Stately, sun-spattered, soulful and subtle: Thereâ€™s a particular type of D&B track that fits the summer like a pair of Ray Bans. Something that works perfectly at festivals. Something that the house lovers will resonate with. Something to cruise to all your party destinations to.
Every summer has a small selection of releases that fit that successfully fit that billâ€¦ And we have two, courtesy of emerging UK talent Virtue. With previous outings on E-Motion and Influenza – plus a major co-lab with fellow Gloucester D&B champ Callide and heavy championship by John B both live and in his weekly podcasts – Virtue has set a solid foundation for a long-lasting career in beatsâ€¦ And heâ€™s taking it next level right here.
We kick off with â€˜Blow My Mindâ€™. Opening with a misty, filtered key refrain, it grabs attention instantly. Soaked in emotion-laden chords, each new element adds more majestic texture before an arresting vocal surges into the mix and leads into one of the most crisp drops weâ€™ve heard in a long time. Nodding referentially to the mid-to-late noughties golden era, thereâ€™s a loose, breathy lushness to the fusion, allowing each element to sit comfortably and naturally in the mix. Meltdown guaranteed.
â€˜Think Of Youâ€™ follows. Igniting with a slightly harder edge, a hooky synth line takes the lead before windy pads, dynamic breakbeats and a well-executed vocal loop fire up the groove. Before we know it weâ€™re deep into that purring, rolling summer bass sound, swimming in a sea of blissed out sonics that manage to sooth and slap in equal measure. Complete with a dramatic half tempo breakdown which strips the tracks back to its bare elements before rebuilding again, itâ€™s yet another surefire case for a sweet summer showdown.
Seasonal timing couldnâ€™t be better; Virtue has nailed two creations that will blast right through the sunny sessions and keep us warm in the months that follow. With a wealth of future material ready to unleash, this hardworking, talented newcomer is only just coming to the fore. And right now heâ€™s doing it on Beta. Bring on the summer!
TRACKLISTING: 1. Blow My Mind 2. Think Of You