The most righteous DnB drum programming I’ve ever heard. While hitting the studio with Max D a couple weeks ago, he threw down a rubbery bassline that reminded him of a certain seminal DnB artist: Boymerang. I had never heard of their music, which prompted a youtube deep dive into Boymerang’s 1997 Balance of The Force on Astralwerks. Urban Space (Track 3) has that rubbery bassline Max was referencing (it’s so nasty), but after a 2nd listen of this album, the final track, Lazarus, absolutely stunned me.
A familiar Apache drum break skates through the 9 minutes of this track, but never remains stagnant. That’s straightup Boymerang genius; the delicate intricacy of maintaining a constantly chopped beat, seamlessly. Smooth, “lost in the dessert” synth pads creep in and out of the mix with patient pacing and deliver a sense of “yea, you’re going on a journey here, m8!” I also can feel the amount of time and attention this piece needed to assemble and that’s what makes it extra special.