2017 Feb 12     
2 Bit Thugs

The Leipzig-based producer serves up two uber-deep gems for Plush Recordings

For their 99th release, Plush Recordings serve up two ultra-deep half-time D&B cuts from Leipzig-based producer Boca Hunor Lehel, AKA Heatwave.

On the A, Sunburst opens with lingering, sweeping synth chords and an insistent, metronomic tick, before introducing the cavernous stepper's beat. The equally hefty bassline follows said beat closely as mournful strings conjure an air of thoughtful melancholy, with this mood and sound palette then maintained for the rest of the track's duration but for a mid-section breakdown that slowly, and briefly, filters in some faster rolling breaks.

Flip it, and Tenacity is an ever-so-slightly livelier affair that opens with sparse, steppy beats, gentle synth washes and glitchy, scrape-y sounds, before bringing in similar hard-hitting, technoid kicks to those on the A. Here, though, they're paired with a more sinuous bassline, while multiple layers of atmospherics serve to give the track a tense, moody feel overall, its disconcerting, dystopian aesthetic complimented by another higher-tempo breakdown with robotic, ring mod-like sounds.

Fine stuff that'll do Plush's rep no harm whatsoever as they gear up for the 100 release milestone.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 6 February



Review Score: 8




Tags: Heatwave, Plush Recordings, D&B, DnB, drum & bass, drum n' bass, halftime, half-time, minimal D&B