U.K. bass ambassadors Chase & Status' slick commercialization of the underground sounds of drum 'n' bass continues with an admirable lack of genre loyalty on their third full-length, Brand New Machine. Paying overt tribute to the duo's influences, the Italian piano house of “Count on Me” and “Deeper Devotion” throw back to the early '90s, harkening to Prodigy's breakbeats on the former and Crystal Waters' dance-floor soul on the latter. Taking the soul to M.J. Cole – style two-step is “Blk & Blu,” which contrasts with the punishing drum 'n' bass beats on “Machine Gun.” The big bottom bass of the Major Lazer moombahton collaboration, “Pressure,” is picked up in the gravelly tones of the ragga number “International.” The duo's regular MC, Rage, joins Chase on this DJ-set North American tour.

Sat., May 24, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 05/24/14)

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