An album that sounds like cuddles.
This is the impression that the new work from the british duo gives. Fred and Josh composed this 15 songs LP for Hospital Records, the label owned by the mighty uncle of us all Tony Colman, aka London Elektricity, personally one of my favourite Drum & Bass artists. Tony has taste for young talents and proved that to us many times, one of these when he released the debut album from Fred V & Grafix in 2014, named Recognise.
The first track, Ignite, features Amy J Pryce on the voice that really adds something to an already valuable backbone. The song itself is truly uplifting and easy to listen, but her voice brings it to the level of summer stick-to-your-head. I’m sure many of us (me inclued) will rock it in the car speakers when heading to the seaside or any vacation. She’s not famous yet, but we’re sure she will rock the liquid drum & bass scene if she keeps going on like this. I truly can picture her singing on some Etherwood songs. The second and third track, Ultraviolet and Comb Funk respectively, bring on this good mood that the whole album really transmits you.
Ignite is not the only track featuring this amazing singer that is Amy J Pryce, also Altitude and Electrify have the benefit of her voice. Both tracks remind me of what I use to listen when I come back from a huge drum & bass event, where I already heard all the bombtracks and I just want to chill without losing the rhythm of my favourite musical genre. While the dawn lights slowly take ownership of the lowest line of the sky and I drive along the highway towards my nest, these would be two amazing soundtracks, as it would be also the whole LP.
The album also features some tracks that sound like Sigma, which is definitely a compliment in Liquid Drum & Bass. Just remember the success of Nobody to Love, or Changing (feat. Paloma Faith, another amazing singer). One example is Like the Sun, the 5th song of the album, which has a melancholic vibe but a sigma-like construction and build-up. Among the tracks that resemble some other artist’s signature sounds, I would name Stay Here, which for some reason reminded me of the Calyx & Teebee of the Elevate this Sound period. This song really surprises for its drop, because you would expect anything apart from what it actually is, but I’ll leave the surprise to you!
The title track of the album, Oxygen, really has a great vibe, which doesn’t dive too much into the usual liquid drums and patterns, it’s more related to the beatmaking area. The drums are slowly bringing up the rhythm for the voice, which designs melodies over the guitar lines that enrich a very melodic and polished orchestra of sounds. Well done. Later in the album comes Together we’re Lost, which on the contrary un-buries the most classical Goldie-like drum & bass vibrations that will make you feel the saudade for the old times. And that’s not all! The song has a rap breakdown involving Franko Fraize and Tone.
Enough words for today, let’s go to the facts! Take a listen to this huge track from the duo plus the marvellous Amy J Pryce!