Bass adventurers, The Rinse has returned to take you on an excursion through this week’s new drum & bass. On the itinerary first is a breathtaking tour of A-Sides & Makoto’s new LP, Aquarian Dreams, and then a trip into darker territory with a look at Mystic State’s new EP Lost Cause and Turno’s new monster Badman Nah Beg Fren. We’ll make a pit stop along the way to check out Chromatic’s new masterwork, and conclude the trip with a jump-up track from Levela. Time to buckle those seat belts!
A-Sides & Makoto – Uplifter (Original Mix) [Eastern Elements]
Famed Japanese producer Makoto and London veteran A-Sides make a huge splash this week with their new collaborative LP, Aquarian Dreams. The 15-track opus is a master-class in uplifting, soulful musicality, incorporating everything from guitars and pianos to gritty, Reese basslines. The tune Uplifter is filled with summertime vibes, delivering a simple, yet catchy piano chord progression on top of a razor-sharp break and smooth bassline. Uplifter and the rest of Aquarian Dreams come by way of Eastern Elements–an imprint established by Makoto and A-Sides specifically for this release.
A-Sides & Makoto feat. Riya – Where Do We Go (Original Mix) [Eastern Elements]
With quite a few featured collaborators like Robert Manos, Tali, Riya, and DJ Marky, we had to revisit yet another track from the new Makoto and A-Sides’ album Aquarian Dreams. Featuring the inimitable voice of buzzing songstress Riya, Where Do We Go combines a dirty organ bass with pianos and airy pads for a soulful, grooving workout. Where Do We Go is one of four tunes from the album available in instrumental form only at BandCamp (link below).
Mystic State – Lost Cause (Original Mix) [CX Digital]
From Mystic State’s new two-track EP, Lost Cause is a dark roller with an arresting cadence and throbbing bassline. Produced by burgeining UK duo Mystic State, Lost Cause borders on minimalism, delivering massive long-throw waveforms on top of a simple two-step rhythm. One of Lost Cause’s high points is in its subtle variations–exploring different rhythmic sequences and layered bass textures from start to finish. Make sure to also sample the equally bass-friendly B-side track, Spirituality.
Turno – Badman Nah Beg Fren (Original Mix) [Serial Killaz]
The bread and butter of a drum & bass track is exactly that–the drums and the bass. Turno’s new tune Badman Nah Beg Fren delivers on both fronts, combining a massive, Reese bassline with a multitude of break samples. With no chord progressions or any other melodies to speak of, this tune showcases Turno’s adept versatility as he veers way off course from his typical jump-up fare. Toss in a few ragga vocals on top of Badman’s dirty bassline and the result is a dank, dungeon stormer with a high head-nod quotient. Badman comes as part of a six-track EP available via Serial Killaz Recordings.
Chromatic – Epic Lunch (Original Mix) [Celsius]
Chromatic is on a roll this month, having recently released his huge roller Strings on the Vandal Limited imprint two weeks ago. His new three-track EP Epic Lunch comes by way of Celsius Recordings, and the title track delivers a massive dose of funk and feel-good vibes. With its bouncy bassline, R&B vocal, and plucked melody, Epic Lunch is suitable for luring wallflowers from the perimeter of the dancefloor.
Levela – Impulse (Original Mix) [Multi Function]
Jump-up warlock Levela needed a shoutout on The Rinse for his massive extended EP, Darkness, which was released last week on Multi Function Music. With a whopping nine tracks, Impulse is a representative cross-section of the sweat-indudcing vibes found on the Sussex producer’s opus. Featuring a triplet lead and buffeting bassline, this tune breathes fresh air into the jump-up subgenre of D&B with its unconventional sound design. Impulse also keeps the vibes diverse with syncopated halftime sequences and varied melodic rhythms.