Various Artists – Virtue Of Falling EP (Next Phase Records)

Next Phase starts a new chapter with their first digital only release. It features four exclusive drum and bass tracks that pay homage to the oldskool.

Virtue Of Falling by Infest and Dave Hoax is a wondrous take on ethereal drum and bass. The duo craft intricate Bug Khan and Soul Pride drum work before launching into turbulent amen edits, cryptic vocal samples and an eerily mystical breakdown.

Cultivate by MAC-V is drum and bass in its rawest form. Ditching fancy musicality it begins with an atmospheric pad and time stretched beats before launching into tough amen edits and a rugged bassline.

Onesixty by Fjell is a schizophrenic take on 90’s jungle combining both light and dark elements. Starting innocently the track then alternates between soulful chords and rhythmic rave stabs fit for any style of retro drum and bass set.

Spirit Bomb by oldskool champion Tim Reaper sees him blending techno, sound clash samples, Deep Blue style beats and a Reinforced approach into mentasm manipulation. The end result is a wildly hypnotic fusion characteristic of mid-nineties experimentation.

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Ethos “Reality/Injustice” (none60)

The list of influential artists that hail from Bristol is vast. From revered graffiti artists Bansky and 3D right through to musical pioneers Portishead, Massive Attack and Roni Size, all of them famous for creating their own iconic style influenced by the city and its diversity.

As a result, anything stating to be inspired by this cultural hotbed has a lot to live up to. The next release on none60 features two tracks by Bristol based producers Ethos that claim just that.

Rejecting the darkness that is often associated with the Bristol sound this release focuses on their love affair with the city they call home. It features a lavish tapestry of textures and is awash with hope and a strong sense of positivity and unity.

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“Reality” sees saxophone samples entwine with mystical keys, ghostly voices and subtle atmospherics where as “Injustice” features soothing chords, gentle distortions and spaced out sounds over old school drum loops.

Typically Bristol it’s style is hard to define. It isn’t entirely modern, it isn’t exactly retro. To a lot of people it may not even be described as drum and bass. Like all good fusions its influences come from a diverse range of sources and cultures giving the music it’s own strong sense of character. Much like Bristol itself.

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