Since their inception, the team at Maraki have done an absolutely fantastic job of keeping the scene updated with regular UK bass belters. Their release roster boasts some absolutely fantastic names, including the likes of founders FineArt & My Nu Leng, young bass prodigy Bushbaby, futuristic high flyer Barely Royal and many more.
This latest offering they deliver optimizes the sound and style of composition that we have come to expect from the label, as they invite in Zero for a second appearance. His previous appearance came courtesy of the first edition of the ‘Spaces’ compilation series, alongside the sounds of Vellum with ‘Untitled DJ Weapon’, a recording that really catapulted Zero’s progress forward in retrospect.
It’s no surprise therefore that he returns to Maraki with another box of explosive tricks as he unveils ‘Broken’. The track begins with a moderately minimal introduction, with subtle, moogy bass tones slowly developing into a progressive swirling hypnotic melody, slowly leading up to the carnage of the breakdown. Come the drop we are greeted with two hard hitting synth designs in classic Zero fashion, the first writhing within it’s LFO structure and the second containing a higher pitched, more metalic timbre, creating an intriguing call and respond.
When these elements are then combined with some very nifty vocal slicing and the continuation of that original introductory melody, we are truly in a for a treat. It appears that Maraki have struck gold again here as they give Zero the platform to showcase his truly unique take of modern UK bass music with an original you are sure to here melting dances around the country. With an updated version of the original ‘Spaces’ artwork making an appearance, we wonder what plans may be on the horizon!
You can check out the full track below via Zero’s SoundCloud page.