Wilkinsons reputation as the National D&B Awards Best Breakthrough Producer is snowballing and gaining momentum with every turn. His latest single comes neatly packaged with a trio of remixes, where Cyantific flies the flag for team d&b.
Afterglows intro builds with a poignant piano piece, with Becky Hills powerful vocals kicking in followed by an unassuming nostalgic jungle beat, all before the initial drop. Now comes the booming bassline beginning, and we hear the full extent of the precision production Wilkinson has become famed for.
You could be forgiven for thinking you're part of a messed-up dream when listening to Annix's new track. Haunting and harrowing breaks with a jump-up vibe that will keep the dirtiest of floors sinking low.
The jewel in the crown comes from the sparsely used vocal sample.
There is absolutely no questioning the production values on any tracks on this EP, but however good these pieces are, I cant help but feel a little bit bored of this techy, hard-hitting, fast-paced sound.
For an artist to make an impact within this ever-popular sub genre, they really need to do something very very different. Sure-fire hit, however, with a massive amount of heads still lapping it up.
Dark Manoeuvres are still in the infancy of their life as a label, and at only their fifth release are showing promising signs of pushing some beautiful music. A light and floating flute tune worthy of Zeldas pipe begins the intro and continues throughout, before dropping into an understated drum pattern and a laidback chanting vocal. The entire track is draped in a magical feeling haze, which accentuates its mystifying allure.