Pennygiles – Looking In (ft. Ed:it)/Without Worry/Lie Through Me

In Drum & Bass by Joe Ponting

Pennygiles – Looking In (ft. Ed:it)/Without Worry/Lie Through Me

Rookie producers take heart/look away now. It took Welsh producer Pennygiles just one year to go from taking his first steps into drum & bass (and away from house) to scoring his first release. With strong support from the likes of Mistajam, Bailey, Spectrasoul and London Elektricity and output via the likes of C.I.A, Liquid V, IM:LTD and Rubik what he lacks in time spent dealing with record label rejections he more than makes up for in the pedigree of his mesmerising sample-heavy productions. His latest is scheduled for a summer release on Dutch label Tempo Records.

Looking In (ft. Ed:it)/Without Worry/Lie Through Me

Pennygiles is best known for his gorgeously articulate liquid, but he cuts up a little rough on A-side ‘Looking In’, doubtless due to the input of Ed:it. Things are a little darker and the drums kick a mite harder, but the deep, rolling bassline is exactly what we’ve come to expect. The real difference lies in crunching techy synths which dance over the top to plug the midrange gap which gives tracks like AA2 ‘Lie Through Me’ its reflective power.

On the flip ‘Without Worry’ sounds timeless, an expertly-placed vocal sample giving way to a weighty swell of satin-smooth liquid which feels meaty and satisfying at the same time as artful, with bursts of high-end brass synths injecting some jazzy overtones.

‘Lie Through Me’, by contrast, feels a little lighter and a little flightier in the intro before a guttering sub-bass gets just a little tipsy on its way down the frequency ladder. A determined lack of mid-range draws the drums out, with distant pads adding a dreamlike layer of air.

In truth the mood on the A-side is somewhat out of keeping with the other two tunes – variety is the spice of life and all that, but is it wrong to feel the tiniest bit of disappointment that the twisting synths take the place of exultant pads?

Looking In (ft. Ed:it)/Without Worry/Lie Through Me is out on Tempo Records on June 1. Save the date.

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