Optiv & BTK are due to burst onto the scene with their incredible new forthcoming album, Blackjack.
Digging back into the roots of DnB, neuro and jungle influences abound on this release. It is being released on legendary Virus Recordings which is known for such notable names and releases as Ed Rush & Optical, Matrix, and Audio.
Clips and previews of each of the thirteen tracks have been appearing over the past month on UK radio shows like Friction and Radio 1. And with each and every preview, the hype grows more and more. Featuring help from artists like Mindscape and Black Sun Empire, every track is a guaranteed slayer. Their collab with BSE called 'Heartshaped' is a raucous tune with heavily distorted basslines and deep, malicious growls. Then there's 'Nemesis,' featuring just BTK & Mindscape (without Optiv), that starts off super growl heavy and slowly builds into a spriraling crescendo of arpeggiated synths into a vocal sample that sets the tone for the rest of the track.
This will likely be one of the biggest releases of the year for junglists, so you should absolutely not miss out. The full release comes on June 16th. In the meantime, take a look at all the previews below. Additionally, Virus Recordings is taking over the Arcadia stage at Glastonbury this year. Also, Optiv & BTK will be on Radio 1 for an interview and mix next month and will be featured on Ministry of Sound Radio later this month.