Drum and Bass quartet, Rudimental have had a pretty good 2012, winning the award for Best Video at the Urban Music Awards and getting countless nominations including one for best British Single at the BRIT Awards. The band is now releasing their much-anticipated debut Home. We had a listen and here are our thoughts.
The album kicks off with the title-track, Home. The song is a solid start to the album, with its mellow vibe and sexy female vocals. If you were expecting some drum and bass then you would be mistaken this is all r’n’b.
Next up is the single that propelled the band into the charts, Feel The Love featuring John Newman. We love this track with its mellow vocals and big drop during the chorus this is just enough Drum and Bass to keep us happy.
We reach Right Here, which features Foxes. The track kicks off hauntingly and has quite a good drop. Again Rudimental only give us the right amount of Drum and Bass. It isn’t overbearing in fact this feels more like pop than underground Drum and Bass.
Another track another interesting collaboration, this time with Angel Haze. The female rapper gives Hell Could Freeze a good dose of attitude. The track is good old-fashioned Hip Hop.
Favourites on the album include the House influenced Spoons featuring MNEK and Syron. The beat isn’t too hardcore on this in fact it is quite mellow and makes it the type of song you’d listen to at the end of a night out. The combination of female and male vocals adds certain sensuality to Spoons. The track is a slow burner and only slowly gains momentum but once you’re there it is pretty sensational.
Another Drum and Bass track on the album is Powerless featuring Becky Hill on vocals. Hill adds a fair bit of intensity to the track but it’s the detail on production that sucks you in.
Rising star Emeli Sandé also appears on the record giving it a bit of soul. More Than Anything is a big track, with a big bass and soaring vocals that pierce you.
Not Giving In is much of the same flavour as Feel The Love, maybe its John Newman’s touch?
We move on to Baby, which features MNEK and Sinead Harnett. Baby is another big House tune with a big drop and really lifts the mood of the album.
The album ends with another Emeli Sandé collaboration. Free is quite pop-influenced and not the end of the album we were expecting but it certainly sounds like a single.
Rudimental prove with this the album that they are a versatile band, with a bit of Hip Hop, R’n’B, Drum and Bass and even House, Home has a little something for everyone.