Soundcrash bring together two greats of drum & bass for one night only as they take DJ Marky and LTJ Bukem to Electric Brixton April 2nd, offering a platform for two purveyors of liquid funk who demonstrate the often unappreciated connection between drum n bass and its jazzier influences. To celebrate, we look at five of the best tracks from the pair ahead of the big event.
DJ Marky & Bungle - 13th Floor
A smooth female vocal sample is the standout feature of this track, which adopts a rapid pace as it leads stirring string textures and descending arpeggios through six minutes of blissfully light summer vibes, pausing for breath with breakdowns that alleviate tiredness before it has time to set in.
Roy Ayers - Mystic Voyage (DJ Marky & XRS Remix)
A remix of a Roy Ayers classic, this edit is stripped back and driven by the rapid hats and snares that provide a shuffled spine to the track, pulling together the sustained soft padded chords and the soulful female vocals. Eventually bringing in a jazz-toned bass, the track crescendos gently for the more laid back drum and bass fan.
DJ Marky - Silly
Liquid funk with house hooks, this number has a warmth which makes it almost perfect festival fodder, made to be consumed with a cooling drink in hand and the sun’s rays on your back.
Ltj Bukem - Horizons
Ambient sounds create an intriguing background which takes its time evolving in the forefront of the listener’s mind before being pushed into the background by a typically punchy beat. With lots of space to breathe thanks to carefully placed breaks, “Horizons” has a calming feel despite its fairly quick pace.
LTJ Bukem - Inner Guidance
A jazz song rather than the drum and bass that LTJ is known for, “Inner Guidance” demonstrates the more melodic side of the producer’s repertoire, combining mellow wind instruments with a gently slapped drum beat. The track cruises smoothly for five minutes, never really breaking course as it journeys through rich and calming tones and timbres.
Catch DJ Marky & LTJ Buekm at Electric Brixton April 2nd
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Soundcrash