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J Plates - Single Review: The Relic/Liquid Metal

27 Mar 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi

New Zealand drum n bass/jungle producer J Plates has been busy in the studio working on his brand new single which features two tracks: The Relic and Liquid Metal. Signed to Skalator Music, J Plates is based in the UK these days. He has releases on many record labels including Offworld Recordings, Liquid Brilliants and Omni Records.

From the very start of The Relic my ears were filled with atmospheric sounds and a jungle drum beat. This tune takes me back to the late 90's DnB/Jungle scene, and it reminds me of artists like Hive and Source Direct, but with a crisper fresher feel. I really love the jungle break that comes in every 16 bars. You very rarely hear a break sample like that in new tunes anymore. How the jungle and drum n bass sound has evolved is incredible - broken up into sub-genres within a genre all originating from the amen break sample. This tune is helping jungle to make a comeback. The bass lines are big and bold and there's a solid drum beat, with the breaks and atmospheric sounds on point. The Relic is just over 6 minutes long like proper jungle tunes, and that is very good to see.

The second track on the Single is called Liquid Metal. I quite like the name of the track - it reminds of my metalhead and liquid drum n bass days, like opposite spectrums working together. The song starts off with interesting synth sounds followed by an impressive drum n bass and jungle beat. The Intro plays out for a while, then suddenly there's a bass drop, and a banshee style synth sound followed by a classic jungle riff which builds up to the strongest part of the song. The bass is brilliant, with its deep sub bass and mid-range bass sounds descending whilst harmonising with the sub bass. The mix of all the different sounds from bass to mid-range, to atmospherics and the drum beat all work together extremely well. Liquid Metal is definitely the stronger song from these singles. It has a darker feel to it, but the jungle beat is very energetic, making it a definite dance tune.


Here's the link for Liquid Metal

https://soundcloud.com/in-reach/premiere-j-plates-liquid-metal-skltr013

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About J Plates

J Plates has spent over a decade honing his skills as a versatile Producer / DJ capable of reaching an international audience. New Zealand born and now based in the UK, his tracks have become recognised for their sonic qualities, rich in atmospheric character & influenced by a more nostalgic and musical sound within the Drum & Bass and Electronic Music spectrums.

Having released a handful of material on labels throughout the UK and Europe between 2013/14 (Sonata Recordings, Offworld Recordings, Deafmuted Records, Liquid Brilliants), and receiving support from a reputable list of established artists such as; Klute, Vice Versa, Stunna, Chris Sabian, Con*Natural (aka MC Conrad), and Random Movement, J Plates veered into harder edged territory with his debut EP release for Greek label Audio Theory Records during the first half of 2015. The title track Defeat The Purpose became a regular track for Commercial Suicide label boss Klute, during one of his world touring circuits: “People get excited when it comes in; It’s got great energy.” – Klute.

Further highlights for the NZ producer included a support slot opening for Dave Owen (Good Looking Records / Liquid V) at the legendary Stamina nights in San Francisco, followed by a support slot closing for NZ heavyweights Truth (Deep Medi Musik) both taking place midway through the year.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for J Plates

Releases

Visions EP [OMNIEP085]
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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