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When Technique Recordings bosses Drumsound & Bassline Smith come with a fresh release, they've got some big expectations to fulfil. With roots way back in the old skool, they've built and sustained a reputation as architects of the big room style that's seen drum and bass explode in popularity. The Truth delivers great things from the outset. A panoramic landscape is laid out before us, with dunes of unforgiving percussive sounds overcast by clouds of minor key tonalities and dark-child dialogue. It's the quiet before the riot, punctured by an alarm call signal flare which sparks things into life. Then the drop brings a straight-up punch-up between bass and treble, as call and response patterns merge and collide to create an unrelenting groove. Outlaw Renegade teleports us straight to the wild west on some distant technologically-advanced planet. The intro lays out a scene of the deserted main street where building percussion and feedback sweeps are the harbingers of the gangsta vibes about to ride through. The drop is constructed around road-hard drums, which provide a rock-solid foundation for the bassline to go to work. And that low-end drives through with sub-shattering force, creating a wave to overdose even the most hardcore bass-addict. The two tracks on this release serve as a reminder that underpinning Drumsound & Bassline Smith's arena-filing reputation, are some seriously impressive musical and technical skills. These pieces are cinematic in ambition and attention to detail and that means they're going to be drawn for time and time again.


The Truth - Outlaw Renegade

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