Emcee Recordings describes itself as “a breeding ground for cutting-edge, scene-shaping artists” since 1999 and, DJ Melinki (Hastings, UK) is one of those artists with A New Horizon EP on offer this season.
The champion DJ comes through with an inferno made up of four blazing joints; and three cats contributing into the blaze namely; Damien Soul (U Wot Blud? Records); Demure (Dank N Dirty Dubz); and Richard Dower (Synesthezia Records).
The opening number is a hot steppa titled ‘It’s A Shame’, and spots a classic vocal sample that I recognised but, failed to remember who it belongs to however, I’m certain that some listeners will instantly spot it. ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong’ follows with producer, DJ Dower; as well as Damien Soul filling in on the vocals on this Liquid tune, and it has a dominant dark element, created by the dominating anger of the saw; accompanying the bass line however, the vocals balance things out with an addition of Soul. It is a song with a simple message that reflects on one’s own self as it goes, right until the nicely done end. Dower is also featured in the third track, ‘Long Way From Home’. It too is nothing but chilled Liquidness, with clean drums and an interesting play in the choice of instruments and sounds.
Finally, comes ‘Snow Drops’ which features all the way from Africa; the Zimbabwe native Demure, who’s also under the U Wot Blud? camp. It is actually interesting to see an artist representing the African continent in the international Drum & Bass scene and, a brilliant job was done completing this song. These two have a two-track EP released, and now they mashed up again on this closer which, can be described in three words as elevating; Intelligent; and utopic to sum things up.
Having to listen to Melinki for the first time in my life, I easily understood why he has such a strong reputation in the scene which includes; being the Hospitality and Valve DJ competition winner; as well as being featured on Mistjam’s 1500 Seconds of Fame and DJ Target’s ‘Junglist Soundclash’ of course.
The listening experience was indeed impressive in creativity and style and, we do recommend giving it a really good, thorough listen. For us, we will definitely keep a lookout for Melinki from now on; as well as the artists who contributed in the making of this EP.
Words By: Tsheola ‘Vagabond’ Asavela