I once said that millennials often look backwards into the past and claiming it as their own without knowing where elements they admire really come from or what they mean. I said that Loadstar at that time was the millennial heartbeat and that their EP “I Need the Night” defined the millennial condition by representing club music and DNB for a new generation. The new EP from Loadstar called “Diamonds” featuring Takura is a much needed improvement and is far and away a much better sound for this already established duo.
Let’s start with the vocals. Gone is the slight whisper calling hipsters to the club. The new sound is smooth, clear, and matches the volume of the instruments and synthetics. This sounds much more like a progressive rock beat than it does club music and it really goes to show how much these artists are growing as they bridge genres. The vocals aren’t just repeated nonsense cobbled together either; there are verses, segments that sound full and well thought out, and there’s a throwback sound that will attract older listeners as well as younger ones wanting to hear something different.
There’s a strong organic sound here as well that I particularly loved. The guitar is not over the top, but it’s enough to make the sound uniquely familiar and stand out from Loadstar’s previous albums. The drums are nicely matched against the vocals and the guitar and not overpowering, which is good because they don’t make this too much of a club beat while still giving just enough to keep your body moving. The drops are perfectly timed to give the guitar its time in the limelight, but there’s no doubt that drum and bass still rules.
On the electronic side of things is a high-pitched signal that the track begins with, almost like a beacon beckoning you in for more. This signal progresses throughout the entire track subtly, tapping into your brain. Wait, wait… Is this the plot line to Josie and the Pussycats regurgitated? Sigh. Didn’t see that one, huh? Don’t worry, you didn’t miss much. Best part was watching the girls get bound and gagged so you didn’t have to listen to the terrible music they forced them to play. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the ladies had talent and the opening theme is still the same song that made the cartoon great, but damn that was a terrible plot line. But I digress!
This time the heartbeat to the music is the subtle draw of genre-clashing and iconoclastic nuance that made Loadstar big in the first place! This is a great year for music so far, and while I cannot say Loadstar is on my top list of greatest music right now, it certainly is a contender in the drum and bass field in general.
Trust me on this one if you are fans: it’s worth it. Josie and the Pussycats really wasn’t.
Pick up Diamonds featuring Takura now
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