Featured photo courtesy of BLANKE/Deadbeats Records.
After a short stint on Ophelia in 2022, and recently serving as direct support for Zeds Dead at Red Rocks in July, BLANKE is now returning to the boys’ premiere bass imprint for the next reveal in his drum-n-bass alias series, ÆON. Traversing a universe of unexplored discoveries, ÆON debuted on Deadbeats with ÆON:ONE. BLANKE now presents his DnB side project’s latest EP release with ÆON:TWO.
The three-track EP is led off by “Another Planet,” a fitting introduction to an extended player that seeks to explore the extra-terrestrial themes and motifs of drum-n-bass and it collides with dubstep elements. Next up comes “Surface” with its intense post-apocalyptic voiceovers and movie trailer-style lead-in. Before long comes the drop as ÆON takes listeners comfortably into DnB. Capping off the EP is “Aurora,” which harkens on the melodic terrain as it traverses the land of higher tempo drum-n-bass.
From the mind of interstellar traveler and diverse artist BLANKE, ÆON is a side brand that explores the producer’s interests in DnB. Whereas the BLANKE project encompasses a love of plants and nature, ÆON reaches for the stars by offering a thematic adventure through the cosmos. While BLANKE’s catalog has focused on dubstep, mid-tempo, and melodic bass, ÆON will find the producer thriving in a lane of drum-n-bass that calls to early age influence from acts like Pendulum and Sub Focus.
The first of two 3-track EPs, ÆON:ONE, landed in late June with lead single “Polaris” immediately picking up rotation on Australia’s triple j Radio Station. This is the first DnB-focused body of work from the producer, after previous singles “Alchemy” and “Mystery” found much success on the Aussie station’s airwaves.
The “Blanke Presents ÆON:MODE” live show debuted at 2021’s Rollin Festival in Brisbane, Australia, backed up by a tour of New Zealand in June of the same year. Arriving in North America in October, an iconic performance at infamous renegade outfit Brownies & Lemonade’s Pop Up warehouse show in Los Angeles in October supporting Sub Focus made a serious impact on the local LA drum-n-bass scene. Kicking things up a notch in 2022 following the release of the debut EP, the ÆON:MODE show hit Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver as direct support for Zeds Dead, and made its festival Debut via Insomniac’s Project Z in Southern California the same weekend. A run of shows in support of Zed’s Dead is planned for the remainder of 2022, coupled with his own headline tour of North America.
Amidst drum-n-bass’ growing profile in the States, Blanke’s ÆON project submits itself as a uniquely innovative name in today’s budding bass music scene. Stream ÆON:TWO now.
BLANKE – ÆON:TWO EP
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