With the conclusion of Crissy Criss’s ground-breaking, genre-defining 1Xtra show last year, the obvious question is, what’s next?
Well, what’s next is the continuation of his international DJ career, dubstep production and DJing as part of Dead Exit and work with his own label The Zooooo. But what’s next for Crissy Criss the drum and bass producer? Answer: this is.
Go Hard sets out his statement of intent. An expansive soundscape of pads and subtle percussive hits is ruptured by a warning of imminent danger provided by siren tones, a layer of jagged bass and a march-time arpeggio.
Then Mr Criss wrong-foots us and switches up the timing to give us some downright funky syncopation. Then Monday brings a darker hue. A grinding drill-bit tone in the mid-range instantly penetrates straight through the gloom of the intro, setting up for a stripped-back drop that’s all about the basslines. This is raw, screw-face music for when the ravers want to get grimey.
Finally, we’re treated to a Dead Exit relick of Everybody from Crissy’s More Than Ever EP. The slower tempo and more minimalistic form of dubstep allows some of the savagery of the original to be channelled into intricately-designed programming without sacrificing any of the pure dancefloor appeal.
So, with Trinity Vol 2, Crissy Criss shows that even alongside his hectic schedule of DJing, dubstep and label-running, he’s still showing no signs of letting his drum and bass production skills slip. He’s still representing for multiple flavours of bass-heavy music, and there’s plenty more where that came from.