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Wakaan kingpin Liquid Stranger unveils ferocious first single of 2021, ‘The Drill’

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In an ever-evolving universe, the art of maintaining complete and total fluidity is the most necessary key for survival. Renowned for his metamorphic capabilities and expertly crafted sonic adventures, Liquid Stranger has mastered his ability to slip in and out of genres all while honing his own personal style. Perhaps that’s why his esteemed imprint, Wakaan Records, manages to stay a step ahead in terms of cutting-edge left-field bass music. Now the Wakaan kingpin, whose real name is Marin Stääf, returns with his first original single of the year, “The Drill.”

Clocking in at almost five minutes in length, “The Drill” is a devastating bass anthem with stabbing synths and thunderous lows. “The Drill” marks Liquid Stranger’s second release of 2021, following his recent remix compilation for Psychonaut, which featured remixes by 12th Planet, AstroLizard, BlankeHydraulixLICKLUZCID, and Mersiv.

True to its title, “The Drill” is an earth-shattering production that mercilessly rips through speakers. As the track warms up, a hypnotic melody eases into the track before subverting to chaos as it supplies an abrasive and powerful synth that takes center stage. Next, an ominous figure commands “connect the bass beams,” and Liquid Stranger dutifully obliges by providing a gritty bass line that ups the track’s energy to new heights.

Controlled by this omnipotent narrator, “The Drill” continues to drive harder and harder with increasingly vicious and visionary dubstep elements. On the second drop, Liquid Stranger keeps bassheads on their toes by swapping the beat’s familiar rhythm with a bouncier cadence, still packing the same punch but with a shade friendlier feel. “The Drill” begins to cool down as the same intro melody that ushered in the rampant bass frenzy brings the track to a natural and subdued finish. 

Once again, the Swedish producer once again proves why he’s at the forefront of the freeform bass sphere. Liquid Stranger continues to push boundaries and build his empire with every release, proving that his nearly two-decade-long reign is ironclad.

Liquid Stranger – The Drill

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