Drum & Bass for the Masses
Artist: Faith Massive
Time: 9 tracks, 56:43
One half of Faith Massive may be better known to those readers who
frequent the web as the US-half of the Tastyfresh website--Jamie Wright.
Jamie, along with Joey Davis, presents the second drum 'n' bass release
on a Christian label (the first being Trip's Cultural Shift), and to these
ears, the Christian dance scene is setting off on a good foot as it explores
While this doesn't reach the level of Roni Size's ground-breaking New Forms, it is certainly influenced by that work and is a consistent, well-produced album, deserving of the ear of any dance/electronica fans.
By James Stewart
Faith Massive is a new drum'n'bass outfit on N-Soul records. Various
sources compare them to mainstream groups such as Roni Size and LTJ Bukem.
Not being very familiar with the genre myself, I can only describe it as
hyped up percussion layed over mellow synth tracks, with a few ethereal
vocals thrown in for good measure. The only close comparison I can come
up with is World Wide Message Tribe's trancier mixes, which is actually
my least favorite aspect of their work, which should show you where I'm
coming from. I haven't yet figured out how one would rightly go about dancing
to this type of music, particularly with such a curious mix of fast beats,
and laid-back synths. But I could see it used as soundtrack music, say
for a high-tech action thriller, a chase scene at night, periodic lulls
punctuated by frenetic action. However, I won't be shooting any such
films soon, so though there is nothing aurally offensive, I find nothing
particularly compelling in it either. So if you, like me, have not yet
wandered that end of the dance music spectrum, this release is no reason
to make that journey any time soon.
Drum 'n' bass has exploded on the dance music scene. It grew
out of the hardcore house/rave scene of the early nineties. It's a sub
genre of jungle music which rather than using the straight 4-4 beat of
house and techno music (boom-boom-boom-boom), relies on breakbeats - the
sort of funky drum breaks played on old soul records sped up to between
160 and 180 beats per minute. Drum 'n' Bass is a style of jungle where
the beats don't tend to be as complex as usual (jungle usually features
sampled breakbeat loops which are cut up and replayed) -- the bassline
is usually the most prominent element of the sound.