It doesn’t take even a second glance at that lineup to assert premonitions that Utopia Music’s forthcoming 12″ is something to look forward to. The fifteenth single in the label’s modest and yet esteemed back catalog sees label boss Mako team up with two of the imprints finest exports on the A Side; Dispatch don DLR expanding his horizons since going solo and Field’s returning from excursions on the likes of Med School. While it’s that track that’s really got people talking, that’s not to take anything away from DLR’s solo offering, Bridge the Gap, on the flip. In fact, he takes it on more than admirably with a steam train intro, gut wrenching bass stabs galore, and even harder hitting drop. His trademark dash of warped vocals in the intro and the lead synth’s faltering rhythm, as if transmitted from the furthest galaxies, sum up his impressive attention to detail while he still retains a healthy funk amongst the science. Cut static accentuates the rolling drum beat delightfully. And yet, Old Soul is quite simply just the cream of the crop….
Mako’s future soul and DLR’s second to none sound science team up with Fields’ mischievous experimentation and stomach jumping bass play; coming together like the answers to an androids aspirations for a melancholic, heart tugging piece of neuro funk that’s still not without it’s snarl. A soulful vocal snatch introduces floating atmos and the tracks easy, relaxed drum break as Old Soul slowly rises through twinkling pianos, their delicacy juxtaposed by the serrated gristle of the synth bass. Never once rushed, it drops in subtle stages amongst a range of drum and synth edits, only really reaching a crescendo almost two minutes in as an impish melody twists just off beat enough to really bring something extra to the mix. Fully defining it’s space age setting during the bleeps of the breakdown, the feedback soaked drum hits provide a nice contrast before it’s second drop fully delivers on the teasing vocal snatches that have been weaved throughout. Evoking the sensation of finding something you didn’t even know you’d lost, they open up subtly, just a couple of extra words making enough difference to give one of our stand out tracks of late it’s final modest flourish. Highly reccomended.
Catch Bridge the Gap around 28 minutes deep into in DLR’s Drum and Bass Arena Mix below. In the mean time, take our word for it and pick up Old Soul/Bridge the Gap on pre-order from Redeye Records now.