Single Review: Lee Mvtthews - Turning Back [Dark Machine Records]
Lee Mvtthews are one of the biggest names among a new breed of NZ Drum & Bass producers making a mark on the global stage. Fresh off a big 2019 which saw the release of their debut LP Bones, a slew of awards at the Georgies as well regular appearances on club and festival lineups, their latest single is a perfect distillation of their powerful, upbeat sound.
This is the first release on new label Dark Machine Records out of Australia, which promises to promote 'forward-thinking bass music'. Turning Back fits firmly in the well-established dancefloor sub-genre of DnB, and while it doesn't push many boundaries in terms of the main features of that sub-genre (soaring vocals, catchy riffs and an uplifting, pop-like vibe), it does all three of these with accuracy and a genuine sense of fun.
The lead vocal refrain (by Tom Lee, one half of the duo) is fist-pumpingly anthemic, with lyrics hinting at the duo's own career ascension. The floaty breakdown segments soar with dreamily nostalgic arpeggios giving way to stomping drops, and there's a satisfying WOMP WOMP WOMP bass progression that brings a delicious nastiness, ensuring things don't get overly saccharine (a trap that lesser dancefloor producers can easily fall in to). It's an assured tune from a pair who have clearly mastered their tools and sound, and in a year that has already seen some seminal dancefloor releases (such as Metrik's Ex Machina), it has the potential to bring the duo even more recognition.
Stream the tune here.