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Concord Dawn - EP Review: 1999

02 Aug 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi

The mighty Concord Dawn have reunited and have been busy in the studio writing a new EP called 1999. It consists of four new tracks; 1999, Surgeon Wobble, Acres and Fenris.

The first track on the EP is 1999. This song gets straight into it with the drum n bass beat and an interesting synth sound. The style of this new tune is fresh and tantalising, while still retaining that Concord Dawn sound. You can really hear it when the bass drops! This track is easy on the ears - a smooth roller. Elements of ambient sounds and background noises add substantial layers to the track. This track is really good - I can't get enough of it.

A smooth intro on Surgeon Wobble starts off with an off timed jungle beat and blazing synths. This track builds and builds. Eventually the full blown Concord Dawn sound we all know breaks through, yet somehow this track feels like it is out of this world. It breaks away from the standard layout of typical Drum n Bass tracks. It definitely stands up against new DnB tunes and lasts about 3.5 minutes long - most of the tracks on this EP are 6 -7 minutes.

The intro for Acres reminds me of Dillinja's remix of Bambaata, but with a techy feel. With high energy drums and bongo's combined with lots of synths, Acres gradually intensifies and builds with layers of different sounds. The beat stays consistent throughout the song while the synths and atmospheric sounds change adding different vibes to the song. The loop is intense and ever changing.

Oh yes Fenris from start to finish is the old Concord Dawn we all love and missed. This track starts off with dark synths on the intro and a banging drumbeat builds up to the intense bass drop. It then hits, a great big distorted reece bass line destroying everything in its path! If you like big heavy basslines, dark synths and catchy drumbeats then here you have it. The mighty Concord Dawn have returned. This would be a great tune to see performed live.

I'd have to say 1999 and Fenris are my favourite tunes from the EP. The layout of Surgeon Wobble blew me away and I enjoyed how it progressed with Concord Dawn's old school sound coming through.

After 10 years Concord Dawn have reunited and created this absolute masterpiece! Absolute legends!

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Concord Dawn

Concord Dawn began life as Evan Short & Matt Harvey, bursting onto the New Zealand music scene back in mid 1999 with their unique high octane Drum and Bass sound. They were the darlings of the local bNet/Student Radio stations up and down New Zealand, getting hefty primetime airplay, featuring at the top of the weekly Top Ten's and breaking chart records across the bNet. After a year or so of underground success they were courted by local electronic music label Kog Transmissions and released their first album Concord Dawn in July 2000.

After touring the album throughout New Zealand they released their second album Disturbance in April 2001 and received Best Electronic Album and Best Independent Release at the 2001 bNet Music Awards. Both Concord Dawn and Disturbance sold far better than expected and the boys received strong reviews in all forms of media not only for their releases but also for their energetic live performances. For the next year they went into hiatus to refine the Concord Dawn sound further with Evan heading to London for 5 months to immerse himself in the culture of the Drum and Bass homeland. Upon his return to New Zealand work was started on their 3rd album Uprising with tracks like Morning Light and Don't Tell Me finding international acclaim well before the album's release. Uprising was released in New Zealand in September 2003 and reached gold sales status in an amazing 3 months.

With Concord Dawn now well established internationally and their catalogue now being distributed worldwide Evan and Matt embarked on a seemingly never ending world tour, travelling all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. At the 2003 bNet music awards Morning Light won Best Song and Most Radio Play and at the 2004 bNet music awards Uprising received Best Album and Best Electronic Release. Concord Dawn were also nominated for Best Electronic Act at the 2004 New Zealand music awards but narrowly missed out to Salmonella Dub.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Concord Dawn

Releases

Numbers Will Kill Us All
Year: 2013
Type: EP
Air Chrysalis
Year: 2012
Type: Album
The Race To Zero
Year: 2011
Type: EP
The Enemy Within
Year: 2010
Type: Album
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Chaos By Design
Year: 2006
Type: Album
Uprising
Year: 2003
Type: Album
Disturbance
Year: 2001
Type: Album
Concord Dawn
Year: 2000
Type: Album

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