14 Jul 2024
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

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

04 Jun 2020 // A review by Gwarden
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), Bare Necessity 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.

Join the 'Official J Plates Mail List' here.
Social Links & Highlights

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for J Plates

Releases

Under The Skin
Year: 2021
Type: EP
4 Way Split
Year: 2021
Type: EP
Going Deeper EP [BNR008]
Year: 2021
Type: EP
Seven Days Of Fire [JPLP001]
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Midnight Dubs EP [JPEP002]
Year: 2020
Type: EP
Brain Drain EP [IRR005]
Year: 2020
Type: EP
Telepathy EP [OMNIEP189]
Year: 2019
Type: EP
Visions EP [OMNIEP085]
Year: 2016
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Gwarden

DeLaye - EP Review: Blankspace.
17 Nov 2021 // by Gwarden
20 year old producer DeLaye creates music that defies easy description. Inhabiting the experimental electronic space pioneered by the likes of Aphex Twin and championed by modern masters such as Flying Lotus and Four Tet, his music features fat glitch-hop bass kicks and chopped beats anchoring sonic explorations that ebb and flow with intent.
Read More...
Mac Summer - Single Review: Web of Life
16 Nov 2021 // by Gwarden
Mac Summer  may be a brand new name to drum & bass fans, but this new alter ego comes from Malcolm Welsford, who has been involved in the NZ music scene for over 30 years, most famously as the man behind the legendary York Street Recording Studios. Having produced a range of guitar-based Kiwi bands from Shihad to Supergroove, he has perhaps surprisingly turned to electronic music production with this foray into the saturated drum & bass market.
Read More...
EM/FM - Album Review - Quixote
03 Nov 2021 // by Gwarden
Fitting snugly into the still-relatively underground retrowave sound (an umbrella term loosely used to describe the synthwave/vaporwave microgenres), EM/FM’s debut LP Quixote taps directly into the 80’s nostalgia vein and mines it for woozy pathos and dreamy yearning. Utilising many of the hallmarks of 80’s synth-heavy composers and movie soundtracks, from Phil Collins-esque reverbed drums, plucked bass twang, and all the analog synth tones you could dream of, it’s a fascinating re-composition of elements elevated to pastiche by focusing on real emotion and modern songwriting.
Read More...
Hotel Death Star - Single Review: The Daylight
10 Sep 2021 // by Gwarden
Hotel Death Star are a relatively new duo, finding life in 2020 when singer-songwriter Phil Stoodley collaborated with composer-producer Andreas Arianto to craft their interpretation of melodic deep-house blended with more traditional songwriting elements. Fans of electronic genres will find plenty to like here, but crossover appeal might be limited.
Read More...
Shapeshifter - Album Review: Rituals
17 Aug 2021 // by Gwarden
Shapeshifter (affectionately known as ‘Shapies’ by fans) are a New Zealand music institution. With over 2 decades of live shows, 4 EPs, 5 full-length studio albums, a handful of music awards and a reputation as the best live Drum & Bass act in the world, they’re both revered locally and ambassadors of the sound worldwide.
Read More...
Gig Review: Shapeshifter @ Christchurch Town Hall - 30/07/2021
02 Aug 2021 // by Gwarden
Back on the road after a few months of downtime, Shapeshifter return for a national tour in support of their seventh studio album Rituals. Kicking things off in their hometown Otautahi, the Christchurch Town Hall was host to another explosive, uplifting performance by one of NZs most treasured and traveled live acts.
Read More...
Truth - Album Review: Acceptance
23 Jul 2021 // by Gwarden
Low-tempo maestros Truth return to their Deep, Dark and Dangerous imprint with a long-player of sublime electronica. Billed as their most personal album to date, Acceptance captures the duo at their most introspective, a response to a world in crisis evoked as nostalgia-inducing reveries and cavernous meditations.
Read More...
Anna Wild - EP Review: WOOL
22 Dec 2020 // by Gwarden
WOOL is the first project from Wellington-based artist Anna Wild, and it comprises 3 ambient/electronic instrumental tracks in conjunction with a 10 minute short film providing visual accompaniment. This visual EP was created to go hand-in-hand; while the music can certainly be absorbed on its own, it’s through the film (directed and animated by Taizan Yamada) that the depth of meaning shines through.
Read More...
View All Articles By Gwarden

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • NOT LIKE US
    Kendrick Lamar
  • MILLION DOLLAR BABY
    Tommy Richman
  • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
    Sabrina Carpenter
  • BIRDS OF A FEATHER
    Billie Eilish
  • ESPRESSO
    Sabrina Carpenter
  • A BAR SONG (TIPSY)
    Shaboozey
  • TOO SWEET
    Hozier
  • LOSE CONTROL
    Teddy Swims
  • DEVIL IS A LIE
    Tommy Richman
  • GOOD LUCK, BABE!
    Chappell Roan
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem