Forward: and back to our roots. Inna Riddim is proud to present The Silent Coup’s outstanding double A-side, ’13000 / Reminisce’. A milestone release, and not only because it pushes the Inna Riddim catalogue into double digits; more importantly, it adds the vital ingredient that’s been missing up to this point. Bass music evolves and mutates, and the first nine releases over the last year have reflected that diversity, but drum & bass has always been the foundation for us. So this one’s a flash of the lighter, a show of respect for the music that has had a hold on us since nineteen-longtime.
Leading the procession, The Silent Coup deliver a powerful release full of nostalgia, technically crafted with precision and determination, and for the final nod to the era, mastered by Simon at The Exchange for that typical colour and warmth. As the flipside suggests in its title ‘Reminisce’, this will take you back. And we hope you enjoy.
The Silent Coup (check out their video interview above) have been producing jungle and drum & bass music for more than ten years, quietly honing their skills. Coming from opposite ends of the music spectrum – one from audio engineering, the other from a classical background – their distinct sound blends elements of technical beat wizardry, precision programming, audio processing, deep musicality and experimentalism. Having grown up with jungle/drum & bass during its halcyon days in the mid to late nineties, their aim is to help bring the genre and audience in the 21st century back to its roots, and the innovation and atmosphere that helped define it.
’13000′ takes you back to 2am at a big drum&bass rave at the End, circa ’97, right down the front getting buffeted by the bassbins. It’s a edgy number, fuelled by amens, duelling basslines and skunk paranoia. Beyond the homage to tech-step classics, it’s the combination of extra-heavyweight drums and complex, extremely precise rhythms, that give this track its distinctive heft and hard percussive sound.
‘Reminisce’ is a track for the recovery session: maybe one Sunday at Blue Note back in the day. The melodies and riffs are all cool jazz and warm rushes: deep rhodes, muted pads and emotive flute. Beneath the golden nostalgia vibes though, there’s a modus operandi of controlled tumult, quick-fire drum edits and booming subs that nicely set off the atmospheric overtones with a harder undercurrent.