Style: Drum & Bass
Release date: 16/01/12
Regal Records have been introducing top quality drum and bass with their first five releases - and now comes their long-awaited first EP. ‘The Crown Jewels’ features new blood and familiar faces. Exel, from Exeter, is one of the new recruits alongside long-time label friend Tomek N from London and a special collaboration from Pdex & Retrospekt, who hail from St Albans and Cardiff. Livewire, from Stroud, is back following his debut single ‘Don’t Let Go’.
Exel starts off the EP with ‘The Hitcher’, a no nonsense affair that gets straight to the point. The shrieking lead invades your ears, moves your body and shouts for more. It’s original, simple and hugely effective:
Track number two is ‘Biography’ by Tomek N. The space-age effects and dreamy piano chords take you to a beautiful place, creating a crystal clear atmosphere for those shivers-down-the-spine moments:
Third in store is ‘Dizzy’ by Pdex & Retrospekt, the first Regal release to feature a video. This production goes back to the roots with a strong jungle influence and raw electro sound. It’s eccentric, slightly crazy and like nothing we’ve heard before:
We finish the EP with ‘Hotline’ by Livewire. Tense strings keep you on edge as the sense of unpredictability slowly rises until; finally, the gritty low end comes sliding in to give you a rude awakening:
With these four tracks, Regal keeps the bar high, bass low and beats pristine. ‘The Crown Jewels’ launch the year in dazzling style; expect more young up and coming talent very soon. Regal Records have big things in store.