Album review: Friction - Connections
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Pumping with energy, super slick drums and laser-sharp production, Connections bridges the gap between the accessible and the authentic. You’d imagine after 15 years in the business, you’d have totted up quite a few album releases. But not Friction. Instead, he’s a multi-award winner, former host of his own drum & bass show on BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra, co-head of globally renowned labels Shogun Audio, Elevate Records and Maraki Records and a critically acclaimed artist with tens of tracks, remixes and mixes under his belt. From a DJ and producer already so well established, we can’t really look at this as a debut… despite it absolutely being his debut. More than that, we have to look at this piece of work as a collective of Friction’s experiences over his 15-year career so far, in the guise of his single and remix releases to date.
wob- wob- wob!”
As debut’s go, Connections is the product of endless refinement, experience and proficiency of a very niche genre. While exploratory in its twists and turns through the sub-genres, it feels wholeheartedly accessible to even those most anti-drum and bass. Friction's decade (plus) in the industry and arm-length resume have enabled him to bridge the divide between mass appeal and the gritty, authenticity of the genre, and lay out his debut in such a way that it feels expertly executed for the dancefloor; it tiptoes tenderly to start, quickly ramping up the ante with precise production and raw, dirty beats.
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