We’ve been relentlessly delivering music that is our take on bass music for a number of years now. More recently, in an effort to recharge, shame on us, we felt we had earned a couple of cheeky months off from output to take stock of what we had done and where are going next.
We’re now back, reset and refreshed, continuing to drive ahead with releases that strike that balance between serving the dance floor and pushing alternative sounds and mutations from the norm.
The current food chain of D’n’B, 160, and jungle with bass producers going rogue is both exciting and dizzying with multiple influences and genres feeding the sound. The scourge of musical self referencing that often seems to possess the drum and bass scene is on the wane, so, maybe for a brief moment, all is good in the world again!
Our roster of artists, as always, are encouraged to go mutant and push things forward yet give something tangible to the dance-floor if they can. That is exactly what our new entrant to Unchained, Josh Ainge, aka TROPHY, has done with his Preach EP.
Littered with fractured Jungle, Rave and Halftime, his four-track piece of work runs all the way from the melodic sublime in “Back to Me” to dusty half-time funk on “Wannabe” to outright hard 160 4/4 footwork-esque bangers with “Werk” and “Preach.” These last two are potent, diabolically fast and kick serious buttock.
With the past couple of years seeing Josh juggle the demands of his graphic design career against his late-night studio music production addiction, work has appropriately given way to the obligations of the 4am mix down. Now, having come up through the ranks alongside his close friend Samurai Breaks and with a solid spate of self-releases under his belt, Trophy is preparing himself for the leveling up stage of his career as a musician.