Jolliffe debuts on Hyperactivity Music with ‘Just Leave’ EP
Jolliffe has carved a name for himself with a varied back catalogue of releases on esteemed British Drum & Bass labels including Spearhead and Soulvent Records. Now he makes his debut on BRK’s fast-rising Marseille imprint Hyperactivity Music with his ‘Just Leave’ EP. A well-rounded three-tracker showcasing both breezy, soulful rollers and darker, dingier sonics.
Jolliffe is a versatile producer from London and opens the project in style with our premiere ‘Hit It’. It’s a minimal stepper built around an intriguing, staccato vocal sample that takes on an almost percussive quality. The first drop sees the track descend into a tremulous bassline. Embellished by an unconventional combination of twinkling synth arpeggios, bubbling, aquatic echoes, and mechanical impacts, make for a forward-thinking rumbler.
On title track ‘Just Leave’, Jolliffe teams up with fellow Soulvent mainstay and London local Terror. Terror is formerly of the universally renowned electronic rock band Modestep. This track is a sublime piece of liquid D&B. Coming in at a cool 160 beats per minute, the blissful, piano-laden track pairs mesmeric synths with a crooning, re-pitched vocal sample. Phase-modulated growls underlie the song, providing it with a rougher edge.
Drawing the EP to a close is the spatially intriguing ‘Show Me’, a genre-defying number. Melding burgeoning basslines with jazzy keyboard riffs, slick, tightly programmed drums, and dubby, delay-soaked foley samples to create a production in equal parts light and dark, heavy-hitting and easy-going.
While the rollercoaster that has been 2020 is soon to draw to a close, Hyperactivity Music have plenty more tricks up their sleeves before the year is out. Keep your eyes peeled for future updates from these increasingly lauded purveyors of sterling D&B.