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The annual drum & bass mecca is nearly upon us. Every year, thousands of drum & bass revellers descend on Prague’s Let it Roll festival, a gathering which has expanded and become one of the genre’s largest celebrations. The global drum & bass elite meet for three days of explosive line ups. And once again the definitive imprint Ram Records is taking over with their groundbreaking roster, preparing to unleash their formidable sounds onto Let it Roll’s vast audience.
It’s not just the live aspect which makes Let it Roll such a revered part of the drum & bass world; it’s the releases which help build anticipation for the festival. This year, Ram Records delivers another four track EP to set the mood for their forthcoming takeover, featuring special guests and Ram’s renowned names for an explosive introduction to the Let it Roll experience.
Rene LaVice needs little introduction, with his offering ‘Back’ making a welcome return to the signature which has become a resounding part of the Ram back catalogue. ‘Back’ drags you into a sonic landscape which ebbs and flows between each drum break, taking you deeper and deeper with shaking percussion and a climatic second breakdown. Rene’s delivery is followed by next guest Sound in Noise, who returns to Ram for the aggressive sonic assault ‘WHAT!’. Each spike of distortion punches through to the synapses, creating a carefully manufactured yet disjointed drum & bass track which is sure to get crowds moving.
Next up, Teddy Killerz and Signal offer up their collaboration ‘Funky Feeling’. Whilst Teddy Killerz has dominated 2017 with their debut Ram Records LP ‘Nightmare Street’, Signal has become a household name after winning the coveted ‘Best Newcomer’ prize at the 2016 Drum & Bass Arena Awards. Two formidable forces come together to provide a smashing, tech-driven piece which solidifies Ram’s reputation as a pedestal for innovative music.
And finally comes Intermatic’s ‘Late Entry’, a newly emerging duo who’s been taking centre stage over the past few months across both the UK and European scene. ‘Late Entry’ pulls you through pitches of rumbling distortion, with a dancefloor-lead vocal cutting between the meticulously constructed mix. Ram flexes their A&R skill with the signing of Intermatic’s fresh cut, proving that despite their twenty five years of success, they still continue to draw some of the most versatile sounds from the underground.
The EP provides a snapshot into what Ram has in store for Let it Roll –let them soundtrack the countdown. And with roster stalwarts Calyx & Teebee taking on the opening ceremony, this year will be the biggest yet for the label with the clock ticking for their Czech invasion.