Legion & Logam stand as a historic part of the Ram Records roster. They were the first American act to be signed exclusively to the label and as a result, they’ve helped to bridge the gap which has formed across the Atlantic when it comes to the darker edges of dance music. However with Ram standing at the helm of its expansion in the US, drum & bass has never looked healthier. On first listen to the brand new single forthcoming from the production trio, it’s easy to see how this has happened. Recorded within the versatile music scene of Atlanta, Legion & Logam brought Tyler Hill on board to have his rich vocals added to their emotive track ‘I Blame Myself’.
After a chance meeting between Legion member Hunter and Tyler Hill through a mutual friend, Legion & Logam moulded Hill’s own folk record into their 174bpm guidelines, within just one take. On first listen to their collaboration, it’s easy to see why this chance meeting proved so fruitful for both the artists and the imprint. Legion & Logam have shown that they’re able to produce both underground, percussive club tracks and daintier vocal-lead tracks, most notably their breakthrough ‘House of Cards’ cut which dropped on Program. ‘I Blame Myself’ follows the same vibe, with its soft percussive pads and rising synths building its formula, whilst Tyler’s voice sits dreamlike on top of its heavy layering. Guitar strums help introduce Tyler’s harmonising and you’re soon taken into its gradual breakdown, taken through by a bassline that leads you deep into the heart of ‘I Blame Myself’.
It’s a stunning follow up to Legion & Logam’s first single on the Ram Records imprint and it demonstrates the contemporary world of Ram, as well as the bridges its building within electronic music.
Wilkinson’s latest single ‘I Need’ featuring Hayla, gets the drum and bass remix treatment courtesy of the man himself Wilkinson and Hospital Records very own Metrik.
Melysma, the latest addition to Program’s impressive roster, is bursting back onto the scene with all the skill and veracity of a recently nurtured newcomer. Born and based in London, the DJ and producer has an impressive back catalogue of tracks. It’s no surprise that Program had no doubts in adding him to their release schedule and he’s been hard at work in the studio, perfecting this pair of brand new, rip-roaring tunes.Both tracks ‘Meditate’ and ‘Work it Out’ centre around uplifting, rolling melodies whilst powerful vocals pierce through the mix of A-side ‘Meditate'. The name of this tune certainly does it justice, since you can so easily lose yourself in its serenity. Effortlessly, Melysma gradually adds to the soundscape, until it promises a move towards the heavier elements that make up the main body of the composition. A sudden descent plunges you into a complex layering of crisp percussion, while the smooth central break offers up more calming, mystical synths and ensures that the second drop packs an even greater punch.‘Work It Out’, the single’s second musical masterpiece, has been produced with yet more unfaltering technical precision. It certainly makes a statement on impact, with warming, old-school synths that carry the track into a different realm of sound. The energy builds with each burst of vocal splendor, until the full-throttled, buzzing bass takes hold and transports you to the darkest corners of the drum & bass world.‘Meditate’ and ‘Work it Out’ are a perfect showcase of this up-and-coming star’s immense aptitude. The release is likely to be the start of many great things to come… So once again, it’s time to get with the Program.
Very happy to finally announce my first release on PROGRAM. Thanks to Rene LaVice for playing the title track Meditate on his show the other night, you can hear it at around 1 hour 50 mins:https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0000py2