Review of In our City Volume 2
In our city volume 2
cat no – ICD023
Out worldwide May 30th 2016
Toronto based imprint Inner City Dance returns with another installment to their evolving ‘In Our City’ series. Volume 2 of the project expands its reach to curate 6 fresh slices of modern Drum and Bass from some of the most vital artists operating out of the long standing scenes newest wave of creativity.
- NBD -Schematic and Polaris
I could be broad and big this one up as a melodic roller but there is way more going on here, precise engineering and lots of layers make this one a blissful journey from start to finish accompanied by some nice bass arrangement, a tune that could work well on radio or the dancefloor at the right time.
- Now is the time – Marcus Visionary
Label boss and worldwide Jungle ambassador Marcus Visionary comes with a track that in my ears could easily be mistaken for a mid 90’s roller, a vibe that will always have a firm place in my sets and this one is definitely tarred with the same brush, swift trippy intro with vintage drums and nice vocal before the drop, and drop it does!
- From Toronto with love – Hungry T
This is my stand out track from the release, Hungry T has delivered something special here, this track is testament to the versatility of Drum and Bass, a really well produced track which ingredients consist of jungle breaks, Piano, Horn, diva esque vocal, and a warm 808 bass. Also the nice little touches and quirky sounds make this one a fine addition to Hungry T’s growing catalogue.
- Test Tube – Skaylz, The Junk-e and RMS
Label debutantes Skaylz and Junk-e team up with frequent contributor RMS to give us a slice of Virus inspired funk, Test Tube is a grinding morphing DnB roller with clinical drums, layered bass tones and moody soundscapes that are sure to twist up a sweaty dancefloor at 4am
- Distance – HolloH ft The Kount
Toronto duo HolloH team up with Montreal beat maker The Kount to bring us a slice of blissed out melodic DnB with a lovely deep big room filling bassline, close your eyes and drift away, this one will take you on a journey that is ultimately satisfying.
- Badman – Artifice
Rounding of the package is Artifice who is taking no prisoners with this one, definitely aimed at the peak time side of things this one is relentless, expertly layered breaks lead us up to a terror of a bassline sure to keep things moving on the dancefloor, and of course accompanied by Artifice’s trademark meticulous editing techniques, a fine track to finish up with.
All in all a fine release not afraid to cross boundaries and a stellar display of what Canada has to offer to the world of Jungle Drum and Bass!