Release Date: Aug 12, 2013
Record label: R&S
dBridge is a legend in the world of drum & bass, his career stretching back to the '90s with the group Bad Company, alongside producers Fresh, Vegas and Maldini. Done with pioneering, dBridge now explores the links between drum & bass and the wider electronic music spectrum. Taking influences from the broader worlds of techno and bass music, all while retaining the master tempo of 170-bpm, the syncopation is the fascinating thing here.
Drum and bass musician dBridge has been making music for some two decades-- both solo and as part of drum and bass supergroup Bad Company-- and he might as well keep going for another two or three. The man born Darren White has been at it long after the genre went through its initial early cycle: experimental beginnings, urgent development, mainstream crossover, post-trendiness deconstruction, and being re-niched back to urgent development again. That's afforded him the sort of later-career freedom that happens to be accompanied by steady quality and the occasional revelation.
Every cultural movement eventually reaches a peak, a point after which momentum drops and ideas run dry. This usually means that the movement has run its course and most will be content to move on, to let it die out naturally. Yet there will always be die-harders who disagree — who insist that it’s just taken a wrong turn and needs a little time to recover, or that changing circumstances and fickle public opinion have killed it off prematurely.