The highly anticipated release of ‘Andy Skopes – True Chord Redux (VIP) / True Human Emotion’ on Utopia Music is finally upon us! Andy Skopes returns to the Jungle after not releasing since 2011, thank goodness he is back, and what a way to return!
Opening with beautiful lush pads, peaceful atmospherics in ‘True Chord Redux (VIP), the drums kick in with a knowing nod to the classic days of Goodlooking Records. It is evident by the energy in the breakdown that something special is upon us and with one last breath it drops and we are immersed in a wonderful world filled with soothing bass pressure and rolling snare movement. The drum sequencing on this is mesmerizing! Inspiring to say the least, such detail, restraint and finesse with each hit. I would go so far as to say that this is one of the definitive choppage tunes of our time alongside ‘9th Hand by Breakage’. The complex layers of atmospherics are just out of this world! Taking the original to the next level while holding true to its themes, this VIP numbs the mind while feeding it with lush movement, vibes and rhythm!
True Human Emotion increases the intensity, Sitar drones, Think Break shuffles and Mentasm stabs build as we pre-empt the drop, with that drop the fire is a light! Smashing distorted Amens, perfectly placed switches smoothly transition the ends of each bar so naturally! Filter swept breaks, flanged rolls cutting through a background of dramatic strings and eastern instruments. The intensity is resolved by a peaceful breakdown, an almost profound moment of realization occurs, like a shift in global consciousness. The second drop keeps this momentum until the final breakdown builds into a rise of suspense, ‘We are the God’s now’ signals a return to darkness. Modern jungle at its finest, taking the classic future sound of Metalheadz in the 90’s and bringing it back to the for-ground! I cannot help but feel grateful to hear music like this coming out again, there is nothing like the power felt in the Jungle, and this is one of those moments nothing can compare to!
Andy Skopes sets the bar very high with this release, and it has me very excited to hear what he has in store for us in the future, the question remains whether this sound is still relevant on today’s dance floor, but that is not as important as freedom of expression and exposing different sounds to a new generation. Welcome back Andy and massive respect to Utopia Music for putting out one of the finest releases of the year so far! This one will be played many times to come!
Release Date: August 5th