Chase & Status - Brand New Machine
Release Date: October 7, 2013
Label: Virgin EMI
Chase & Status have been on an epic journey, one that few of their drum & bass class have embarked on. It's not hard to understand why; most drum & bass producers don't know how to rock outside of their lane while retaining what's "them." Chase & Status have grown from the top of Ram's class to something bigger; they know how to properly channel their influences while still expressing themselves musically. With Brand New Machine, we were treated to the sound of the early '90s rave scene, as well as dips and dives into the grittier side of bass music, from the thunderous trap of the Pusha T-featured "Machine Gun" to the apocalyptic sounds on "Gun Metal Grey." Features from Nile Rodgers and Major Lazer helped broaden the sounds of the duo, but it's when they stick to what they do best (being British), their true talent shines.
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