Sunday, February 3, 2013

Jukebox: EastColors - Murderer

RAM Records presents an interesting conundrum. On the one hand, you've got the main label (RAM), who tends to release good, standard-fare drum & bass. They've signed some of the biggest names in DnB, like Sub Focus, Wilkinson, Calyx & TeeBee, and Loadstar, and while they're stuck in a bit of a rut (as are most DnB labels nowadays) their releases are all still high quality and fun to listen to. On the other hand, though, you've got sister label Program. The new label, founded mid-2012, has far outshined the main label over the course of the past few months in this humble reviewer's opinion, and every single one of their releases has been incredible. Of special note is Chroma's "So Alone," one of the best tunes of 2012 thanks to its expert mix of subtle soulfulness and heavier dance vibes. It's a good example of what a label with few expectations can allow itself to do, and people all around devour every release from the label.

The new Programmed V1.0 EP should be no different, as it's chock-full of four incredible songs from producers like Audio, Paul B, and Nitri. Of special note, though, is track three, EastColors' "Murderer." At its base, it's a simple dancefloor destroyer with its heavy modulated bassline and thudding drums. However, underneath the surface (and present somewhat at the surface as well) is one of the best dark and heavy DnB tunes to come out in a while. While the vocal sample can get a bit grating at times, the song barely suffers because of how high-quality it is. It's wobbly, it's paranoid, it's subtle and it roots itself in your ears and doesn't let go. EastColors has created a massive tune here, and it's sure to be rinsed in sets all around the world in the coming months.

Stream a preview of the whole EP here, and/or buy the EP here.


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