‘Keep You Down’ ft. James Robb is a reimagining of High Maintenance’s musical autograph with a honed bassline which ducks and dives between its vocals. James Robb adds a melodic twist between the clanking drums and wavering bass, pushed out on top of every voice peak Robb’s skillset manages to reach. However, the record dives to much murkier dimensions, dragging you alongside and juxtaposing its more soulful undertone. The resurfacing of High Maintenance has been long-awaited and ‘Keep You Down’ is the perfect way for him to make a comeback.
The flipside features ‘Roll with Me’, channelling the old-school essence which made drum & bass so recognisable and showcasing High Maintenance’s unbridled versatility. Its rolling bassline alludes to the track-title, a crunching, uncompromising riddim which ebbs and flows between breaks. High Maintenance doesn’t permit the pace to slow down, bit by bit allowing the record to submerge you in its water.
High Maintenance is back with a double-sided release which appeals to the wider drum & bass audience, unafraid to dip into darker territories and still mastering the art of production years on from his first output. Merging both contemporary and underground standards, it’s the perfect response for an artist who’s already made their impact on dance music’s biggest names. And this single has proven he’ll continue to do so with releases of the same calibre.
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