Acid Lab - Replicant/Our Meditation/Relics [In-Reach Records]
It is with overwhelming excitement that we present to you IRR001, the first instalment on the all new In-Reach Records. We're kicking off our imprint exactly as we mean to go on, with the finest in hard hitting, intelligent drum & bass, and this time around our source is the mighty Acid Lab. With releases spanning dozens of labels over the past decade, the German producer has a back catalogue that preaches musicality and this 3-track release is no different. 'Replicant' opens up proceedings with some gentle yet somewhat sinister high hats; the track makes its intentions a little clearer with the weighty bass drum and sporadic amen outbreaks that lead you to the drop. Eerie sci-fi vocals join the wobbling sub bass before drums burst back on the scene as this dark jungle stepper unleashes all of its power. Next up is 'Our Meditation' which brings a subtle switch of vibe, there's no messing around on the short lived intro before a devilishly catchy ragga vocal announces the flexing bass line with its growling finish, meanwhile each element of the track is accentuated by the tight rolling drums. Acid Lab finishes things off with a journey to the darker realms of 'Relics'. Thumping tribal drums laced with an ominous air lead the way to a brief lull, which sets up a revamped popping snare coupled with the dangerously deep bass stabs that are sure to give this track the dance floor destroying reputation it deserves. The slight alteration in moods along with the crisp production across this release displays the elements of versatility and consistency that put Acid Lab in that top level of producers. It's the perfect way to kick off our exciting new label, the birth of which we are also celebrating with a monstrous event down at The Nest on Friday 13th July. Find the full details online, we hope to see you there.