May 3, 2013
John B Ft Code 64
Worldwide release 25 March 2013
Following the rich vein of melodic, star-gazing sonic form set by his previous single – the blistering nÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ beautiful Ã¢â‚¬ËœLove AgainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe JourneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is yet another highlight from his Mixmag acclaimed album highlight Ã¢â‚¬ËœLight SpeedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Opening with the trembling, angels-from-heaven style intro, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an instant flashback to the heady days of Sasha & Digweed at their prime; delicate, enrapturing, dreamy, euphoric. A perfect set opener, a perfect set finale, a perfect moment for deep, shivering reflection mid-setÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an instant ear-catcher, whenever you drop it.
As the intro develops, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re snapped away from our progressive reverie and slammed into the future with JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s robust beats, trademark crisp electro bassline and floating synth work. By the time Swedish artist Code 64Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s perfect vocal delivery enters the mix all watches in a five mile radius are automatically set to Ã¢â‚¬Ëœrush oÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ clockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Executing an impeccable balance between dancefloor power and genuine song-writing, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s yet another reason why John B is respected as such a unique artist. Not just in drum & bass, but the wider world of electronic music.
Remix-wise youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in for a treat as Beta have invited the unstoppable Metrik to the fold for a very special remix! A firm fave at the Hospital camp, Metrik is unavoidable right now. Leading the charge of D&BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s next generation with an ability to fuse raw production power with the subtleties of melody and vocal dynamics, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the perfect remix candidate for Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe JourneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Paying respect to JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s original, MetrikÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s given the bass a major beef boost, tweaked the arrangement with his own space-bound arpeggios and bolstered the beats. Where JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s original was a moment of dancefloor reflection, MetrikÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version is a moment of dancefloor detonation.
Complete with an acoustic version and all manner of instrumentals and radio edits, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an ideal solution for every platform, every club, every time of the night.
John B & Code 64
1. The Journey (Original Mix),
2. The Journey (Metrik Remix)
3. The Journey (Acoustic Mix)
4. The Journey (Reuben Keeney & Rafii Remix)
5. The Journey (Metrik Instrumental Remix)
6. The Journey (Metrik Radio Edit)
7. The Journey (CD Edit)
Date: 25 March 2013
May 2, 2013
Bringing 2012 to a fitting finale, John B’s dancefloor dominance continues unabated with the emotion-drenched piece de resistance from his critically acclaimed album ‘Light Speed’.
Sparkling with his trademark pristine production and melodic mindset, this perky-but-poignant roller alone explains his LP scored Album of the Month and Album of the Week from Mixmag and The Independent respectively. A producer who’s never cared for fickle flavours, John’s baked his own slice of electronic music pie and you can taste the confidence and creativity in everything he does. This includes the A&R on his own label, Beta… As proved by the remixes he’s commissioned for this blistering release.
But first, the original… A filmic fusion of sonic sentiments; ‘Love Again’ boasts the ideal balance of elements. The delicate pianos counter softly with John’s cannon-like arrangement of Jillian’s alluring vocals as the powerful drum & bass engine revs and purrs underneath. It’s a picture perfect piece that appeals to the mind, body and dancefloor, and it comes in both original and edited forms.
Remix-wise John’s secured three refreshing takes, each of which drive the melodic masterpiece into a whole new playing field. Man of the moment Enei adds the raw, mechanical oomph he’s renowned, tipping a respectful nod to John’s formative repertoire with growling bass and spliced, chop-tickling drumwork. Meanwhile Swedish D&B powerhouse Seba applies his own technique and textures to create a spacious, spell-binding reversion that whooshes and whirrs with late night grace and floating bass.
And for those who enjoy a more pensive, dramatic approach, Tempa terror LX One adds a whole new halfstep stance. Dark, deep and deadly, it’s a slow and steady headnod to the FWD flavour of dubstep; subdued but solid, it’s a refreshing reminder of the subtle textures dubstep can carry when in the right hands.
Finally John completes the set with his own Till Sunrise remix. Keeping the pianos and vocals firmly in check, he adds a steppier rhythm and an immersive bassline that oozes an infectious, progressive electro charm. If anything’s going to keep you dancing till sun-up, it’s this.
From albums to accolades via action-packed singles, it’s been an incredible year for John B. ‘Love Again’ summarises his successes perfectly.