Over the last few years, the Technique Recordings “Annual” LP release, has become a welcome fixture of the DnB calendar. Even the most dub-hungry of deejays or ravers might have let a few shellers slip by unnoticed through the year, so this album has become the one-stop shop to re-up with the last twelve months of firepower. And, for the uninitiated, this is the opportunity to get a three-sixty view on the reasons Technique is one of the biggest and most respected labels in the scene.
This compilation proves it’s big boy credentials from track one. The former Radio 1 drum ‘n’ bass gatekeeper Friction remixing the anthemic sounds of Tantrum Desire’s “Genesis” is a powerful statement of intent. And that level of huge, nuclear explosive floor-fillers pepper the tracklisting. Drumsound & Bassline Smith take head tops with “Thug Killer” and their relick of Tantrum Desire’s “Pump”. L Plus takes things a step more euphoric with “Going Away”. North Base deliver the mighty soul-infused Ewan Sim-laced “I’m Forgiving Love”. There are monumental pieces of DnB majesty everywhere you look.
And, if you zoom in a bit closer, you’ll find real musical and production innovation. Check the John B and L Plus team-up on “Original 80s” for cinematic panoramas woven into classic synth-pop vibes. Watch for the blending of heavy guitars and a percussive masterclass in Erb N Dub and North Base’s “Punk Rock”. And pay close attention to the understated gem that is Tapolsky and VovKING’s “88”. Plus, of course, by now we must all know about the way Document One distil a multiplicity of genres into their dancefloor formulations.
But that’s just scratched the surface. A glance down the tracklisting reveals yet more drum ‘n’ bass mastery ready to discover. Undeniably, 2017’s been a good year for Technique Recordings, and even the eighteen tracks on this compilation tell only part of the story. The “Technique Annual” gives us a lot but this music is an addictive substance. Fortunately, 2018 is just round the corner, and there’s a lot more Technique to come.