Bassline skidding and pedal to the metal power chording
The Qemists - Spirit In The System

Rawk testosterone claiming drum and bass membership, pop privileges...and beginning with a Q. Nine tracks of bassline skidding and pedal to the metal power chording from The Qemists hit mosh-worthy targets (‘Dirty Words’ goes gratuitously grungey), with the beefiness, including integrated dubstep, that could still reach out to the Top 40.

Blowing the doors off with Enter Shikari first up on ‘Take It Back’ and creating female-led surges on ‘Hurt Less’ and ‘Fading Halo’, it’s fashionable drum and bass. Meaning, it carries out that unfathomable equation where eviction-order brute force somehow comes up smelling sweet.


Words by Matt Oliver

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