Ne-Bur - What's in the Box?!

Here’s a little something for the synth lovers among us.

A new Dutch production outfit called Ne-Bur, a side project of The Hague’s D-Felic, has quietly crept on the scene with an EP surreptitiously titled What’s in the Box?!.

D-Felic isn’t revealing much about the project, but the seven-track EP (four full songs and three interludes) features plenty of synth-play, with a heavy dose of funk and some raw, free-form energy.

The EP starts with “Mental Straightjacket,” an atmospheric downtempo joint driven by a thick, quirky bass synth meandering lackadaisically around an intermittent beat.

“Prodigious Liberation” holds on to the downtempo vibe, but adds more synth layers with playful lines exploring higher registers.

After a nod to Stevie Wonder in the second interlude (“Mumble #2”), Ne-Bur (pronounced “neighbor”) takes a turn into uptempo territory with “Unintentional Funk.” The track starts with a light 4×4 beat covered in airy synths that eventually grow into a swinging dance groove. The track’s refrain declares “We tried not to be funky,” but it’s obvious they didn’t try too hard. You can almost feel the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ as the song goes all in with a flurry of funky synths compelling your body to stay moving.

Keeping with that momentum, “Happy Tantrum” takes all that unintentional funk and rolls it up into a rhythmic, broken house shuffler, with changing beat patterns, various styles of percussion, and, of course, more furious synth action.

According to the ever-confident D-Felic, this is just the start. “Ne-Bur is about to burst. Be patient and be ready!”

You can check out What’s in the Box?! below, or go ahead and download the whole EP for free from Ne-Bur’s Bandcamp page.


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