Samy Nicks & Rekwest - A Decade of Music LP
Release Date: April 2nd, 2021
Label: Amusement Audio
Hailing from London and Toronto respectively, the international DJ/production duo took the drum and bass world by storm in the late 2000s, carving a niche for themselves with a run of bold releases on Jaydan’s Smokin’ Riddims and Tyke’s Holographic Audio before migrating to Nicks’ newly formed label in 2015. Not forgetting releases on Multi Function, Dub Damage, Biological Beats, Octave, Tenton and many more.
Today a veritable heavyweight of the D&B scene, Glitch City has spent the past few years making strides not only as the mastermind behind Amusement Audio but also as an in-demand soloist, securing releases on top labels including The Prototypes’ Get Hype Records, Matrix & Futurebound’s Viper Recordings and RAM Records imprint Program. With his own label now in full swing and a plethora of new talents like Dreadnaught and Too Greezey among its alumni, he continues to prove himself to be one of the UK’s most multifaceted talents and has now revisited his original moniker for one last time.
Formed of both old and new productions, A Decade of Music marks the end of an era for the duo, with its artwork serving as an ingenious collage of historical artwork and show flyers from the pair’s past. Sonically, the LP showcases their versatility across the D&B spectrum, opening with the riotous, drumstep-inspired “Dear Diary” before traversing a range of other styles including woodblock-oriented, patois-tinged dancefloor D&B on “Can’t Run Away”, jazzy, syncopated halftime on “It’s Complicated” and gnarled, stuttering jump-up on “Audio Vandalism” to name but a few of the many sounds on offer.
Taking cues from different corners of the scene while showcasing their signature fusion of club-ready sensibilities with underground grit, it’s a worthy testament to the twosome’s forward-thinking outlook. While several of the tracks have been stashed away for some time and have become sought-after dubplates after enjoying early rotation on the airwaves, they’re all sounding as fresh as ever today, resulting in a compilation perfect for devoted fans and new listeners alike.
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