Through their various musical projects, both Optiv and CZA have forgotten more than most producers learn in a lifetime, and bring a unique set of skills and experience to the production boards. In exactly the same way as with the Cause 4 Concern output, their duo work is technical, professional, funky and exciting. On the Journey Inwards EP, they take the listener on a voyage of discovery, across this world and beyond.
The title cut is an expansive, wide scale introduction to the EP, with an ambient-like opening chord structure, which floats around the track before dropping down into a rocking, crunching main section which blends dynamic drums with pounding bass pressure. The overall package is one which screams; ‘this is a tune for the ages’. Seriously amazing.
Feel your way through I Feel, with its alluring intro, cascading drum line and dirty, tearing b-line. Optiv and CZA put their all into their productions, exploring corners where others fear to tread. This is obvious on this track, which takes more unexpected twists than even the best detective novels. Immerse yourself in their music, for guaranteed satisfaction.
I Can Hear Myself is up next, which opts for rolling breaks and punchy low end notes before some seriously warped bass explodes into view. The variety on show on Journey…, shows that Optiv & CZA succeed in whatever they turn their hands to, resulting in an indispensable selection for any DJ.
Can’t You See is the emotional, involving closer to the release. Some amazing retrofuturistic key work is paired with some well positioned drums, before the female vocals feel their way in. There are some classic elements to the composition, especially in the drums and pads, but this is still very much 2013 drum & bass.
The Journey Inwards EP is quite simply stunning. Get involved in some seriously good music right now.