Now when a junglist uses jungle sounds over jungle drums and his music has jungle roots, he is either Rafiki from the the Lion King or a damn hectic producer that doesn’t give up one inch. If you add to this that the mentioned “jungle sounds” are actually monkeys and not any jamaican voice loop that says “jah” with a boatload of delay, you got served. The italian producer Frame, a product of the city of Trento in the North / North-East of the boot, creates a stunning texture of sounds that literally made us think “what da fuck”. What is music if we don’t innovate? Luckily there are people like Riki (Frame) Calliari that teach us a lesson or two.
With a cut-in-half tempo that has just the same anxiety of any kind of drum & bass but it takes it only half the speed to generate it, Frame paints a wide palette of sound colours with his music. Even if the four songs of the EP have the same vibe, each one gets you for a different detail. In particular, the audacity to use a monkey as lead sound in Monkey Donkey, the second track of the EP, is something that we have to admire. Stretched, stirred, pulled, reverbered, delayed, chorused and whatnot, every time that monkey sound comes out again in the speakers it’s different.
We have to admire what The Dreamers recordings are doing in Turin, one of the most beautiful italian citites, and what they’re doing in drum & bass: we challenge you to find a label that is more open to new influences in drum & bass. Of course we can name a few that serve as trend setters and are not for the “plebes” but only for the aristocrats of bass music, but them? They really love to be somewhere before everyone else. They love to leave one second before the crowd comes. Someone else might take credit for the discovery of some of the sounds that soak into the taste of the drum & bass audience, but who really knows things, will always know that they’ve been there before. Chapeau.
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