Cravings don’t come much stronger than the need for good Drum & Bass… One record label whose been satisfying addicts habits with the highest grade output over the last few years is Addictive Behaviour. They are a label that is steeped in the ethos of working hard alongside established names as well as bringing forward new underground talent.
A name that keeps popping out with some seriously well engineered music and tying in perfectly with said ethos is Nami. Hailing from St Petersburg, Chatkin Alexander has been developing and pushing his sound this year. With releases on Syndrome Audio, Med School Music’s New Blood LP as well as previously working on an offering with Addictive Behaviour, for their Rotation Part 2 compilation LP. This, however, is the first solo EP from Nami. Galaxy Swimming a well rounded 4 tracker that showcases elements from across the DnB spectrum.
Never Can Say
Opening the EP, we are eased in with some melodic pads, slowly layering in filtered drums and a distorted vocal building towards the drop which hits you with an array of deep bass stabs and tight percussion sure to do damage to any dance floor. Well structured and dynamic throughout, this is an excellently crafted lead track from the young Russian producer.
Nami brings us in slowly on this again, with the atmospherics rolling nicely into the drum loop and gradually the underlying bass line emerges you are dropped into a sub low pulsating bass loop. If you’re bass face wasn’t already in full action, it is certain to be so when that break kicks in. Vicious Cycle is a straight up monster of a tune which is sure to have all the tech heads slapping walls and throwing shoes for a while to come.
Chatkin works with fellow Russian producer Black Barrel to produce the third offering on the EP, it is a tried and tested formula, having previously collaborated before. They deliver a slightly different vibe on this one. Going in from off, the intro has us hooked with the crispest of drums which build then drop into a funky arrangement of bass stabs and synths. Unrelentless throughout, this groovy roller has to be one of my favourite of the 4.
Rippling soundscapes, rises and subtle synth keys come together to create a tense atmosphere in the intro, giving the listener not many clues as to what is to unfold. Chatkin drops us in deep on a glitched out stepping vibe, taking us on a journey through drum & bass space and time. As Galaxy Swimming progresses through, you can’t help but stand back and appreciate what an amazing piece of music this is. It just keeps getting better every time I listen to it.
From start to finish this whole EP is top quality, it is outstanding diverse work from Nami. Addictive Behaviour keep moving forward with more and more quality releases under their belts. We here at In-Reach cannot wait to hear what they, and Chatkin have in store for us next.
Nami – remember the name!
ABREC019 is due for general release on 23rd December, however, you can cop it early via the Addictive page on Beatport (link above).