Metalheadz have just dropped the C-bomb. And the drum & bass world instantly became a happier place…
George Levings is about to re-ignite the Commix machine as a solo operator and he’s already got three EPs ready to unleash. The short but sweet announcement confirms that the three-part release is already mastered, will drop imminently and there’s plenty more to come.
We thought we’d celebrate this return with a selection of Commix’s finest moments for this week’s Six Of The Best feature. As with all of these features, picking just six is painful… We’ve missed out loads so please list your own favourites in the comments section!
Commix – Roots Train (2004)
That conga, those dubby echoes and textures, that velvet sub rubbing you up every step of the way. Look up roller in the D&B Dictionary and this comes up top. Released on Hospital in 2004 as part of the Future Sound Of Cambridge EP with Logistics and Nu:Tone, it lives up to its future tag…
dBridge Vs Commix – Providence (2005)
Still got that D&B Dictionary open? Good… look up timeless liquid soul. Providence should be right at the top. So bulbous and full-flavoured yet there’s space around every element. Funky, too; there’s an almost jump-up feel to the bass dynamic here. Obviously this wasn’t the only time Commix worked with the White family. D&B’s finest romance theme (dBridge’s True Romance notwithstanding) How You Gonna Feel featured the vocals of Darren’s brother Steve Spacek.
Origin Unknown – Lunar Bass (Commix Remix) (2008)
Switching up Andy C and Ant Miles’ 96 classic with serious depth and darkness, this 2008 shake-up is one of our favourite examples of Commix remix clarity. The sub does some serious chatting over thundering drums, making it one of the stand out tracks on Andy C’s still-firing Nightlife 4 mix.
Commix – Talk To Frank (2007)
Here’s another example of the darker Commix style. That bassline! Similar to Fresh’s Heavyweight but delivered two years before, that rumbling low end groan can still slay a floor eight years later… And works as an essential double drop tool.
Commix – Satellite Song (2005)
Shut up and listen to this bassline. 10 years old and this could still charm the pants off a dancefloor against modern productions. This reappeared on Commix’s legendary album Call To Mind in the form of an Underground Resistance remix, joining the dots between the genres and tempos in a way that’s now common place but certainly wasn’t in the mid/late zeroes.
Commix – Be True (2007)
No Commix list would be complete without this. A perennial anthem that will always get an electrifying reaction when dropped. For just one example of its timelessness and versatility check Spor’s Essential Mix from earlier this year when he double drops Ulterior Motive’s Sideways with Be True. No more words necessary.