Drum Kru ‎– Thin Air / Poltergeist

1210 Recordings ‎– 1210✴003
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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A Thin Air
Written By – Fresh & FierceWritten-By, Producer – Fierce, Fresh
AA Poltergeist
Written By – Darren Da Bridge, Jason Maldini, Fierce & RymetymeWritten-By, Producer – Darren Da Bridge*, Fierce, Jason Maldini, Rymetyme*

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July 16, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

The reason I am writing this review is that I have seen The VG+/NM ones are selling at 1-2-3 pounds at the moment. Kinda shocked me. Great investment.

Drum Kru was one of the few drum and bass "supergroups" more than a decade ago, consisting of Fierce, Trace, Optical, Ryme Tyme, and the BC guys (including D-Bridge, who is not listed on the artist page). I have heard lots of rumours about the full roster, so I'm not sure how accure this is; As far as my knowledge goes, this was their only release, they also had a remix of a Ryme Tyme roller (a nice one, actually).

And, actually, I don't really know the story behind this outfit (I am ashamed of this), but having nearly the whole 2001 techstep-neurofunk scene "rolled into 1"...how could you go wrong? Their unreleased material is still rocked by the big players throughout the drum and bass map, e.g. Zero T dropped "The Watcher" (which is a "never to be released") few months ago in his fabric set. The other well known dubplate would be "Rigmasher", appearing on the second disc of "Virus Vaults" - mixed by Ed Rush & Optical, of course. The guys definitely made more stuff, and people always tell you "never say never", but chances are high that most of these dubplates will never see light. But you can't be sure, I mean, look at Edtrafienical, or Lost Dubs on DSCI4, both have their roots in the 90's, both released in the "10's".

Turning back to this release, this one is definitely among my top 20 or top 10 dnb releases. Me and Thin Air, well, we never really got along, but hands down, this could be the definition of "stomper". A masterpiece. Funny thing is that it was produced by Fresh himself. He IS a genius, whether you hate him or not, he is THE brain behind Bad Company, but I've always thought this was made by Trace and/or Optical. Poltergeist, on the other side, done by D-Bridge, Maldini & Ryme Tyme, is something I'd call "intelligent destruction". A really spectacular track with a very unique vibe - not something I would expect from these guys. It is chilled, but in a dark way, don't even think about anything "Hospital" liquid or "LTJ Bukem-like" atmospheric, because if you do, you are going to have a very bad time. Stupid thing to add, but this could be the "signature sound" of someone getting prepared/set for killing in an action movie.

Also, great artwork by Plainclothesmen, who is the brother of Optical and Matrix. Not sure if he is still doing artworks/designs, but he always brought something excellent in my opinion.

Overall, 5/5 - drum and bass lacks this nowadays. I can't see myself recommending this to someone who hasn't received a proper neurofunk / techstep /dark drum and bass dosage before, but if you consider yourself a basshead, this is a definite buy. Flawless, and I think everybody loves Drum Kru.

Edit: Poltergeist samples an Aphex Twin tune (Green Calx), isn't it? :)


May 22, 2012

I absolutely love 'Thin air' this is the Bad company sound from the 99-00 era which was caned by the Andy C. Pure relentless beats, sinister vocal sample and stomach churning vibes! Not for the faint hearted.


April 17, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

5 years later, this record is still great. 'Thin Air' is a real stomper in the tradition of Bad Company's other huge tunes, while 'Poltergeist' comes with some more subtle flavors. D-Bridge's input really shines on this track, as you can draw parallels with this tune and a lot of the things he's been releasing since he split with Maldini, Fresh and Vegas.