Free Your Mind (feat Singing Fats) - (5:10) 170 BPM
Brand New - (5:43) 172 BPM
Free Your Mind (feat Singing Fats - dub version) - (3:30) 170 BPM
Break's third album Simpler Times is rapidly en route. And here's another sampler to stop us all from getting on a train to Bristol and camping outside his house until the full deal is released. "Free Your Mind" opens with a lush reggae feel, very much like his "Love So True" anthem a few years back. Complete with the unfailing dulcets of Fats, it's totally spotless and highly soulful. Looking for some new dirty? Look no further; "Brand New" is another textbook slab from Break's darker pantry; a waspy bassline, interesting rhythm sounds and a groove so thick and deep you could stash an elephant in it... No one does D&B quite like Break.
Dawn Wall's identity remains a really well-kept secret. To the point we don't even know if it's a solo or duo act. All we know is that there's at least one chap (due to a hairy legged picture on social media) and, much more importantly, is that he/they/it makes ridiculously sick beats. Ranging from the deliciously deep and soulful ("Kythera") to Need For Mirrors style bass brutality ("Angel Field") via unfettered, hooky euphoria ("Seeds Of Change"), this EP does exceedingly well to upkeep the guessing and mystery while providing some genuinely impressive and well textured drum & bass. Winningly, there's a whole album of this to come soon, too!
Ahead of his second album Blue Leaves, Hospital wunderkind Etherwood teams up with Eva Lazarus for an emotional one-track slapdown. Soft strings, big pianos and gutsy vocals from Eva combine to create a proper end-of-set hugger-bomb where the lights come up and all your mates look way more beautiful than they actually are. Think a more restrained take on the currently unavoidable Sigma sound. Bring on the album!
Oh boy... Last time these two roustabouts collided in the studio "Mythos" happened... And became one of the biggest D&B tracks of 2013. Expectations have been set high since both parties teased us earlier this year. And thankfully we've not been let down; "Footpath" (which also features the perennial Kiwis The Upbeats) is a savage roller that sounds like live electricity lashing out of your speakers. "Leibniz" takes us deeper into the neuro badlands with full emphasis on the undulating bassline and strange textured loop. One for the build-up, one for the pay-off... Insideinfo and Mefjus never disappoint.