- Release Date 2006-06-05
- Label Counter Intelligence
- Catalog CI004
Side C: Infuse – Observer
Fans of the atmospheric styles who like to walk on the ruff side occasionally will lap this one up, as will those who normally dig only the most hardcore of breaks n subs. Why? Because it represents what many aspire to achieve in drum n bass (but rarely do in these days of one-idea tracks): it actually takes us on a journey… it actually brings us somewhere new!
A heavy atmospheric roller that moves with ease (and more than a little panache) from darkness into the light, ‘Observer’ sees some slick break-switching gathering pace over a dark and queasy intro as it builds and builds. Pounding beats, subs and tuff cymbal-heavy breaks drop in to up the ante until (still haunted by the ghosts of techstep) we’re taken down… down into a sweet, sweet roll-out…
DJs: yes, you got it right - you bag this one and you know you’ll still be able to drop it years from now - at any point in your set - and it’s still gonna do the damage…
Side I: Dak - Nutcase
Secondly, Dak - already a favourite of C.I. Digital fans. OK, so we’ve been hearing a lot of talk about the return of the deeper styles in drum n bass recently…. all we can say is when people talk about “deep” drum n bass in the year 2006, can you please do everyone a favour and play ‘em this?!
Recalling the glory days of Certificate 18’s finest output, and exhibiting a glacial quality that must at least in part have been inspired by the northerly climes of his home in Finland, Dak’s ‘Nutcase’ rolls out in a fragmented but unerring techno style that remains absolutely locked on target from beginning right to the very end.
Classically trained, and a fan and producer of minimal techno, Dak’s chief musical loves combine with ease in a unique dnb frame on this piece… Deliciously deep, it positively pulses with life, pulling back layer after concealing layer to reveal mysterious resonant chambers of sound, and beyond that, twisted undergrowth, through which subtle shards of amen and apache breaks snake their way.
Whether for chilling deep in the night, or for dropping on the more discerning dancefloor whilst deep, deep in the mix; either way, the underlying aura of menace keeps this one urgent and rolling every time…
DJ support: Djs with HUGE cojones like Senses, Fracture & Neptune, Chris Inperspective, Brett Offshore, Fanu, Martsman, Resound, Selector Moldy, Infuse, Stunna, Rosco, Murdock and John Doe