JD/NM/GJ - Trezz
If you're a fan of contemporary prog, then dream teams probably don't get much bigger than JD/NM/GJ, the new project from John Digweed, Nick Muir and Guy J. The first two names have been collaborating since 1993, while the latter has been somewhat of a Digweed protégé the past five years, having released two albums and a handful of singles on Bedrock. Accordingly, "Trezzz" sounds like a meeting between old and new. On the one hand, it clocks in at near ten minutes long and has that wild, almost tribal feel which infused so many tunes in the '90s. On the other, you have techy percussion and an extravagant break, the latter of which constitutes the track's centrepiece. Here, jarring chords are briefly soloed before the beat dramatically takes hold again. It's a moment crowds will love, even if it is a little obvious. Outside of this, however, the track's sleek structure and eerie, understated hooks are sound. The dub is more subtle, excising the fist-pumping break and slicing a minute from the duration. Though neither version may be field-toppers, they're certainly good enough to satisfy expectations.