The duo from England, composed by Pete Rogers and Andy Powell aka Technicolour & Komatic (hence Techni-matic), recently delighted us with a new release on Shogun Audio. We’re talking about Better Perspective, an LP composed of 1 intro, 15 tracks and 2 interludes in its Deluxe Edition. This LP is purely a liquid drum & bass release, with 15 astounding tracks that uplift both body and soul.
Some of the songs remind of Yikes (London Elektricity, 2011, Hospital Records), which is a truly legend LP in the liquid drum & bass world. While listening to Parallel (feat. Zara Kershaw), one will definitely remember the beautiful voice of Elsa Esmeralda in Electricity will keep me warm or other tracks of Yikes. If you don’t know Yikes, go and check it out ’cause you’re missing one of the core blocks of the liquid building here. This same feeling gets you also during Out of Reach (feat. Lucy Kitchen) and Problems (feat. Maiday). It’s probably what convinced me that this is a crazy-good LP.
There is also an old school vibe in this LP. This vibe is very well represented by Clockwise, the fourth song of the album. The vocals of the song are very bluesy and the drums are jungle, while there are liquid mellow melodies on top. This mix is pretty much awesome. In addition to this, the lyrics of Antihero will make you miss the origins of the Drum & Bass movement, when things weren’t done for fame and glory but for the movement itself: we were family. I did some research and these following words, which are the opening of the song, come from the celebration of the Canadian centennial: “The idea that you have to know exactly what the current trends are—that the antihero is the thing that is en vogue this year, and the hero will be back next—this sort of thing is just nonsense. You have to write for yourself first of all, and then, if it happens to be relevant for other people, too, why, that’s wonderful.” Also Trigger Warning will bring you back to the old days, in a more Goldie-like way.
This LP has a gentle touch. When you’ll hear tracks like We look for patterns, you’ll understand what I mean. That soft asian sitar, that gentle voice, that lightweight drums and sounds that sound like dispersed in the sky in an ethereal sunday morning. The melodies and the constructions are never banale or naive, always original. Cold Shoulder is the symbol of this trend: very soft drop, soft trumpets and feminine voice. The whole thing is sweet. To let you get in the mood of the album, we chose to include the track just mentioned, We look for patterns. A pure masterpiece. Enjoy!
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