Nu: Logic : 'Morning Light'
Its been a while since i’ve graced the dens and depths of drum and base clubs or nights. As a young lad at 16, (Blue Peter presenters do have lives outside the wholesome joyous nest of Childrens TV) me and the lads we sneaking into Birmingham’s premier underground night ‘Flashback’ at the world famous Q club. My bright eyed catholic gaze at the time had never seen anything like it. Lads and ladies dressed in fluorescent garments, pupils dilated and chewed cheeks like a lion salivating at the prospect of eating a young gazelle. It was round the time when Jungle and DnB were massive. I remember the lads asking if wanted to come along, and and me pretending i knew who RatPack and M Beat were (Later i would realise M Beat’s track with General Levy 'Incredible' would shape a considerable part of my school and adult life)
The Jungle rooms in the club were unbelievable i had never dance with such vigor my body had never moved like that to so many BPM’s in its life. The DnB room gave me more rhythm and bass than i can ever have imagined. I started getting into LTJ Bukem and Goldie in particular. Bukem’s almost spiritual progressive approach cast a spell on my ears, with a jazz like quality that just drifted effortlessly. We all know ‘Horizons' and the importance of that track in drum and base. Goldies ‘Inner city Life’ crowned him as one of the godfathers of the movement. I’ll be honest im not an expert but when i hear a good tune i get my head round it and never stop playing it for about a week or even more.
This brings me ‘Moonlight’ by Nu: Logic DnB producer brothers Dan Gresham (Nu:Tone) and Matt Gresham (Logistics). Boy oh boy the is a banger. Excuse the colloquialism but sometimes plain english wont do. This taken from the Hospital Records website :
“Morning Light” starts the 12” with a flurry of twittering birds and murmuring atmospherics. Calm and mellow from start to finish, this blissed out track pairs pattering drums with cooing vocals for maximum effect, whilst guitar strumming and sub-heavy upright bass add weight and depth.
Over on the flipside we have the not-so-cuddly “Grizzly” which switches up the tempo and goes for the jugular with superb trigger-clicking, bass-ridden stabbing beats. The trippy tinkling intro drops swiftly into a raw and rugged affair and continues to menace right til it’s all over.”
Need i say more… get this in your collection and embrace beats of 160–180 BPM in your ears (if you don’t already) You know you want to. If the video above has given you a taster, check out the website by hospital records more more Drum and Base delights. As i said I’m no expert but i know what i like and i repeat this is a serious ‘banger’.