I’ve always been a bit wary of dubstep and drum’n’bass. Unlike other genres of EDM, they have the ability to be highly unlistenable if poorly executed. Because the sound has the potential to be so abrasive, “hitting the right spots” can be exceedingly difficult. This may be the reason why finding good new producers in these genres is so exciting for me. Enter Centra out of Manchester, UK. I couldn’t find too much information on this guy, but I think the music tells you everything you need to know.
With Centra’s Need You remix, xKore’s already jumpy dnb song is pulled to the edge of insanity. On Please Believe, a grumbling bassline works perfectly with an energetic tempo. Finally, on Departure, a trumpeting synth gives way to huge drops and anthemic rhythm. The perfect balance of melody and massive wobbles, these three songs are merely a sample of his exceptional skills.