Brace yourselves: Calyx & Teebee, two of the most important gods of Drum & Bass pantheon, are back. Their third LP, released on April 22 and entitled 1X1, is a collection of 14 massive Drum & Bass tunes with nasty basslines and melodic breakdowns that will chill you up until the next drop.
As always, Larry Cons and Torgeir Byrknes are able to mix cool melodies that transport you into a new dimension of listening with super dirty fat-ass basses that will catch you before it’s too late and make you land just in the middle of the most terrific of the mosh pits. Personally, this album is something I really liked, but I must reckon that among the variety of Drum & Bass listeners it didn’t earn that amount of favour. Probably, a critic that can be moved to this work and to them more in general is that they seem to be stuck in the same sounds, melodies, and basslines of the previous two albums (2007 – Anatomy; 2012 – All or Nothing).
“Yeah, so what?” I would answer to these dudes.
I can see how they didn’t really take giant steps towards a different sound design taste, but as long as people buy that product and they enjoy doing it, what’s the point in even criticizing? In my humble opinion, it’s not that they didn’t evolve: the thing is that they remained third level super sayan after almost 10 years without downgrading. By the way, I said third level and not fourth level on purpose, because we all know how crap was Dragonball GT and this is an unanimity consensus. Thank god they didn’t evolve to fourth level Calyx and Teebee with the Blutz rays. Another parallel we could make with Dragonball is that it took them 4 years to release this third album and previously took 5 years to release the 2nd after the 1st. They are horribly slow in producing.
However, these 14 songs are amazing. Seriously guys, none of these tracks can bore you! This is why I chose to present this album instead of others I have on the list. There is, though, one thing that I didn’t like of it: every song has the words “original version” in the title. I mean, I really needed it, I couldn’t even think that they were originals before! I was expecting, I don’t know, Calyx & Teebee remixes Calyx & Teebee, or things like that. I can understand that remixers sometimes don’t give credits to original artists, but dudes, did you really need credit? You’ve been owning the fucking scene for the last 10 years, and we d’n’b heads are able to recognize a song of yours before shazamming it when we hear it on the radio the first time, after 5 seconds. You didn’t need to do this, it’s just an overflow of info that overcrowds my Spotify play-queue.
But, apart from that, massive work.
To end up this article, I want to leave you with the song of this album that I prefer, which is A Day That Never Comes. It’s the last one, so if you are one of those maniac-minded people that do have to listen to an LP in the right order and in a disc-at-once mode like the Nero-CD-Burner we all used in the early 2000s, then it will take quite a time to reach it. But it will be time well spent! Through your way there are huge sounding tracks like the first two (Nothing Left and Long Gone), other very melodic tracks like Cloud 9, some serious afterparty dnb tracks like many of the others and a very cool quasi-jungle song which is Where We Go. You’ll get your anxiety daily dose from Panic Attack, and you will finally end up with A Day That Never Comes.
This is all folks! Enjoy 😉