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Esteemed production duo State Of Mind are to kick off 2014 with news of a brand new LP forthcoming on Blackout Music NL. Having released on a whole host of prestigious labels over the last nine years, including 31 Records, Uprising, Shogun Audio and Total Science’s CIA Recordings, they’ve solidified themselves as go to names for the best in super slick, hard-edged drum & bass.
Now, following a series of collaborative EP releases alongside Blackout label heads Black Sun Empire, the album marks an exciting new chapter for the pair and surely confirms their status as New Zealand’s biggest and boldest drum & bass exports. The first single to be released in the run up will be ‘Mr Cover Up’ which will be available exclusively via Beatport from January 13th, and at all other digital outlets from January 27th.
Featuring snappy, rave-friendly vocals from Perceive, Mr Cover Up is a raging, tear-out anthem perfectly suited to the dance floor. It builds with soft, washed out melodies but bears all the State Of Mind hallmarks; heavy basslines, contorted synth lines and euphoric crescendos, all of which combine to give the track a unique appeal. German production unit Neonlight provide an excellent remix too, taking all the verve of the original and merging it with much darker, heavier tones.
Also included as part of the single package is dynamic roller ‘Bigger Faster Stronger’ that fuses a far more liquid style with wonderfully catchy, pitched vocal samples, plus a further collaborative effort with Black Sun Empire. ‘Unconscious’, which will be available for free via State Of Mind’s official Facebook page. right up until the date of official release, is a charging blend of hard-edged styles that, like Mr Cover Up, feels ideally suited to the club.
With a follow up single to be released in February, Mr Cover Up certainly gets 2014 underway in style and more than sufficiently whets the appetite for their forthcoming album.