Ankou is among bass music’s most underrated producers. I’m convinced that if he were based in the States, he’d be touring the country, supporting top talents and getting coveted festival slots. Championing a signature halftime sound while often exploring different avenues within bass music, a common theme throughout Ankou’s productions is a sinister undertone that will leave listeners with an oddly satisfying sense of uneasiness.
With releases on Inspected, MorFlo Records and Sound Museum, it’s clear that people are taking note of the Polish producer’s talents, and the artist is now ready to take his sound to the next level with the release of his Misfortune EP. Set to release on October 13th, the four-track project carries that quintessential Ankou flair for its entire duration and adds more fire to his impressive discography. About the ensemble, Ankou states, “‘Misfortune’ is an EP that took me took me way longer to create than it should have. After finishing my last one, I kind of fell into a loophole of misfortune trying to fight imposter syndrome and perfectionism. I finally managed to put together this 4-track EP that I’m really proud of and treat very personally. It’s definitely my most introspective project so far.” Having the heard project in full, it’s clear that the time spent on it has materialized into something great.
Today, we have the extreme pleasure of premiering the project’s title track; a dark garage-leaning collaboration with Deescawa. On working with Deescawa, Ankou states “I discovered Deescawa’s music a few years ago on SoundCloud and we first linked up in 2020 when Lev messaged me on Instagram. Last year we decided to collaborate so I sent him the very early version of ‘Misfortune’ and told him it’s going to be the title track of the new EP I was working on. He added a whole new level of depth to the track that perfectly suited my vision for the project.” The chemistry between Ankou and Deescawa is evident from the get-go as the pair conjure up a minimal yet looming soundscape. Slowly building with energy as percussion is added into the mix, the drop is rhythmic and methodical, emanating a danceable feel without losing the ominous touch. ‘Misfortune’ is not overly complex in its ideas, but the top-tier execution makes it a highly-enjoyable track. Don’t miss it below and look out for the Misfortune EP due out on Friday.