Hailing from Vancouver, BC, comes the duo Levrige aka Erski & JFKillah. representing Vancouver’s famed SHAHdjs They have been honing their skills for years producing their own unique brand infectious bass music, they represent an exciting wave of talent from the region. Effortlessly combining elements of Drum & Bass, Hip Hop, Jungle and Footwork, this EP is a perfect representation of all that is right with underground dance music, bringing tough beats, massive basslines and plenty of swagger, this well-rounded package is one that will surely have Levrige’s name on the lips of Junglists worldwide.
This 4 track EP wastes no time getting into the action, and it’s namesake, “Diamonds” comes with a cheeky vocal sample and big boombap beats, which promptly drops into a massive, dark bassline and evolving synthesizers, building alongside sweeping effects. A textural and unassuming dancefloor killer. Next up we have “Phantom”, a steppy hybrid homage to classic warehouse Jungle. Big “dominator” stabs, punchy 808 subs and an infectious kick pattern accompanies classic breakbeat edits. This is a catchy cut that you’ll have a heard time getting out of your head, “Stutter“ brings the intensity levels up to 12 . With a monstrous bassline over-top of an exciting kick sequence that lends itself to modern footwork, while the half-time swing and cleverly edited breakbeats and vocals, glue the composition together in unique and exhilarating ways. Lastly, “Sting Ray” is another throwback neck-snapper, set in a modern context, fusing a big mid bass, reminiscent of golden-era Drum & Bass, with a chugging half-time beat and clever percussion stabs. Peak-hour business.