With previous on Phobias Coded and Klutes Commercial Suicide, the guys have now secured a slot on one of 2012's runaway success stories of the scene: Program. With a distinctive floor-focussed sound and a growing repertoire of exciting new artists, Rams sister joint is the ideal home for Chroma's pristine production and ruthless attention to the groove.
We kick off with 'Acetate', a deep croaky roller that pays homage to the formative days of jungle drum & bass where the highly sought after dubplate was the scenes gold standard. With its effortless roll and less-is-more motif, its reminiscent of early Ram material from the turn of the century such (think Moving Fusion, think Shimon, think Andy C himself) but its delivered with that all important contemporary crunch. The elements are devilishly simple but startlingly complex; just tight, chest-punching drums, hypnotising one note bass and a walloping sub.
'So Alone' flips the switch for a more wholesome, soulful scenario thanks to a breath-taking reggae vocal loop that doesnt sound dissimilar to Barrington Levy circa Broader Than Broadway. Again, the elements are simple but devastatingly effective as the bassline swings with well-rounded glee and snake-like drums that do more driving than an Eddie Stobart driver.
Following fine joints from the likes of Kove, Frankee, LoKo, Wickaman and more, Program have proved themselves to be one of the strongest new labels of the year. Chromas contribution is no exception and proves the trio to be a name to watch right now!