Sunday, March 09, 2008

Trust In Music

Here’s a lil’ focus on the Berlin-based Drum’n’bass-imprint Trust In Music that has been providing a series of releases since 2006 – those not only holding quality music but a very unique and CI artwork by Matthias Schurkus as well that could easily stand the test of time within an art related context - and is coming up with two new 12“es for early 2008 these days. 006 is Rregular & Dementia’s double A-side „Sludge Tunnel / Overcast“ – first mentioned a prime time tool for all followers of so-called NeuroFunk that comes with a gnarling bassline, slightly nervous drums and various flickering synthstabs that are responsible for a ravey attitude that’ll surely work on the worlds dancefloors when a hype crowd is around. „Overcast“ on the flip will be regarded as sure shot for late night sets as it provides a deep dreamy athmosphere alongside stripped down but still driving beats, techy midrange stabs, uplifting subs plus slightly balearic guitar samples and filtered vocals. This description might sound cheesy to some but for sure it ain’t and is about to raise some hands in the air instead due to its anthemic feel that also people not involved into Drum’n’Bass can relate to. Defo a nice one.

Proktah’s „Disruptor“ on 005 starts out as athmospheric, epic tune and even features some guitar-sounds that set expectations high to develop into an high voltage rave massacre but flips into a heavy, tool’ish NeuroFunk-track after the first breakdown that relies on a few modulated synth-lines flickering through from time to time, those paying respect to early electronic pioneers as Vangelis or Jean Michel Jarre without being cheesy at all. On the flip we see a N.phect relick of Proktah’s „Apprentice“ which is as functional and well-crafted as we all know and like his solo-tunes on other labels.

A different piece of cake is the 2007 released Trust In Music 004, that holds Martsman’s „Kontamin“ on the A-side which is kind of a stepper but not as complex as the releases he is so well appreciated for. The warped, bleepy bassline on top of monotonously looped beats is the main dancefloor factor here while a abstract melody provides a `troity feel – not an easy one for sure and hard to play out in yr everyday rave. Some of a similar kind is his remix provided for Hamburg-based producers Deo & Matik on the flip. Their tune „Boulder“ is rearranged here with a sense of abstraction that easily leaves 4 or 8-step patterns behind and thinks things in a way beyond what is expected from a tune these days.

Regime’s double A-side „Physical World / Salvation“, also released in 2007, is on a more trancey, melodic tip though and combines this with the sound of technoid Drum’n’Bass. Whilst „Physical World“ is remixed by Adam Form here and e.g. well fits to Qbit’s pieces on Drop On Request 003 and the likes of to give an idea of what’s dealt with soundwise, „Salvation“ on the flip provides a nice piece of deep, athmospheric NeuroFunk-flavored music that surely works out well on dancefloors when they’re not full on hyper but shortly before that. A track that let’s punters breathe a bit before they’re hit with the next massive smash. 002 seems to be gone so there’s no reflection on that at this time but with their very first release of 2006 the Trust In Music crew well proved that they exactly knew what they’re up for. On the A-side we see Nursa feat. Ignite’s „Smashed Mirror“ which is a thrilling, ravey piece of Drum’n’Bass fusing straightforward beats with a kinda clowney bassline and a few scratches, vox samples plus short, tricky breakdowns that push the whole thing even more – seems like there some HipHop-influences involved here which is fine. This one might still work floors of day as well does Nursa’s relick of Cymon’s „Cribbs“ on the flipside, which unveals the producers’ JumpUp-influences and even features some horn signals firing up the rave posse.


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