(For two weeks ago)
In a world where everyone seemingly has to label everything in order to give music a common reference point, you could easily pass The Qemists off as a British Pendulum clone, but if they are, they are for my money a damn sight better than them. And I say this as a Pendulum fan. Around a year after the release of their free download of Be Electric VIP, comes Change The Way I Feel, a song that sounds like it was written with the charts in mind, but still maintaining their trademark sense of identity. It flows with the viscosity of any Top 40 drum ‘n’ bass, but with the added dose of live guitar and surprisingly face-churning synths. Bass not so much pummels but repeatedly stomps anyone into submission and the half-time drumstep breakdown near the end showcases the synth at its most prominent crushing capabilities, even more vicious than at full speed. If you have yet to listen to The Qemists, I recommend in doing so as Brighton’s trio have yet to make a massive impact in the chart but judging by the excellent quality and accessibility of their latest work, it is only a matter of time. Their third album can’t come soon enough.