&fate / The Rhythm (remix 2) [coll] – [Nonplus+]
Nonplus+ records has been putting out quality music since their inception in 2009. Founded by Instra:mental (Alex Green and Damon Kirkham), the label reflects the ever evolving and progressing tastes of its artists. Instra:mental first appeared in the early 2000s as a drum and bass duo, putting out splits with now long-gone heavyweights Source Direct – it was enough to get my attention back then, and they’ve just keep evolving and growing. Over the last few years Nonplus+ has put out some incredible music from the likes of D-Bridge, ASC, Skream, Vaccine, as well as the label bosses both as Instra:mental and as John Convex and Boddika. The sound has evolved dramatically, with roots in drum and bass and breakbeat music, but has gone far beyond. While I will certainly be touching back on the subject in future reviews with other releases, this 12″ single is a part of the “Think and Change” LP, an album reflecting the diverse nature of Nonplus+. Boddika and Joy Orbison’s track “&Fate” is a techy tune with female vocal samples and a deep groove. The flip, by Lowtec is a bit more minimalistic, with solid tech beats and a mean square bassline that drives the record forward, occasionally hitting saw waves and getting a bit crunchy. A lot to write about a single, but I am so excited about everything this label is doing that I think they merit a proper introduction. More Nonplus+ in the near future, I hope!