Revisit the magic in Feint’s 2016 single “Words” with Laura Brehm
Words – Feint | Drum ‘n Bass
I’m a big fan of drum and bass, so I was already vibing when Youtube Music shuffled to the dancefloor tinged “Words” by Monstercat regular Feint. The 2016 release opens with powerful drums, ambient synths, and vocal blessings from Laura Brehm. The drop and flow are closer to dance BPM than traditional drum and bass, providing the perfect amount of head nodding rhythm.
Be sure to check out more from its compilation album Monstercat 029 – Havoc featuring appearances by Marshmello, Pegboard Nerds, DROELOE, Jauz, San Holo and several Monstercat label acts.
Shoutout to the Sleeping Dogs video game soundtrack which showed me some of what Ninja Tune (the record label) has been up to with its own dedicated radio station within the game.
The equivalent of an Asian Grand Theft Auto IV (with a little to be desired in the driving department) Sleeping Dogs was originally released in late 2012, but was given away in January 2014 on Xbox Live’s servers for Gold Members as part of their “Free Games” promotions.
The game is pretty fun, playing as undercover Hong Kong PD cop, Wei Shen, but what surprised me even more was the soundtrack for the game (which only plays while driving usually), for a game released in late 2012 Square Enix chose several songs that were WAAAY before their time (I wish I’d played this game sooner, I wanted to too when it first came out!)
The Electronic radio station “Ninja Tune Radio” features artists such as Emika, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, Bonobo, Plaid, Flying Lotus, Two Fingers and Stateless. I am still analyzing the Hong Kong Hip-Hop/Electronic station (HKLUB) which features many local Hong Kong rap groups and DJs.
Either way big ups to Square Enix for their soundtrack choice in the game, which really surprised me to be honest. Their audio department gets a cookie, most def.
“Amazon Rain” is a beautiful track that builds a melodic overtone throughout the song getting stronger and climaxing midway through. If you don’t have time for the lengthy though ear-pleasing build-up that lasts around 4 minutes skip to about the 4:30 mark where the drop crescendos into intense energy. It certainly makes me want to move, and feels great for driving or racing (but leave it to the games, please).
Just about as unique is another deep cut from B-Complex that is just as atmospheric in its melody and complex in its beat structure with haunting vocals is “Broken Windows (feat. ill-esha)”. Check it out below – https://youtu.be/FlXOzqNJkm0