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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.
Release/catalogue number: REG006
Release date: Jan 16, 2012