New In The Bag #14
It’s been a while for New in The Bag, but we’re back with another installment of fresh wax to keep your slipmats spinning, your fingers itching and your ears twitching.
Troy Gunner- Fools Gold/Heads in Hands/Dancing in the Leaves: First up, forward thinking label Mindset follow up Synkro’s amazing Look at Yourself Ep with a debut 12″ from a young producer from Bath, England, who’s been gaining a lot of dj and radio support recently, Troy Gunner. Fools Gold on the A side comes with a sparse two step rhythm in a really interesting arrangement with chopped, real to life vocal samples such as coughs and laughs, that are field recorded by Troy himself. The hooks melodic and enrapturing and combined with a stop start, experimental arrangement the tune always keeps you on your toes. The use of samples reminds me of ambient hip hop instrumentals.
Heads in Hands uses sliding pads and glitchy beats to take you away to a dreamy world, again made to feel natural by the recorded samples. The drop really takes you away as soon as this one hits and the drums keep you enthralled. It’s always nice when you get more for your money, and this particular twelve actually comes with a third tune on the b side, Dancing in the Leaves. This tune rolls and blends into a dance floor shuffler as it gradually progresses through pads, sub bass and twinkling melodies. Overall, an incredible debut twelve that’s successfully experimental and leaves you excited for more! Release date: 5th December.
Tokyo Prose & Phil Tangent- Parity/Rear View: Tokyo Prose, a duo that have been putting out creative tunes with nice vibes for a while now, have teamed up with Phil Tangent, hot off the back of releasing one of the singles of 2010 on Intalex’s Soul:R label, for this Samurai music twelve that brings a feast of soul to the table. Parity features a male vocal combined with soothing bass, gliding beats and melodic keys for a nice roller. Rear View on the flip is smooth and deep with a piano based intro dropping into a lovely, melodic liquid sound that’s subtle and yet unbeatable. Nice 12.
Serum & Northern Lights/Foreign Concept- Watch Out/Possessive: SGN releases this plate on December 12th to further add to the Shogun empire which has been steadily taking hold of the darker side of d&b for a long time now. Watch Out on the A side keeps it old school with 90′s breaks and stabs that create a nostalgic Renegade vibe. An hook that could be straight from the devils lair complements it all nicely for a true dance floor banger. My personal favourite, Possessive, on the flip is a hard hitting few minutes of darkness with a savage bassline, deep pads and roaming atmospherics for an ultimate roller.