Drumsound/Bassline Smith – Clap Your Hands review

Artist: Drumsound/Bassline Smith
Title: Clap Your Hands
Label: Technique
Genre: Drum And Bass
Format: 12″, Digital
Buy From: Juno Records, Juno Download

Always on top of their game, Drumsound (aka producers Andrew Wright and Ben Wigget) team up with long-time collaborator Simon “Bassline” Smith for this epic release on Technique that will no doubt keep them at the top of the D&B tree. Having dropped classics in the past such as Cold Turkey, Odyssey and Everybody Pump, they still enjoy tons of support from dj’s like Annie Mac and Zane Lowe and Clap Your Hands is likely to extend their fanbase even more.

The original is a jump-up mix of beats, churchy piano licks and some fresh gospel vocal samples that break out in the chorus to preach: “Somebody shout Hallelujah, somebody shout amen”. It’s a barrel load of fun, but if D&B’s not exactly your thing there are some excellent versions in different styles to get you on board. The House mix for example is perfectly transplanted to a 130bpm tempo and works really well as a quality electro banger. Similarly, the dubstep mix takes it down to a cool half-step and adds a lot of glitchy bass for good measure. The Phetsta mix is the one that the dj’s will want to pounce on first though, as it brilliantly switches between D&B and electro mid-song, making it a valuable tool for effortlessly changing between genres during sets. Yet again Drumsound and Bassline come up withe the goods – there’s absolutely no way you won’t be feeling this tune after just one listen.

Review: Oliver Keens