Finding inspiration in the textures and soundscapes of drum & bass artists such as Alix Perez, Machinedrum, and "the original breakbeater," Paradox, and drawing from other heavily felt early influences including hip-hop and grime, particularly the stylings of 808-inspired dubstep pacemaker, Loefah, UK based Thelem has cultivated his own distinct style of bass music production, which focuses on delivering expertly crafted bass frequencies, rhythmic variation and dark, minimal atmospheres resonating with heavy, low end power. Whether he's working alongside major underground names like T-Man, Sleeper, or Killawatt, Thelem always delivers highly unique and daring production styles accompanied by a generous supply of bass and distinctive, innovative swag, further cementing him as an integral player in the resurgence of beloved, organic traditional dubstep.
Thelem's 2014, four-track Haunted Harmonics EP proved to be one of his most substantial releases thus far, splitting itself between its grime-influenced title track, rudeboy synths, Babylon crumbling war drums, hip-hop bass lines and 170 BPM change ups. But what really got fans buzzing off this release was the ensuing "Haunted Harmonics VIP," a highly coveted dubplate turned recent free download that stands as an exemplary showcase of Thelem's wonky, future-facing underground sound.
Download Thelem's "Haunted Harmonics VIP" for free here.