London DJ and Producer Dan Price was not on my radar before now, but the Non Compos Mentis album, which is the premiere release for his new Fracas Music imprint has piqued some serious interest from me.
Dan states, “I’ve spent a while making music that I think labels want to hear. Now, I’m making the music that works for me… and I think it’s the best yet!”. I have to agree – this album is full of heart and soul, and the attention to detail in each individual track is noticeable.
The overall sense of the album is dark and moody, with a nice jacking groove driving things forward. The title track, Non Compos Mentis, has a beautiful breakdown. The reverbed vocals really fill the space well here, providing a nice deep twist for the remainder of the track.
Name and Number kicks off the album, a catchy little tune with vocals that are a recurring theme on the album. Blue Language follows next – its chugging bottom end, awesome syncopated bass stabs and a nice little piano riff top this track off.
The high quality of tunes continues, with several more stand outs for me. Sacrilege is one of the harder tunes on the album, with a nice driving feel to it. Definitely one of my favorites.
Traction is a nice straight driving tune with a regular bass note that hits the right spot. The breakdown drops just enough to make you feel its going to go in a different direction then the kick slams back in. Fantastic work on this one.
Finally, with Do It Right you have to respect an artist that puts their money where their mouth is, with a ballsy title for this track. Dan Price follows through with this stellar tune. If you like keys, this is the track for you. With a proper house feel the production quality is top notch with every element in this track having enough space to breathe properly!
On the whole, a solid bank of tunes. I can’t wait to hear what Dan Price and Fracas Music have in store after this debut. If this is a sign of things to come, this is a label to watch.
A full preview of the album is available on Dan’s Soundcloud – look out for it in digital shops come March 25th.
Dan Price on Beatport