This incredible three track from Leeds duo Redpine & Solo is a triumph of production, each track with its own distinct vibe still working beautifully with the rest of the EP. Their third release on the eclectic London dance imprint Studio Rockers, it follows their four track ‘Hindsight’ EP which was put out four years previously.
Time 4 Change is more cohesive genre-wise in comparison, giving the impression that the artists have found their focus whilst maintaining the underlying style in the new work. All of this topped off with equally impressive artwork from fellow License to Jungle resident, and Metalheadz design go to LD50.
The first offering and title track ‘Time 4 change’ is doubtless the rave destroyer of the three, taking it from a dark halftime introduction to a powerful amen drop, punctuated with moody dub vocals and dirty fx. This one has all the gloom and anger of a ‘Homemade Weapons’ production but with a more dance floor and mix friendly arrangement, perfect for the tease in and heavy switch up on the drop. The clarity of the production hits you immediately and is upheld unflinchingly across the whole release.
‘Nebula Two’ creeps in with warmth and serenity from glittering synth pads, dropping into a steady cascade of powerful breaks awash with emotion from the accompanying melodics. This is the kind of intelligent take on jungle that evokes a really deep reaction in a way I wish I could hear more often, and in relation to these elements would associate it most with production similar to the likes of early D Bridge with the detuned synths and driving drums.
Though I’m hesitant to pick a favourite from these three, this one has a really unique feel to it and leaves me in no doubt that these guys have honed the skills to continue with this demonstrated consistency of production.
The final track ‘Echo Chamber’ for me, is reminiscent of Commix’s Underwater Scene in vibe and structure, with a trancelike progression of evolving drums, begging with an airy hypnotic rattle, then making way for a punchy switch up of the snare, all the while underpinned by pulsing sub bass and guttural aggressive sweeps.
The dark jungle scene is kicking off these days with some truly great artists flooding this niche in the spectrum from labels such as Rupture, Repertoire & Samurai. But rarely have I heard such a pristine balance of emotional and technical elements as found with this release. My knee jerk reaction to draw a direct comparison with the work of two of my favourite artists says it all. This huge level up in quality from Redpine & Solo has me screaming for more already and will no doubt have many listeners seeking out their solid back catalogue of tracks and mixes.
I’m sure these guys will have no shortage of serious labels knocking at their doors once this is out, getting the attention it deserves and will inevitably receive.
You can purchase the EP right here.