With heads like Noisia, S.P.Y, Lenzman, and Friction already dropping exclusive cuts from Gerra & Stone’s Polarism, there’s no denying that this long-awaited debut looks to be the biggest release of the year for Dispatch Recordings.
Having risen through the ranks over the past five years with releases on imprints ranging from Ram to Dispatch, the UK-based duo are known for their jaw-dropping ability to knock out vocal-driven soulful cuts in the same breath they can crank up the heat with some tech-driven smashers. The album is the fullest realization of that rare combination of vision and skill as the duo turn in a whopping 16-track narrative that explores the full range of emotions that drum & bass as a genre is capable of unleashing.
With collaborators and guests ranging from the ever-impressive emcee Visionobi to Peta Oneir, Jordan Jr. and pianist Stephen McCleery, the album not only conjures up visions of the golden age of drum & bass but has its sights set firmly on the continuing evolution of the sound as well.
For all its shape-shifting, head-twisting intensity, it’s bits like this dancefloor burner “Blank” that we’re premiering below that hits us right where it hurts. From the sweeping atmospheres and apocalyptic dirty funk at the core, this one is the perfect warm-up for the full LP, which drops on the general public September 8. Can’t wait? Lock in direct from the Dispatch site for an early release date of September 4 here.