Well, here it is, the collab album we've all been waiting for. Drum & bass brothers Nu:Tone and Logistics hit Hospital Records hard with an LP the scene has been crying out for since their first work together a decade ago. A killer combination of Logistic's pure breaks and Nu:Tone's ear for soulful samples, there was little doubt that this album was going to be a huge release for the label, and for Matt and Dan too. Opening with the beautiful haze of lead single "Morning Light", the release heads down different courses to reach various points in the D&B spectrum. The sunshine in "Brown Shoes" is hard to ignore, and interludes like "Escape Pod" are sci-fi journeys into the unknown, an interlude to cast the hard-hitting drama of their follow-up tracks into sharp focus. This is an album as we know and miss them - a piece of work intended to be listened to in one greedy sitting. So find a quiet corner and put those cans on.
The third release from Nu:Logic's forthcoming monster album What I've Always Waited For is full of old-school bounce and joi de vivre. Channelling that unmistakeable Hospital sound from back in the day, both Nu:Tone and Logistics have worked hard to push a fresh outlook on dancefloor drum & bass, creating a niche or themselves in the process. Fuelling rapidfire breaks with garage and house influences and a big bassline-warped bottom end in the title track and cloaking DRS' dark lyrics with neuro in the surprisingly heavy flipside, expect their LP to be on every essential list this year.
Hospital brothers Nu:Tone and Logistics always cause quite a stir when they put their collaboration hats on, and this little couplet of tracks really shows how both producers compliment each other's style. Nu:Tone's energy filters straight through Logistics' more considered approach, creating in "Morning Light", a beautiful balance between light and shade. "Grizzly" on the other hand is a hyperactive bouncer of a track, with the world's bassiest brass band parading down the low end and what sounds like spaceships taking off to reveal a trap-inspired hip hop groove Tyler, The Creator could be proud of. Truly mad, it's a fantastic example of the cut-and-paste way producers are playing with sounds right now, and it's hella fun to boot.
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