Musical Discovery: ‘Don’t You Feel It’ by Sub Focus feat. ALMA (Sub Focus & 1991 Remix)

Whilst the original version of Don’t You Feel It showed that Sub Focus (real name Nick Douma) had adopted a more deep house style, it’s his latest remix with 1991 which takes us back to the drum-and-bass style of the DJ’s previous two albums.

It’s a remix fit for clubs and gigs. An atmospheric introduction calms the crowd whilst emphasis is placed  on ALMA’s vocals, then it quickly progresses into the DnB at the centre of the track itself. However, the balance between vocals and rhythm isn’t exactly 50/50, with the song eager to progress to the next hook: a loop of the line I need to be close to you which repeats one time too many. However, when combined with the lyric don’t you feel it too, the rhyme and vocal melody fit together seamlessly.

As for the beat drop, the first half sees drums underneath the original chorus, before a synth tune is introduced. It’s the light trill during this section which is a joy to listen to. The blending of euphoric and fast-paced music, although unequal, keeps the track moving forward in a satisfying rise-and-fall motion – getting listeners excited for the next drop whilst also offering the space to breathe in between.

As a whole, this new remix seems to suggest that Douwma hasn’t forgotten the drum-and-bass vibe of his sophomore album, Torus. Now, with a third album approaching, here’s hoping the DJ establishes the perfect balance between old and new which will keep long-time fans happy.

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Musical Discovery: ‘Don’t You Feel It’ by Sub Focus feat. ALMA

It’s been nearly four years since Sub Focus (real name Nick Douwma) released his sophomore album, Torus, in September 2013. A drum-heavy collection of tracks perfect for the club, the record built upon the drum-and-bass style of his self-titled debut album. Yet now, the 35-year-old DJ appears to have spiced up his music a little. Nobody KnowsLove Devine and Lingua (feat. Stylo G) all contained edgy, deep house vibes with numerous musical effects. However, with his latest release – Don’t You Feel It (feat. ALMA) – the artist returns to somewhat familiar ground.

Of Douwma’s latest releases, Don’t You Feel It is the second single to feature credited vocalists. The first, which saw Stylo G take to the mic, involved more vocal distortion and a bouncier dance track. This time, with ALMA lending a helping hand, the song’s structure sees a return to the Torus days – with a clear voice (with no effects) and the build-up appearing in the chorus, not throughout.

With pulsing bass and simplistic rhythm guiding the song to the instrumental, the focus in the verses is very much on ALMA’s sassy, smooth and groovy vocals. As for the main melody itself, this is where long-term listeners can detect an evolution in Sub Focus’ style. Gone are the days of fluttering, euphoric dance, instead being replaced with a slightly tropical, heavy tone.

Whilst previous releases saw Douwma delve into a harsher club sound, Don’t You Feel It sees the DJ return to comfortable middle ground, with a strong vocalist and a progressive instrumental to boot.

Musical Discovery: ‘Cry’ by Sigma feat. Take That

It’s a collaboration which has had some people scratching their heads. For Take That, These Days was the last single to slightly tap into the dance genre. Now, the band have joined forces with drum-and-bass duo Sigma for this track, Cry.

Despite the genre shift for Take That, Sigma always preserve the guest vocals and the link to their original style. In this case, beginning the track with Gary Barlow and a piano is a familiar sound for fans of the pop trio.

Even the chorus covers ground Take That fans will recognise, with harmonised vocals placed over synth stabs and a driving drum beat. All this, combined with catchy and memorable lyrics create a euphoric track worth putting on your summer playlist.

What do you think of Cry? Is it a good collaboration between Sigma and Take That? Comment below!

Liam

Musical Discovery: Changing by Sigma feat. Paloma Faith

After listening to Paloma Faith’s latest album, I was surprised at how talented she is at being able to song in a variety of genres. Now, she has dominated the drum-and-bass scene.

Paloma has joined forces with drum-and-bass duo Sigma, (famous for their single, Nobody to Love) for their latest single, Changing.

Here, this song sees Paloma’s unique soul be applied to a fast-paced single. The verses have a warm, vibrant feel to them, whilst the chorus has the clear style of Sigma, with a memorable chant dominating the chorus itself.

What do you think of this song? Is it as good as Nobody to Love? Comment below!

Liam

Musical ReDiscovery: ‘Control’ by Matrix and Futurebound

This discovery came after browsing the charts. I remember this song late last year, but it was one of those songs I stupidly overlooked…

Some commenters on the track say how similar it is to Sub Focus’ Tidal Wave. Personally, I think it could be agreed that it is similar, but it explores a far different melody. The drum and bass chorus is completely different as well.

Also, Max Marshall’s vocals are brilliant in this song, and fit the theme perfectly, allowing for a perfect balance of different emotions and soul. Overall, this adds to the essence of a great drum and bass song.

What do you think about the song? Comment below!

Liam