Rising stars dubstep stars, Chasing Shadows and label owner Jakes lend their tracks to round-off the stellar samplers HENCH Mixtape Vol. 1 has given us. Having already released a host of big-impact tunes on the Hench imprint in 2009, including ‘Amirah’ and ‘Ill’, Chasing Shadows up their game with ‘Dream on’. Jakes features with the unmistakable ‘Boom Boom Bass’ – a track that combines all the elements that has earnt Jakes’ the reputation he now has within the scene.
These tracks both feature on the HENCH Mixtape Vol. 1 (soon to be released). The compilation is to be mixed by Jakes and will feature unreleased tracks from Papa ‘ench himself. The release will also contain new exclusive tracks from Komonazmuk, Chasing Shadows, Lost and Giant, as well as providing a platform for debut releases on the label from Minus, Tek-one and Mensah.
A. CHASING SHADOWS – DREAM ON
With a guitar riff building the intro, stabs of the bass set the tone of this tune at an early point. Pausing briefly for a vocal that gets turned menacing by the streaming synths placed overhead. A seriously heavy bassline follows, the kind that fills up any room with its presence. This duo is going from strength to strength - ‘Dream On’ displays their ability to fuse different styles into their music and execute the production with a skilled hand. At this early stage in their career, its clear that Chasing Shadows have a great future ahead.
AA. JAKES – BOOM BOOM BASS
There are only a handful producers in dubstep that have a style which is difficult, near on impossible, to imitate. Lucky for Hench, Jakes is one of those producers. Commencing with a vocal skit, little does the listener know that they’re being teed-up to have this driving bassline thrust upon them. Vocal stabs and a drum pattern that switches throughout the tune give this release a progressive sound. Changing things up later on, piano chords bounce and maintain the feeling of not knowing whats going to come next. Whatever your style, whatever your flavour – we dare you to try not moving to this when it gets dropped.