Melody’s Enemy hit Kneaded Pains with their latest single, Let’s Begin recently. The Waveform Transmitter’s Niall Johnston takes stock of the accomplished record from the drum and bass/techno crossover act.
Creating a track which convincingly blends industrial sounds and orchestral symphonies with rhyme and riddim is no easy task. However, Melody’s Enemy have gone some way to achieving it with new single Let’s Begin.
After spending extensive time in the drum and bass world, Melody’s Enemy started to produce techno three or four years ago, and have released on Skream’s label Of Unsound Mind, and had a string of singles on Arc.
Their latest release, out last week, sees them return to Kneaded Pains – the label ran by Dense & Pika– with the single Let’s Begin, alongside two remixes by the don, Tiga.
The original mix commences as a pounding industrial workout with a shimmering bass, heavy on the reverb. This eases out just after the two minute mark to be replaced with a rising crackle and hiss, creating a precarious soundscape just waiting to be popped.
What follows next is not a punishing drop, but a wonderful, beat-less section of a cascading orchestral score, set with dramatic strings and low-end wind.
As this retreats the precarious soundscape returns that this time is broken by industrial kick drums and high hats. You are also greeted by the measured verses of an MC whose rhyme and swagger dominate the rest of the track.
The vocals have a raw, unedited quality meaning if hearing this track out in a club or basement (it would go down particularly well in the latter) you could be forgiven for thinking there was a live MC. This element shows a nod to the duo’s past in drum and bass, and is a refreshing take on the industrial techno sound. The track has already been spun by Alan Fitzpatrick no less, a reputable mark of quality.
Up on the flip side is the Tiga remix and dub, which omit the orchestral breakdown and switch up the versed vocal. The remixes have a more melodic, slow burning feel to them in comparison to the sharp junctions in the original.
The vocal verses are still included in full, but appear in the track in a different manner. There are also more pieces of chopped up vocal included throughout the track, which fade and rise and echo pleasingly.
The product of the remix is a totally novel track, making the release feel less like a single with two remixes and more like a 3 track EP. Both are good, but would be deployed in totally different settings out in the dance. This gives a DJ the option of how to throw in those vicious verses which are sure to get the crowd going.
Let’s Begin was released on the 17th of November and is a digital only release. Go grab it.