A sure fire festival track from two respected artists collaborating cross-genre, and across continents.
Drum & bass duo Synergy are known for their unforgiving sonics (track to know: their hit ‘Slap the Ghost’ with Misanthrop remains one of the most played tracks in the murkier trenches of the scene). The duo from Russia by way of France’s new track, 'Freedom', dropped on UKF’s record label this July and features Australian electronic artist What So Not.
The results are a cross-continental collab that is a drum & bass stomper enhanced by beautiful melodic piano, and with euphoric manipulated vocals that feel borrowed from hip hop or dubstep, but never out of place. It's a track that reaps the rewards of Synergy drawing on diverse electronic influences, whilst What So Not has worked across genres before, not least with hip hop super-duo Run The Jewels. So a high energy drum & bass track is a natural fit and as a first link up it hits right.
Grinding drum & bass levels are balanced with a trippy lightness, without sacrificing the undiluted approach to both producers’ sounds. Coupled with Synergy’s support from the likes of Wilkinson, Sub Focus, Subsonic, Kanine, 1991, and Metrik, this is a going to be a huge summer hit. Released by UKF, the multi-channel network that focuses on sharing all aspects of electronic music, it’s now available to buy and stream.
Images: Synergy/What So Not from from Tom Smart (AEI Music).