This week, we are very excited to be premiering music from a label where quality is paramount; we are still peeling back layers of CNVX’s mysterious shell over half a decade since it’s conception. The label has been releasing it’s enigmatic and emotive brand of Drum & Bass under the supervision of Kid Drama, an artist Instra:mental in the dnb scene both by name and nature. This time around, it’s Oliver Yorke’s turn to take centre stage.
The title track ‘Touch’ features Amy Kisnorbo, whose elegant vocals guide us through the transition from the intro’s stuttered bass stabs, to the flowing sub bass of the drop. The softened half time beats are complemented by twinkling background tones, while the ominous rumble of the bass line maintains the tracks darker edge. The second drop ramps up this dark energy, as Amy’s vocals gain some subtle sharpness and the bass begins to growl.
Next up ‘Union’ begins with an air of calm and relaxation that brings something of an aquatic nature to the tracks mood. The high pitched, softly drawn out notes couple with the measured bass drum and enveloping pads to start the listener floating along their journey. The serenity of the track is then disrupted by the distorted bass line, which creates a tempestuousness within the sound. The storm is gradually tamed in time for the breakdown, before returning for one more bout of blissful turbulence.
‘Camino’ is the first of two collaborations with the as yet unmasked Heron Flow. The half time drums take the lead in another stripped back, but this time much more menacing, intro. What sound like dulled, distorted organ notes introduce each flex of the bass line; while subtle high hats set the pace for the rest of the track’s numerous elements. This track definitely has a very complex, yet organic feel to it that is represented throughout this sonically refreshing EP.
Finally, ‘Saffron’ begins with some inquisitive tones and a more populated drum break. The bouncing bass drum and crashing snare combine atop uplifting pads to create a positively emotive arrangement. A switch then comes via the introduction of wobbling mids along with the withdrawal of the high notes, immediately amping up the track’s aggression. After a brief calm during the breakdown, both sides of the track’s identity meet in a juxtaposition of gentle hostility.
This rounds off an EP brimming with musical passion and emotion. Truly intelligent Drum & Bass.