a/ Rhyming In Fives - Hindsight
b1/ Rhyming In Fives - With You (Ft. Hana)
b2/ Rhyming In Fives - All's Well
Release Date - 5th October 2018
Blocks and Escher’s own label Narratives Music returns with its second release of 2018 and presents a package of special music that has gained regular plays across BBC Radio 1 and throughout the summer festival season.
The A Side of this split single sees the relative newcomer, Ilk, shine brightly with “The Sound of Falling”. This beautifully emotive piece toes the line between melancholia and energy with its instantly recognisable intro of doppler effect brass fading down into a wall of reece and driving percussion. Having gained weekly plays on Rene La Vice’s radio show, featured as DJMag’s Stone Cold killer track for September and gained the highest praise from the likes of Doc Scott; “The Sound of Falling” is as close as Narratives Music gets to a ‘summer anthem’.
The double A side see’s SB81 return to the Narratives Camp with the futuristic tech step of “Reversal”. Cold and minimal, this piece cuts a contrasting tone to the A Side and replaces emotion with sheer mood and a narrative wholeheartedly dystopian. For a track with little emphasis on soul, “Reversal” has still fed the appetite across the sub genres of drum & bass and found its way into the record bag of luminaries such as Lenzman, Kid Drama and Loxy to name but a few.
a1. Ilk - The Sound Of Falling
b1. SB81 - Reversal
Released 29th June 2018
With the completion and imminent release of Blocks & Escher’s debut album for Metalheadz, the duo turn their attention firmly back to their own label and kick off a stream of releases for 2018.
Narratives is proud to present this single from one of Blocks & Escher favourite artists, SB81. Shaun Bateman aka SB81 has released on labels across the Drum and Bass scene, in most recent years on the Metalheadz camp and crowned an amazing 2017 with his remix of J Majiks seminal classic “It’s Yours”.
SB81’s debut for Narratives, once again combines the artists passion for late 90s authenticity with the production of today. A producer who wears his influences on his sleeve, the A Side here draws on a time when austere tech drums effortlessly danced amidst whirling organic strings,stabs and synth roars.
The flip side offers an ear catching display in rhythm experimentation, subversion and broad strokes of colour. At times claustrophobic, at times dense but on occasion drenched in hopeful strings and emotion. A track to lose oneself in and to raise questions - a notion only enforced by the repeated vocal line, asking “Who are you?”..
b. Who Are You
Released 23rd June 2017
b. The Connection
Blocks & Escher are very proud to present Narratives 010 and with it the follow up release to Rhyming in Fives’ 2013 debut. It is over a year since Rhyming in Fives grabbed the attention of Drum & Bass and wider bass music scenes with the genre blurring Hindsight EP; garnering Single of the Month in Mixmag, BBC Radio play from the likes of Mistajam, and being hailed by a diverse range of DJs from Paul Woolford and Doc Scott to Jamie Vexx and Om Unit.
As quickly as Rhyming in Fives arrived, the elusive artist retreated back into the studio leaving only the debut EP and a much acclaimed podcast to be revisited and celebrated.
A year on and at last we are shown that the time has been well spent. The Light Leaks EP shows how the sound has matured and blossomed; an extended player of variety and woven themes that most long player albums could only aspire to be.
Flickering through tempo and mood, dancefloor energy to reflective melancholy, Light Leaks crafts a journey and tale that fans of Narratives Music will have grown accustomed to, but painted in a way that only Rhyming in Fives can.
a1. Rhyming in Fives - Light Leaks
a2. Rhyming in Fives - Mnemonic
b1. Rhyming in Fives - Into The Sunset
b2. Rhyming in Fives - Exposed
A1 – Moon & Stars: The very chilled and relaxing Moon & Stars opens up the EP. This goes into the deep laid back vibe, with drifting pad washes and subtle pan stabs. The understated kick drum, hi-hats and clap create simple but effective groove, with a background rumbling bass accompaniment. The lead sounds sit well in the mix and the overall balance of sounds is tight, definitely one for the early AM business.
A2 – Patriarch: Retaining the downtempo mellow vibe from the previous tune, but has a more dramatic feel overall.... mainly due to the beat work that has a punchier feel, but without getting out of control on heaviness. The soundscape has a lot of tidy detailing, wrapped in a dare I say an almost rave like stab. Don’t let this put you off as the way its used is very understated and works well. The piano parts are fitting throughout and give a positive atmosphere over the more melancholic background pads.
B1 – Haven (Ft. Jennifer Hall): Slowdown shut you eyes and drift away with this very beautiful, peaceful jam. Jennifer Hall’s vocals on this are stunning, and are mixed to perfection. Blocks use of space between the vox is what gives that touch of magic. The beats are hypnotic, especially when coupled with the live sounding bass. The use of string sounds on the track compliment, giving a thought provoking quality.
B2 – Séance: The final tune has a very different approach. Not in terms of soundscape or tempo, as this falls into the slower chilled arena. Thing is this track has a film score atmosphere to it and real drama. The main attraction here is the 80’s style pulsating bassline that has pure drama written large all over it. The pads and effect-based sounds used are superb and have a edgy feel to them. Get you retro hats for this one, its got one leg in the past of synth noodles of old, and another in a space age future. EPIC.
a1/ Blocks - Moon & Stars
a2/ Blocks - Patriarch
b1/ Blocks - Haven (Ft. Jennifer Hall)
b2/ Blocks - Séance