dBridge – Move Way
Label: R&SScore: 8/10
R&S demonstrate their keenly honed, and never doubted, A&R-ing skills by welcoming veteran producer dBridge on board. R&S are no strangers to the drum’n’bass scene with their catalogue boasting Lemon D and an early incarnation of 4 Hero as Jacob’s Optical Stairway Move Way makes perfect sense in a roster that is showcasing the highlights of contemporary electronica.
Featuring the trademark Autonomic sound, the classic podcast dBridge collaborated on with Instra:mental, Move Way disguises its drum’n’bass roots behind a half-tempo smokescreen. The low end elements smoothly pivot and gyrate, with only the frantic high end being the solitary tell of a 170bpm track. Don’t mistake its languid approach with a lack of intention though – the kick is mighty enough to punch a hole through your chest, and the infinitely quotable Rastafarian sample will cause euphoria with every punctuating “…move your bumbaclart!” It’s certainly a memorable effort from dBridge and Skeptical.
Keeping up no pretence with its heritage, Death Of A Drum Machine rolls out a delicious break, drawing out the intro before warping up the bass. The junglist purists will find their straight up primal desires satisfied, while the sample spotters will enjoy the little flecks of Malcolm X’s “too black, too strong” speech and the spine tingling jangle of Japan’s Ghosts.
Plain To See doesn’t quite give the release the send off it deserves – the offbeat rhythm keeps you at arms length from the ambience that is created, like sitting around the periphery of a club but not being able to participate in the melee in front of you. Still, drum’n’bass often begs for the rewind and Move Way, along with Death Of A Drum Machine, will keep you coming back for those giddy moments when you hit the drops.