Album: Bridging Divisions
Genre: Drum n Bass, Dub, Breakcore
NXV is a new/side project of Nick Viola (Fractured Transmission). Bridging Divisions is a mixture of hard, gritty, atmospheric drum n bass and dubstep, with a dash of glitchy breakcore; sort of reminiscent of 90s raves in dirty warehouses, and/or old Panacea mixed with Enduser.
+ One thing that is hugely missing from dnb is atmosphere, and that is an area that NXV fully delivers on. It's great to hear some dark, heavy dnb with big, shadowy pads and drones behind it. Every track on the album features some immensely dark, murky atmospheric layer.
Bridging Divisions showcases an interesting mix of styles, and is certainly a sound I would like to hear more of. Perhaps this debut album is him attempting to find the sound of this project, as it is quite a mixed bag of both style and quality. Unfortunately it isn't quite up to the level of Enduser, Current Value, Donny, Counterstrike, etc. but it's a promising start. I am hoping he will continue to evolve this sound and tighten up the production. Recommended songs are "Blind", "InversionDUB", "Scorn" and "The Air Is Wrong".