It’s been over a year or so since we started hearing Bongs “Hostile Enforcement” being played out in mixes and live sets, after which it was released on Atom Recordings in January of 2012. Not long after in May, previews of the Mantis remix appeared on soundcloud with the note that they’d be releasing the remix through the same label, ATOM recordings, sometime in the near future.
It looks like things never transpired between Mantis and the label however, as Mantis just released the full version of the remix on their soundcloud for free download! The track was already pretty heavy, and Mantis keeps the general feel of a the track true to the original while putting their own spin on it.
Taylor Scott and Paul Ollinger, known as Mantis, are a relentless duo. Having begun their musical careers with metal & deathcore, the transition to heavy bass music was not so much a step down in intensity, but a slide into a world with spectacular tools to mix dense layers of music in new ways, and deploy it with force. Mantis was formed in early 2011 to test the boundaries of metal-influenced production, and plunge the result into a wash of haunting atmospheres. Mantis wants to provide “music to make you feel like you’re somewhere else, and you’ve never been more stoked to be there.”
With that target in sight, 2011 was a smashing first year; the momentum began in Atlanta, and overflowed with releases on labels such as Play Me, Heavy Artillery, BroTown Records, & Abducted Records. A standard was set with 2011′s “All Worlds”, their first EP, breaking the top 10 on Beatport’s Dubstep releases, and held with 2012′s “Futures” scoring #5 on Beatport’s overall chart. The support of tastemakers such as Liquid Stranger, Downlink, Figure, Cyberoptics, Diesel, Genetix, Persist, & Sluggo, points to an accomplishment of musical influence on an international scale, and the potential for much more.