The UK underground has always been made up of a mixed blend of innovators and creators, with so many different genres of underground dance music spawning and fusing over the years being the evidence of that need for continuous creation and sonic exploration. This mixed bag of influences is one of the reasons why the UK’s underground is held in such high global acclaim. Today, we are going to be taking a closer look at someone who, for us at least, has been at the forefront of pushing new underground sounds for the best part of a decade, never failing to find exciting new avenues to unleash his unique production style upon, be it UK carnival or underground techno.
We are of course talking about the legend known at Redlight, one of the UK’s gemstones across numerous genres, from his oldschool work in a much more soca & funky influenced field, to the now purely electronic bliss he has unveiled with this brand new ‘Radius’ project. Dance music albums are always a risk, as finding the perfect balance between variation and creativity whilst also maintaining your own house style is a task that proves too tricky for most.
This one seems to have hit the nail on the head however, as we kick off with smooth harmonic layering and crunchy 2-stepping drum textures of ‘Crystal Rain’, giving us a charming introduction, which is then chased up by the more drum-heavy breaksy sounds of both ‘Pandora’ and ‘Cassini’, before ‘Domes’ diverts the attention back to a much more garage-influenced style of arrangement, driven by spacy vocal pads and punchy kicks. The main theme of this project seems to be designed around switching between breaks & garage constantly, with the next two tracks (Prevail & Every) leaping back into choppy drum work and glittering arpeggio placements, showcasing a level of delicacy within Redlight’s production which we were really pleased to seem him flex.
We move into a much more euphoric zone next as ‘Dream Future Question’ unleashes a fabulous display of soundscape action, with hardcore drums providing the rhythm and a tonne of synthesizer pads painting the fun above. Finally, ‘Voyage’ gives us a pretty tasty outro piece, combining hopping synth sounds with shaky breaks and distant vocal delays for a finessey-finish, again showing why Redlight commands so much respect across the breadth of the UK underground.
You can preview the full album via our friends at JunoDownload below: