1/ The Launch.
3/ Ex Machina.
4/ Freash Air.
5/ The View From Space.
6/ Jazz Club.
7/ Colours Shifting.
9/ Right Now.
10/ Back Home.
Drum & Bass production house, Red Alfa Records unveils their very latest album, with the spotlight falling on mainstay contributor Samhain, introduces his brand new twelve track album, 'The Launch'.
We are first taken into the stratosphere with the title track, 'The Launch' which effortlessly sets the tempo with it's adrenalising combination of razor sharp, 2-step breaks, thunderous bassline and electrifying synth riff. We switch the tempo on 'Mettle', which first eases the listener with it's soothing Detroit style pad intro, before morphing into a heavyweight breakbeat number, complete with rasping mid-range stab pattern. 'Ex Machina' up next brings us back up to D&B speed with it's fusion of 200mph breaks and electrifying synth line.
'Fresh Air' drops a little bit of bleep and bass into the mix with it's infectiously catchy synth riff set to a minimalist breakbeat and acidic frills before we are introduced to the hand-in-the-air anthem that is 'The View From Space', which delivers a massive uplifting melody accompanied by hyper-kinetic beats that'll be guaranteed to get the crowd moving. 'Jazz Club' captures the same vibe as classic John B (circa his New Identity/Beta Recordings releases), with it's fusion of crisp breaks, gentle flute melody and double bass lead.
Samhain shows that he isn't afraid to inject a little bit of feelgood, vocal house into the mix with 'Colours Shifting', which incorporates gorgeously ethereal female vox over soothing pads, before things go a touch darker with the menacing 'Equals'. A blistering two-step drum & bass number with a mid-range riff to die for. On 'Right Now' up next we are carried away on a series of rolling breaks and FX-ed vocal notes, backed by an undulating bassline and twisting leads.
'Back Home' offers a contrasting blend of heavyweight, tear-out beats and synths paired with emotive, symphonic strings to create a perfect balance between the rough and the smooth. The contemplative 'Eden' takes us on a serene breakbeat excursion accented by gentle, Oriental strings before the album goes out with a "BANG" with the industrial tinged, neuro belter, 'Apocalypse'. A track that could easily soundtrack the end of days.
If your musical tastes crave for highly polished and versatile tracks, then Samhain's magnum opus here will easily satisfy those cravings. Get this in your collection and Into your mixes A.S.A.P.!!!
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