Brookes Brothers aka Dan and Phil are all about the hyper paranormal electricity which makes D&B in general as strong as ever.
The have a tune out this week called ‘Last Night’ in case you’ve been away somewhere lovely, sunny and nice and didn’t notice. Bless. Read on.
Damian Bennett: Look, let’s get this straight: you guys provided one of the best ever D&B moments/anthems of all time in ‘Tear You Down’ a while back…
… you also make me think of big, LOUD, crowded club nights with a massive euphoric vibe. Is this your intention?
BB: Yeah, guess so! When we first started releasing tunes in 2005 there was not much around on that tip so we initially just wanted to help bring that euphoric peak-time sound back. Also, with the forthcoming album we’ve been able to explore a few different vibes with our music which has been really enjoyable.
DB: You mention the new stuff, gwan spill.
BB: We’ve got our debut album coming out on Breakbeat Kaos in March. Fourteen tracks on there. There’s some which people will know such as ‘Tear You Down’, ‘Last Night’, ‘Warcry’, our forthcoming single ‘Beautiful’ featuring Robert Owens and ‘Paperchase’ which features Danny Byrd.
DB: Sounds brill and proper star studded.
BB: Plus there’s loads more people haven’t heard such as ‘Not Just Yet’, ‘Snowman’, ‘GoodBurger’ and ‘The Big Blue’. There’s a load of variety on there, not just dancefloor stuff and not just D&B; there’s a house track on there and also a dubstep tune called ‘In Your Eyes’ featuring ’70s reggae supremo Johnny Osbourne. That tune was recently on Nero’s Essential mix.
We can’t wait to get this LP out, we’ve spent a long time trying to get it right.
DB: Getting back to your sound, I am reminded of other artists such as Blame, J Majik and Futurebound when I think of you (very much connected to the statement above re the ‘big’ vibe) so how do you see yourselves within D&B?
BB: Well, we’ve always just tried to make D&B that we think is good. That’s our only real intention. We focus on quality over quantity and basically… just making tunes! In terms of sub-genres, people would probably bracket us somewhere between liquid and jump up, who knows. We just call it Drum & Bass.
DB: So what’s hurting you in the music generally right now?
BB: We like Cassius’s new stuff a lot. Also Nero’s recent output.
DB: What sort of things both within D&B and external to it are you into?
BB: We love D&B cause it encompasses so many different styles, that’s its real strength. You can do anything between 170 and 180 bpm and nine times out of ten it’s gonna be categorized as ‘D&B’, cause D&B has pretty much owned that tempo.
DB: Great, great point.
BB: Outside of D&B there is sooooo much that we’re into. We’re both heavily into soul and jazz music, also many forms of house and techno. Musicals! And some classical stuff too.
DB: Musicals. That is the one. btw got any predictions for the 2011?
BB: Samples to make a comeback in electronic music and Carl Froch to win the Super Six.