Kicking off with a brand new series ‘#Back of the stack’, we’ll be catching up with artists in the scene every 2 weeks reminiscing on some of their favourite tracks from back in the day. No real rules, just sharing some musical knowledge and reflecting on the past.
This week we’ve caught up with G.H.O.S.T, a relatively new trio of producers based in London, making some seriously good Drum & Bass. Let’s see what these guys had to say….
Kemal and Paul Reset – Kontempt (Underfire Records)
‘Its always difficult settling on one tune, feels like I’m neglecting all the others that I love! I suppose the way around it would be to just briefly mention a couple other throwback favourites like Stakka and K Tee – Bad Influence or Ryme Tyme and Trace – Move VIP or Breakage – Ruff Dub, but thats probably cheating…! So i’ll stick with Kontempt, I’ve been having a bit of a nostalgia fest with this era recently. I love the doomy mood/atmosphere that the pads and incidental sounds create, always loved the no nonsense drums and the darkness of the bass, and I will always remember who I was with and what I was doing when I first heard it!
JMJ & Richie – Universal Horn (Moving Shadow)
It’s really hard to pick one tune that I would say is my favourite tune or is in the bag every set as I have so many that I love for many different reasons and also every set is different.
I would say a track I have been playing a lot lately is JMJ & Richie – Universal Horn, released on probably one of the most influential labels to do drum and bass, Moving Shadow and produced by one of the guys from Ez rollers and both involved in parallel world (that one that came out on Good Looking)
The intro pads are so deep and emotional like your under water or in space, then that horn/Japanese string instrument comes in and this tune gets ridiculous! (Hairs on end) Fully sets the vibe for the tune.
Nice tight rolling breaks on the intro before dropping with that big sub bass and incorporating the apache break.
This track pretty much has everything I look for in a tune, good contrast between light and dark, well used samples and Apache breaks.
It’s way too difficult to pinpoint one track as being THE favourite so it’s safe to say this is one of many favourites that somehow jumped to front…
‘Threshold’ ticks many boxes for me and it can be played to pick up a set as well as give it space to breathe…from the ethereal pad that swirls around creating some soft tension to the straight stepping drum beat on to huge bass stabs tearing through the middle… The added percussion gets me every time and I don’t think you can fault the second drop either!