Frankee – Black Heart
Label: Ram RecordsRelease: Out Now
From being the first release on Program just over a year ago, Frankee is the first act to graduate to Ram Records proper and trust me, he’s done it in style and provided another contender for one of this year’s biggest tunes and, for this writer at least, one of the most exciting Ram releases of late.
Dark and rolling, Black Heart at its core represents the sound of Frankee’s new label home’s past, as well as nodding it style to the likes of Ed Rush & Optical’s Virus Recordings. Gutteral synths open things up before bass notes and orchestral vocals bring on the build helping drop into a moody roll out, evoking memories of Chub Rub from a few years ago as it marches along doing all sorts of damage as it does so. You could see why those at the label were keen to make this a Ram release; Frankee has definitely given himself the best start possible as the latest signee to the roster with Black Heart.
Wonderland on the flip changes direction, house like pianos and rave synth hits precursor some rumbling sub business, held together by some old school drums. Like the vocal sample on Wonderland states, the music is definitely wonderful. And gully too.
With a track like Black Heart you can tell Frankee has no intentions of messing about now he’s made the jump to being a fully-fledged Ram Records artist and has certainly set his stall out with a track like this. A step back in sound but continuing to go forward as D&B always has and will continue to do, Black Heart is as necessary as it gets.