Week 38 is here and there's such a huge amount of great music coming out right now! This time, we're getting ourselves the long awaited return of Pendulum and fresh music from guys like Alix Perez / Workforce, Calibre, Drumcatcher and Stompz.
You guessed it, we’re setting this week’s choice off with the new Pendulum. Ten years. Ten goddamn years. The guy from Encoder (the ending track of their last album Immersion) finally surfaces and catches a breath after spending a decade under the waves. Impressive. The throwback is instant. “We go back” chants Rob Swire and back we go indeed. Intense buildup leads to an uncompromising drop, lead by massive synths and bass hits. Let’s throw in a funky drum break in the middle, right? As it fades away, the synth takes over and Driver explodes with the second drop once again. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s exactly what we’ve all been waiting for ever since they left. And now they’re finally coming back, all guns blazing!
It’s for you if you like: motherfkin' Pendulum!
Calibre is not holding back today as he releases two new singles simultaneously on his Signature imprint. Off this batch, the one that speaks to me the most is the “end of meaning”. A classic drum break sitting on top of silky smooth piano tones, featuring the signature wistful vocals from the man himself. Inducing nostalgia every single second of its run time, this is a masterclass in soulful, heartfelt Drum & Bass. The atmosphere so thick you could float away just standing on it. A classic Calibre at his best, that’s what we all love and want, right?
It’s for you if you like: Alix Perez, Lenzman, LSB
Drumcatcher is one of the names I’ve been keeping on my radar ever since I’ve come across his stuff for the first time. After a couple of releases over the past few years, here comes his Get Them EP on Impact Music, proving this guy has a lot to offer. The title track of the EP is a particular percy, starting off with some nice ambient sounds and rugged bars that get spit on top of a gnarly yet stripped back instrumental building upon the growling bass and one of the best snares I’ve heard in a long time. A secret weapon to draw for in your sets for sure.
It’s for you if you like: Enei, QZB, Visages
Durham’s borned and raised bad boy Stompz presents his new outing on DJ Zinc’s legendary Bingo Bass imprint, a track called Playtime. It’s a playful stomping jump up roller full of funny (and at the same time funky) chimes with a rather simple beat, bouncy bassline and constant progression. It’s fresh, it’s different, it’s one of those tunes you drop in the middle of the set just to see the unexpecting crowd catch on fire. So come out and play and keep them beats rolling!
It’s for you if you like: Bou, K Motionz, Simula
It’s Alix time again! His latest outing in the form of the Without End mini LP has made the feature a few weeks back with its leading single already and now we’re finally getting our hands on the full ting. Distant Figures is a joint venture with his former partner-in-crime Workforce, one half of the SpectraSoul duo, as their previous collabs brought us gems like Forsaken. We’re getting hit with a heavy nostalgic vibes reminiscent of the earliest Perez’ releases like Old Flame and Solitary Native. A laidback soulful liquid roller none other than these two can come up with. What a lovely way to finish this piece.
It’s for you if you like: Calibre, early Icicle's stuff, SpectraSoul