UK artist and producer DNMO recently released his EP, Definition Forbidden, on the Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats label.
Only 17-years-old, DNMO released two of the EP’s four-tracks on the run up to dropping the full EP, including “Sick of You,” with Sub Urban and “Now Way Out,” featuring Noy Markel.
Yet it appears DNMO reserved the most potent tracks for last: the powerful “Olifant” and the ominous “Definition Forbidden.”
Making his U.S. debut last year at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, DNMO followed by performing at two festivals, HARD Day of The Dead and Electric Zoo. He then played a series of major venues, appearing at Ministry of Sound, Exchange, and Aragon Ballroom, followed by touring with Ghastly and Ookay across the U.S.
“No Way Out,” featuring Noy Markel, opens on dual layers of synths, one deep and dark, the other gleaming with strident colors. Flavored with dark resolves and nuanced hues, the tune is tough and potently viscous.
“Sick Of You” rides cavernous tones flowing into a throbbing dance tune atop a muscular rhythm featuring a thumping kick drum and fat bass line. There’s a menacing mood to the harmonics, as droning resonance pervades the backdrop.
The title track opens on the wickedly alluring vocals of Bijou Dream, and then takes on opaque oozing flavors, full of heavy portentous savors, as if clouds of doom are gathering. Industrial sound effects imbue the tune with palpable aromas of sinister spectral energy. The mood and feel of the track is sophisticated yet simultaneously alarming.
The video for “Definition Forbidden” delivers visuals as nefarious as the music, as two figures find themselves immersed in grim mysteries.
“Olifant” travels on washes of dense synths flowing into subterranean hues rife with gelatinous reverberations, infusing the tune with copious malevolent suffusions. As the synths rev up, a tight drum fill rattles the sonic ambience, followed by concentrated waves of abysmal tones rumbling with yawning vibrations.
On Definition Forbidden, DNMO reveals his gift for nuanced edginess, mesmerizing arrangements, and compelling, irresistible dark dynamics.