WATCH: Chase & Status work with Slaves, make track of the year

Drum and bass outfit Chase & Status have been pretty absent of late. This has changed, however, with the release of Control, which features southern punk duo Slaves – and it totally kicks ass.

Slaves posing with their NME Award last week. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Slaves posing with their NME Award last week. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Slaves, who headlined the rock tent of Coventry’s own Godiva Festival last July, broke into the music world last year. They have had hits like Hey and Feed The Mantaray – and even after a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Skepta’s Shutdown that definitively put them on the map, this is set to drag them into the forefront of everyone’s mind in the same way that happened to past Chase & Status collaborators such as Plan B, Liam Bailey and Maverick Sabre.

The first thing that hits is the direct Prodigy influence interwoven throughout the track – it sounds very much like an OI version of Invaders Must Die-era material.  The typical vocal from the band is somewhat suppressed in the first minute of the track, but it soon becomes much more aggressive and throws out much more of a punk vibe which works beautifully with the drum and bass. Somehow, it just seems to work and creates a rebellious anthem with the line “Who d’ya think you’re talking to?”.

The reaction overall since the world exclusive of the song on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac last night has been positive, with many fans answering the “Are you satisfied?” question via Twitter:

Chase & Status, whose last album Brand New Machine was released in 2013, have not announced any further details of an album to be released – though this is expected, as well as festival appearances throughout the summer.

Listen to the track below, I recommend you turn it up…

Jessica Allen

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