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It's Unfair (Original)

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This is an original song I've made, returning to Drum & Bass for the first time in years.

For the best listening experience, watch the music video, which you can find over on my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CLOKOYg03A

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This is pretty legit. I love the halftime, calm intro to the track but do feel like adding some background pads would've helped fill out the piece a bit more, especially if it would be layered with the low-tone bassline. The sweeps leading up to the drop was great and the drop itself is exactly what it needs to be. I particularly like the drumwork in this, it's a very solid break you've put together. The square-wave synths coming in at the drop were a very nice touch but could've used the slightest bit of volume adjustment because they're more of a filler element and don't come to their own due to the somewhat 'basic' sound design. Maybe layer that up with something else aswell.

Were you to extend the track to offer a second drop and a little bit more effectwork in line with the melodics, to fill in the end of each 8 / 16 bars, you wouldn't be far off from being on a professional liquid dnb artist's level. Very well done. Seriously.

pichuscute0 responds:

Thank you! This is fantastic feedback!

I think I spent less time working in the low end than I probably should have looking back (I kind of wanted to accent that low end just a bit already, but I like your idea better). The piano portion of the song is a sample, which is what I was attempting to layer with the bassline. This is why I saved pads for later in the song and kept them in the midrange, but it meant I didn't revisit that portion of the song like I should have. I may have been a bit scared to mess with it, if I'm honest (I'm a little tone deaf in that frequency range, which doesn't help). This is an ongoing problem I have, so I need to remember to revisit the bass range often haha.

I'm glad you enjoy my sweep/drum work. Drums in particular is what I tend to enjoy working on most and tweaking, particularly in DnB. It can be very hard to find the right sounds for the job sometimes, but after something like 10 years of attempts, I'm starting to get quite good, I hope haha. The production is probably something a bit closer to what you'd hear in Neurofunk, but I like to apply that style to Liquid. It makes a nice contrast (and rhythm), in my opinion.

I hear your criticism of the square-wave arp synth loud and clear now. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how relatively thin and quiet it was at the time. Layering it with something phasing or with chorus likely would have been the way to go, or just an entirely different type of sound. I totally agree.

As for the length, I like to keep my songs short and sweet. Part of the theme of my work is the attempt to capture a melancholy/nostalgic feeling, which I think is reinforced by songs that end just a little bit sooner than you might want. My hope is that this also makes re-listening happen more often. No clue if I'm right or if it's working, but that's my ultimate goal and why these are shorter than you might otherwise see.

I'm glad you think I'm finally honing in on that professional level of quality. I've spent a long break away from DnB to try to improve myself in other areas and types of music (two or so years now), which seems to have paid off. Coming back to DnB briefly meant I was back with a purpose resulting in much better quality than I've gotten in the past in the genre. So glad you had the time to give this a review!

Re-collect returns! I love everything about this one bro, the vibe is so perfectly spacy and the cool timing change-up made for a really unique approach to DnB. The video really makes this song into an experience, and I totally hope to see more like this from ya in the future!


pichuscute0 responds:

Thank you dude!

I really enjoyed the drum work on this! You set up a good mood. Good job!

pichuscute0 responds:

Thanks! I appreciate it! I spend a lot of time on my drums in particular, so I'm happy to see someone notice!

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4.83 / 5.00

May 31, 2019
10:26 PM EDT
Drum N Bass
File Info
6.5 MB
2 min 50 sec

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