[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter 5 years of laying dormant, Function Records is returning with a bang! Earlier in the year Digital brought us the massive 12” ‘Respek Da Foundation’, in which we saw him team up with Response on the A side: ‘Silver Lining’, plus a remix of the classic ‘Deadline’ from the masterful Dub Phizix. This time around we’ve got 2 solo tracks from Digital and another collaboration with Response to complete another must have piece of wax.
Digital has burst back on to the scene in the last couple of years and has been conjuring up tune after tune, proving why he’s considered one of the greatest producers in the genre’s history. Fans of classic Digital (which is basically everyone) aren’t going to be able to resist this release with it’s signature Timeless Recordings vibe.
First up we have ‘Rejection’; a short burst of a soft amen break provides the backing for the drums on the intro, which are led by a powerful bass drum. The amen cuts out to make room for some clever samples, and just as we’re getting into a groove, the absolute stormer of a bass line comes in and knocks you off your feet. You better have a damn good excuse if you’re not moving to this one! The wobbling sub bass rings out as we move towards the breakdown before a vocal chants ‘rejection’, signalling round two of that junglist bass line.
Keeping firmly within the classic vibe, the next piece of fire is ‘Light Years’ from Response and Digital. I have to say I cannot wait to hear this one inside the dance. The rapid drum break flies by along with some ambient samples on the intro, and before you know it a vocal sample sets off the pumping bass line, which again has that old skool feel to it. Then, 16 bars into the drop the track finds another gear with an outrageous ‘Remote Control’ esque drum break which brings an element of unpredictability to the tune; this one is not typically arranged drum and bass track.
Digital shows off his diversity with the final track ‘Catch A Fire’ which is a weighty half time number. The intro is built around well arranged samples and pads alongside a vocal thats present throughout the track. The deep and dark bass line flows flawlessly from the intro and teams well with the slow paced drums, as everything comes together to form an interesting and extremely well produced piece of music.
This ones due to drop within the next couple of weeks so keep a keen eye on the Function Records website to bag your copy.
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