(Pictured from left to right: Tom, Laurent, Lorna, Clive)
Ladies and gents, in place of the normally scheduled Rinse episode, we bring you this special feature curated by D&B troupe Dr Meaker. The multi-genre outfit is a LT3 favorite and they’re here to share their top tracks of the moment worth a proper rinsing.
Originally starting as a live band back in 2004, Dr Meaker has explored various genres of electronic music over the years, crafting a sound that can be described as mildly acoustic with layers of heavy synthetics. The group eventually hit their stride in the late 2000s, coalescing around a funk-inflected style of D&B, bubbling with dancefloor energy.
Success-bound, the Bristol natives reached new heights in 2012 after releasing their massive tune Music in the Night on Bryan Gee’s V Recordings. Since then, Dr Meaker has gone on to produce a slew of D&B anthems such as Fighter, Don’t Think It’s Love, and Right Back, while making appearances at huge festivals like Outlook and Bestival, to name a few.
Now, the streaking band readies their superb new drum & bass tune called Freaks, due out April 16th on Circus Records. Already getting huge support from MTV and BBC Radio 1Xtra, the tune is available for pre-order on iTunes and can also be streamed via Spotify.
Without further ado, let’s have a listen to the selections handpicked by Dr Meaker, and check out what they had to say about this eclectic mix of tunes for this special feature. In the inimitable words of Dillinja, “All Aboard!”
Iyes – Simmer (Acoustic)
Clive: The chords, melodies and harmonies are so sad and soulful. It’s a beautiful track and although it is produced in an almost demo-esque live lounge style, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Perfect.
Kwabs – Perfect Ruin (Orignal Mix) [Warner]
Tom: The vocal is amazing and the music supports this perfectly. His voice really impresses me in this track. The production is next level. I especially love the piano in this as it reminds me of Massive Attack, it has a darker edge.
Jack Garratt – Chemical (Original Mix) [Island]
Laurent: He has a great voice with a particularly smooth falsetto. I like that the texture in the song is apparent in every aspect of it – from the production, to vocal technique, to lyrical content. It’s very gritty, yet lovely all at once.
Madeon feat. Kyan – You’re On (Original Mix) [popcultur]
Ben: Hooky vocal snippets, sparkling Chiptune elements with uplifting chords, soaring vocal chorus and a slamming four-to-the-floor beat.
DJ Hazard – Bricks Don’t Roll (Original Mix) [Playaz]
Clive: A wicked, rolling DnB tune with all the funk and groove to keep me coming back for more. Long live the king. Reeeeewind!!