Lifestyle Recordings is a label of quality and integrity. Bringing you releases from a whole raft of names, all of whom have made a major impact through their music. With a philosophy to bring atmosphere and depth to the surface, Lifestyle has developed an edge, and a following deserving of their efforts.
Their latest offering is the Progression LP from Kreed. The Cardiff native originally came to prominence through his winning of the Lifestyle summer LP remix competition in 2011. Still not out of his teens, he has now produced the Progression album, showing off his versatility and passion, and the reason Lifestyle were so keen to sign him to their label.
Soul Tape, which opens the album, ranges from old skool hip hop to postmodern bass music, switching styles with ease. Older heads will love the incorporation of some classic samples, with an authority which belies Kreed’s young years. He moves through emotional, evocative terrain on the dub-influenced Get Brisk, before evoking dBridge and the Exit movement with the
DnB Dojo “Great Album, Minimal Funk”
Naibu “Very Nice”
Drum&Bass Arena “I’m a D&B head 4/5!”
NakedBeatz Blog “Cool album really deep and sinister ”
The spacey, introverted Guerilla Funk follows, keeping in the vein of minimal, bass driven music, where the lower reaches of the mix dominate. Kreed is a master of layering elements onto each other, resulting in a full, also cinematic soundscape.
Jazz finds its place on Progression through the garagey Inspector Slim. As much 1960s Harlem as 2000s London or 2010s Cardiff, tracks like Inspector…demonstrate Kreed’s range and depth as well as the variety of his influences. The electronic pulse of the surging, driving intro of Zulu Shenanigans is maintained throughout the track, trading off with a meandering, diverting melody. You won’t have to dig too far to find the movement of the track, as it makes its way slowly across your synapses. Be transported to Hong Kong or Tokyo with the timeless beauty of Low End Culture, which nods to Photek and Raiden whilst remaining resolutely Kreed.
Ninja Ninja Blog “sounding incredible. Proper diversity on this album”
Drum & Bass News.NET “I love the vibes coming from this entire release. Deep stuff going on here, and each tune still maintains its own unique flavour.”
Kreed, and Lifestyle have made an album for the ages. Expect to see this one high on many year-end charts, as this is one record which will simply change your life.
DJ Support for this album includes: Naibu, Mufler, Eavesdrop, Hyrogliphics, Kolectiv, Freeze, Stunna, Jaybee, Target, Vivien Bass Island, L.S.B, Mista Noize, DBR, Conflict & more.
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