dBridge & Skeptical
Move Way EP
R&S Records, 2013
Review by Kent Manthie
Darren White is a busy guy. He’s been making music uncontrollably for some time now. This, the latest release by White, using a new alias (he’s also been known as “Velvit” for some of his intense techno/house jams), “dBridge” and he also teamed up with Skeptical, a like-minded partner in this venture. The two have worked together in the past so they picked up right where they left off and put together three songs that make up Move Way, the new EP out on R&S Records. The three songs consist of one, the title track, two, a wicked D&B cut, “Death of a Drum Machine” and “Plain To See”.
While the project is essentially White’s, the man called Skeptical puts his quarter’s worth in and adds a splash of bliss to the title track. As for the other two songs – “Death of a Drum Machine” and “Plain to See” he goes it alone.
The end result is a dance-trance wild ride through the jungles of drum & bass, something that may sound dated, but, to tell you the truth, I am a sucker for drum & bass. It’s never gone out of style to me. Of course, I have a huge variety of musical tastes and it’s actually been a while now since I’ve heard any D&B. But, just hitting the play button I was transfixed, taken back to those heady nights in the mid-late 1990s, when one of my favorite albums to get lost in was New Forms, the double-length masterpiece by British club fave Roni Size (w/Reprazent) the 1997 CD that I used to listen to all the time. In fact, I remember catching his act (along with a gaggle of DJs in tow and special guests) at San Francisco’s Maritime Hall, just a few blocks north of the downtown area.
Getting back to Darren White now, Move Way is a short but sweet mixture of the slick, groovy drum & bass cuts and some jungle thrown in for good measure. On the title track, the song begins with a sampled bit of speaking by a Jamaican-accented man, telling a short autobiography of sorts, which then goes straight into the crisp drumming and assorted effects – it really gets you going. A real smooth operation. The sampled talk is sampled more throughout the six minute tune, re-edited and/or using shortened splices of it. Behind it all, though, that groovy drum/cymbal rush keeps a steady backdrop.
“Death of a Drum Machine” is another roving, ecstasy jam that makes you dance. You can’t help yourself, you’re spellbound, held in sway to this wicked suite. It starts off with a sampled cut from Public Enemy (“Too black/too strong”) and with the ethereal atmosphere behind it, a non-stop drum freak-out keeps it going.
If you’re interested, check out more on R&S Records’ website, www.rsrecords.com. -KM.