Even while celebrating twenty years among the top tier of drum ‘n’ bass labels, Technique Recordings has hit another huge milestone. This release is TECH 200. That’s two-hundred singles and EPs which have helped make the name of a roll-call of contemporary DnB stars. Tantrum Desire, Document One, L Plus, No Concept, and many more have all been propelled into the limelight courtesy of Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s imprint.
So, it’s only right that the bossmen themselves deliver this historic release, ‘Last Forever’.
There’s an intro as silky-smooth and soulful as you like, with elegant keys and vocals blending into laid-back bliss, but the name Drumsound & Bassline Smith on the track tells us fireworks aren’t far away. As the track breaks down to it’s component parts before the energy ramps up towards the drop, it’s clear that creative selectors will be able to find all manner of ways to deploy this bombshell.
And then we’re hit with the straight-up savagery of the bassline. Less a foghorn, more an apocalyptic alarm-call, the evolving timbres tear through the atmosphere and draw ravers to the dancefloor like moths to a flame. With Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s trademark break-laden layers of drums keeping things rolling, this is going to do serious damage wherever it’s dropped.
Cleverly, whether by fortune or design, this track actually traces the history of Technique Recordings itself. Soulful elements develop into dancefloor-slaying DnB, mirroring the way Bassline Smith’s eighties career as a funk and soul deejay eventually led to the ultra-contemporary drum ‘n’ bass the label’s known for today. With deep-laid foundations and one eye on the future, Technique’s longevity is assured.