Nurtured Beatz Recordings has been shining light on the deeper side of drum and bass since it was launched back in March 2013; the head honcho’s Kalm and Spindall have been bringing forward raw underground talent on to the label such as Kolectiv, Genotype and Incognito (to name just a few) for our listening pleasure.
The London based label’s latest release is again from fresh talent M-Soul & S27, the Belgian duo have had music previously on Flexout Audio, Proximity Recordings and Halogen Music all of which keep a mature style throughout each of their tracks spanning across both 170 and 140 BPM’s. Their single landed in our inbox ‘What Matters The Most / Self Awareness’ and it drew my attention straight away.
First ‘What Matters The Most’ begins with some tense atmospherics before the bass drum thuds into action building up into a drop that delivers sub low bass with a simple, yet so clean and big sounding drum beat. This roller really stands out in the mix, DJ’s are sure to enjoy this one which I’m sure will have hands pounding club ceilings for a good while to come.
The back side to the single ‘Self Awareness’ (which features Cult alongside M-Soul & S27) takes a turn to a half-step beat, showcasing their capabilities again as no one-trick ponies. Self Awareness draws us in with eerie soundscapes in the intro which then drops into a murky bass line giving a really deep and dark vibe. I really like the switch ups and little edits to keep to the swinging & moody rhythm of this track… Definitely one for the heads!
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So, there is my little review of this single trying to give a bit more insight into what it’s about. I, for one, have fully enjoyed these two tunes and am now eagerly awaiting more music from the Nutured Beatz crew and M-Soul & S27 – great work guys!
Words by: Jack Carr