Hamilton’s Schema EP Last seen on Ram tearing up the dance with the mighty ‘Deep In My Heart’ and ‘Rich Kids’, Hamilton has been in studio lockdown working on a whole series of next-level workouts that will be rolling out this June and July. Presented in a unique three-vinyl release schedule with a massive digital package climax, this is, without doubt, Hamilton’s biggest delivery to date.
‘Push’ is the ultimate motivational message. The perfect way to start this epic series of slammers; Hamilton nods at his authentic rave heritage with rushy, synth blasts and a sexy breathy vocal while an enormous metallic bassline worms and wriggles beneath. You’ll be hard pushed to find a finer balance of laser-gazing and screw-facing this season…
Like to get sweary and lairy? Head straight to ‘F**k It Up’. A ruthless bassline monster, it oozes sub trouble as the clipped lead bass tones stalk the sharp two-step with true menace. With a rabble-rousing vocal sample on the fills and builds, ‘F**k It Up’ isn’t a suggestion… It’s a guarantee.
‘Get Together’ is another fine example of Hamilton’s aspirational audio; broadcasting one clear message of unity it’s a sonic kaleidoscope of striding stabs, twinkling arpeggios, euphoric dynamics and an emphatic vocal message. Vibrant andunashamedly positive but laced with plenty of low-end naughtiness, it’s the ultimate huggathon anthem.
‘Overdrive’ follows. Igniting with instant percussive drama and palpitating haunted synths, we’re soon thrown deep into the sub pit as a slinky-but-savage bassline sears back and forth, answering questions you didn’t even ask. Rolling with a slight twang of techno sensibility, the rises and processed bass glitches give it the ultimate ‘heads down’ feel. In a word: heavy!
Up next, the turbo-charged ‘Way I Feel’. A stimulating attack of the senses; Hamilton toys with our emotions as he smoothly rolls out a beautiful soul-massaging synth and vocal soaked intro before setting fire to it with an absolute sizzler of a bassline. Spine-tingles all round, this not only showcases Hamilton’s production power, but reminds us of the raw, carnal energy that’s unique to drum & bass.
‘Brainstorm VIP’ is exactly what you imagine it to be… A rebooted, bareback ride on Hamilton’s breakthrough 2011 smasher. Adding more emphasis on the bass texture and overall weight to an already massive track, if you think the original slammed the dance, this one smashes it. Then destroys it. Then totally murders it. It’s what the term VIP was invented for.
Flipping the switch: ‘Your Love’ sees Hamilton laying down the slow n’ smoochy vibes for a textbook end-of-night tear-jerker… Strutting on a tight halfstep with weighty kicks, be prepared for a startling array of lead psychedelic bass twirls and low-end melodic motifs. Emotional enough to get the baddest of badmen weak at the knees, it’s D&B at its most romantic.
And so we reach the grand finale. And what a finale! ‘You Had It’ tips an affectionate nod to the old skool with blow-out vocal hit that will have you racking your brains when you last heard it. Rising and rising with insistent keys, sweeping synths and yet another trademark Hamilton hellraiser bassline, it’s the perfect way to end Hamilton’s biggest release to date.