Magnetude – ‘Before The Dawn’ ft. Julia Marks (GLXY Remix)
Magnetude signed off a productive 2018 with the stunning ‘Before The Dawn.’ The track, featuring Julia Marks on vocals, showcased the pair’s ability to craft a song as well as their recognised dancefloor bangers. The release even found its way onto TV; sound-tracking the FA Cup football highlights on the BBC.
While we wait for further fresh material from the Anglo-Russian duo, February 19th sees ‘Before The Dawn’ given the remix treatment by Shogun Audio’s GLXY, who flip it into a more liquid standard. Elements of the original are filtered, reverbed and layered over rolling drum patterns, while Marks’ vocal is given a haunting, ethereal texture. GLXY have put their unique style and vibe across in this remix, which takes the original into sleek new territory.
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Released – 17th August
Magnetude are a powerhouse and the quickness of their output proves this. The Anglo-Russian duo were picked up by drum & bass figurehead Ram Records after a succession of releases which saw the pair play with their inherently musical, yet full-frontal sonics, amassing a fanbase which had already stretched throughout the world’s ever corner. But they’ve now been thrust even further into the spotlight, slowly becoming a household name with every release they’ve dropped on the Ram imprint.
Their forthcoming single ‘Entr’acte’ is a step further into the dark for Magnetude, whilst its tinkering, circus themed intro takes you straight into the fray. As the track gradually begins to build on rolling drum patterns and creepy atmospherics, you’re pushed down a cataclysmic drop, one which is spiked with obtrusive hooks. Magnetude go full throttle with this release, stepping it up a gear and proving that despite their more dancefloor oriented records like ‘Snatch’ and ‘Arcade’, their sound’s foundations have a nastier underpinning.
Magnetude are quickly becoming a recognisable force within drum & bass, one which is set to takeover sound systems throughout every festival this summer. And with yet more music to come from the producers, this is just the beginning of their dance music exploration.
Eight years in the making, the path of Magentude was never a smooth one. The Anglo-Russian hybrid spent their formative years sharing music across the vast expanse of cyberspace; following a chance online meeting through their individual projects, it was their love for musically enriched drum & bass which drew them together and it was this passion which saw them collaborate. Time passed, meaning Magnetude became less of an idea and more of a reality as their tracks gained traction across worldwide stages and DJ sets. However, the ingeniously sculpted compositions they piece together meant it was only natural for them to pique interest with one of dance music’s most revered labels, Ram Records. And it was here that their forthcoming single ‘Snatch’ and ‘Signals’ came into being.
One element of Magnetude’s success is their ability to integrate multi-genre soundscapes across drum & bass. ‘Snatch’ is the epitomic example, pulling out vast, orchestral instrumentals and throbbing bass notes to draw you deep inside its climatic breakdown. As the record transcends into a more dancefloor-lead drop, it ducks and dives between rocketing pulses of LFO and a hook which is undeniably catchy. Switching midway and demonstrating that every inch of their music channels a constant thought process, ‘Snatch’ may be your first foreword into Magnetude’s sound but it will certainly carve a lasting impact.
‘Signals’ still shakes with the same relentless drive as its flipside but also gives you a glimpse into Magnetude’s boundary-breaking sound design. Pulling robotic, eerily warped vocals through the mix alongside its floating synths, the introduction of its weighty drum patterns adds a divisive undercurrent. ‘Signals’ still keeps its focus around the anarchist club vibes seen throughout Magnetude’s production but it also opens you up to their range and diversity.
They’re a duo who concentrates on developing a signature which not only oozes individuality but also centralises around the contemporary progress of drum & bass. This is why they’ve become such an exciting prospect within the twenty-five year strong Ram Records roster.