Loadstar’s recent infectious smash Passenger was one of the highlights of bass music this summer, showing up in just about every drum & bass set on either side of the Atlantic. From its unforgettable melody to its imaginative official video, Passenger had people out of their seats since its debut back in July. Just last month, the Bristol duo dropped another bombshell in the form of a remix of Rudimental’s Not Giving In, transforming the tune into a rugged, break-heavy monster. Loadstar now delivers another round of munitions, which may be their best production effort yet. Entitled Black & White, Loadstar’s latest EP features two very different tunes that are both masterpieces of electronic art.
LessThan3 featured one of the massive remixes of Black & White a few weeks ago, but now the full EP has finally made its way to the proverbial shelf via RAM Records. First up on the EP is the massive title track. Sometimes words can’t accurately describe the merits of a particular tune, and in the case of Black & White, this is true. It’s simply a lesson in rhythm and arrangement. The track’s chirping bleeps and wobbly bass are in perfect synchronization, lending just enough rhythm to complement the swinging hats and ghost snares. The next tune on the EP, Vatican Roulette, scored the “Ace Of Clubs” title on Crissy Criss’ BBC Radio 1xtra’s drum & bass broadcast, and is a full-throttle dnb workout. This track is built on a series of chopped drum patterns and a grinding, buzz-saw lead melody. Also featured on EP is a vocal mix of Black & White featuring the low-slung flow of UK MC Benny Banks. This EP is a must have for any bass-head, and can be purchased right here on Beatport.