Rudimental shouldn’t be pigeon-holed as a drum’n’bass outfit. The group has produced tunes that straddle several genres, blending elements of garage, future-garage, hip-hop, and even moombahton. With tunes like Spoons and their remix of Lego House, they have already had a marked impact on the sub-140bpm world of EDM. However, it is evident that their penchant for d’n’b is nonpareil, as they find themselves sitting atop the UK Singles Chart with what’s considered to be their most acclaimed production yet. From Warner Music UK Ltd via Asylum/Black Butter Records comes the group’s latest opus–an uplifting, praise-worthy tune called Feel The Love (official video below).
There is one commonality amongst Rudimental’s productions–they are all drenched with raw, unfiltered soul. So is the case for Rudimental’s Feel The Love. The tune begins with the heart-felt vocals of John Newman, juxtaposed against a series of rave stabs. The song eventually delivers a massive drop, with slapping snare drums and a gospel-inspired organ progression, ending with a half-time drum sequence. For a more up-front vibe, switch to the Fred V & Grafix remix, replete with piercing synth work and a more aggressive lead melody. The duo opted to go with live-sounding percussion during the half-time drum sequences, really making their remix stand out. Drumstep fans will be delighted to hear that Feel the Love got a full blessing of wobs from none other than Bristol duo Cutline. Their rework keeps the alluring vocals in place, while replacing much of the soul from the original with a blistering, raucous array of squealing synths and bassy formant moans. The EP also features VIP remix of Feel the Love from the Rudimental boys and an intoxicating future-garage edit by Scuba.