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Some Things Never Change [worldmusic |20…16-10-12]

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Tags: "drum&bass"

In the last five years, Rene LaVice has certainly cemented his name amongst the big leagues. His debut LP ‘Insidious’ on the Ram Records imprint was met with critical acclaim across the board, building anticipation for every subsequent release. Whether it’s receiving daytime radio airplay on the Radio1 A list or being played out at the UK’s most underground clubs, each output has shown impeccable production standards.

His second LP ‘Play with Fire’ and its remix compilation once again pedestalled the Canadian producer’s talent. He delivered a carefully woven set of records that channel an energy which is inherently his.

Capitalising on this endeavour, the ‘Richter Scale’ EP follows the same path, dipping into an array of sub genres to create his own signature sound. With an extensive collection of track mixes, from Trap to House, he shows a cross pollination of BPMs that bring together the very best of his discography. Although, this only comes naturally to a consummate artist… Especially one who delves into the world of both film making and music.

Title-track ‘Richter Scale’ was the product of a Bud Light campaign earlier this year, which saw Rene take centre stage and inject a 174 infusion of cranking drums and tell-tale snare. An elusive intro with gradually rising and falling pads takes you deep into the crevice of his mind. Following in quick succession is the House and Trap edits; whilst the House edit transports you into a first thumping dimension of bass, its Trap counterpart takes you on a journey given momentum by its 808s.

‘Some Things Never Change’ is a totally fresh offering from LaVice, with metallic, distorted instrumentals taking you on a frog march, ramped up by its energetically slick bassline. Weaving through the mix is a vocal which adds to its loftier air, giving it a more haunting twist between its stockier elements. And finally, the multi-genre extended version of ‘Richter Scale’, giving you a full frontal assault of every genre switch up provided throughout the EP’s entirety. Even more proof that Rene LaVice is a master of his craft, from beginning to end.

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