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London Road Limited Vinyl 2LP Set

Modestep

Label: Max Records
Release Date: 25 May 2015
Format: LP Vinyl

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Modestep London Road Limited Vinyl 2LP Set

Overview:
If Modesteps original chart success in 2011 was brilliantly unexpected, based on music they made for a bit of a laugh, as they put it, can you imagine where they ll go now they've made an album they love? London Road, say brothers Josh and Tony Friend, is the real deal, an accurate representation of the four-piece they've become, and a passionate tribute to their home city. We got into this music from going out to London clubs, Josh, explains, We were lucky enough to have that access. Now this musics blown up all over the world but it came from here, the British created this vibe from how parts of London are so darkly atmospheric. We want to push that, to show those roots. London is a melting pot, adds Tony, More and more people who are into scenes, even in a purist way, are not so exclusive. Things can meet in middle garage, drum & bass, but rock and punk too. Lots of lovers of the harder styles of electronic music come from metal... Modestep have also benefited from new guitarist Kyle Deek, and drummer Pat Lundy filling things out, actively contributing to London Road, an album that was recorded over the course of a year in a lone house out on open farmland. We rented a property in middle of nowhere instead of a studio, laughs Josh, on the premise we could make as much noise as we liked. Modestep fans will be pleased to hear that the album explodes with that noise, unafraid to mash industrial dubstep attack into Rage Against The Machine-style riffage. It also contains a who's who of collaborators, chosen not for their commercial clout, but because they re at the vanguard of the sounds Modestep love. The opening tune Damien, lays down the gauntlet, operatic in intensity, with Cockney geezer actor Alan Ford (AKA Brick Top from Guy Richie's Snatch) fuming, Listen ere, you, right. You think you can just come in ere and take over from something we all built together? Who the f**k do you think you are? Produced with masked bass music DJ Funtcase, the tune is a tribute to dubsteps heritage as a sample of Ford is also used on Roscos 2009 classic Cockney Thug. From there on the pace seldom abates. Russian-Ukrainian outfit Teddy Killerz appear on the hard blues-rock flavoured Make You Mine, after originally working with Modestep on 2013's Inside My Head (featuring Ghetts). The two groups bonded on a trip to Russia. They don't speak a word of English but they do speak vodka, sighs, Josh, they made us drink tumbler after tumbler until we were both crying in the corner. Another cut, the dancehall drum & bass thrash of Circles, sees ragga-metallers Skindred letting rip. We've seen them at festivals many times, says Tony, Their live show always blows us away, a high energy hybrid, and the track we did with them is f*****g insane. Dutch electro-hip hop duo The Partysquad pop up on the catchy, skanking Rainbow, a tune Modestep say is a tribute to the American party sound but dipped in London flavour. It s one of those numbers that's liable to send a festival crowd through the roof, contagious but off-the-planet danceable. The pace changes - while still maintaining heaviosity - on On Our Own and Sing, musical adventures where the brothers worked, respectively, with longterm musical heroes and underground dubstep legends Culprate and Trolley Snatcha, Both collaborations maintain their well-earned roots in the core of the scene. London Road ends with Modestep's ballistic take on grime, collaborating with producer Rude Kid and a host of MCs such as Big Narstie, Discarda, Dialect, Flowdan, Frisco and LayZ. That was one hectic session, recalls Josh, All of them in one room and Big Narstie s personality counts for about 30 people all by himself.

Featured Tracks:
1. Damien (Modestep & Funtcase)
2. Make You Mine (Modestep & Teddy Killerz)
3. Machines
4. On Our Own (Modestep & Culprate)
5. Feel Alive
6. Rainbow (Modestep & The Partysquad)
7. Snake
8. Nightbus Home
9. Seams
10. Sing (Modestep & Trolley Snatcha)
11. Circles (Modestep & Skindred)
12. Game Over (Modestep ft. Big Narstie, Dialect, Discarda, Flowdan, Frisco, Rude Kid & LayZ)
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