The Qemists - Join The Q (3 stars)

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The Qemists - Join The Q

(Ninja Tune)

DRUM & BASS AND BEYOND

This debut album for Brighton-based producers The Qemists smacks of the rock and drum & bass hybrid that pushed the likes of Pendulum too far centre-field, but it’s subtler than the Aussie troupe’s dance-rock racket – and more coloured and more intelligent. Working with vocalist Mike Patton, grime master Wiley and Beardyman, in amongst a host of D&B names – Jenna G, MC Navigator and Friction’s MC ID – The Qemists stir in many different dancehall, electro, hip hop and grime flavours. Wiley brings the filth, Alabama 3’s Zoe Devlin Love provides the sublimely sweet vocals, and The Qemists get the drops in. A live outfit surely beckons.

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