Enei / Eastcolours / Noel - Cracker / Danger Dance / 12"
Cracker / Danger Dance
Critical Music marches forward, tapping into yet more new talent for 2011 resulting in an absolutely filthy D&B excursion that has had the likes of Andy C going ballistic for it. Hailing from Russia, Enei, who has already bagged himself an exclusive album deal with Critical, Eastcolors and Noel may be familiar with a few but with this release they look set to cement themselves in the collective consciousness of drum & bass aficionados the world over. 'Cracker' is rough, rugged and very, very raw. Ultra-tech D&B could be the term to use as the trio of producers come together to deliver what could possibly even be one of Critical's biggest releases to date. Full of sick mid-ranges, snapping drums and sneaking subs, this one is cold, dry and full of funk that'll have people full-on skanking around clubs until the early hours. Absolute gold. Enei then goes it alone on the more experimental 'Danger Dance', that intros with a sparse arrangement of stalking pads and fx that set the mood of unrest. In bounces a low-slung bass and it's away we go on this gorgeously glitchy, 808-laden ride that sits perfectly alongside the likes of Rockwell and indeed Critical.