TFword Review: Connections Vol. 2 by The Chikara Project

Bringing back the label’s compilation series, Mystic State-led The Chikara Project has released a multi-tempo various artists album.

Based in Bristol, The Chikara Project is a bass music label catering to the deep and groovy ends of all things bass music. Formed in 2017 by dynamic drum & bass duo Mystic State, The Chikara Project started off with DnB but has seen itself grow into an expansive imprint, reaching the wider trenches of bass music.

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Over the years, The Chikara Project has brought talents like Taelimb, Lurch, Congi and many more to the platform to showcase their skills. Part of The Chikara Project’s smartly planned releases comes from their various artists albums, a ritual since the label’s inception. For its 2023 edition of the V/A albums, The Chikara Project has released Connections Vol. 2.

This 14-track compilation brings together some label favorites along with fresh talents that dive deep into the intense furrows of what Chikara stands for. ‘Connections Vol. 2’ serves as a follow-up to its first edition in 2018. The compilation begins with label bosses Mystic State combining with Rowl on ‘Alocasia’ for an ambient number. Next comes Congi with a deep and haunting dubstep offering called ‘If I Let You Know.’

Third Degree and Marenn Sukie bring the grit and the organics on tunes like ‘Void’ and ‘Indigenous’ before Melbourne-based producer & DJ brings his fluttery style of music on ‘Semantics.’ Proove delivers some seriously delicious harmonies on ‘Covered In Tides’ followed by Captivate, who switches things up on the compilation with a surreal mix of atmospherics and breaks with ‘No More.’

Therma takes us on a journey into the lower end of drum & bass on ‘Catalyst’ which is complimented immaculately by Drytek and Natty D on their dark and steppy ‘The Paradox Of Discipline.’ Lurch wastes no time in showing his love for the deep and groovy on ‘Hooked,’ followed by Myth with ‘Cruel Intentions’ for a track that combines old school elements with tech-infused drums. Deviant and Brainwork exemplify Chikara’s sound on ‘Always’ and Felt Your Touch’ before Mystic State close another delightful from their label with ‘My Only, Pt. I & II.’

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