Viper Records – Teddy Killerz & Synergy – Smooth – [Review]

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‘Viper Records’ has been consistently feeding our dnb sonic habits aggressively so, harvesting well diversified sounds and A1 curations from their lair. This brings us to this special collabo which comprises of producers who’ve covered a lovely scope of bass variety. That being the hefty ‘Teddy Killerz’ as well as the duo ‘Synergy’, on a tag team vibe thing getting on the track at hand, ‘Smooth’.

The track’s intro goes off on a sinister tone and a stabby bass build-up, but peaks into a rather playful stepper groove with an adequate amount of bounce to keep you steady at your feet. Also complementing the production is an evocative and well arranged vocal that licks at your sonic pleasures whispering the words ‘Hey keep it Smooth’.

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BFTR Interview: Brookes Brothers

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It was June 2011 when their self-titled debut album, Brookes Brothers [Breakbeat Kaos] was released. This year, Liquid D&B’s favourite siblings have at last dropped their much anticipated sophomore LP titled Orange Lane courtesy of Viper Recordings. Talks of it have been buzzing for quite a while. Us here, at BFTR, deemed it necessary to interrogate one of the brothers, Dan to take us through this impressive and iconic release in order for us to grasp as to why it is undeniably amongst the best Drum & Bass releases of 2017.

BFTR: Let’s start with you guys explaining to a wondering fan out there the reason why Orange Lane LP had to come after six long years. Like, was this part of the plan or…?

Daniel Brookes: We didn’t really start properly writing the album until 2014! It was finished and mixed by early this year but then towards the end, we had some setbacks with regards to tying it all up…

BFTR: So, how long did it actually take to start and finish the whole album; from the first, up until the last track? And, what does it signify for the Brookes Brothers?

DB: Probably a bit too long. Definitely at least a couple of years although we do have a lot of leftover material to work with…

For us, the project is about moving in new directions without changing our core ideas, and to try & push the genre into places it hasn’t been before. It sounds clichéd but we always want our albums to be listening experiences rather than a collection of club material. And then, it’s about making it work as a whole.

BFTR: What are you hoping to achieve with it, besides the album being merely just another hot Drum & Bass release?

DB: It’s quite experimental in many ways. Ultimately, we want our fans to really enjoy it whilst hopefully appealing to a new generation of music enthusiasts. We wanna encourage a more artistic approach to DnB albums. Drum N Bass is more than just club music. Super-distorted club music is great on a mad Friday night but, we wanted to tap into that Monday-morning market too 🙂

BFTR: The list of featured artists herein has contributed towards creating and giving life to the album obviously. So, in just a few words and in any way, how has the whole collaborative experience impacted you be it as a duo or individuals?

DB: Yeah! It definitely adds an extra dimension to the album. It helped us to develop whilst adding some other colours and vibes to our music. We’re self-taught, and had some help with the vocals on the first LP so it took a little time to learn the best ways to deal with layering and mixing vocals; overseeing vocal sessions etc. We learnt a lot!

BFTR: I see Danny Byrd was rightfully included as well, coming through in ‘Climb High’ which is one of the notable bangers in here. We’ve seen a number of hits you guys cooked up together in the past, how does this tune compare or differ from the previous ones in terms of how you see it?

DB: It’s always great having Danny on board- we see it as an extension on our previous collabs though, I think this one is a little different with the use of breaks over the usual heavy hits sound. It’s always fun, and a challenge to keep us all happy.

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BFTR: Give us just three of your favourite songs on the album… Go!

DB: ‘The One’, ‘All About You’, ‘Waiting Right Here’.

BFTR: I’m also curious to know as to how you guys became Brookes Brothers, the artists/producers including; how you guys got into the genre; all the way to the musical influences behind your unique sound… Shoot!

DB: We were born and raised in London and DnB was always a thing. We went from nutty skateboarders at 16 to keen ravers in our late teens- hitting most of the DnB events like Movement; Ram; and Swerve, catching the night bus home at 4 in the morning. That’s when we discovered a bunch of artists that we connected with, and we could hear the beginnings of something fresh. Eventually, we persuaded our mum to lend us some money for an early Roland Fantom, and the music started from there. We always had a wide array of musical influences, and over the years we’ve tried to incorporate as much of that as we can into our work. We think individuality is paramount in music so we always focused on pursuing our own creative path.

BFTR: You’ve been dropping tunes since 2005, and have ascended with consistency to be ranked amongst the titans in the D&B music scene. What was life like before all of this?

DB: Very different! Anyone in the music industry will tell you what an unpredictable journey it can be. We’ve been lucky I think. We have some higher power looking out for us. Life before this, hmm! We were living with our parents in Lewisham tryna convince them we weren’t just wasting our time smoking weed upstairs in the studio. Phil was working for the News of the World cold-calling, selling ad-space for lingerie, I think. Thankfully, our parents had a feeling we were onto something and gave us encouragement and room to develop our abilities.

BFTR: As for the future, what’s to follow Orange Lane? What can we expect from this point if I may ask?

DB: We’ll go wherever the journey takes us… We want a steady output of material over the next 12 months so, we’re gonna make that happen. Some more basic dance floor stuff too, as a fun album break. There are some collabs we’ve got planned. We wanna continue to follow our own path and gain new listeners and fans whilst pursuing what we feel is the right direction for us. We’re on a really positive energy now and are experiencing more and more freedom as artists. We also have two remixes coming out: for Tieks feat. Chaka Khan; and Kamille feat. Avelino.

