Freestylers Feat. Laura Steel – Falling
‘Falling’ is the third cut from the Freestylers new album ‘The Coming Storm.’ It’s hauntingly beautiful and melancholic bass echoes their 2011 single ‘Cracks’ – which was the biggest Dubstep tune of the year. The jump up drums and drumstep FX are punctuated by the atmospherically visceral vocals of Laura Steel.
(Forthcoming through Rub-A-Duck Recordings, 13 Jan 2014)
On their Original version, ‘Falling’s early light-box atmospherics fade fast into whip-quick two-step snares & kicks, snapping rim-shot percussion recoil and speaker reaping distortion. Subbing up the LFO, ‘Falling’ walks the line between the viscera of its floor-capitalising jump-up drums, and the bravura of its cultured, darkly beautiful and moody bass. As the drumstep FX burns, Laura Steel’s vocal brings the track its coup-de-grace moment, sealing ‘Falling’s lightning into the bottle.
Taking the track to stylistic spaces far and wide, Stanton Warriors, AfterHours and Wickaman marshal to deliver ‘Falling’ some speaker-kicking reworks.
Firing their treatment up with chunky tribal house drums and loud, echoing percussion, through a mid-mix skim of the pitch-wheel, the Stantons’ skew ‘Falling’ back into break-beat terrain. Using its immersive opening pads & chords to underpin Laura’s vocals in the break, at the top of the drop they cut, chop & loop them to dizzyingly infectious effect.
Carving out a soulful, late-into-the-night vibe for the track, the AfterHours crew brings ‘Falling’ some deeper house juice. Playing perfectly off Laura’s vocals, through its Todd Terry-like beats and subby London Town bass, it’ll prove an irresistible tonic for Disclosure and Duke Dumont heads alike.
Recalibrating ‘Falling’ to its Original drum ‘n’ bass theme, UK fast-riser Wickaman seizes the remix controls. Blowing up the tempo, he plies his mix with ram-raiding beats, swerving, mass event FX, renegade distortion and Laura’s outstanding vocals to create some seriously dark sonic matter.
Be it house, breaks or drum & bass, there’s a mix here for you. ‘Falling’ drops Jan 13th.