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Beta Recordings Space-Captain, Retro-Synth-80s connoisseur and flagrant rule shredder John B touches down in his drop-ship from a stacked touring schedule with a genuinely singular piece of work: â€˜Approaching Zeroâ€™.
Over a year in the making, conducting and fusing the creative compositional skills of Russian multi-instrumentalist (& professional drone cameraman) Tairum and longstanding vocal cohort Xenturion Prime (FKA Code64), â€˜Approaching Zeroâ€™ is the culmination of all Johnâ€™s signature muses: Stark futurism, 23rd century romanticism, time travel paradoxes, lavish 80s aesthetics and dancefloor theatrics, all wrapped up tightly in a neon glowing contemporary D&B production pressure cooker.
Itâ€™s a quintessential example of the Synthwave/Epic-Retro-80s influenced Drum & Bass John has been honing and pioneering for over the last 15 years.
Galvanised by Bjorn from Xenturion Primeâ€™s vocals alluding to meeting your past self in the future, approaching end of life (and mildly chiding the loudness war stormtroopers with its 0RMS double entendre) â€˜Approaching Zeroâ€™ shines an entirely different light on typical songwrit- ing trends in Drum & Bass and expresses Johnâ€™s love for all things 80s to the very detail.
From his own VHS-era 80s Sci-Fi cyber art video to the unique unplugged version that strips the song back to its chords and acoustic guitar, this is the future â€˜synthwaveâ€™ inspired D&B sound of John B that the past John B has been focused on since he championed his own distinctive â€˜Trance and Bassâ€™ direction with his infamous (now highly collectable) â€˜Trance & Bassâ€™ Mixmag cover CD many moons ago.
Will this be his legacy? See you at the edge of the universe….