The Prototypes bring the pressure to a rolling boil in their drum & bass remix of Steve French from Flux Pavilion featuring Steve Aoki, and LessThan3 has the exclusive premiere.
The increased tempo affords Brighton-born bass buds Chris Garvey and Nick White, together The Prototypes, the opportunity to either speed certain elements up or slow them down while keeping in rhythmic alignment. They choose to run the original’s Aerodynamic-reminiscent melody at about half time for the deceivingly calm intro. The pitched-down vocal sample soon shifts gears from slow chant to frantic alarm, ushering in the striking and sudden drop. Once at top speed, The Prototypes weave a rugged tapestry of D&B percussion scarred by rhythmic sawtooth intrusions and topped with delicate dollops of reverbed synth plucks for balance.
While drum & bass waits patiently in line for its next big heyday, The Prototypes and similar stalwarts of the sound both new and old are helping it squeeze its way up to the front.
Pick it up with the rest of Flux Pavilion’s Freeway Remixes EP Oct. 6 on Big Beat.