The latest release from well-regarded Lyon drum and bass imprint #ImpactMusic comes courtesy of one of its most long-standing contributors, the Lons-le-Saunier local #Drumcatcher. Having explored a lighter, liquid-leaning sound over the course of recent releases on esteemed labels #Fokuz and #Celsius Recordings, the French producer returns to darker sonics with the Get Them EP, reminding listeners that he’s equally capable of crafting brooding steppers.
The four-track project opens with its titular offering “#GetThem”, which finds ethereal pads quickly giving way to an infectious rap topline and a swelling drop, garnished with abrasive basslines and atmospheric, delay-soaked percussion. Dominated by sonorous sub bass and skippy rhymes, the track marks a new direction for the talented DJ and producer, serving as one of his heaviest cuts to date. Next up, “#JungleSpirit” – as its title suggests – channels old-school junglist influences. Invigorating, patois-tinged vocals, sampled from #RaggaTwins member #DemanRockers, sit atop brassy impacts, choppy breaks and distorted basslines to make for a rugged, rave-ready number.
On “#AllAroundMe”, #Drumcatcher is joined by Lyon’s #Horde for their second collaboration following last year’s #DataTransmission-approved link-up “#TasteMaker”. Opening with a soulful, poppy vocal, the song builds up to minimalist, rolling climaxes, its hearty, resonant basslines offset by skittering percussion. Seeing off the project in style is “#FeelIt”, a funky creation centred around gravelly, modulated basslines and decorated with luscious guitar licks and flourishes of jazzy brass. Testament to #Drumcatcher’s versatility, this showcases yet another of his musical capabilities, reaffirming his status as one of drum and bass’s most innovative all-rounders today.
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