The name L Plus comes laden with expectations of expansive areas of soundscape, rave-reverberating bass and precision-strike drums. Plus detailed attention to musicality and a never-lapsing surge of energy.
This EP delivers on these expectations to the max. Jailbreak brings controlled aggression as a suspenseful chord pattern interspersed with drive-by shots of bass sets the scene. Then there’s a multi-stage drop, first delivering us into a pressurised container of bass and kicks, before a further build leads us to the addition of punch-to-the-solar-plexus snares. This is heavy, heavy, unrelenting stuff.
And talking of heavy stuff, the next track is, aptly enough, One Tonne of Bass. A wide, swirling, big room intro shimmers into view. Then the eponymous vocal sample signals a drop down into straight-up head-nodding grimy funk. The heat keeps rising as the bassline modulates to give each sixteen bars a character of its own, giving the dancefloor a proper workout.
Then Arcade brings something for ravers to love and producers to envy. The chirps, bleeps and melodic patterns of eighties gaming are recreated and woven into twenty-first synthesis in a way we haven’t quite heard before. This musical shoot ’em up is an addictive exultant joy that screams out to be pulled back and played from the top.
Things are a little darker in the dystopian city conjured up by Snitch. There’s a technoid paranoia in the air, brought on by an approaching insurgency of low end. The drop provides no relief as sparse beats leave the bassline free to fill the space with interrogation-room oppression.
This EP proves why L Plus tunes are a constant fixture in the sets of well-informed DJs. This is creative rave music set to blaze on raves and airwaves alike.