Within the ever-expanding breadth of UK bass music, CruCast have without a doubt established themselves as one of the scene’s front running projects. They clearly make a conscious effort to keep a consistent run of releases, pulling a perfect blend between new, exciting talent and their well established roster, which consists of some of the scenes most sought after producers and MCs.
To kick off 2020 with a real level of consistency, we have noticed the CruCast team working in a much more precise release pattern, focussing all of their energies onto a brand new single very Friday, alongside scattering numerous EP’s around their now intensely packed schedule. So far this year, we have seen them introduce music from Subsonic, who linked up with Prima for the tearout D&B flavours of ‘Don’t Let Go’, alongside a tasty three track drop from MPH, an artist who seemingly finds it blissfully easy to switch the vibes between UK bass and garage.
For this Friday’s drop, the CruCast team invite the sounds of NLMT to the party, who touches down ready to cause somewhat of a ruckus in the rave. Already this year we have seen NLMT feature on the JunoDownload podcast, alongside an additional CruCast feature towards the very end of 2019. He lands with rave-ready intent, taking a pretty classic vocal sample and revamping it into a piece of bassline dynamite in ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’.
Now, it’s simple to take a vocal sample and throw some bass sounds around it willy nilly, but this rework feels a lot more purposefully designed, focussing in on tight breakdowns and reworking the vocal into an almost garage-like chop approach, keeping the lead line rolling as an atmospheric twist over the pure rawkus energy of the bass instrumentation we face once comfroted with the track’s killer drop.
For us, this is how to rework a classic vocal and keep it exciting. This one is out now and you can check out the preview below: