It hasn’t been long since Low Down Deep’s last titanic EP, “You’re Not Ready” by Pleasure & Heist, but it’s time to strike while the iron is hot and introduce the highly anticipated Cities Series. Doing the honours is the wizardly Jaydan with the ‘Los Angeles EP’.
The City Of Angels is one of Drum & Bass’ biggest epicentres, and this EP is here to do it justice, boasting some heavyweight bombs so huge, you may want to be mindful of how close you are to one of Southern California’s many faults before pressing that Play button. Getting things started is the mighty ’Shaolin Skills’. It begins with a high hat so piercing it will send chills up your spine straight through to your cerebral cortex. Much like all martial arts under heaven arose out of Shaolin, the mountainous half-step beat, eyeball-popping bassline & teeth-grinding percussion workout arises out of the ghostly, focused, Kung Fu movie-inspired intro. Jaydan demonstrates his own Shaolin Skills in Drum & Bass form utilizing stamina, flexibility and balance in his production, crafting an anthem bound to take us deeper into dynamic meditation.
Next up, “Killer” kicks off with a psychotically-eerie set of atmospheres that builds intensity and wonder of what’s to come next. Suddenly, the vibe changes dramatically and we’re comforted by the sound of an anthemic synth revealing the tune’s true nature of being a massive, Reese-inspired, rave annihilator. The tune also flexes some nice contrast utilizing bass stabs dispersed throughout that you’ll find yourself counting down the bars to hear once again. Yes, they are that tasty.
“Destroy” begins with an intro that is utterly climactic, and we start to get the feeling that Jaydan has paid further homage to Los Angeles and its rich film history by constructing an album who’s progression closely reflects an epic movie plot. Before the conclusion must come the climax, and “Destroy” is here to do just that. Bone-chillingly epic in its arrangement, this tune is a fine testament to the identity of Low Down Deep as label and the one like Jaydan as an artist. Big tings a gwan!
Concluding the album, “Sinister” is here to remind you it ain’t over just yet. You might want to stop that usher marching down the aisle and grab some refreshments, it’s been a ruff, rugged & raw journey so far, and we’re concerned you won’t make it through this to the end without a little sustenance. All kidding aside, “Sinister” is just that…absolutely sinister. The intro and atmospheres throughout are indisputably haunting, and the vintage, cooled-out snare provides a nice balance to the heavyweight kicks and monstrous, understated, flowing bassline.