Manchester based newcomers Chase and Status display their stylistic versatility with a release seemingly tailor made for DJ Zinc’s Bingo Beats label. The title track “Druids”, is a FM inflected, Hazard influenced party piece, unpretentious in its melodic simplicity but brimming with dance floor appeal. Side B features “Believe”, an uplifting and soulful number, sitting comfortably on the heavy side of a liquid tip, but retaining an element of Chase and Status’ more rugged sound in the bass.
overlaid over uplifting Reggae samples and a funky dub b-line
Chase and Status have always maintained a desire to keep the old school jungle flavor in their music, and this shines through in side C “Come Back”. Much like their previous release “Duppy Man”, “Come Back” draws on the current resurgence of the Ragga style in DnB, the trademark vocal ‘me just come back’ overlaid over uplifting Reggae samples and a funky dub b-line. Finishing off the EP is a more archetypal Chase and Status track. “Havoc” mashes up a techy, Bad Company/ Virus style sound, spliced with ethereal, trance ambiance. If there ever was a justification for the vastly overused descriptor of ‘Roller’, this is it. “Havoc” really does roll.
Considering the usual four track EP DnB formula (one sure hit, and three bits of musical filler which ape the title track) this is a somewhat remarkable release. Each cut stands on its own two feet independently of its counterparts, and could quite easily be released separately. In this reviewer’s opinion, that is the mark of quality EP.