Voltage – Balance Over Symmetry
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting acts to have emerged in drum & bass over the past decade, Voltage has joined forces with Hospital Records for the release of his long-awaited studio album ‘Balance Over Symmetry’ which marks the tenth year of his journey as a solo artist. No stranger to the Hospital family with an album, 2 EPs and a handful of singles under his belt as part of drum & bass powerhouse group Kings Of The Rollers, it’s now time to explore the solo sounds of Voltage which have slowly but surely carved him to be one of the most respected DJ & producers in the scene.
In his true rambunctious style, Voltage sets the swing with a wild card. ‘So Close’ is a sub-120BPM synthwave weapon which matches his retro-inspired fashion to his musical vibrations. The combination of catchy vocals, an 80s-esque bassline and an unforgettable topline melody sees the creation of something extremely different yet irresistible from Voltage. Not straying too far from the roots of his influences, ‘Natty Love’ features the groove inducing vocals of sound system legend Sweetie Irie. Saturated sub wobbles juxtaposed with potent string plucks are intertwined with ease, peppered with that signature Voltage flair.
Teaming up with reggae and dancehall superstar Demolition Man known for his skill as a vocalist, producer, MC and sound engineer, ‘Life Of A DJ’ combines the sounds of Demo’s with Voltage’s unmissable sonic technique. ‘Save Me From Myself’ exposes the lighter side to Voltage as he illustrates his versatility as an artist through a soul-heavy amen roller with a classic liquid bassline.
Reminiscent of the days of euphoric hardcore, ‘Keep On Dancing’ sets the vibe with uplifting piano chops and adrenalised vocals as crunchy snaps and rhythmic cymbals keep things moving beneath. An iconic duo to everyone who knows their drum & bass, Voltage and Evil B come together for ‘Odyssey’ which sees ambient soundscapes and earnest lyrics on a truly heartfelt piece of music.
With releases on foundational imprints such as Metalheadz, 31 Recordings, RAM, Souped Up and Spearhead to name a few, Voltage’s discography speaks for itself in laying down his years worth of experience within drum & bass. With support for his productions coming from a wide range of influential selectors including the likes of Andy C, Hype, Friction, Goldie, Bailey, Hazard and Bryan Gee, it’s safe to say that 10 years of Voltage has been a remarkable decade to say the least. Here’s to 10 more