After years of beautiful singles, collabs and EPs on labels like Hospital, Liquicity, D&BA, Soul Trader and, of course, Shogun, GLXY are releasing their debut album called Research and Development tomorrow. After teasing the hell out of the largely liquid but also funky and deep offering with three singles, including a collab with DRS called “She Sings for Me,” the release of their flagship LP promises beautiful sound design, lots of liquid and some interesting surprises.
Though it’s their first album, Research and Development still promises to be a seminal work for GLXY; a jumping off point and a portends for where the duo will take their sound from here. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be epic.
GLXY are unapologetically melodic and liquid in their style usually, but Research and Development has so much more to it. From actual analog strings to precision timed beats to unparalleled snares to some really deep bass (see: title track), they’re taking the complexity of their work up quite a few notches in this LP while still staying true to their roots and, in fact, the roots of liquid jungle.
Our Your EDM premiere for today is the track “Falling” which incorporates all the above-mentioned elements in one incredibly complex yet utterly beautiful track. With a deep bass synth stringing itself through the track just over the actual bass drum, the snares syncopate to the phrase transitions in a really interesting way, changing themselves up back and forth.
There’s not really a main melody in “Falling” per se, but more a number of melodies that work together in different parts of the song. The two vox samples echo over each other while another synth melody tracks the rolling drums by fading in an out in time with the sub synths. There’s also lots of ambient design in the background but no one part of this track is fully forward; all the parts work together to create a real composition. This track is truly the sum of its parts and truly special.
If one is going to put out a melodic, compositional album in a time where fans seem to either be focused on bass or synths, Research and Development is the way to do it. GLXY has reminded the raving public why liquid is important in drum and bass, and why, with their taking it to the next level with this LP, it’s going to continue to have a stronghold in bass music.
Research and Development drops on Shogun Audio tomorrow, April 17. Click here to pre-order and pre-save.