Calyx and Teebee – A Day That Never Comes / Snakes and Ladders

In Drum & Bass by Joe Ponting

Calyx and Teebee – A Day That Never Comes / Snakes and Ladders

One of the biggest and baddest production duos operating at 170bpm, Calyx and Teebee have called time on their hiatus to return to the scene with the ferocious double A-side ‘A Day That Never Comes’ / ‘Snakes and Ladders’.

‘A Day That Never Comes’

‘A Day That Never Comes’ features the gravelly vocals of Larry Con, but this is no return to the liquidity of ‘Elevate This Sound’. Twisted synths pave the way for a drop into a descending staccato bass line, which rips through the speaker cones. On the other side of a deep middle section the earlier bass behaviour is flipped on its head, the samples reversed and strung together in an ascending line. The concept is disarmingly simple, but the faultless execution is Calyx and Teebee at their very best, managing to sound musical, powerful and inventive all at once.

‘Snakes and Ladders’

‘Snakes and Ladders’ digs deeper into the studio underworld from which the duo pluck their basslines, detonating almost immediately with a raucous, unholy bass tone which threatens to obliterate anything before it, and judging by the sparse beat it’s already eaten the hats. An exercise in sound design, ‘Snakes and Ladders’ illustrates the gap between Calyx and Teebee, whose tracks always maintain a bizarre sense of energy and fun, and the grimmer, less palatable sounds which prop up genres like neurofunk.


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