Wickaman & Sudden Def – The Way Things Were [Titan Records]
Posted by Adam on 8th April 2013
2012 saw A.M.C’s Titan imprint truly flourish, embedding itself into the D&B landscape like it’s been there since the birth of bass. No DJ’s record bag, CD wallet or playlist was complete without at least one Titan release… Usually more!
Guess what? 2013’s going to be an even noisier year for the label. And it all kicks off with this firing double-header from Wickaman and Sudden Def.
No strangers to the dark art of rave heritage, the duo – previously spotted on Ram’s sister label Program and J Majik & Wickaman’s Infrared – have concocted two noxious jungle brews that will bruise dancefloors well into the warmer months.
First up is the snarling sonic shock-out ‘Way Things Were’. With vicious stabs firing from all corners, it’s an electrifying homage to the old school, beefed up by the headspinningly satisfying bass techniques the duo have shown on previous releases. Spurred by chest- punching double kicks and a mesmerising sense of drama, ‘Way Things Were’ is a celebration of the old and the new done in the way only Wickaman and Sudden Def know how.
‘Pay For Blood’ follows, and there’s no letting up in the energy stakes. Referencing D&B’s late 90s chapters – early Virus, Bad Company, Ram Trilogy – it’s a steppy adventure into the dark style as pneumatic kicks drill the tune deep into the dancefloor and distorted, crunchy bass grumble with an eerie sense of melodic prowess.
Two crucial peaktime bangers to kick the year off… And a demonstrative statement of intent from the mighty Titan Records. Make no mistakes, 2013 is going to kick off!