Dutch producer Inova employs a slick range of sounds in “Cruelty” spanning darker, heavier music, and enervating, uplifting melodies. The EP as a whole continues the intriguing gravitas of Inova’s music, and while it sticks well within the confines of drum & bass and future house, it does it well.
The seven track EP is a pretty solid ride, sticking to generally fast BPMs throughout. There is a mood present that conveys something deep, heavy on the horizon of great importance. “Cruelty” shines in the varied ways it delivers this message and the subsequent feels.
Take the intro track named after the EP itself. Opening with beautiful violins and bells, it builds up an atmosphere of massive energy. The choral chanting adds to this as twinkling chords give way to a massive drop.
Echoing chants continue going into Brave accented by bursts of thunder and a very addictive hook and drop. My personal favorite, Burst, is full of high energy drops and streams of futuristic synths.
One of the most interesting cuts, Lift Me Up, breaks away from the sort of darker moods and sound and flips them upside down. This is the album’s bright and bouncy track, with a speedy drum & bass drop, soothing vocals and relaxing shamisen-sounding chords.
There are moments where the songs seem to blend. Both “Grime” and “Paradise” came off to me as a bit generic, with “Paradise” being the better of the two. “Cruelty” closes out with “Dedication” which gets back to a more dance centric space, but still with heavy atmosphere and some very nice vocal chops.
Cruelty is a great listen for fans of Inova and future house/bass music with some great “pump-up” tunes, that also feel worthwhile and moving.
Two legends, DROELOE and San Holo create a masterpiece with “Lines of the Broken (Ft. Cut_)
[Future Bass:] Lines of the Broken (Ft. Cut_) – DROELOE & San Holo
When San Holo & DROELOE, two major forces in their own right, together create something epic and magical. “Lines of the Broken” with vocal blessings from Cut_ perfectly balances the soft, dreamy vocals with powerful drops and bass, accented by starry twinkling plucking synths *chefs kiss.
Check out Inova’s “Disowned” a future house jam with haunting piano chords and synths.
[Future House:] Disowned – Inova
“disowned” by Inova comes in heavy with dark, subtle vibes that make the track almost seem haunting. A melodic piano chord accompanies hard synths and dark house overtones that lead up to the first drop. The vocalist conveys equally haunting moods singing:
When I’m standing near you I can’t get my words out like I fear you Being in your shadow, how you magnetise While you’re lighting fi-i-ire
Tchami’s remix of Justin Martin’s “Stay” is the old Tchami many of us fell in love with back in 2013.
Stay (feat. Dalilah) [Tchami Remix] – Justin Martin
It’s hard not to dance to this banger of a tune from Justin Martin, remixed by Tchami. “Stay” with vocal assistance from Dalilah, just as the lyrics explain, knows what we need. This song is everything we need. This is the Tchami that I fell in love with in 2013 after hearing classics like “Go Deep”, “Promesses” and his remix of French Montana’s “Shot Caller”.
The blurred lines between future house, big room and ambient chill-out music bring back memories that I thought were locked away in my mind from almost a decade ago. I feel happy to have them return and can’t help but smile when I listen to this tune.
Bassboy’s “Thru Your Mind” hits all the right notes, jazzy, snazzy and an all-around good time.
Thru Your Mind – Bassboy [New UK Garage:]
Just the pick me up I needed for today. Bassboy delivers with the smooth as butter, snappy upbeat “Thru Your Mind”. A simple vocal hook is spliced and diced to a snazzy bassline and four on the floor beat. The result is calming and effervescent, coming off with a vibe of house chic.
Easily danceable, “Thru Your Mind” hits all the right notes and more. Be sure to check out Bassboy’s recent live set from Meister Drop-Ins and Save the Night below.
Dirtybird’s Scavazza drops the “Shake Your Hearts – EP” with two slick original tracks and a remix from Harry Romero.
Dirtybird has been busy lately. Doing numerous live sets throughout the week, recently Scavazza and Harry Romero played an enjoyable set to help give all of us stuck at home something to bop to. Scavazza opened with his recently released track “Shake Your Hearts” which couldn’t help but immediately catch my ear.
The peaceful repetitive piano/synth lulls you into a deep trance. The vocals chanting “shake your hearts…” possess a very Santigold feel as the track builds before the bass creeps in.
The music video seems to have been simultaneously released, and features a bit of political commentary. Scavazza is watching the news on TV, which is filled with anxiety-producing headlines, mainly coming out of the United States, and the Brazilian DJ has had enough, turning it off to go spend time outside, on the beach, in the company of real people.
Also included in the EP are the tracks “Hey” and Harry Romero’s remix of “Shake Your Hearts”