Maduk – Never Give Up Review

This is the debut album of Maduk, Liquicity co-founder and upcoming dnb producer. Throughout the 12 summer tunes you get an insight into his amazing production values and trademark upbeat style, which he has used here to great effect. Every track is amazing, with the standouts ‘One Way’, ‘Never Give Up’ and ‘Falling’ discussed below.

The first time I heard One Way I wan’t sure what to expect, but when realising it is actually a bass-heavy rinse out quickly became one of my favourite tracks on the LP. With searing hi hats, punchy kicks and snares and a rolling, groovy bassline this is definitely one to be played at the highest volume.

The title track Never Give Up is also a standout, with a haunting opening giving way to the chopped vocals and beautiful piano, with tuneful melody and side chained, almost distorted bass keeping you pulled in for the whole track. It is really uplifting, and well deserving of the title track of the LP.

Falling is a different matter entirely, because it is a half time dubstep track and not dnb. With its arpeggiated filtered chords and ‘stop falling down’ vocal resonating throughout the track, alongside the deeper vocal from MVE accompanying the beautiful electronic influenced melody and bass, it makes for a great penultimate track. The second drop is where it’s at though.

Overall, I rate this release 5/5, a must listen.


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