Knobx is a new project started by Filipe Bruck Basso, it was his conclusive work at college, while studying the Technology of Music Production at the Catolic University of Pelotas located in the extreme south of Brazil. Knobx has released his debut EP called “Synesthesia” on the new Brazilian label, ELECTRO BEAT RECORDS.
“Synesthesia” showcases four tracks that run through the Glitchstep, Dubstep, Moombahcore and Pop-Rap genres. Knobx demonstrates his art at a new level in the Ep. With each tantalizing construction and deconstruction of sound, he’s created an electronic tapestry that drives and entertains. Better yet, Knobx shows his raw mastery of the electronic art by picking up Dubstep on the track, ‘So Major Ft. Cardiac’ like he’s been doing it all along. In fact all through the Ep, he continues to push the boundary of his own skill and the electronic music form.
Outside of this debut Ep I had only heard a few remixes from Knobx and a couple of singles, but I must say I was rather impressed with the whole Ep and really enjoyed it. I particularly loved ‘Trickin Ft. Chelsea Davis’ and ‘Boulevard of Shattered Dreams Ft. Melissa Hollick’.
Knobx is a perfect example of true EDM. Other than vocals, all of the tracks on this Ep use pure synth sounds. At any one point in a song there are not too many tracks, but you can tell Knobx put in a lot of time creating each track, so that all of the sounds go perfectly together. In all of his songs he manages to fill the dimensions of musical space. He has low beats along with high pitched riffs and melodies, while using reverb to give his songs great depth.
I particularly like the way Knobx breaks down, and then builds up his songs over time. The song ‘Trickin Ft. Chelsea Davis’ is a good example of this. He begins with one simple loop then slowly adds in a melody, rhythmic drums, then wobbly bass. The song builds for close onto 2 minutes, using pitch shifting to create tension. He then temporarily suspends all tracks before finally dropping to a fully complex oscillating song.
Overall I think “Synesthesia” is very impressive for a debut Ep. The songs seem to be well-produced and mixed, while built from a tight set of sounds and loops. The way Knobx uses audio effects and the way he places the sounds and rhythms together to build his pieces makes the songs really musically enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Knobx to anyone interested in any genre of Electronic music.