SOTD #10: Alix Perez - Melanie
There is no doubt that “1984” released by Alix Perez in 2009, is one of the best drum and bass albums of the past decade: a stunning collection of mellow, dusk-time tracks, big industrial sounding basslines and a nifty little collaboration with grime act Foreign Beggars.
Prior to the LP, Alix Perez released an EP containing “I’m Free”, a track which eventually featured on the full album and a B-side “Melanie”. Under the distorted image that drum and bass is all about savaging basslines, harsh percussion and nasty, masculine MC-ing - for some - it might be hard to comprehend how beautiful this track really is.
The trademark Alix Perez pad subtly sidechains to make way for the shuffling percussion before rushing into a crescendo of spine-tingling piano work. It’s the simple but clever production that makes this track a cosy addition to the ever-pleasing discography of Mr Perez.
Listen to the song here.