The 25th February saw the return of DC Breaks to Ram Records with the duo’s first release since the hugely popular ‘Firez EP’ back in the summer of 2012. Having taken some time away from the release schedule to work their magic in the studio, the pair are now ready to unleash a wealth of new material in 2013. RAMM127 brings us the first two tracks from their brand new collection of much-anticipated musical creations, and what a couple of tracks they are. Bass Explorer investigates…
Track one, named ‘Shaman’, is a track absolutely roaring with devastating power. Fantastic amounts of tension are created within the introduction as futuristic hi-hats and sci-fi pads lead the listener from the first part of the build up to the second, where suddenly the volume increases due to a constant horn-like lead with synthesised stabs and growls entering the fray. The kick drum starts to come to the fore as the bass riff emerges, eventually dropping into an absolute stomper of a track that boasts a fantastic level of production skill. The London/Bristol duo deliver an aggressive slice of tortured-sounding bass that would rip through any dancefloor, especially when combined with a typically-thumping snare, punchy kick and an all-round capability to strike serious reigns of incredibly satisfying terror through the airwaves.
In contrast to ‘Shaman’ the second track on the release delivers are far more uplifting feel right from the outset. ‘Let It Go’ introduces itself with some wonderfully smooth keys backed up by seriously emotive arpeggiators and sound fx to create a remarkably blissful soundscape. DC Breaks are really flexing their abilities here and certainly manage to demonstrate a wealth of adaptability within the genre of drum and bass with this track. Retro leads and a warming bassline make their way into the mix as things build towards the inevitable drop, seriously turning up the amount of suspense and euphoria delivered to the listener. Then, with much surprise, the track smashes into a weighty half-tempo/drumstep beat accompanied by a brilliant montage of modern, bright and highly-technical synthesised sounds. This track is sure to get the majority of dancefloor crowds very excited indeed, and with the track bursting into full tempo drum and bass following the second break there is plenty to keep you wanting more the entire way through this superb listening experience.Although fully aware of the credentials that arrive with names such as Ram Records and DC Breaks, I still find this release to be very impressive indeed. The tracks certainly are equal in sharing a fantastic level of production ability and sound quality, but also take things in very different directions and each with great individual success. If this is indeed a sign of things to come this year from both the label and producers then we could be in for a real treat as 2013 progresses. I for one will certainly be on the lookout.
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