Dux N Bass Channels Connecting Power Of Music On 3-Track Drum & Bass EP ‘Relation’
By Akshay Bhanawat – February 11, 2023 0
Dux N Bass makes his debut on Bassrush Records with his moving yet impactful three-track ‘Relation’ EP.
The project is an embodiment of the power music has to bring people together. Stunning vocal performances give the EP an approachable air while the production pushes the pace with an unstoppable D&B drive.
“Here To Stay” sets the tone, blending addictive pop sensibilities with energetic drum and bass. Cape Town-born, Nashville-based ELIAZ provides a rousing vocal performance with gripping lyrics.
The bold and beautiful topline pulls at your heartstrings while Dux N Bass moves between evocative melodies and punchy percussion. Pulsing synths and airy pads strike the perfect balance, making this a power ballad for D&B lovers.
Building upon the opener, “Don’t Give Up On Me” packs a similar punch but with a differing edge, as the introduction and vocals explore a more somber tone. While “Here To Stay” delivers a feeling of commanding certainty, its follow-up is precarious. Ni/Co’s emotional vocals represent a desire to push through the hard times.
The production matches the energy moving from chilly keys and dark bass, to pulse-racing drops equipped with laser samples and bouncy synths. The dichotomy throughout takes listeners on a rollercoaster ride of emotions while flowing with precision.
The project’s finale, “With You,” allows the focus to remain solely on Dux N Bass. The song’s namesake serves as the only lyrics featured throughout, while the track utilizes haunting vocal bends to produce a sentimental sensation. The breaks and builds showcase the producer’s knack for crafting evocative soundscapes while adding to the impact of the drops.
Chilling yet shuffle-inducing, this one fits in at home on dancefloors or while listening alone on a night of reflection. It’s a Beauty-meets-beast affair for a final showcase of Dux N Bass’ mastery of contrast.
Dux N Bass breaks down what makes this release so special, stating, “Releasing on Bassrush has been a long-term goal for me. Collaborating with ELIAZ and Ni/Co, who are both based in the US, was a truly enjoyable experience. We connected online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I sent them demos while they crafted captivating vocal lines. With drum & bass gaining popularity in the US, I am incredibly excited to see what this release will bring.”
Currently operating out of Germany, Dutch producer Dux N Bass has enjoyed past tastemaker support from Andy C, Delta Heavy, Flowidus, Kanine, A.M.C, Axel Boy, Sippy, Koven, Sikdope, Georgie RIOT, and Youphoria.
Dux N Bass first broke out in 2018 with ragga-fueled single “Walk n Skank” alongside Macky Gee, which has amassed 5.5M streams to date. He’s recently put out a string of singles on Friction’s Elevate Records, and has been tapped for remixes by Sofi Tukker and Duke & Jones.
‘Relation’ illustrates the power of collaboration and music’s ability to transcend borders. A drum & bass backbone, pop-friendly vocals, and rolling waves of emotion come together for an unforgettable journey.
Dux N Bass’ latest EP ‘Relation’ is available on all platforms via Bassrush Records.