Wright & Bastard: DUST LAYER LP [Beatlistics]
Release Date December 22nd 2017
Cat No Beatalistics008
The contrasting visions of a name like Wright & Bastard, alongside his soulful, melodically manufactured sounds add a layer of mystery. Living in Leipzig / Born out of Annaberg-Buchholz, the producer has pulled together a style of drum & bass which has become a resounding part of the European club circuit. And he has been working on this next release with the upmost precision, drawing out a selection of his most pivotal tracks to deliver a full spectrum snapshot of his musicality, pushing himself into a fiercely competitive circuit whilst proving he can stand against more longstanding artists.
The ‘Dust Layer’ LP (Album) brings together thirteen, ground breaking records which signify the next steps for Wright & Bastard. From the echoing electronic chambers of ‘Virtual Rainbow’, to the orchestral pitches of ‘A Bit Like’, his careful track listing may be your first introduction to the outfit, but it’ll be a starting point for a blossoming love of his music. ‘Behind the Smile’ draws from a gradually built intro, fluctuating between drawn out, dainty beats, switching the tempo down for his second offering. On the other hand, ‘Divided’ follows beautifully keyed note patterns despite channelling the same tempo and ‘Fused’ pushes forward on distorted metallic percussion with pulsing bass stabs. ‘Clara’ stretches across a darker soundscape, stepping carefully through its scrupulous engineering. ‘Falling’ and ‘Don’t You’ are just as mysterious in their detonation, flowing through shot after shot of contemporary electronic channels. Up next, ‘Change Your Thinking’ and ‘Lost Brother’ continue the LPs (Albums) high-reaching standards, with crafted hooks that filter throughout their mixes. Then comes the collaboration with Dreadmaul and Epidemic; ‘Splinter’ has a hip-hop lead breakdown which draws out growling, grimy vocals, juxtaposing its forerunners. ‘Mainstream Subculture’, ‘Heavy’ and ‘A Bit Like That’ wrap up the album’s entirety, punching through with stunningly articulated sonics.
An especially diverse album, Wright & Bastard open up and expose the skills he has at their --> his disposal. ‘Dust Layer’ represents yet another step in his rite of passage and it points towards the direction he'll be moving in following years of perfecting his art. And it certainly highlights his relentless drive to the top