No stranger to the weird and wonderful fringes of drum n bass, Fanu returns again with the long awaited release of tracks “Paracosm” and “Yin Dub” on his Lightless label, further pushing the genre boundary into uncharted territories. Speaking to him about the release, it’s clear Fanu revels in this spirit of experimentation, “The tunes will divide opinions, for they have elements not very common in D&B, but if you can shake the audience a bit, it’s a good thing, and I’d like to see more of that.”
“Paracosm was something that had to happen; I had had the idea of doing a really industrial sounding and haunting tune for a really long time. It was one of those musical ideas which sort of write themselves as you’ve been brewing them in your mind for so long. I’d like to believe it’s something that hasn’t been done in drum and bass before, and the reception’s been great, and I’m honoured for having received bigups from respected DJs.”
It’s hard not to be wonderfully shaken by the cacophonic score that is “Paracosm”, with it’s cinematically tonal, aggressive metallic crashes, eery time stretched vocal, and disorientated whistles from the abyss. It’s a far cry from standard for the genre, but a welcome one, seeing early support from pillars of the scene including Grooverider, and having sold half the available vinyl in just two days.
The flip side “Yin Dub” is equally unique, but more psychedelic and organic in its outlook. Combining sucking, pitch bending hand drums, evocative string plucks and possessed vocal outcries, it’s both captivating and weighty, with masterful percussion, as expected from Fanu, that layers urgently frenetic over powerfully meditative and steppy. As complex and evolved as it is, this seems to be a natural flow for Fanu on discussion.
"I wrote Yin Dub in 24 hours, which has to be the fastest for me ever. It came naturally after Paracosm, for after doing it, I was still in that mind state I wanted to do a flipside tune with percussion and a similar vibe – more peaceful but intense enough."
"Paracosm" and "Yin Dub" show two fresh takes on Fanu’s approach to drum n bass, but don’t expect him to stick here.
"I’ve been asked many times if this is a "new direction" for me. It’s not. I don’t really choose any directions; I’ve been exposed to so much music, there’s different ideas brewing all the time, and I can’t be chasing one style or idea very long."
Who knows what comes next, but we’re expecting big things.
Fanu - Paracosm and Yin Dub
Paracosm and Yin Dub are available to buy now in digital formats and on vinyl, purchase links here.