AA. The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn (Undercoat pt. 2)
Two tracks of epic proportions for the 2nd full release from DjRUM on 2nd Drop. Clocking in at an immense 18 mins, it should really be EP or mini album, yet these monster tracks are two glowing paragon’s of bass music.
The opening track from DjRUM's outstanding mix for Mary Anne Hobbs back in early Sept 2011, Watermark begins with a wonderful flourish of harp arpeggios and obscure movie samples before dropping into a dubbed out techno pulse. Replete with Djrum's trademark ambience and decaying sound palate, Watermark is both soft and delicate, whilst powerful and robust. It's no surprise that he can count T++, Craig Richards (Tyrant), Gilles Peterson and Scuba as fans.
On the flip, The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn (Undercoat pt.2) is the final instalment of the Mountains EP released in Aug 2011. Starting out as a VIP of Undercoat to explore its further techno reaches, the track quickly took on a life of its own, and has now morphed into a widescreen canvas rumbling down each vein of reference and subtly embellishing it further whilst bringing in new elements to complete the story and the Mountains saga. Or is it....
And finally, we are once again delighted to present the highly respected artist Will Barras as responsible for the fine artwork for this release. We wanted to build on and reference the previous Djrum artwork from Matt Taylor, and Will took it down a darker bovine strand, depicting a gothic afterlife where the army of the apocalypse ride skull headed beasts through the desolate wastes of the world. www.willbarras.com
Released by: 2nd Drop Records
Release/catalogue number: 2NDRP12017
Release date: Jul 23, 2012