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The Qemists - Iron Shirt / Let There Be Light

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The Qemists - Iron Shirt / Let There Be Light
(500 copies limited edition promo 12"), Ninja Tune QEM001, 2006-11

Tracklisting :
A1. Iron Shirt
B1. Let There Be Light

Press Release :
Without wanting to come across too rude or obnoxious... If you don't know you better get to know! Ninja Tune's exclusive signing The Qemists deliver a limited edition monster 12” that is sure to get the vinyl buying public sprinting to their local record shop.

'IRON SHIRT' – You just might have heard the sample used before, but that didn't stop The Qemist's from putting it to good use. With or without it the track is a masterpiece: next level production and more switches than at your local telephone exchange. The DJs are loving the reaction on this one.

'LET THERE BE LIGHT' – On the flip the guys show that they don't always need a big vocal, this tune is a techy favourite that shows once and for all why these guys are without a doubt going to be a force to be reckoned with in the not too distant future. High profile remixes to come later in the year, and a debut artist album in 2007.

Short biography :
Cue gigantic atomic explosions, thundering kettle drums, random pyrotechnics. As the smoke begins to clear three figures can be seen being lowered onto the stadium stage. They are not wearing spandex. They have short hair and baseball caps. They are carrying laptops. For those about to rock, please welcome the Qemists…

Drum & bass is on the cusp of a whole new era and few new acts hint at what it may be better than Brighton trio the Qemists. Our three protagonists met playing in a rock band but have since started making high production, speaker destroying, venue razing d&b, built like a scaffold around unfeasibly catchy tunes and a sense of structure which would do Beethoven proud.

After their blinding mix of "Everything Is Under Control" for Coldcut, Ninja Tune are now proud to release their debut 12". "Iron Shirt" fires off with some righteous roots reggae before the most nosebleed d&b riff takes over and blasts through the tops of your head and the bottom of your shoes. Traditional bad bwoy jungle given a complete re-lick. Meanwhile, "" comes on like a re-make of the soundtrack for "The Omen," all ominous orchestrations and huge, epic roll outs.

Destined to utterly lay to waste any dancefloor on which they are played, these first tastes show the Qemists ready to smash up the lab and rem-make drum 'n' bass for the next decade…

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Fernando Fernando ·  02 November 2006, 15:50

Possibly one of Ninja Tune's worst signings of the last few years - sounds just like Pendulum... how creative???

conflict conflict ·  26 November 2006, 20:12

'The Quemists' is an alias for pendulum!

conflict conflict ·  27 November 2006, 02:04

hmm i believed it but i dont think its true anymore :>

MrZaM MrZaM ·  16 January 2007, 07:58

I belive musical taste is personal ;-)

The 'Iron Shirt' use samples of 'Max Romeo - I Chase The Devil' which always get to me, this original is a incredible reggae track indeed and The Qemists remix will be a floorfiller! The Prodigy did the same with the 'Out of Space' (Pendelum) and had a massive hit out of it.

Also, people with car stereos will love this BASS killer!

MuggWagg MuggWagg ·  23 April 2007, 05:38

'The Quemists' is an alias for pendulum!

WTF! How did you figure that out?

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