Drum and Bass Reviews - April 2012Written by Daniel Beale
Terminal State – Robot State EP (Future Thinking)
Brand new from the Future Thinking camp comes this four-track EP of dark, brooding drum and bass by Jersey-based Terminal State. Both heavy and techy at the same time, all four of these quite individual tracks are perfect 4am material. Opening track ‘Future of Mankind’ is just killer, with a punishing kick drum interlaced with twisted Amen snippets and some evil, twisted bass stabs, this is pretty scary shit! The three other tracks, ‘In the Evening’, ‘Morphing Shadows’ and ‘Unwritten Law’, are all also excellent tracks. Well worth a listen. Release date June 4th.
Already on general release but well worth a mention is this acid laden, stuttering synth beast from Diode. With a main hook straight off 90’s club land and prominent percussion that sits bolt upright in the mix, this thing has truly got a mind of its own. I love this purely for its pace. It’s pretty relentless and fuses a myriad of styles effortlessly into what is at the same time a really quite frantic composition. BIG!
dRamatic & dbAudio ft Grimm – Far Away (Mars Recordings)
Two sublime slabs of liquid on this, the fourth release from Ingredients subsidiary Mars Recordings. This Nottingham-based duo has come correct on A-side ‘Far Away’. If you love jazz-tinged, free floating drum and bass then you’ll love this. I dare say LTJ is well and truly on this. B-side ‘Take My Hand’ comes slightly harder with a clean Amen and polished, mature sounding production.
Hamilton – Deep In My Heart (RAM)
First off I have to say the production on this utterly vibrant track from time Hamilton is second to none. It would be foolish to expect anything less from RAM. With a handful of familiar samples blended beautifully into a very modern and very well executed soundscape, there is no doubt the A-side and title track will be hammering sound systems worldwide for the foreseeable future. It’s good quality, accessible drum and bass at the very least. The B-side however, titled Rich Kids, is in a completely different league. This thing just tears out, with a jagged drum pattern and semi-jump up state of mind, Hamilton proves yet again that he has the gifted ability of showing both sides of the emotional coin when required. Available now.
Jekyll – Drainpipe/Blabbermouth (Different)
If you like the type of dnb that sounds like it sprung up from the depths of hell and is trying its hardest to get straight back there then you’ll love this two-tracker available from Different on 7th May. Relying on subtle changes and not a single key change across all five minutes of its twisted body, Drainpipe is a sinister piece of music to say the least. Blabbermouth on the other hand comes across like early Metalheadz put through a sonic blender. Hard to describe, but very, very easy to listen to. If you’re into twisted and quite honestly, fucked up dnb.