‘Sex, Drugs, Lies, Alcohol & Video Tape’... The essential shopping list of every badman on every continent. It’s also the new speaker-slaying EP from Toronto terrorisers NC-17. Previously damaging dancefloors on the likes of Viper, Mac II, Allsorts and Renegade Hardware, here they make their Mainframe debut. Naturally each cut thrills, spills and kills in equal measure. Press play:
The title track leads from the front. Slick and sleazy, everything about it purrs: from the sub-saturated pneumatic kicks to Ray Uptown’s commanding lyrics. Stripped back with menace, it’s an instant show-stopper.
‘Sleaze Disease’ follows. Following up their collaborative work on Grindhou5e, NC-17 and KC join forces once again for an all-out neuro groover. Armed with crisp sound designs and processes that ooze paranoia, it’s a dark journey into the dancefloor’s deepest quarters.
Up next: ‘We Rolling’. Decorated with endorsements from Bad Company’s Maldini, this gritty roller has already achieved serious form. With an instantly distinctive bass hook and turbo-charged dynamics, it’s an instant knock out from NC-17 and good friends Qo and Korosiv.
‘42nd Street’ flips with demonstrative iciness. Igniting with freezing old skool synths, the spine-melting sensation is soon switched as we’re shoved rudely into a vicious, wasp- like middy bassline. Peppered with a classic Goodfellas sample, the message is clear: everyone takes a beating sometimes. And this particular time, it’s your crowd.
Finally we hit ‘Soldiers’. An instant stepback to jungle’s fertile formative era, it’s the perfect finale: sharp and subby, rough and rolling, it’s a robust salute to the very foundations drum & bass was built on. The type of tune your dancefloor recognises without even hearing, we guarantee some serious rudeboy reactions on every drop.
From classical references to cutting edge contemporary D&B, ‘Sex, Drugs, Lies, Alcohol & Video Tape’ is NC-17’s broadest and baddest release to date. And it comes courtesy of Mainframe. Enjoy.
1: Sex, Drugs, Lies, Alcohol & Video Tape (Feat Ray Uptown) 2: Sleaze Disease (Feat KC) 3: We Rollin (Feat Qo & Korosive) 4: 42nd Street 5: Soldiers
Date: December 16th 2013 Cat: MFR012EP