There used to be a videogame when I was a teenager. It was called Rollcage Stage II, you were running in circuits with futuristic cars and futuristic music (mainly Jungle music). I consider that game as my first approach with Drum & Bass, with the sounds that are typical of this magical genre. Many of the tracks had a liquid soundtrack, some of them (the hardest ones) had a techstep soundtrack. I got so much attached to that game and that music that I started listening to it and getting informed. This is basically how I discovered my first drum & bass love: Noisia. What the new release by Hydro, War and Mateba has to do with this, is that it brought me back to that day. Listening to the demo of their new release on Warm Communications I felt like I was 13 years old, playing my favourite videogame listening to that magic music that I’ve never heard before.
The sounds of this new release from them are old school in a good way, because they’re properly mixed down and equalized, compressed how they should be nowadays. The audio quality is very high, but yet you can feel that the vibe of the two songs is at least 15 years older than today. I do love when this happens: we’re so focused in going forward that sometimes we forget to look back and see how many kilometers we walked through. It’s not weird at all, nowadays, that musical genres like the New Retro and the Vaporwave exist. They represent our will to go back a little bit, take comfort in something we used to love now gone, for one last time, before abandoning it forever. The same happened in drum & bass with some releases in the last 2 years, which brought back the early 1990s sounds for one last epic time. I would personally mention UK, by Dimension, and these two songs by Hydro, War and Mateba.
This release is going to be out from today, the 20th of January. If I was you, I would ensure me a copy of it, because it’s a rarely qualitative pair of songs, the ones you don’t hear so often and would definitely be an add-on to your sets (if you’re a DJ) or to your playlist. Talking about quality, I would like to award these two songs with a very high mark: 4.5 jakes! That is the highest of this year -well that wasn’t hard- but also of the last 3 months. Well done guys!
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