Bass connoisseurs rejoice, The Rinse has cometh with this week’s new drum & bass. For this episode, we have a syncopated new stormer from June Miller, a S.P.Y. retooling of Etherwood’s emotive new single, and a half-time, head-nodder from Stray, among others. Let’s dive in.
June Miller – Last Night On Earth (Original Mix) [RAM]
RAM Records duo June Miller has been on an upward trajectory ever since they signed to the label two years ago. With the RAM artists’ highly anticipated debut album Robots & Romans set for a June 22 release, fans can get an early preview with their latest EP Chain of Strength/Last Night on Earth. Both tracks provide copious amounts of aggression, but it’s Last Night on Earth’s irregular groove that makes it one of the duo’s most combustible tracks.
Hybris – Craving (Original Mix) [AEI]
Last week’s episode of The Rinse gave fans a preview into Let It Roll Vol. 1, and now that it has seen an official release, we had to go back for seconds. Make no mistake, while this album is a tie-in for this year’s Let It Roll festival in the Czech Republic, it not to be scoffed at as a marketing gimmick. Possibly the most complete neurofunk release of the entire year, Let It Roll Vol. 1 features this pressurized number from Hybris called Craving. Craving dives deep into the low end of the frequency spectrum, delivering a floor-rumbling bassline and weighty kick drums.
Etherwood – Souvenirs (S.P.Y. Remix) [Med School]
Etherwood’s new single Souvenirs is a bittersweet, soulful soundscape featuring the heart-felt vocals of Zara Kershaw. While the original mix is stunning in its own right and definitely a must-have, the EP features a few heavyweight D&B remixes from the likes of S.P.Y. and Ulterior Motive. S.P.Y. takes Etherwood’s original and injects it with a hot dose of dancefloor vigor, conjuring an undeniable rhythmic melody over chopped samples of Zara’s amazing vocal. Out on Hospital sister-label Med School, Souvenirs is undoubtedly a summertime anthem.
Halogenix – Shank (Original Mix) [Metalheadz]
London producer Halogenix just released his massive five-track EP on Metalheadz, and it’s filled with dark energy. This particular track called Shank eschews the ambient textures of many of the other EP’s tracks for more of a dancefloor vibe, with a rhythmically plucked lead and proper two-step break. While Shank is certainly mandatory listening for the heads, tracks like All Blue featuring Cleveland Watkiss and Shores are superb soulful numbers in their own right.
Stray – Paradise (Original Mix) [Exit]
This R&B number comes from one of the week’s most surprising releases. Stray crafts seven eclectic productions on his new EP Paradise, ranging from breaks to future bass. The title track is perfect half-time material for any D&B set, bringing a soulful lyric sample and harmonic chord stabs over a broken beat. Out on Exit Records, Paradise also comes with an entrancing official music video.