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J Plates - Single Review: A Cut Above / Strength To Strength

04 Jun 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
J Plates comes correct with another nostalgia-infused slice of timeless Drum and Bass, for the debut release on his very own imprint. Originally appearing in 2014 on now-defunct Sonata Recordings, these two singles have been remastered and sound absolutely massive, sitting firmly in the wheelhouse of atmospheric, low-BPM DnB pioneered by the likes of LTJ Bukem.

A Cut Above leads off with a soaring, melancholic rave synth before settling into a contemplative beat with crisp percussion and clean, booming bottom end, peppered with tasteful reverbed blips and that ever-present old-school synth bringing the vibes.

Strength To Strength similarly invokes mid-90’s atmospheres with sparkling minor key progressions, a ruffneck amen break providing the grit alongside the evocative high-end.

Tunes like these are a rare breed these days, with the liquid subgenre dominated by hazy, vocal-heavy offerings, and the jungle side of things heavily influenced by jump-up sounds. So, it’s a genuine pleasure to hear a producer harken back to a simpler time when it was more about the journey and vibe than whoever can manufacture the heaviest, craziest drop. If you’ve got a hankering for closing your eyes and getting lost in the music, make sure you add this to your collection.

Available from 5 June 2020 on Bandcamp.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About J Plates

J Plates (J. Graham) has released music worldwide on labels such as; Silent Force Recordings (UK), In-Reach Records (UK), Omni Music (UK), Skalator Music (PT), Audio Theory Records (GR), Offworld Recordings (UK), Deafmuted Records (CZ), Liquid Brilliants (RU), ill Records (UK); had tracks featured on a slew of international radio shows & podcasts including Bass Drive, The Green Room, Rude FM, DNB Dojo, Naked Beats, Jungle Train, Phuturistic Bluez, and BBC Radio 1; performed alongside artists such as Dave Owen (Good Looking Records), Calyx & Teebee (Ram Records), Concord Dawn (Uprising Records), Bulletproof (Cyanide Recordings), Truth (Deep Medi Music), Optimus Gryme (OGR), Black Sun Empire (BSE), Octane & DLR (Dispatch Recordings); and received track support from a reputable list of artists such as; Stunna, A Sides, Klute, Vice Versa, Con*Natural (aka MC Conrad), John Rolodex, René LaVice, DJ Stretch, DJ Trax, Skeptical, Random Movement and many more.

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Releases

Brain Drain EP [IRR005]
Year: 2020
Type: EP
Midnight Dubs EP
Year: 2020
Type: EP
Seven Days Of Fire
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Telepathy EP [OMNIEP189]
Year: 2019
Type: EP
Visions EP [OMNIEP085]
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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