When drum’n’bass DJ Friction steps behind the decks, few people will dispute that he is not only one of the best d’n’b DJs, but perhaps one of the best DJs of any genre of dance music. He regularly employs three turntables, drops the hottest d’n’b dubs, and continues to rock crowds by spinning the most demanding format–vinyl. The true definition of a multifaceted artist, his production credits are equally meritorious, with releases on the most respected d’n’b labels like True Playaz, Renegade Hardware, and Valve. His latest production comes by way of his own imprint Shogun Audio and is every bit as anthemic as his 2003 hit Robocop and 2007 remix of Back to Your Roots. Introducing Friction’s latest opus–the 3-alarm blazing inferno called Led Astray.
Led Astray has been highly anticipated since Friction first dropped the official video (see below) via his YouTube channel, and the arrival of the EP confirms what the d’n’b massive already knew–Friction is an unstoppable force in bass music. Already receiving BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe’s “Hottest Record in the World” accolade, Led Astray encapsulates everything that’s currently popular in d’n’b’s growing sub-genre of drumstep: a grinding, wobbly lead melody, a rumbling sub-bassline, and a staggered 2-step drum pattern brimming with hi-hats. With additional vocals provided by Takura of Chase and Status’ More Than A Lot fame, Led Astray has all the makings of a successful drum’n’bass hit. To everyone’s delight, Friction has also included a pleasantly twisted dubstep remix of Led Astray by Culprate and a B-side Sigma remix of the wildly popular tune Stand Up.