nCamargo – Mesmerized EP
£1.00 – £4.50
Cat: INFORM 012
Released: 14 July 2014
2. Summer Love
After the sublime underground sounds from Konfront.Audio that was INFORM011, Inform Records are back for more with another stellar release from a name who is rapidly becoming one of the most prolific artists in the Inform stable: nCamargo.
Listening to his music it’s hard to believe that the Brazilian wunderkind is only 19, given the maturity and depth of his beats, and here he lives up to the hype with an EP that’ll surprise you and pushes the envelope of what D&B can be.
‘Mesmerised’ kicks the EP off in stunning style and really showcases nCamargo’s lovely unique style. Starting off with gentle rising pads and some nice unctuous percussion that rolls along into a nice subtle drop. Its bass is soft, working alongside the pads and vox to create something that works as a bold stroke of liquid funkiness. If this tune were a colour, it’d be a gentle pastel shade, something that you’d paint your room in.
‘Odyssey’ is much akin to its namesake, an epic deep roller based around that D&B staple, the amen break. It’s synthetic sounding pads work alongside the gentle evolving drum break, with new percussion coming in on every 32 to take the listener on a journey through the deeper side of D&B, backed up with a strange combination: a gentle reece bassline. It’s epic, trust.
‘Sensations’ starts much the same way as Odyssey; with an amen and rising pads but as it builds and drops you realise that it’s a very different creature indeed. It’s both gentle and funky, something with enough pace to go off in the double drop but also sensitive enough to relax to. Sublime.
‘Summer Love’ kicks off with a chunky hip-hop break and builds on those vibes with some jazzy sax samples and some lush drum breaks brought out by a subtle vox sample. It really is a tune for the summer; laid back, relaxed and with enough funk to make the late great James Brown sit up and take notice.
Back on form with another release pushing the envelope for liquid D&B, Inform Records have their teeth stuck into the coming year. Stay locked.