Welcome to a journey into D&B’s deepest, darkest, dirtiest underbelly… Courtesy of Ram Records. Your drivers on this mission are veteran producers Gridlok and Prolix. With pristine reputations and spotless discographies that span back to the turn of the century, the respective US/UK artists need little introduction… Both as solo artists or as a collaborative duo. Their trip commences with ‘Membrane’, a turbo-charged rocket ride into drum & bass’s most alien landscapes. Hold on tight as we negotiate the tight, gnarly bends where an itchy scratchy lead scuffs the spectrum with infectious, growling glee. Simple yet devilishly complex, ‘Membrane’ worms its way into the mind like an audio virus, refusing to budge until dancefloor insanity ensues.
Next stop: ‘Babylon’. As the name suggests, it’s rich in sonic heritage. Bolstered with the very belly-bothering, visceral distorted bass that got many of us hooked on D&B in the first place, the main scenery on this part of the journey are the unforgiving low-end peaks that spike with Everest-level confidence. Climb their summits and you’ll spot the badland pastures of neurofunk lurking beneath. The most uncompromising stage of this two part trip… Now you’ve heard it, there’s no turning back.
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