No joke. The first time you listen to this new release by Viper Recordings you enter a separate dimension where everything can happen. In this dimension, Heavy Metal bands play along with Drum & Bass DJs to create a powerful mix of brute force. In a corner Tasha Baxter and Miss Trouble gamble with a soulless croupier and in another the fairy voice of Fable sings unforgettable melodies straight outta Alice in Wonderland (how ghetto that sounds). Driving by, a police car is chasing two bandits in a 70’s San Francisco. Do I sound a little bit too trippy? Well you should take a listen and find out!
Paul Bondy (his real name) is no surprise. His style is always unique (as I mentioned also here). In this album, he managed to mix so many styles, genres and subgenres that it seems to stand in front of a fruit salad cup. Colourful, tasty, sweet and sour, not sure where to start from (I usually eat tangerine first). An example of this feeling is provided by the minimix at the end of the article. The third track of the album, Conformity, is the less conform song in the Drum & Bass scene of the last year or two. Made entirely out of non common sounds, the song starts in very different way to how it actually then drops. Overall, you get the feeling of -I wanna see how it ends–.
Another track that got my full attention has been Revenants, with Scott Kennedy, which is a mixture of metal and electronic music. And it fits! The impact of stainless steel guitars on a bassline with proper rinsing drums is sensational, and not abused in the scene (I can recall only Spor making vast use of this). I love when producers go wild and do things that others don’t. It shows originality and creativity, and to me Insideinfo is one of the masters of this, proof be the song Spychase which truly comes from another planet with respect to what is Drum & Bass nowadays.
Most of the other tracks of the album are in his typical style, not too heavy not too soft, perfect for the main slot at any event, but there is also some serious beatmaking in this LP (listen to Creepy). Overall, I think this album is what most of you “have been looking for and still haven’t found”. It fulfills a need for something qualitative, quantitative and colourful, something that you can listen from start to end without getting bored but that you can also listen while doing other things without getting overcomplicated. An overall success, as I like to say. The purchase of this album is strongly recommended, worth every penny.
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