Archive for the ‘Drum and Bass’ Category

Without a doubt, Disclosure’s album “Settle” is the best album release of 2013. With a host of guest stars featuring on the album including: Jesse Ware, AlunaGeorge, Jamie Woon, Sam Smith, Ed McFarlane of Friendly Fires and Eliza Doolittle, this album is far from the simple deep house collection I was expecting. Despite their distinctive sound, the duo have highlighted their flare for incorporating a versatile array of styles from blurred synth chords, early-house baselines, classic beats of two-step garage, to contemporary sounds of current dance music, and this is what makes this debut an absolute winner with the masses. As noted in NME “Disclosuremania is clearly about to sweep the nation” and I am ready to be swept along with it!

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Chase and Status

After an excellent year around the festival circuit, London duo Chase and Status are set to end 2013 on a high with the forthcoming release of their new album Brand New Machine. In contrast to the heavy grime, dubstep lines and wobbly breakdowns, the duo have leapt to the other end of the drum ‘n’ bass spectrum with the upbeat tones of their new single Count on Me. Featuring the rich vocals of newcomer soul singer Moko, her looped vocals are reminiscent of old school 90s techno, making this track anything but typical of Chase and Status. Count on Me is certainly easy listening and it is likely to appeal to a much wider audience than the duo has previously attracted. The high energy beat is perfect for clubbing across the spectrum, and the  drum ‘n’ bass rhythm section laced with pitch-shifted samples and syncopated keyboard chords, makes for a very slick production.

It isn’t my favourite Chase and Status tune of all time, but it is a great track and I certainly wouldn’t be changing the station when it comes on – and I suspect this will be frequently in the coming months.

Count on Me is Out Now!
Brand New Machine LP out on  October 7, via Mercury Records/Universal Music.

Chase and Status Website and Official Video

Another cracking hit from Rudimental, it seems they can do little wrong. Since the Hackney collective rose to prominence in 2012 when their single “Feel the Love” topped the UK Singles Chart, they are well and truly working their way up the ranks, earning their fans in thousands and conquering the air space! The new Rudimental album “Home” is available to pre-order now on iTunes, and is set for official release April 29th.

This year the mighty Lovebox Festival celebrated a decade of love! After days of torrential rain and what was set to be a rather damp and dull day for Bangthebox on Friday; the heavens remained closed, the rain mac firmly packed away, and despite some hefty mud swamps, the day was glorious and the festival as expected was excellent. 

Arriving just after 2:30 to hoards of  early birds at the festival gates; it took a while to get past security and there wasn’t a great deal happening at this time around the festival. If you head there next year, give the festival a few hours to warm up. When it does all kick off, there is a lot to see and do at Lovebox. Given we arrived so early, we didn’t expect to leave having only seen a few acts. But after several ciders, much roaming, and several clashes with the main acts this was the case. We did however see Ms Dynamite, Magnetic Man, Roska and Stamina…3 minutes of SubFocus and 10 minutes of Plastician… Not bad really. Ms Dynamite was pure class, and Katy B made a surprise appearance, joining Skream, Artwork and Benga on stage to perform ‘Perfect Stranger’ which was a highlight of the day! At 2:40 in the ‘I Need Air’ video England score-great moment! For £30 this was a top-notch day festival, and one I would recommend to all lovers of good music!

Car ArtRoska - Rinse

Ms Dynamite - Rinse