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Bladerunner - Fusion

RAM Records on March 19, 2013 17:06

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    Bladerunner - Late Night Caller / Fusion out now on PROGRAM -

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    For our seventh release, here at the Program HQ we'd like to give a warm welcome to a true D&B don. All hail the mighty Bladerunner!

    The man needs no introduction… Guided through the ranks by jungle legend Ray Keith, Bladerunner’s innate understanding of studio science and deep knowledge of drum & bass’s rich tapestry is evident on every single record he’s made since he emerged on Dread Recordings in 2006. A sucker for the dark, razor-sharp grooves, his uncompromising sound can be trace back to an ear-opening Helter Skelter epiphany back in the mid 90s.

    Paying homage to this history and heritage, both ‘Late Night Caller’ and ‘Fusion’ carry the quintessential rave ingredients that drum & bass was founded on: energy, clarity and creativity. Incidentally, both have been absolutely caned by Ram head honcho Andy C since Bladerunner sent them to him last Autumn.

    First up, ‘Late Night Caller’. A bonafide rave blazer, it opens with a series of euphoric pads, lush piano strokes and heart-melting vocals. Then, just as you’ve set your watches to spine-tingle o’clock… BOOM: in comes a searing bassline, ripping through the mix, rising and rising with raw low-frequency fusion before cascading back down the tonal scale into deep, dark chaos. The beautiful breakdown allows for a momentary cause for rush-ridden reflection before the bass-powered drop ignites and carnage ensues at an even higher level than before.

    ‘Fusion’ showcases Bladerunner’s deeper, more pensive side. Armed with a palette of mournful minor chords, it’s almost as if the synths are weeping at his very touch. A wormhole bassline slithers into the fray, groaning a subtle Q&A over a relentless groove of crisp high-hats and chest-press kicks. A head nod to formative Ram releases from the likes of Origin Unknown, Ram Trilogy and Moving Fusion, look up the term ‘roller’ in next year’s Oxford English Dictionary and it will simply read ‘Fusion’.

    Two rocket-fuelled rollers, two more reasons to keep locked onto one of the most exciting new labels in drum & bass. Program are firing on all cylinders… And this is just the beginning!


    1.1: Late Night Caller
    1.2: Fusion

    Cat: PRGRAM007

    Released by: Program
    Release/catalogue number: PROGRAM007
    Release date: Mar 17, 2013


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