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As one of the most versatile singer-songwriter-emcees the scene has produced, Youngman does a lot more than DnB. 2017, though, sees him prove his junglist credentials once again. He’s featured on huge tracks like Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s Steal My Heart and Wilkinson’s Hypnotic, played huge shows, and, now, he’s dropped another solo release on Technique. His reworked garage classic Sorry has already hit Spotify’s Viral Top 20 this year, and he’s back with the follow-up.
The Spinning project encompasses three versions of the song, created with Kai Smith, a songwriter who’s worked with a string of A-listers including P Money, Dirtyphonics and Example. This first taste, the Sunrise Mix, takes Youngman’s vocal and wraps it in smooth, sensual liquid. Delicately silky pads and strings set the scene, with just a subtle touch of percussion to give the song room to breathe.
Then, as the molten, enveloping heat of the bassline drops, and the rolling beats get the dance moving, that “I’m still spinning” riff gets inside your head and stays there. This is hands-in-the-air sing-along material that’s got summertime anthem written all over it. It’s undoubtedly going to be blasting out across raves, radio and festivals everywhere this year.
This is one of that rare breed, a truly vocal-led DnB project. And, with Fred V & Grafix on the buttons, this interpretation of the tune seems so complete that it’s hard to imagine how another producer is going to twist it. With two more versions to come though, there’s more Spinning where that came from.