This review covers the liquid drum n bass track Sub.Sound – Feel the Buzz.
This track was released in 2014 online for free.
The track starts off with a kick, high hat, and some chords. A melody joins in for a brief moment. The bigger element that comes in are the chopped vocals which really gets this track going.
A drop hits early on which has a melody. The melody is carried through a quick build-up. The track kicks into gear with the main melody for a nice portion of the track.
From there, a second drop hits. Another melody is carried through, but this one has a more plucked and bell-like sound. The build-up takes longer, so the more gentle melody certainly makes sense. From there, the track builds up again.
After that, the chopped vocals make a return. This is backed with a slower variation of the drum kit. From there, a main melody is heard through a subsequent drop before the track goes into high gear again.
The drum kit varies between the slower variation and the faster variation which really keeps things interesting. The track breaks down one last time with a melody leading the track out.
One thing I do notice is that the construction of this track is definitely different than a lot of others I’ve been hearing lately. Most tracks have a few sections to keep things simple. In addition, the changes between sections happen at a slow to moderate pace. In this track, the sections are shorter and more rapid fire.
There are inherent risks associated with a concept like this. One of the biggest one is that people wouldn’t get a chance to enjoy the different sections before the track moves on to the next part. So flow is certainly crucial when dealing with a track with this kind of rapid changes.
Flow is certainly something this track nails nicely. Each melody melds together very nicely. The chopped vocals are very well integrated. No one section is weak and nothing has to keep the track afloat as each part is so strong.
Another thing I like about this track is the seeming change in tempo. I think what is really happening is that fewer kicks and snares are being placed on the bar which simulates the slowdown, but I can’t be 100% certain on that. Either way, it really gives the track a nice amount of variety, keeping the track interesting from beginning to end.
Overall, this is a great track to listen to. Though there is a lot going on in this track, it flows so seamlessly together, it only adds to the listening experience. Each element adds something interesting to the track. Ultimately, this is an auditory journey that is worth taking. A great track all around that I certainly recommend.