BFTR: Lastly, are there any parting words you guys would like to share with us maybe? It can be anything really.

DB: Big thanks to you guys for the support, and anyone reading this who has supported us over the years. Much love X

 

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Words by: Tsheola Asavela

Viper Recordings – Brookes Brothers – Orange Lane LP – [Review]

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Finally! It’s been a long time coming… the long awaited sophomore album, Orange Lane by the Brookes Brothers has met its D-day at last. This special release also marks Viper Recordings’ twentieth LP thus far, and the duo’s twelve years of being in the game.

 The Orange Lane experience can be defined in simpler terms, as an immersion of Soul and Funk; Disco; in a sonic setting that’s progressively artistic throughout thirteen tracks and a handful of talented artists. With an exception of just a few joints, the LP is packed with awesome collaborations. To name a few; there’s Pierre Da Silva (twice) delivering his impactful lyrics done smoothly; Charlotte Haining’s angelic mesmerism; and ShezAr, another song bird who’s featured in ‘Flashing Lights’ with Bossman Birdie dropping a verse. ShockOne makes his appearance right at the top; respectively titled ‘The One’– introduced with a cinematic atmosphere before that iconic “Brookes Brothers sound” distinctly marks the spot. It’s quite a lively, colourful production of sorts (and un-skippable really) ranging from chilled and mature stuff, to Liquid jams for summer days. An epitome of panache through the futuristic experimented with the most soulful of elements. Some of the tracks even display this with impressive transitory switches in them, e.g. ‘All About You’ and ‘Waiting Right Here’  which follow each other. Can’t forget the serious bangers and chart hits like ‘Climb High’ with Danny Byrd; some ‘Now I’m Found’; as well as the uplifting and triumphant feels behind ‘Carry Me’. About two months prior to the release, ‘Moving On’ dropped as a tantalizing teaser, and track 5 herein. Thing is, much more can be said about Orange Lane LP but words aren’t enough, only feeling is. Rest assured, these guys come with the new without even slightly veering from their renowned style of production.

This album not only continues to shape the duo’s artistic signatures and achievements or an advancement as musicians but, it’s also significant of that moment of epiphany reminding you as to why you love D&B. Undoubtedly destined to be amongst the greatest album of its kind. We give Brookes Brothers a Raver’s salute!

Words by: Tsheola Asavela

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Viper Recordings – BMotion – Passenger – [Review]

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The crew over at Viper have done some digging within their roster and pulled out one of their trusted selections in the form of South Wales hailing BMotion. As he follows up on his previous release, remixing the favourable work of Moby on a track called “A Simple Love”.

BMotion showcases he’s newest work, a track titled “Passenger”, which strikes a chord as it’s a trip back, inducing the 80’s with it’s 8-bit construction, but not entirely immersing you in the chirpy, rattles of 8-bit. The track fills up your sonic thrill with an adequate slab of a beefy bassline that permeates the entire song while the vocal chops flare about, animating the atmosphere. BMotion’s take on how he infuses certain elements not often sought after, sparks interest in how he sculpts his sound should definitely be under your radar!

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Viper Recordings – Brookes Brothers – Moving On – [Review]

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Viper Recording’s 118th release is courtesy of one of the greatest duos in Liquid Drum & Bass, the Brookes Brothers. ‘Moving On’ is the first single from their upcoming album (due in October) titled Orange Lane which comprises of thirteen tracks in total.

As much as it is a groovy joint that will have you moving to its tune, the message that is evident in the powerful yet soulful vocals is about the breaking of ties with somebody once dear, and focuses towards moving on with one’s life sadly enough but, the instruments point towards it being a good thing in this instance, for they sound positive and jolly in a way instead of being said and depressed about the matter. Now, coming to the production itself, it’s great to notice that the brothers are still consistent with their one-of-a-kind signature sound found in their past releases. An ideal and perfect example of this can be found in their classic, basically self-titled album, The Brookes Brothers (Breakbeat Kaos) that came out in mid-2011. With that said, ‘Moving On’ too has all the playful activity, as much as it has all the Soul/Funk expected from D&B’s favourite siblings. It would be a conspiracy if this number fails to make it to the charts.

We reckon that this single is merely a glimpse of the advent of yet another D&B classic album, and a definite collector’s item for the fans. It might probably or arguably be also Phil and Dan Brookes’ best project to date judging by the high anticipation this album has built.

Words by: Tsheola Asavela

Viper Recordings – Moby – A Simple Love (BMotion Remix) – [Review]

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‘A Simple Love’ is a single by the Electronic/dance music legend, Moby and it’s derived from the album These Systems Are Failing (2016). Now, the Viper artist, BMotion has tweaked the single to cater for the D&B world with his remix of the tune.

The original is quite a listening feat on its own, and is something that blesses the ears and soul… BMotion’s rendition opens up with an uplifting, out-of-this world soundscape then shortly Moby enters with a vocal note then it pauses to allow some time to lead to the drop. When it does, it is a likewise, also something of an up lifter; on a 1-2 Step beat; hand-in-hand with Rock-styled guitar synthesis that leads the track and providing the melody as well, just like in the original but of course, faster in order to match up with the D&B tempo. In a nutshell, the track has a balance between retro and spacey feels, and BMotion made sure that it never lost the essence of the original edit.

What’s to like about the song is its energy mostly, not forgetting a touch of inspiration. And, with all that’s going on in it, the production is quite smooth, clear, and mastered to perfection. I guess BMotion is one artist to start looking out for beyond the scope of this beautiful remix.

Words by: Tsheola Asavela