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The cover art proudly proclaims Technique's Summer 2016 album to be 100%% Drum and Bass. And it's also pretty much 100%% OF Drum and Bass Across thirty-seven tracks, Drumsound and Bassline Smith have assembled a cross-section of D&B that only has one thing in common: that summertime vibe. The label bosses themselves roll through with the fluid jungle of the Solah-laced Cover Our Eyes, the no-holds-barred funk of Rise of the Black Panther and their epic dubwise collaboration with Digital, First World Problem. And then there are the big name cameos from artists not normally seen under the Technique banner. The likes of Brookes Brothers and Danny Byrd, The Prototypes and the mighty DJ SS all make an appearance, to name a few. Of course, the regular regiment of Technique soldiers are present and correct too. Tantrum Desire delivers the tech atmospherics of Tesoro, while Kronology subverts the big-room sound with the unpredictable twists and turns of Everyday. L Plus backs up rumbling bass and popping beats with entwined chord patterns in Invincible. Plus Document One show two different sides to their character, with the jazzfunk vibe of Klaxon and the paranoid sci-fi of Say What. And we're nowhere near covering everything this album has to offer. From the jungle tear-out of Brian Brainstorm's Badman Selector to the minimal magic of Oder's Mesmerize, via the liquid purity of Salaryman's He Knows, this is a journey that needs to be experienced. Any selection that takes you straight from Fade's Disco Ball into Conspire's Glare of Brass then to Salaryman's Synthesized Melancholia is making a statement about the strength in depth of the D&B genre right now. It's all here. This is the whole summertime drum and bass experience cut up into thirty-seven expertly-formed slices which, taken together, represent the full spectrum of what the scene has to offer. It's as simple as that.

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Technique Summer 2016

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