The time has come… We can confirm that Bristol bass veteran TC will be dropping his long-awaited second album, entitled Unleash The Wolves, on July 8 via 3Beat, home of Sigma and, most recently, High Contrast.
11-tracks deep featuring the likes of long-term collaborator Jakes, US MC Armanni Reign, Stylo G and Metrik, Unleash The Wolves sees the Don’t Play bossman returning to his dancefloor routes with a collection that’s already amassed dubplate support from the likes of Andy C, Sigma, Chase & Status, Metrik and Camo & Krooked.
“Over the last few years I have written songs and toplines for some commercially successful names including Pendulum and Sub Focus, and had a UK top 10 (Make U Bounce) with DJ Fresh,” TC tells us. “I enjoy writing for other people, but from when I was a kid all of my dreams were just to get to where I am now; making drum & bass and playing club shows. I just love that and I love my fans. That’s where I find my joy. I love playing a show and dropping a track from ’96 and the crowd will all know it and shock out to it, just like me and whoever is in the DJ booth with me are doing. You don’t always get that at bigger or more commercial shows. So with Unleash The Wolves I just really wanted to represent the underground club scene which I love.”
With his debut LP Evolution landing way back in 2007, Unleash The Wolves really has been on the calendar for years. We last spoke to the Don’t Play bossman about it in September 2014 when he told us that “not everyone will love what’s going to happen… But I want that. I want to challenge people. I want them to talk about things that they feel strongly about. After all, that’s what we do it for.”
“I still stand by that,” says the man behind countless bruisers such as Tap Ho, Deep and Get Down Low. “Mainly I wrote this album for the club scene. Having been in the game for some time and seen a lot of changes, that’s still what I feel really strongly about. But I realise that isn’t going to appeal to everybody. And that’s not a bad thing!”
Ranging from the all-out shreds and slaps of the album’s title track to the softer, guitar-twanging emotional finale Hold On by way of the Fats-fronted heritage roller Quick Jungle and the recently uploaded Metrik co-lab The Light, TC’s covered drum & bass’s ever-developing range with consistency and the production muscle he’s constantly seeking to develop.
“I’ve learnt to take more time and to concentrate on making sure that the feeling is right,” explains TC who writes, on average 10-15 tune ideas per month. “I wanted to put the magic into this album. And, at least for DJs, I wanted to make sure there was more killer than filler. I want DJs to draw for at least a few of the tunes on the album and to keep coming back to them, in the same way they come back to Tap Ho and Get Down Low.
“Those tracks are still getting played every weekend and that means a lot to me. I think since deciding to write this album, and in the process of making it I have come to know myself a lot better. I write a lot of different tracks all the time, but most don’t see the light of day. Because I focused on the club tracks for this LP it helped me to realise that’s what I enjoy the most. I just love making music that’s built for the clubs and I love seeing people react to those records.”
Now it’s time for your reaction. Over the coming months TC will be revealing each track in the build up to the release on July 8.