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Everyone knows what L Plus can do. If you’re not quite with the programme yet, we’re talking expertly-designed layers of synth, thousand-horsepower basslines and iron fist drums. All that, constructed with a rare combination of elegant musicality and a strictly party-hyping attitude. Got that now? OK, let’s get into this.
Speed of Light goes first, setting the scene with a typically wide-open cosmic intro.
Melodic arpeggiated figures filter in and around their own reverb, until shocked into submission by the sudden arrival of an insistent bass tone marking out the half-beats. This double-time assault builds to a drop which shows the dancefloor exactly what L Plus is up to. He’s taken a classic walking bass pattern and used subtle modulations and precision-engineered drum sounds to make every offbeat pop and crackle with its own extra burst of energy. Simultaneously a production masterclass and a tune to spark the laziest rave into action.
Then Carbon turns the page to the next chapter of the same story. Going straight in with the bass pattern right from the top, this one shares DNA with some of the funkier techstep from around the turn of the millennium. It’s all about the targeted deployment of builds and fills which somehow continue to deliver a new surge of high-power bass and drum each and every time. With only a few perfectly-crafted elements in play, L Plus manages to conjure up a sound that’s contemporary yet classic. This is 2014 dance music, but made by a true head that recognises the heritage.
So this is where L Plus shows a new facet to his sound. As well as delivering stadium-size harmonies and heart-palpitating builds, he can also take things a shade rawer and provide some rhythm-section funk too. And he can do that without sacrificing any of the musicality or production quality he’s known for. With another weapon in his armoury, this Bratislavan badman’s even more dangerous.