Black Sun Empire

Operating out of Utrecht, the Netherlands, the three-piece collaborative known as Black Sun Empire is now in its 10th year of tearing up dance floors and producing tunes both technically proficient and powerful. Comprising darkstep/neurofunk producer Rene Verdult and the DJing brothers Milan and Micha Heyboer, the band offers a uniquely trancy yet grimy tech style of drum 'n' bass that can be sweeping and captivating in scope.


Black Sun Empire performs Friday, February 8, at Laundry Bar, 721 N Lincoln Ln, Miami Beach. Doors open at 11 p.m., and admission is free. Those 21 and older are welcome with ID. Call 305-531-7700, or visit

Next week their homegrown Black Sun Empire Recordings label releases the Bullet in the Head 12-inch, spotlighting the crew's collaboration with Viennese beats-and-bass mercenary D.Kay on the song of the same name. The tune begins with mock sirens that descend into a driving, pointed rinse-out. As with all of their material, it transcends your typical cookie-cutter d 'n' b and points to even more experimentation to come. "We'll use anything if we really like it, which sometimes means we're influenced by sounds that the typical d 'n' b fan might not like," Milay says. They'll undoubtedly learn to live with it.

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