Ushering in the New Year for Low Down Deep Recordings is a present day incarnation reminiscent of the timeless, beloved Bristol sound. You guessed it, it’s the one like Voltage delivering the goods! It’s no secret Voltage is heavily influenced by all things Old School Jump Up, particularly all things Bristol.
You can hear the heart and soul of producers like Roni Size, Die, Suv, & Krust, to name a few, deeply infused into his own signature brand of Drumz and Basses. But don’t get it twisted, had Voltage been around back in them days, he would have respectfully held his own identity amongst the above aforementioned legends. Appropriately dubbed the Toronto EP, if there was one foreign city that embraced that renegade Jump Up sound when all things Dark reigned supreme, it was the North American Drum & Bass mecca of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
To begin, ‘Roll Back’ rolls right in to take you back to the days, no pun intended, where tunes like ‘Drop Bear’ got the dance floor buzzing. It starts off with a 32 bar intro of traditional, tasty breakbeats, and a ‘Rollback’ vocal sample that lets you know with every hit of the kick drum what the tune is here to do. Before you can say ‘drop‘, you’re amidst an ocean of orchestra-like arrangements, rolling Bristol bass, bubbling criss’ stabs, meticulously-placed fx, and groovy, hypnotizing percussion. Voltage flexes his propensity for perfectly constructed and surprisingly stimulating arrangements not only on this track, but conscientiously throughout the entire EP. It’s impressive.
Next, the man shows us that he’s a seasoned, skillful producer with more tricks up his sleeve than the average eardrum can handle. ‘Alone’ is a high energy, dance-floor stepper that uniquely infuses a frightening dark reece and some downright chilling atmospheres to create a soundscape that won’t fit just anywhere in the mix. Draw this one
from your crate at the right moment, and you’ll be sure to melt some minds.
Third in line, ‘Making Up The Numbers’ is sure to be a favourite amongst DJs, MCs and ravers alike. Like many brilliant intros, this one gives away almost nothing in terms of what type of tune is in store for us. While you’re momentarily being sidetracked by gritty, Rock ‘n’ Roll infused sounds, in drops a contrasting sub so deep and soothing, it’s bound to raise your body temperature within seconds and activate neuronal pathways and pleasure receptors in your brain. Before you know it, that familiar ear to ear Drum and Bass perma-grin ignites simultaneously with your stepping feet and winding waist. Isn’t this the very thing that keeps us all coming back for more?
Capping things off, ‘Run Tingz’ brilliantly treads the line between being a Darkside roller from 1999 and a cooled-out Jump Up workout. A close contender for the biggest track on the EP with the rest of them, this one is here to take you back… or forward, take your pick. Saying that entry #2 in The Cities Series is immensely versatile and thrilling is a gross understatement. This is one for the books!