7/12/11

Chase and Status - No More Idols (Review & Download)

Artist: Chase and Status
Album: No More Idols
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Genre: Drum N' Bass, Dub step
Faze Grade: B-

Review
The drum and bass genre is a tough one to follow. Often the off-the-wall beats have a hard time connecting successfully with the listener. The average tempo exceeds the normal 160, at the fast-paced momentum often builds in rapid successions throughout the song. Needless to say, the eclectic mix of thumping bass and tic-tac beats is often the love-hate for most listeners. Chase and Status enter the scene as drum and bass artists, as well as the occasional slip into dub step and electronica. Their album No More Idols, which came out earlier this year, is an interesting, yet entertaining, combination of drum and bass, reggae, dub step, and more in a primordial soup of splendid.

The opener of No More Idols is a great intro to the remainder of the album. “No Problem” sets the stage, introducing the progressive climax until breaking free with rough vocals overlaid on drum and bass patterns. Judging by the vocals on this song and throughout it’s easy to pick up that Chase and Status are British djs. Britain always seems to be one step ahead of the US in terms of the dance music genre. “Fire in Your Eyes” is a slower song with reggae-inspired vocals. The lyrics remind me of a forgotten P.O.D. song with all this talk of “warriors.” The slow tempo is a surprise for a predominately drum and bass album (drum and bass, again, known for the unconsciously fast tempo). The remainder of the songs fall into the latter two’s tempo: either a quick, heart-beater or a slow, heart-throbber.  “Hocus Pocus” is the only track without vocals, but this doesn’t deter its quality. Conversely, the song “Embrace” is straight up odd. The David Bowie-ish vocals are too 80’s sounding and draining to be of any good use. The break up from the usual drum and bass vocals to this slow rock sound displaces the song. The conclusion “Time” starts slow, with a female vocal, but picks up to a rather nice pace nicely completing the album.

Overall, Chase and Status are masters of their work with the electronica genre, nicely incorporating drum and bass, dub step, as well as the accompanying vocals. While the sound is nothing to get too excited about, and the vocals are deterrents rather than improvements in some cases, it is worth a listen for a few go-rounds. B-

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