A Bit of This, a Bit of That
The group of British producers spent three years perfecting this album which is full to the brim with top-notch collaborations.
After making a name for themselves in drum’n’bass, Rudimental have broadened their horizons and entered the world of electro producers who focus on making the charts in R&B and reggae. Jamaican artists have always been linked to the jungle/drum’n’bass movement and Rudimental doesn’t shy away from celebrating this tradition, inviting three stars from the new roots scene, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid and Chronix, to work alongside them. The first features on the single Toast to Our Differences with its afrobeat/dancehall/pop instrumentation, the second teams up with rappers Maverick Sabre and Kojey Radical on No Pain, a trip hop track infused with reggae, and the third wrote one of the album’s three drum’n’bass tracks, Dark Clouds, with a ragga/jungle flow similar to the ones from the early 90’s.
On the rest of this opulent album comprising of fifteen tracks, the group has included a little of almost every genre (house, UK garage, reggaeton, hip-hop) in a kind of “musical melting-pot” of chart-music, like on These Days with Macklemore, Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen which puts emphasis on vocals and the chorus. Another highlight is the lovely duet by British artists Ray BLK and Stefflon Don on Scared of Love, which will undoubtedly be one of next summer’s hits. With this new album, Rudimental have settled themselves nicely somewhere between Major Lazer and AlunaGeorge.
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