Coco Bryce – Hold the Line EP – Critical Music


Critical Music is excited to welcome Coco Bryce to the label.

We have long been fans of his take on the classic jungle breakbeat sound and this 4 track EP encapsulates all that makes his music vital and fresh.

Tunes that look back but move forward.

Coco Bryce has been at it for a minute. And he’s tried his hand at just about very genre across the electronic music spectrum. But, he really does this whole “Jungle” thing pretty well. So, let’s talk about that.

‘Hold The Line’ starts us out smooth with them afro-cuban conga lines and an eerie vocal sample. This is great soundtrack material. I’m probably dating myself here, but this track really takes me back (the way it feels) to the days of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s album ‘My Life in the Bush of Ghosts’ as it could fit right in on that album. And that album is one of my favorites of all time. So, how’s that for a review?

‘U I Luv’ is vibes all day. Starts out on that reggae tip and then dives into some classic breakbeat Jungle. Effects pitching all over. It sounds futuristic and retro all at once. Just when you think you got a handle on it, it suddenly takes a step to the left. But, it never gets hectic. It just keeps you on your toes. Back into some reggae at the break down. It zigs when you think it’s gonna zag. And it’s full of pleasant surprises.

‘Blacklist’ starts out eerie and moody. Sci-fi sounds tickling the edges of your hearing. Then a snare riff that would make any jazz drummer proud as the effects drone on in the background. This isn’t your standard snare, kick hi-hat affair. More moody synths join in as the snare riff keeps grooving along it’s way. A minimal attention getter and absolutely 100% different than anything out there. Flute joins in for more atmosphere. Also really good soundtrack material I absolutely love the atmospheric feel of this. Completely breaks all expectations for a standard issue Drum and Bass track.

‘Sweet Gang’ jumps right in with a great broken beat that rolls into retro sounding synth lines. Few bars go by and another layer of drums come in to add complexity. The drop is smooth as silk and adds a whistling note and some vocal samples. Over and over again on this EP there is this retro yet future vibe to it that is so hard to capture. It’s not just a homage to old school sound trying to move backwards. Coco Bryce has really given us an EP out of time here. He taps into so much music history in such a short time span that it’s really hard to describe.

One way to find out for yourself is to pick up a copy of this EP. Every track is finely crafted artisanal Jungle. Critical Music delivers us something that really stands out from the fray.


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