While the geekest of you might have recognized the quote from more than one book, the most famous one being Harry Potter, not everyone of you is familiar with this name: Synth Ethics. The italian drum & bass duo is not yet one of those names that everyone has on the tip of the tongue, but is probably soon to be. Their new EP, named Do & Die EP and released with the Turin-based The Dreamers Recordings, is a clash of good and bad vibes that introduces this duo to a bigger audience in drum & bass. The mixture of deep, dark basslines and dreamy atmospheres is something takes us back to the glorious past of the most old school examples of our favourite sounds, but implements other sounds and ideas which are new and terra icognita. From this mixture we get music that, for the many, is unheard of.
The EP contains 4 tracks that are all alike but also very different: a remix, a collaboration, and two other original tracks. The similarities among them include sounds, atmospheres and groove, the differences are in the speed, the drums and the leads. While being magnetized by Do & Die, the title-track, with its deep and dark bass emerging after every fourth kick and generating a rising bass wave, one can also be attracted by the complexity of Ragtag (feat. Neve), the last track, which includes a properly chopped sample as lead that repeats itself generating the whole movement of the track. The unsettling chords of Recognize counterpart the slow drums of the remix of Deep Down, a track original from By Polar. When present the vocals tend to bring you to another dimension through the boatload of effects that are mounted on top of them. Overall, a very well balanced mix of many aspects of drum & bass.
Overall, one can say that no Liquid and no Neurofunk is present in this EP. The style is absolutely unique and fuses together elements of both. One can also perceive how breakbeat and reggae feed into the style of Synth Ethics: dark, tribal, ethnic, deep and blazed, those are the adjectives that come to my mind. We do recommend you to listen to these guys and their new EP, Do & Die, and to all the releases by The Dreamers Recordings, one of the rising stars of the underground labels panorama.
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