For this week, the fix comes in the form of Meet Me at Bandos by Trax Haven.
Given how UK drill’s distinct, atmospheric production has transformed the hip-hop scene both locally and internationally this decade thanks to it’s focused, surprisingly varied production formula, it’s a surprise that there’s not more club-influenced takes on the sound. There’s some edits here and there, but it’s the exception rather than the rule. Trax Haven’s compilation is a perfectly timed flip collection pushing those skeletal beats into something faster. It’s the variety that’s special – each track takes a completely different approach to its source material that sounds nothing like the previous one.
Sideswipe’s interpretation focuses on rhythm. DJ Flea’s take would fit well in an A.G Cook set, contrasting the moody verses with Eutorance-like synths and glitched out, distorted vocals. Joe Koshin transforms Digga D’s iconic ‘Woi’ into a throwback rolling jungle slammer. Nova Cheq’s contribution radiates tribal jersey club vibes, Casement’s distorted aggression demands movement and UIJ’s addition sneaks in a g-funk synth. But it’s STERLO’s contribution that stands out as the highlight. Every element in Tour De Opp Block’s arrangement seems to be fighting to decide what the pace is, technically complex and off-kilter. It’d go down very well in a footwork battle.
There’s a new wave of club music hovering around the 160BPM tempo amalgamating and twisting different genre influences into a brand new, exciting new strain of soundsystem weaponry. Meet me at Bandos is a slick reload package.