Various Artists: Sine Language (Subtitles Music)
Released 16th September 2013
After a bit of a breather, Calyx & Teebee’s own imprint Subtitles Music is back in the game with an exciting compilation by the name of Sine Language. Featuring major players from the underground scene, it makes for a perfect overview of contemporary D&B. So, if you’re familiar with artists such as Xtrah, Break, ASC, Seba or simply like to dig deeper than Beaport’s chart topper stuff, then this might be the release you’ve been looking for writes Favio Overclock.
For more than a decade now, top tier acts like of Noisia or Spor (AKA Feed Me) cut their teeth in the Subtitle camp, building a solid reputation throughout the years. Now this much loved label delivers a juicy selection of no less than 25 cuts in the digital version and four limited edition 12” singles, that has already receive praise and support from Shogun Audio’s Rockwell. This is predominantly a murky affair, however there’s room for a deep sensibility charge as Seba’s Under The Sun or Mark System’s Goodbye For Now My Love reveal.
An absolute must is Break’s End of Time. It’s been an extraordinary year for the Symmetry Recordings chairman, with epic releases such as Music Is Better in his own imprint, but this time he shared the love with Subtitles as he sent them one of his finest to be featured in Sine Language. Basically, this is Break in full flight. Expect his signature beat programming and atmospheric breakdowns. It’s all there.
Metalheadz-signed duo Ulterior Motive brings us a stripped-back business with Gang Rule. With its growling bass line and snappy snare drum, this straightforward roller doesn’t mess around. Check the official video here.
TeeBee’s classic track Human Reptile receives a fearsome rework from the man himself and his brother-in-arms Calyx. Keeping most of the original bass line and pads intact, a far more tight and aggressive beat has been tailored for this mix along with extra layers of ambient sounds and minor melodic tweaks. Those who still prefer the rougher feel of the original need not to worry though, as a remastered version has been also included in the compilation, making it available for the first time in digital format.
One of the very few disappointments is Guardian Angel by the more often than not flawless Chris SU. The allegedly emotive vocals by Fedora fall short in their attempt to provide any real sense of depth and the overall sound is too generic to stand against the usual top notch productions and remixes from the Hungarian DJ.