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Essential Listening: Chase & Status

Essential Listening: Chase & Status

Chase & Status may have only burst onto the scene 14 years ago but they are rightly regarded as one of the most iconic drum n bass acts in the world. An ability to make tracks with outrageously heavy basslines as well as more radio-friendly records saw their stock rise exponentially following the release of More Than A lot and No More Idols. Not afraid to veer away from what they became idolized for, the pair decided to pursue a darker sound with Brand New Machine and played some rather unfamiliar festivals, like Download, a haven for rock lovers.

With so much diversity across all four of their albums, it was never going to be easy narrowing down their five most definitive tracks, but we tried our best.

Pieces
Those records that instantly stir up a whirlwind of emotion when played out usually garner universal recognition and “Pieces” certainly fits that description. The track co-written alongside Plan B starts off by evoking a sorrowful mood with the subtle snippets of guitar before stirring up a cauldron of chaos thanks to some grimy basslines. This is one Chase & Status song which never fails to cause mass hysteria on the dancefloor.



End Credits
This track has a fantastic ability to bring calmness whilst also exuding great energy. At the start there is an almost orchestral feel thanks to the sumptuous synths which provide a stunning backdrop for the mellow guitar. Once the vocal talents of Plan B are introduced the song takes on a much murkier feel and subsequently provides a sonic punch for the listener. Whether you need a soundtrack for relaxation or one to jump around to this song will fit both occasions.



Eastern Jam
Although Chase & Status set out to create a debut album which epitomized their dnb roots, this song is a sublime reflection of their foray into the world of dubstep. The almost hypnotic range of beats combined with seriously bone-crunching bass more than justify this track’s reputation as one which never fails in causing riotous behaviour.



Step Away
After deliberately pursuing a darker sound with their previous album, Tribe was focused around reigniting their classic drum n bass roots, as evidenced with aplomb by this record. Enlisting one of the most distinctive voices in dnb, MC Fats, helps to greatly enrich the listening experience. The straightforward beat pattern works so well, helping define this as another signature Chase & Status record.



No Problem
If ever you wondered what utter craziness sounded like, just pin your ears back at the cauldron of noises thrown together in this track. Everything from bongos to the appropriate inclusion of a telephone ringing combine to create a kind of organized chaos which always causes utter bedlam. This is classic tear up dnb at its finest and will always be regarded as one of the most widely-appreciated songs to emerge from the Chase & Status studio.



Chase & Status have a barrage of sets lined up for the coming months, with an outing at Crane in Birmingham on Saturday 21st October for starters. Returning to London for a day party at Printworks a week later, the DnB stars will then start preparing for nights at The Warehouse Project and Motion in November and December respectively.

Photo courtesy of Chase & Status

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