Chase and Status
More Than Alot


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
May 8th, 2010 | 26 replies | 11,012 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Breathing new life into a genre in much need of support, More Than Alot also proved to be one of the year's finest

As it stands now drum & bass is experiencing a much needed and equally deserving second wind, now luckily able to co exist alongside its stretched tempo and influential sister, dubstep. But a quick glance back to the year 2008 showed a slightly different story. Drum & bass had, for the most part, been in a sad state of affairs for the better part of a year; Pendulum (the only d&b group you could justify labelling as superstars and get away with it) had managed to destroy their credibility with their sophomore effort In Silico, which while still selling by the crate load had practically defined the term “second album slump”. That poisonous fusion of two step, grime and d&b – dubstep - was on the up and up, freshly accepted as everyone's new drug of choice. Borrowing heavily from everything around it, dubstep represented a darker and grittier soundscape, escapism for people in search of that endless bass fix, tired of d&b's more friendly waters. High Contrast's Tough Guys Don't Dance had ushered in a softer, more lush and liquid take on the genre, that while rich in ideas and solid in its execution still did little to fill the void; it had seemed that dark and sinister might have left for good, slowed itself down and started again in dubstep. While the idea of a gaping hole might be considered as nothing more than a trite metaphor it existed none the less, just as Chase & Status existed as the plug that managed to keep everything in check.

Now to call C&S's debut offering More Than Alot (no, that's not a typo) a simple drum and bass album would be a tad impertinent. While incorporating many aspects of d&b, dubstep and hip hop, the album seems to exist in its own little space, melding its influences into a unique concoction of hard hitting ear candy, while never managing to dilute or weaken the effects of its individual proponents. Its an album far more adventurous in its scope and vision to be narrowed or pigeon holed to a singular sound; just when you think the boys (Saul Milton and Will Kennard) have settled down and accepted a particular style, just when you think you might have nailed them down they switch it up, moving through inspired permutations of tried and true success stories with ease and an agile grace. The album begins on a gentle note with 'Can't Get Enough', a calm as a coma opener that while doing an admirable job of setting the album up for more grandiose numbers could easily work just as well as the closer, its style more suited for a comedown than as a prelude to the drop.

Things are decidedly kicked up a few decibels with 'Music Club' and ‘Against All Odds' however; 'Music Club' provides a tongue and cheek satirical look into how to make a “massive club banger”, before proceeding to tease out a very Pink Panther-esque inspired vibe; it comes at you with a sickening pace, almost creating a sense that it seems to be in hot pursuit of something. The latter brings in local grime man Kano who tears it up over a sampled 'Apache' beat, courtesy of The Incredible Bongo Band. And while it’s a sample that's been done to death numerous times over, in the hands of C&S it feels fresh and invigorated, lively and comfortable in its hip hop dirtiness. Strangely though, the track that has garnered the lads the most attention, and in the process become almost their own little anthem, is 'Eastern Jam'. Fusing a large amount of Bollywood with a staggering bassline and the biggest dubstep wobble this side of Bombay, the track was thrust into the limelight by the likes of Zane Lowe and Annie Mac, and as such has garnered itself an immortal like status for everyone that throws their hands up to the stylings of the Eastern tip.

Further in the mix the oddity that is 'Running' rears its head, and quite literally throws itself at you and begs for attention. Beginning humbly with an almost Kraftwerk like inspired 80's synth pop style, it quickly throws itself into dubstep territory, steamrolling through a schizophrenic bass drop and a hard hitting percussion set; to say that you will probably not encounter a more odd, yet suitably pleasing contrast of styles anytime soon would be something of an understatement. 'Is It Worth It' closes the album, and with its kick drum stomp, it sees the album out on a perfect high; the momentum continually increasing, its drum & bass roller like quality coming on stronger than a hurricane.

Comparisons to Pendulum, Hold Your Colour in particular, will undoubtedly be made and for obvious reasons. Just as their debut breathed new life and threw new elements into the equation, so too does More Than A lot; be it the quintessential bass heavy rhythms of dubstep, the gritty nature of hip hop, or its appealing liquid breaks, Chase and Status were able to pick drum and bass back up on its feet and set it marching off to a good beat once more.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2010



30904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Is It Worth It:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN3_GU6qFP0&feature=related
Hurt You:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH2t88KlDoU&feature=related
Eastern Jam:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPb1w7s7iUQ
Against All Odds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V-Xtiapb2k

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rogerdiscoversherpes
May 8th 2010



34 Comments


I really like the "End Credits" single with Plan B, but the album isn't really my cup of tea. Has its moments though.

Phantom
May 8th 2010



8930 Comments


Only thing I know about these guys is that they did that one track where they sampled the bassline from Wherever I May Roam by Metallica.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2010



30904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

You're thinking of 'Saxon':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt3vItRCSQk

Manic_
May 8th 2010



447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good to see this album get some love, keep up the electronic music reviews

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2010



30904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Will do

CelestialDust
May 8th 2010



3155 Comments


good review
also i'm listening to that first youtube link "is it worth it" and really liking what I hear

against all odds is really good too

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2010



30904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

A lot of people seem to like 'Against All Odds', it ended up becoming a pretty big crossover hit if memory serves

Buccaneer
May 9th 2010



692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I remember listening to Eastern Jam and really liking it. Then i got really annoyed with the "wobbly bass" and was put off from listening to the whole album, thinking all the tracks were going to be like that.

But I was pleasantly surprised by the album...it's a nice varied mix.
Awesome review as well

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2010



30904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Cheers ears

Roach
May 9th 2010



2149 Comments


dislike this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2010



30904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Kinda thought it wouldn't be your thing

Roach
May 9th 2010



2149 Comments


i love the fact you like electronic music really i do just you dont seem to like the stuff i like or at least you like the stuff i dislike

by electronic obviously i'm throwing in a lot of genres together but you know what i mean

it's cool though, this kind of stuff (even if imo you like the worse side of it) is underapreesh on this site so

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2010



30904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

I get what you mean man, but there is a lot of stuff I dig that I haven't discussed/rated/reviewed etc

I guess for now i'm just content with reviewing the more "mainstream" stuff

Hypernova
May 13th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album.

One of the highlights for me was the bassline on 'Streetlife' - it's not hit you in your face awesome; but put it on a decent, bassy soundsystem and it comes to life.

IMO theres much much better dubstep out there than anything on this, but as a mix of DnB and Dubstep you can't get much better.

Roach
May 13th 2010



2149 Comments


Breakage ...

Quen
July 17th 2010



1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is so sick.

omnipanzer
February 3rd 2011



21442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoying this although album seems a tad front-loaded on initial listen. None the less it's probably a week 3.5 for me atm.

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omnipanzer
February 4th 2011



21442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thoroughly enjoyed this.
I'm glad you reviewed the new one which allowed me to find out about this one ;^)

BigPleb
June 21st 2012



34328 Comments


Smash TV smashes it.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion



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