Label: Critical Music
There’s not much more to say about Oblique that probably hasn’t previously been said already. One of the most emotive drum and bass records, not just of 2012, but of the last few years, now Sabre, Stray & Halogenix have teamed up to become Ivy Lab and their debut single for Kasra’s Critical Music is another piece of grown up D&B.
Linking once again with Frank Carter III on vocal duties, Afterthought picks up the baton from where Oblique left off. That distinctive rim shot snare, distorted strings and twisted atmospherics set the tone for Carter’s smooth like butter vocals. His voice sends tingles down the spine and you’ll soon find yourself singing the hook without even realising it. Once again these guys set the standard of how to do vocal drum & bass tunes without veering into cheesy territory or sacrificing quality.
Things get a little more gutter on the B side with Brat. One for the heads this one, it’s a seriously gritty roller. Small snippets of vocal intertwine with cold synth hits and tight percussion to offer up a complete contrast to what’s on offer on the other side. Check out the digital only South London Ordanance remix too, which flips it to a more house tempo.
An incredible first single for Ivy Lab, it’s clearly sign of further quality to come from Sabre, Stray & Halogenix as well as another flawless release for Critical, a label that can seem to do no wrong at the moment. You need this, basically.