Favorite ThisProtohype: Space Ranger EP Review

Published: March 20, 2012

By: Jordan Calvano

One incredible aspect of EDM is its ability to transport the mind. Something about potent builds and apocalyptic drops tend to change the listener’s perception of the world around them. Max Pote has this particular science all figured out.

The Los Angeles-based producer, who performs and produces as Protohype, has quickly become a force in the bass music scene by assembling heavy and intricate sounds that keep the crowd on their toes with a steady layering of dubstep-infused with hip-hop to top it off. Pote is an incredibly hard worker—which follows logically from his prolific output of the past few years. This includes triumphant originals, sensational mashups like, “Teach Me How to Bassnectar,” and a slew of banging remixes that include switch-ups of prominent artists like AC/DC, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Wiz Khalifa, and Mannie Fresh.

119 Sound got a hold of some Protohype original material, and is thrilled to blast the resulting EP Space Ranger into outer space.

The title track quickly ensnares the listener with an incredibly addicting rhythmic anthem. The song opens up with Pendulum-style synths that eventually transition into a hell bent drop bringing bass straight to the listener’s face while retaining the feel of the pumped up intro.

San Francisco collective K Theory then puts its own spin on “Space Ranger.” The track opens up with a groovy drum and bass melody that brings a whole new feel to the already impressive track.

“Break It Down,” is a perfect car ride bump that opens up with hip-hop style samples and scratches along side some quick paced wobbles that weave their way through an armada of relentless drum beats. The cut will get the crowd jumping up and down as Pote brings his signature hype to this massive tune.

One of the highlights of the comp is the KhemehK remix of “Break It Down.” The fellow Angelino recently collaborated with Protohype on the grimy and aggressive cut, “Raise ‘Em Up,” and now offers up his own take on Protohype in the form of a bass-filled remix that extrapolates the heaviness while adding his own tenacity to the track.

Closing out the EP is the second remix of, “Break It down,” brought to us this time by the Las Vegas producer Air Stegosaurus. The cut features pitch-shifted vocals of the sample featured in the original track while adding a groovy juke that entirely changes the feel of the song.

Protohype strikes with a fiery passion on his latest release. Pote shows how hard he has been working lately to make his listeners happy and continues to keep the good times rolling.


Tags: DubstepHip Hop