Combining broken garage beats, powerful basslines and some heavy textures, UK producer D3adl1ne's "Wait For You" boasts three dubby killers - the deeply-atmospheric title tune, the meditative half-stepper "Still Believing" and the more house-shaped chilled tech of "Baby Got Beef".
With the lead track on this EP, "Turn Around", sporting crooning tones from Luke Lowen, it seems like D3adl1ne has a clear sight on breaking through to mass appeal. In the delicate UK Funky framework and drive-time vocals of the track there is a lot of potential for crossover, but the EP doesn't stop there. "Eee" for example plies a definite trade in dub techno dynamics amidst shuffling 2-step beats, while "Everybody" comes from the Joy Orbison school of melancholia in contemporary electronic music. Light, melodic and instantly accessible; D3adl1ne should win over many a fan with his crisp, clean beats.
The original version of "Turn Around" - a rare outing for the oddly-titled D3adl1ne and vocalist Luke Owen - is impressively soulful, a bleep-and-click heavy chunk of dewy-eyed UK funky that benefits greatly from Lowen's casual but emotion-laden vocal delivery. There's a quartet of remixes to explore, with DJ SKT leading the way with a aprase two-step version that makes great use of the original's 8-bit bleeps. Tremorfire Dubz inject some energy via a heavyweight 4/4 groove and tropical riffery, while Solution go all Todd Edwards on their Dub remix. The final version, from Shea D Stedford, mixes skittish jungle rhythms with extended breakdowns.
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