Nebula (8)Chords Of Sorrow / Frame Of Reference

Label:Subtle Audio Recordings – SUBTLE012
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Style:Drum n Bass, Jungle


aChords Of Sorrow6:50
aaFrame Of Reference6:21

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(p) Subtle Audio Recordings, Limerick, Ireland 2008
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Track durations are not listed on release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side a runout, etched): SUBTLE012 A BEAU. B 850536-01 A1 GREGORIAN CHANT N' BASS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side aa runout, etched): SUBTLE012 AA BEAU. B 850536-01 B1 'BLUE PETER, SHARK TAMER'

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Chords Of Sorrow / Frame Of Reference (2×File, WAV)Subtle Audio RecordingsSUBTLE012Ireland2009
Chords Of Sorrow / Frame Of Reference (2×File, MP3, 320 kbps)Subtle Audio RecordingsSUBTLE012Ireland2009



  • JonniCobb's avatar
    it's been 10 years, can we please get a repress already?
    • laurisan's avatar
      Truly one of the best records in my collection. I actually didn't find out about this one until late 2009, and oh boy have I listened to this!

      For me, Chords Of Sorrow is absolutely the stronger one of these two. Gregorian chant n' bass is exactly what it is, and it really stands out from the competition. Frame Of Reference for its part, reminds me more of the typical Subtle Audio sound, which really isn't a bad thing. This one though, is a bit too drumfunk for me. I love to have a strong atmospheric influence behind the drum breaks. Works perfectly on a mixtape, as where Chords Of Sorrow works both as a single track and as part of a mix.

      All in all, nicely done! I'm sure to be playing this one for a long time. Definitely full 5 points.
      • kikicococucu's avatar
        Edited 13 years ago
        Exactly, what I think ; a real come back to old school productions. It's not liquid funk (Soul:R or Fokuz), it's more deep and trippy.
        A lots of breaks like Source direct, Photek or Reinforced, completed by the Good Looking's atmosphere, or Vibez style. Even the mix is old school. The only 2008 touch is the voices' sample.
        Other Nebula's productions are like that. I hope it's not just breaks samples, it's really edition

        I really like it, a man to follow in 2009.
        • Cakes's avatar
          Nebula, you have smacked me in the face with Chords of Sorrow. What a gem this is! It's pure 1996 ethic drum and bass at 2008 tempo and production standards. Pitch it down to -2 and you can happily play this next to your Source Direct and Photek records. The beat choppage is clean and crisp. The beats have perfect weight. You can play this along with anything produced today. Structurally there are suprises and twists all the way through. It doesn't follow a predictable pattern (like most d & b in 2008) but it still manages to be DJ friendly. It peaks and troughs structurally and emotionally but it's never forced or just for gimmick. This is a song. The mood changes several times with absolute purpose. Yeah, it's 100% retro, but to be quite blunt the overall quality of this plate shames a lot of Nebula's beat nazi contemporaries into afterthoughts. This is perfectly crafted music that escapes the convention of genre. I want more.


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