Static – Something About Nothing [Retrograde Sound]
Posted by Adam on 21st July 2014
Flexout Audio presents a new sister label ‘Retrograde Sound’ and to kick things off they have jumped straight in at the deep end with a full artist album from Brighton DJ & producer Static who has already had music out on Med School Music, Flexout Audio & Soul Deep Recordings so you know the standard is going to be high.
The album kicks off with ‘Got That Feeling’ which is a collaboration with Frank Carter III and sets the mood for what is to come from the rest of the LP with jazzy Rhodes and saxophone riffs and smoooooooth vocals.
Following on from this gentle introduction Static teams up with Drifta (who he also collaborated with on ‘Perception’ which featured on New Blood 013) to give you a quick jab in the jaw with some old school flavours and weighty bass.
We’re then taken back to the soulful side with ‘Run For Shelter’, another collaboration with Frank Carter III, ‘In My Life’ with is an atmospheric half time beauty with an undeniable 80s feel and then what could possibly be my favourite track of the album: ‘Empty Galaxy’… Check out those drums!!
Next up is another melodic “hands in the air” treat in the form of ‘Will It Be Ok?’ followed by the down tempo ‘This Mountain’ before it’s all change again and we’re fired back onto the dancefloor with the jungle inspired ‘From The Past’ and, another personal favourite, ‘In The Stories’.
Coming towards the end of the album now and tracks 10 & 11 again demonstrate Static’s love and ability for making some of the best liquid Drum & Bass that I have heard in a long time and then rounds it off with the rather epic ‘Catch Me’.
This is honestly one of the best albums I have heard all year and considering that Retrograde is a brand new label and the sister of a label that, whilst well established, is still a relativey small fish in a big pond when you consider that they are are going up against labels such as Hospital and Shogun which makes putting an album of this quality out even more impressive.
To conclude: Buy this album, it will make your life better.
Release date: 11.08.14