Sigma’s third studio album, London Sound, showcases a full spread of drum and bass tracks alongside collaborators and iconic samples.
The rave scene of London is iconic, filled with incredible clubs, a plethora of artists, and a spirit that is unlike any other. Drum and bass duo Sigma recognizes this and is honoring the city on a major scale by titling the album after its namesake, London Sound. The masterpiece is an ode to the iconic rave scene in the city the duo calls home. It doesn’t just show off Sigma’s roots in the genre; it encompasses several different styles of drum and bass, includes several collaborators, and showcases their signature samples within the riveting 15 tracks.
London Sound kicks off with “Someone To Hold Onto” with collaborator Crystal Fighters. The tune brings a slower start, but as the chorus begins, it is carried by a classic drum and bass beat. The listener will hear a piano alongside funky grooves throughout the track. “Adrenaline Rush” arrives next and features an enticing sample of “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve but digs into a melodic chorus alongside catchy breaks. That melodic theme carries throughout other tracks on the album, including “Every Song” with Hannah Boleyn.
The third track, “Care About Us,” begins with an electric guitar that cascades into a jumpy beat with Ebenezer’s rapping and singing, which carries a similar ambiance to the previously released single “City Lights” with Gardna. Another gem is “The Corner” with Joe Devlin, which sees Sigma showcase the popular humming sample “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega. The chorus contains a classic drums sound with a wobbly bassline and a subtle, sustained bass. This track allows the listener to visualize a rave scene, reflecting, “vibration is coming from the sound system / our loving is a vibration.”
Up next is “Badman,” which features a wompy bassline throughout the track alongside the rapping of B Live and B Live 247. This sound resonates with “LSD” with Harvey Whyte. This tune showcases a wobbly bass with lyrics reminiscent of a dancefloor in a club. Meanwhile, on “Going Out To The Ravers,” which features Everyone You Know, Sigma showcases another melodic tune that pays tribute to ravers in London and those worldwide. Sigma does not underestimate the power that the raving community has across the tune.
Doktor, a well-known vocalist in the UK drum and bass scene, is featured on two songs on the album. “Trouble You” also features Watch the Ride, showcasing an 808 beat alongside a saxophone, and “Trigger Finger,” a nod to the renowned drum and bass gun finger gesture, is graced with an intense wobbly, sustained bass.
“The Classics” and “Rave Generator” are the only two tracks without collaborators, and both showcase beats that one may hear in a rave or video game alike. Both tracks include punchy drums and wobbly basslines. The final track on the album is the extended version of “Run From You” with Grace Gundy, featuring a liquid beat and a nostalgic return to the beginning of the album, with a melodic sound similar to “Adrenaline Rush.”
The album itself is a masterpiece and is one that ravers, especially those in London, are sure to remember for a long time. Sigma will continue to honor their city by celebrating the release of their album, London Sound, at The Outnernet in London on February 2. Grab your tickets and stream London Sound on your preferred platform.
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Sigma – London Sound – Tracklist:
- Someone To Hold On To
- Adrenaline Rush (feat. MORGAN)
- Care About Us (feat. Ebenezer)
- The Corner (feat. Joe Devlin)
- Going Out To The Ravers (feat. Everyone You Know)
- LSD (feat. Harvey White)
- Trouble You
- London Sound (feat. Josh Barry)
- City Lights
- Trigger Finger (feat. Doktor)
- The Classics
- Every Song (feat. Hannah Boleyn)
- Rave Generator
- Run From You – Extended Version