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Right now, it’s probably not very fashionable to admit to having a soft spot for Drum ‘n’ Bass. Once hailed as the future, these days it is a movement whose most famous figurehead, Goldie, is now best known for being mates with Les Dennis.
Credibility issues aside though, D’n’B is a genre still capable of producing its fair share of exhilarating music, from Roni Size’s stunning ‘Touching Down’ LP, to the demented creations of Squarepusher.
The first single from Un-Cut is altogether more conventional. Aided by a sample from The Doors ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Midnight’ is a jazz-flavoured, cinematic pop tune that recalls the best moments of early 4 Hero, and sounds tailor-made for the playlists of 1 Xtra.
Un-Cut’s original version feels pedestrian when compared with the Mist VIP mix, a turbocharged six minute makeover which transforms ‘Midnight’ from a coffee table track into a night club floor-filler. Either way, this is Drum ‘n’ Bass you can listen to in-between Garage Punk albums, without ruining your appetite.