga Bomb Remixes” EP around eight months ago. Having someone as large as Skrillex support their music like that was a huge boost for them, and since then they have also released two EP’s and multiple other remixes and singles as well. Teddy Killerz just recently officially signed to Ram Records, which in case you didn’t know is Andy C’s record label and without a doubt the biggest drum and bass label around. The “Ramily”, as they call it, includes drum and bass heavyweights such as Chase & Status, Delta Heavy, and Sub Focus. Just four days ago on Monday, Teddy Killerz released another four track EP titled “Hyperspeed”. All four songs are drum and bass and just as ear contorting as the last! Here I will examine all four songs to give you a little taste of what Teddy Killerz has to offer.
The first track of the EP is titled “Hawking Radiation”, which starts out with a few twangy guitar chords slowly being plucked away. This quickly fades and becomes over powered by an ominous violin like synth which complements the guitar perfectly. Then the drums comes crashing in and the song has really begun. Instantly after the opening drum fill, the bass line is thrown into existence for a few quick lines of buildup followed by a few more lines still of quiet where a man’s thickly distorted voice is played as a sample saying “Hawking Radiation”, followed immediately by the drop. The best way I can describe the feeling or sensation experienced when listening to this particular song’s drop is imagine laying helplessly on a giant spider web and as the spider quickly approaches you and all you can hear is the loud tingling sound of its legs striking against the taut silk spindles, coupled with a thundering bass line of course. The second drop comes around pretty quick and adds a refreshing twist on the first drop.
Like the first song on the EP, the second song also begins with an instrumental influence, this time featuring a quicker piano chord progression. The second track, titled “Spacejunk”, is a bit more melodic and calm than the first, but all the more entertaining none the less. Teddy Killerz are magicians with a simple snare drum, and really showcase this skill in “Spacejunk”. The rapid, pulsating drum beat gets the tempo of the song up and going from about a minute in and it incredibly does so without the coupled use of a pounding bass line. Instead, this track’s bass is a bit more toned back and unruffled than that of “Hawking Radiation”. I like that this song was placed second to in the EP to give the listener a bit of a cool down after the opening act.
“Quasar”, the third track on the EP, is undoubtedly my favorite of the bunch. The song begins with a very soft melody plucked from an acoustic guitar, which again is coupled with full violin chords as well. This then progresses into a different, quicker paced guitar riff that is played on an electric guitar which shoots an electrifying bolt of energy through the speakers. The drop features a tornado of whipping and whirling synths, twisting and contorting the listeners ears in every which way. Again, the snare drum is heavily emphasized in this song, bringing the overall excitement of the track to its maximal peak. This is the type of song I’d love to be able to see live, and I will surely be listening to it on repeat for weeks and weeks to come.
The final track of the four is the title track of the EP, “Hyperspeed”. Growing synths in the opening sequence transport the listener to outer space as a threatening male voice calmly states, “Teddy Killerz, will kill you”. A slow building intro reaches a full crescendo nearly half way through the four minute song. The drop falls on the second upbeat and features an extremely unique synth which sounds like hollow sounding shotgun blasts. Due to how long the intro was before the first drop, the second drop comes around much more quickly, this time with more force and deeper sounding synths. The high tempo and extreme intensity of the song continues until the very last second, capping off an incredible EP.