Where is the music? This might seem like a slightly odd question to be asking ahead of a brand new release, but take a moment and consider what Future Thinkin are asking. Where is the soulful music, which tends to the need in all humans? Where is the considered music, which shows off its art? Where is the real music, which speaks of human existence, and which reflects society as we see it. Where is the music? Here is the music.
Future Thinkin Records is back, with a new project featuring some of the finest cutting edge drum & bass producers in the game. Four new tracks, four new perspectives on what it means to make music, and be involved in the drum & bass scene. FT continue to straddle the well-established with the fast-rising and the local with the international. The Where Is The Music EP will take you on a trip, reminding you of why you got into the music in the first place, or welcoming you to the family if this is the first time inside the ride.
Taking the first watch are Minor Editz, DJ Fox and FT’s own first lady I-One, on the title track. That familiar FT feeling is in evidence right from the start, and as soon as the breaks come in we are off. The track wends its way into your heart and your soul, with warming bass and mid range effects, and I’s delicate yet soaring vocals add depth, soul and passion to the mix. This one is already booming across London’s airwaves and dancefloors, so catch the vibe.
dRamatic and db Audio do what they are best at on the rolling, lifted spirits of By My Side. Strings, breaks and sampled vocals are all poured into a classic-sounding mould of atmosphere and beauty. The timeless elements of liquid drum & bass are sometimes overplayed or misplaced, but dRam and db know exactly what they are doing, and love doing it. Allow yourself to drift off, close your eyes and open your heart to the possibilities of By My Side.
Stereotype adds the spectacular Not Soon Enough. Otherworldly beautiful, this slow builder of a track will take you far beyond this earth. Ticking beats, blasts of deep saxophone and considered sampling add to a bed of rumbling bass and silky synths. There is plenty of strength in the mix, with time taken to develop the tune, to enable it to enter your mind and never leave. Pure power for the cold months ahead.
Finally, Jazzsticks’ own Paul SG rocks up with Established Emotion. This one take things even further, containing some deft horns and jazz drum fills. Soon launching into a full arrangement, the cut shows off FT’s ability to identify a sure fire hit when they hear one. Slinking and sliding, but with enough bass to knock over even the most powerful system, Established Emotion works on so many levels. Feel the vibes, feel the flow, and see what is out there, if only you set your feet in the right direction.
Varied, expansive and all-encompassing are just some of the ways in which you could describe the Where Is The Music EP. Instead, just try essential.
Get The Where Is The Music EP from all major download stores on Future Thinkin Digital on 14th October.
Words by Gideon Thomas
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