Zeal - Yesterday Lanes EP/Salaryman-Glow EP/Logam - Back & Forth feat. Armanni Reign Coming soon


Program newbie Zeal has already made waves with his recent release ‘Check It, created in collaboration with Jake Robertz, dropped earlier this summer through underground stalwart Program. The Canadian-based DJ and producer is now treating fellow D&B heads to yet another taste of his talent: having listened to ‘Yesterday Lanes’, it’s clear why Program made no mistake in adding him as an honorary member to their impressive roster. The title track, featuring producer Killups, eases you gently with its sublime instrumental. Zeal’s technical prowess becomes immediately clear: combining the characteristically high-energy elements of drum and bass with melody to create something so evocative requires a very skilled hand. ‘Yesterday Lanes’ descends into a mixture of crisp, clean beats and atmospheric vocals before subtle, slightly more sinister sounds appear within the tune’s rolling core.

These touches carry through into ‘Release’, which builds on the pace and moves us away from the smooth side into the shadier parts of the deeper bass realms. The dreamlike opening is punctuated by soft, electronic notes, which are sustained as haunting, sometimes distorted vocals and sweeping sonics enter the mix. A break in the percussion echoes the tone of the previous track, until it rises again and returns us to a complete and full-bodied soundscape. ‘Opal', featuring CIGZ, takes things up a notch. From tense, mysterious beginnings, the mood constantly shifts as this third and final track morphs into something light and hopeful. It has that same level of piercing intricacy that looks to be a characteristic of Zeal’s work. ‘Yesterday Lanes’ is certainly not one to be missed, so once again – it’s time to get with the Program.

Having risen to prominence as one third of the Legion & Logam trio, Logam is no stranger to making waves in the musical world. His first non-solo release on Program - vocal roller ‘House Of Cards’ - caught the rightful attention of some of dance music’s most influential tastemakers. In addition to this accompanied success, it has also been Logam’s independent talents which have helped him go from strength to strength over the last twelve years. His immense skill has seen him work in collaboration with old-school veteran Mayhem and set up his own label (Santoku Records). But now he’s set to release a record which is the latest addition to Program’s highly sought-after catalogue. ‘Back & Forth’ features the fierce, gutsy vocals of Armanni Reign, his signature tones nestled in amongst the tune’s ever-developing, carefully constructed multiplex of audio. Concurrent with the rising tension and complexity of the soundscape, they intensify: Reign’s voice stretches to its furthest heights where it underpins evocative builds towards some mighty crescendos. Despite its simple lyrical base, the tune’s speedy, kicking percussion conjures up an otherworldly level of liveliness: its core is punctuated by sawing, deep-bass dips and powerful, punching synth notes. From more exotic beginnings which feature subtle Djembe drumbeats, the sudden interjection of a crisp, tumbling bassline acts as a sign of what’s to come. Logam throws us expertly into the deepest, darkest corners of the drum and bass realms, from which there’s no escape bar an evocative, still-frantic central break. ‘Back & Forth’ is just one example of the artist’s ability to deliver abounding versatility with every new addition to his musical collection. So once again, it’s to time get with the Program and prepare yourself for massive energy whilst into the limitless world of Logam.

Having risen to prominence as one third of the Legion & Logam trio, Logam is no stranger to making waves in the musical world. His first non-solo release on Program - vocal roller ‘House Of Cards’ - caught the rightful attention of some of dance music’s most influential tastemakers. In addition to this accompanied success, it has also been Logam’s independent talents which have helped him go from strength to strength over the last twelve years. His immense skill has seen him work in collaboration with old-school veteran Mayhem and set up his own label (Santoku Records). But now he’s set to release a record which is the latest addition to Program’s highly sought-after catalogue. ‘Back & Forth’ features the fierce, gutsy vocals of Armanni Reign, his signature tones nestled in amongst the tune’s ever-developing, carefully constructed multiplex of audio. Concurrent with the rising tension and complexity of the soundscape, they intensify: Reign’s voice stretches to its furthest heights where it underpins evocative builds towards some mighty crescendos. Despite its simple lyrical base, the tune’s speedy, kicking percussion conjures up an otherworldly level of liveliness: its core is punctuated by sawing, deep-bass dips and powerful, punching synth notes. From more exotic beginnings which feature subtle Djembe drumbeats, the sudden interjection of a crisp, tumbling bassline acts as a sign of what’s to come. Logam throws us expertly into the deepest, darkest corners of the drum and bass realms, from which there’s no escape bar an evocative, still-frantic central break. ‘Back & Forth’ is just one example of the artist’s ability to deliver abounding versatility with every new addition to his musical collection. So once again, it’s to time get with the Program and prepare yourself for massive energy whilst into the limitless world of Logam.​

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