Wednesday, July 8, 2020
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Artist: Fathom Audio (@)
Title: Promises/Ridges
Format: 12"
Label: Diffrent (@)
Rated: *****
An interesting attempt of renewing drum'n'bass language by a partial drawing from episodes of the genre which came before the roaring years of jump-up comes from Fathom Audio, a collective project by Billy aka Dj Billion, Matt Sensible aka Sense MC and Fybe-One. This lovely release on Diffrent, forerunner of the so-called giraffestep movement (!), sounds like a yin-yang, whose white dot on black side could be "Promises", a tune based on the intertwining of a very dirty dark bass and weedy occasional drum beats with an high-pitched melody, a dovetail which sounds not so different from unforgettable first tunes by Photek, whereas the black dot on white side could be evoked by "Ridges", a "brighter" track built on synth wooshes, a luminous computational melody, a muffled female vocal sample (turning into a pleased whimpering...) and an entrancing harp-like pulse. Fathom Audio built a sonic knick-knack which is going to mouthwater many dnb followers by wheeling dnb towards the boundaries with ambient-dub and folktronica.

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