It was late 2015 when Brazil's Level 2 and DJ Chap lit the fuse and sparked off the Alibi team-up. Individually, they were already well-established, but this move would take the levels even higher. Smashing into our consciousness with a huge set at SUNANDBASS in 2016, the new duo quickly built a reputation for being prime exponents of the future sound of Brazil. As testified to, if proof were needed, by them featuring on Hospital's 'Future Sound of Brazil EP' and contributing some of the stand out cuts on the recent 'Viva Brazil' album presented by DJ Patife. With a series of huge releases and download chart-topping success under their belt, including colabs with Command Strange and Disaszt, their 'Inception EP' comes loaded with anticipation.
Now, we've already seen these producers display multiple facets to their drum & bass. Influences of tech, liquid, jump-up, and more have peppered their output like 'Aftermath' and 'The Hornet EP'. So, of course, Alibi have taken the opportunity afforded by this five-track release to stretch out across sub-genre divisions once again.
As tension is ramped up from the stripped-back bass-weighted 'Knockout', through to the tech paranoia of 'Inception', you might imagine you know where this EP's going to take you. Then 'Greenline 02' comes along to wrong-foot you with with its dubby, subby tints melting into euphoric chords. 'Reizenstein' adds another hint of darkness, with vibes as shadow-shrouded as the meaning of the title. But then there's the switch-up of 'Morning Glory', an emotive fluid-soul roller which has that summer-night feeling encoded deep in its DNA.
Having been instrumental in bringing the D&B of Brazil to the world in the first place, the V Recordings camp is now intimately associated with its next stage of evolution. You see, with more styles and influences in the melting pot, the architecture is developing. And, globally-influenced but SÃ£o Paulo-rooted, Alibi's 'Inception EP' lays out the blueprint.