Usually when people talk about Colombia, they think of a caribbean beach full of lovely women and one or two drug lords that control the area. But to be honest beyond the usual thought of this country, its capital city Bogotá is considered as the Drum & Bass capital of latin america as you have 2 to 3 parties every weekend and plenty of producers feeding the colombian DnB culture way far from other countries nearby, only compared with the Brazilian scene, with the difference that most colombian producers sound to Neurofunk and Technoid instead of Liquidfunk or Jungle. “Must be the cold weather and the rainy days that shape the sound some say…”
From the depths of this urban jungle comes out Brain who is one of the top notch producers bringing to the table a really creative perspective on Deep DnB with his brand new release for the infamous UK’s label Dispatch Recordings.
Roadview EP is a title in tribute to his past tour (having the chance to play on different stages in Europe) which gives the name to the first track on the release. Witha very spicy intro full of outer space sounds that take you straight to the drop, a roller coaster with a main wobble that slowly evolves thru the track, you really can feel the road vibe as according to Brain the song was composed while was traveling on a train.
The next track is a blast beat, clear intro with a filtered lead loaded into a pumped bassline on the drop. After a couple bars comes in a dark synth which reminds a bit of back in the day Phace tracks. Temp File is a name that reminds me to clean the cookies out of my pc and also takes me on a digital journey with its broken sounds that makes it one of the best tracks in the Ep.
For the third shot we find Reencuentro a Deep slight cut, which gets you back in time with old school percutions lead by a straight ride that guides the drum beats marching along filtered bass lines that sound like machinery in movement. And then the break makes you feel a trip straight to the void. Already a banger played in the Noisia Radio show this week.
Next comes a massive tune that gets you to another world with a main guitar riff and a powerful drum set on the intro. then comes in a sick bassline that pays tribute to the song name Envelope. And the bass keeps opening and opening thru all the track, really impressive work on the sound design. Definitely my favorite track on the record.
Closing the Ep is Techy a deep roller in its major form, full of wobble basslines, lead synths that open their cut off slowly thru the jam and of course a sub bass that holds all this brick wall of sounds along with the drums. Really gets to shape close details in most of the textures of the track.
With an emblematic artwork for the cover representing himself during the trip, this Ep is one of a kind on Dispatch’s catalogue and probably Brain finest release at the moment.