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Essential Listening: My Nu Leng

Essential Listening: My Nu Leng

The Bristol-based duo behind My Nu Leng have always made it their quest to make music which transcends all kinds of contrasting genres, from grime to garage to drum n bass. With a clear vision to draw on various different underground influences the pair have always displayed a real appetite to share the most earth-shattering sounds during their DJ sets, only settling for extremely energetic performances.

After providing a vivid representation of murky music with clear pointers to garage through a number of EPs, My Nu Leng quickly attracted the interest of prominent figures across the musical spectrum from Justin Martin to DJ EZ.  The mix of sombre synths and irresistible bass lines has been sending demand for the adopted Bristolians into overdrive, and showing an incredible ability to merge sounds which might have previously been considered polar opposites has lifted My Nu Leng onto a pedestal as one of the UK’s most dynamic bass music artists.

The blatant refusal to be pigeonholed into one particular genre has resulted in a vastly unique array of music which makes choosing just five tracks a tall order. Below is our best attempt to identify some of their most definitive records.

Set It
A gargantuan reflection of their bass-inspired origins, this record promises to send sonic ripples through any room with the bold array of synths and rolling drums. The decision to call on the talents of FineArt (Friction’s alter-ego alias) is also a clear tilt to the duo’s efforts to maintain an experimental edge with everything they do. Their shared goal to create a record with thumping bass at its core certainly seems to have been achieved with this one.

Soul Shake
Another fine example of the magic that happens when you combine the musical expertise of two bassline connoisseurs. This time Flava D helps to enrich the garage sound which is evident in this track. The way in which the build-up suddenly leads into the most chaotic array of distorted synths gives you a definitive answer as to the reason behind the name of this record.

Never keen to play it simple by focusing on one genre, this track is an intriguing foray into the world of grime whilst maintaining a murky outer tone with another eclectic bassline. The decision to intertwine these two contrasting influences is one which was only ever going to create a seriously raucous record. If you like bass and grime but can’t single out either to provide a supercharged soundtrack then this one might be the answer.  

One of their most recent productions, the duo have opted to accentuate their fondness of drum n bass by creating this record. Right from the outset the shift away from their previous direction is stark with a melodic feel encapsulated by a devastatingly heavy collection of drums. When you sense the darkness this record is striving to produce it is instantly understandable why My Nu Leng sought to team up with the dnb premiership Friction.

Musical diversity has always been a key component behind My Nu Leng’s productions and this one is no different with influences drawn from the sphere of garage creating a wavy sound. The delectable voice of Detour City helps to develop the relaxed feel, seemingly mimicking the mood achieved by liquid dnb. Whilst a great deal of My Nu Leng’s creations are designed to cause a meltdown this one is a refreshing slant to the more soothing side of bass music.

My Nu Leng have a hectic few months ahead, with Hospitality In The Park on Saturday 23rd September at London’s Finsbury Park before heading to Leicester for Beastwang on Friday 29th and both Brighton and Bristol on Saturday 30th September, when they will first play a DJ set at Boundary Brighton and then head to Motion for the start of the new In:Motion series. October then sees sets at The Warehouse Project, Westfest and Detonate Halloween, with a second appearance at WHP and a set at Rise Festival in Les Deux Alpes keeping them busy through the winter.

Photo courtesy of My Nu Leng

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