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Starting with a lush pad and atmospheric birds, Twelve Step Program bring us this smooth liquid drum and bass number which does not disappoint. There is such grace and soul in this track, that it makes you feel warm and alive while listening to it.

The mix is not aggressive at all and I would say that this is a testament to the producer’s mindset and love of organic sounds. There is a floating character in this track that is continually evolving and pushing the music forward. In more musical ideas, the arpeggiated riff washed in reverb is this floating presence, but knowing where this mood comes from doesn’t alter the tone or the feel of the track.

The drums are smooth and well structured and support the track brilliantly allowing the focus to be left on the impressive musicality within this track. I really look forward to hearing more from Twelve Step Program.

CELO brings his unique dnb influences to the fore front with his release. A two track EP including this track “Warm Up” and “Tow 67”, both spectacular tracks that would light up the dance floor in most venues. CELO has a fantastic drum production and the variations and alterations to the patterns keep the track interesting from the first beat through the break and in to the driving second half. The break down has some really nice reverse sounds swirling in a cold reverb that sweeps off into the distance. All before the heavy bass and saw tooth synths scrape in the extremes of the stereo image.

Hearing the progression and inspired development within the track is the type of music that really is enjoying to listen to and be able to focus on the different ideas that must have been floating around the producers mind at the time of writing. “Tow 67” is much the same, filled with crisp drums, interesting variations and smooth synths. This is a real pair of tracks, that are clearly from the same mindset and are both amazing to listen to.

CELO is a passionate music producer, this is obvious just from listening to any of his work. Whenever I see a release from him, I know it is going to be big.

K2T in collaboration with Sirus blow us away with a smooth, liquid Drum and Bass number called ‘Rwenzori’ which is available on Detached Audio. The track features a lush piano which holds all the elements together in a timeless fashion. The drums are crisp and punchy throughout, with subtle movements of the high percussion in the stereo image. The drum and bass element of the track is well balanced against the much more important piano part, ensuring the all the drive and energy is right there, holding the piano up and allowing all the tone to be heard.

I really like this track because the piano is so calming and when paired with the energy of the percussion, makes you sway from side to side with a big smile on your face. This track was over all too soon and had to be instantly replayed, second time round doesn’t disappoint at all, but with the expectation of the surge of energy that comes with the drop which allows you to fall back in to the sultry groove from moments earlier.

The variations within the drums keep the progression of the track moving along and rising in energy before dropping down to leave the effected piano to soar. These are both very talented producers who have pulled together a blinding track which should be something you listen to right now.

Celo, from Denmark, has released this brilliant double track EP featuring this blinder called ‘Calling’, which is possibly one of the meanest and hypnotic tracks i’ve listened to for a while! It’s easy to throw words like that around about any track you listen too, but this honestly feels so organic, wide and spacious, yet focused and punishingly direct to the listener. The drums are developed and positioned with such precision that every sound lands perfectly in the sonic spectrum. This is a producer really on top of their game.

This is a real delight to listen too, as you reach for the volume dial, it just sounds better, and not because its louder, but because you are now inside the track which has started to progress through a development of grooves, giving a whole different feel to the track. We are hanging to the awesome synth work that we are already moving to yet the drums have really pushed us on to a new level. This is something that just needs to be listened to.

The bass tones and variations are really fun to listen to and this mixed with the drums, other synth work and space that is within the track are really inspiring for any music producer or musician to feed off. Amazing stuff.

This is part of the ‘Aliens Are Coming’ EP available on Fresh DEM Records, Deeper Creeper by DJ Ryde. A truly upbeat and bouncy drum and bass tracks that is produced to a very high standard, and contains all the parts of a true dnb classic. The playful melody floats above the rest of the soundscape, manipulated and modulated with little stutters and alterations. Underneath it, an energetic drum beat drives the track forward with that stab bass accenting the midrange riff, which then falls on to a bass tone. This is a really cleverly produced piece of music that showcases the ability of DJ Ryde.

 

I love the little half time break, but I am partial to a drastic alteration in the track or that spaced out moment before the track builds and drops again. This is really cool, I will be listening to the rest of the EP straight away!

 

Although this is not necessarily the type of drum and bass that I would normally reach for, this track and the rest of the EP is really fun and i did really enjoy the production values that have gone in to this, while leaning towards more Jump Up drum and bass the further the EP unfolds, it even got me wondering about developing some more music with this feel of energy. So if it gets you to want to make music, dance or jump – it must have hit the nail on the head!

This track just demands attention from the listener. There is a rich tapestry of scratchy, metallic sounding dark synths, worked over an intricate beat that continuously propels the music forward. The production of each individual sound in the title track “Radio Signals”, from the EP crossover collaboration between SynthForce and DJ Ransome, is smooth and precise, leaving acres of space for the continuous progression of movement within the amazing sound palette that has been used.

The manipulation of the bass and synths is really fun to listen to, and its contrast against the harmonically rich plucked string is such a juxtaposition against the rest of the track that it bring a wide smile to the face.

I really enjoyed this track and it goes without saying with the calibre of these producers. The rest of the EP is, as to be expected, top quality, with the rich, heavy and glitchy elements of “Behemoth” and the fun switch with the vocal in “Without You”. Get your ears on this EP available through Inna Rhythm Recordings.