Ed:it’s Journey Through Deep Drum N Bass Turns Off At New Junction
Posted by Ben on 23rd October 2017
Ed:it has always struck me as underappreciated within the drum n bass scene. It’s not like he hasn’t been around long enough either; his first release landed in 2010 and he’s been pushing his sound through Dispatch, C.I.A, Critical and Shogun Audio, amongst others, ever since. His brand of sound is deep and thought provoking but not arrogant or pretentious, with enough proper substance for home listening but enough pure heaviness for the dancefloor.
He signed exclusively to Shogun Audio in 2015 and brought out his Pathways EP last year, including an incredible track with MC Linguistics and some wicked artwork. Now, he’s back in 2017 with his Junction EP and it’s 4 more reasons why Ed:it shouldn’t be overlooked, all of them dripping with a new level of production finesse.
The first track in a release is important because in this age of Spotify streaming and 30 second attention spans, a forgettable first tune can often mean the second and third don’t even get a listen. A benefit, however, is the incentive for artists to innovate and create something ear-catching, something fresh that ensures the release is given a proper chance to shine.
Ed:it’s The Junction accomplishes this task with a roll of its eyes. Far too cool to worry about anything other than itself, The Junction is stylish, sleek and underpinned by that percussive skittishness Ed:it tunes always nail so well. Absent vocals, this tune would be a lesson in minimal forcefulness but perhaps needing an injection of panache. With the vocals, Ed:it has given a hefty nod to the deep end of drum n bass in sublime fashion, blending tones in a juxtapose of light and dark that knocks you out whilst simultaneously tending to the wound.
Rollers, rollers, rollers. If drum n bass fans received a quid every time they heard that word we’d all be millionaires, but it just encapsulates this side of the drum n bass sound so perfectly. Case in point: Nevermind It. Dark, crunchy and unstoppable in its flow, this one’s a relentless knocker that forces your thoughts into a groove of its own making. All good rollers need a standout snare drum, a box purposefully ticked off here with a snare that sounds akin a giant’s finger click. A truly murky tune.
Ed:it has said he heard Lady Soul earlier this year and wanted to “show what she’s capable of”. Well, that’s been accomplished, as her vocals sit above Wander Away with haunting ramifications for an already ghoulish instrumental. Another example of juxtapose except this time at a slower tempo, Wander Away packs snappy drums over a more subdued back end with bass wobbles that echo up the range. The result is a subtle, edgy track that hits you with the energy of a darker cut but manages to still sound wholesome, melodic and musical.
Finishing off this bonkers EP with a bang is Kovacs, a tune custom-made for small spaces with sweaty ceilings, a tune that’s weightiness instantly fills a room and furrows your brow. It’s the best bassline on the EP, full of lift and constantly on the rise, constructed with a complexity that hits you simply and completely. It’s drum n bass to the letter, a 2017 worthy incarnation of the style that burst out into the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s great to see Shogun embracing this sharper edge and Kovacs is a superb ending to their latest release.
Buy it on iTunes now.