Euphoric and infectious, the adrenaline-fuelled This Night (Waves Dub) bristles with kinetic energy. It’s finely honed vocal workout and pulsing bass apply dancefloor pressure while the drums ride with head high poise, it’s house music made for ecstatic armpit exhibitionism. Powerful and jacking Bang The Dub’s heavyweight techno deviations lurch around rattling 909 hi-hats. Raw electronic machine funk fuelled by the moody tension of his vocoded vocal, this is Drums of Death at his most tribal.
Drums Of Death is the alter-ego of Colin Bailey. His revered ‘Waves Trilogy’ saw him solidify his role as a purveyor of heavy, club-focused music. Across three EPs – Blue Waves, Red Waves and Black Waves he displayed his love for techno and house music. Full of big sounds and stripped back arrangements and taut electronics that held reverence for techno’s godfathers the records showcased a producer working with a Midas touch… effortlessly adept at delivering master classes in dancefloor tension his classic rhythms, punchy, razored synths and all round rave dramatics saw large scale rotation in the summer’s sweat-filled dance tents and huge support in the clubs and on the radio as Annie Mac, Sinden, Skream, Tiga, Laurent Garnier and Claude VonStroke and many more reached for the Waves while ‘Let No Shadow Fall Upon You’ from Blue Waves was chosen as one of DJ Mags top ten tracks of the year and ‘Waves City’ (also from Blue Waves) named Raveline’s #1 Techno track of 2012.
With a trio of remix packages for each Waves EP including revisions from Sinden (Grizzly/Mad Decent), Starkey (Civil Music / Planet Mu / Ninja Tune), Nightwave (Unknown To The Unknown), Clouds (Turbo) Debukas (2020Vision) Tanka (Inhale), Auntie Flo (Kompakt / Huntleys & Palmers), Kamikaze Space Programme (DecaRhythm), Tomb Crew (Trouble & Bass) the Waves Odyssey has reached producers and fans across the electronic spectrum.
His keen ear for new talent has seen him recruited by Sony EMI’s publishing arm… currently writing and producing for the much-hyped rapper/vocalist Azealia Banks, spending time in the studio with Paul Epworth and recording with highly rated Yasmin amongst others, the Drums Of Death sound continues to reach out to some of the most respected figures in the industry. Past collaborations with Gonzales (on DOD album track ‘Voodoo Lovers’) and Peaches (with production credits on her 2009 ‘I Feel Cream’ album), as well as a slew of remixes including Hot Chip, Tricky and Franz Ferdinand, ensure Drums Of Death is aligned with some of the most creative artists out there. His new synapse synced live show, a full visual assault in collaboration with the Greenaway & Greenaway design team, (who have previously worked with Deadmau5, Chase and Status and Eric Prydz) has taken him to festivals and venues across the globe, with recorded performances for the BBC (Maida Vale Sesion) and Mixmag’s Live Labs. One busy musician, the end of the Waves Odyssey marks the dawn of the new for Drums of Death.
This Night (Waves Dub) / Bang the Dub is released 18th March 2013 on Civil Music.