AAAAAND WE’RE BACK! Hope everyone had a marvelous weekend and got to play outside a little while the weather is gracing us with sun. Before we dive into this week’s NAPCast, I just want to give a HUGE shout out to everyone who made it out on Tuesday for Dave Owen and Random Movement. I’m sure it was half because of Drum & Bass and half because of tacos, but whatever brought you to us, we thank you. The vibe was PERFECT and soooo many of you held strong through the closing set, which is pretty impressive on the Tuesdays. Probably those tacos helping power you through! Don’t forget that there is MOAR to be heard from us over the next month. Remember to follow the Facebook page so you’re never out of the loop….because the loop is full of goodness. This week we’re welcoming back a former regular of the Melody Inn nights, with a new mix from Breakspeare. Seriously, the English Lit nerd in me is already swooning. You can’t combine two of my favorite things and not be a badass.
If you’ve been following my ramblings for a while, you’ve probably read the ever popular line phrase “drums AND basses” in a few posts. Somewhat of a common expression among the geriatric Junglists. This week’s NAPCast totally did it for me because it lets both those halves shine independently from each other, while still riding together to get the groove absolutely right. A breakneck opening with fantastic drum work that left me dizzy cleared the way easily to allow sexy funky bass to work it’s way front and center. Given that Breakspeare has a pretty impressive background in jazz drumming, it’s easy to understand where this affection for drum lines comes from. Fair warning is given and heads will be twisted with bass lines moving down your spine like it were a drum kit. But fear not my brothers and sisters, because after the warm embrace of the opening of this, the ruckus does arrive. This is not to say that the over all balance of the drum and bass lines isn’t still present. They still trade off, always moving the vibe forward, but always working together. The whole thing comes full circle; the final tunes destroy with super clean drums and a supportive bass line that doesn’t get in the way. Big ups to Breakspeare for this nugget of perfection and a welcome back for sure!