Music is so much sweeter when true love is thrown into the mix. Since 2006, DERRICK & TONIKA, also known as FUNKMASTERS are a husband/wife production duo working together robustly to elevate the Ukranian drum 'n bass scene. Their efforts have propelled their masterpieces onto such prolific imprints as Kryptic Minds' DEFCOM/OSIRIS, OUTSIDER, MEDSCHOOL, ARCHITECTURE, SOUNDTRAX, RUBIK, CAMINO BLUE, and FOKUZ.
Noted as THE most prominent Ukrainian drum 'n bass duo, DERRICK & TONIKA are supported by a mighty roster of A-list heavyweight talent, including GROOVERIDER & FABIO, KRYPTIC MINDS, FUTURE PROPHECIES, LONDON ELEKTRICITY, BIG BUD, INK, and many more.
Together, the duo has been showcased at major festivals including GLOBAL GATHERING and KAZANTIP.
There is no denying the mastery of the two, with TONIKA taking a step outside of the box to create THE TENDER SESSION PROJECT, where she uses live musical accompaniment to compliment her drum 'n bass set.
Be sure to also look out for their PANORAMA RADIO SHOW on BASSDRIVE.
BLUS022 - DERRICK & TONIKA
A: FIND THE PLACE
RELEASE DATE: 11.07.2014
A. FIND THE PLACE
Heavy bass and rolling vibes fills FIND THE PLACE from the start. Straight out of the gate, angelic harmonics, filtered male vocals, stompy drums and heavenly pads put the listener in another place and time. Remember those days of Marky & XRS' smash hit, LK? Yea. That one. You like it, right? Half time comes swiftly and makes its exit just as fast as when it first entered, before dropping one more time. The female vocal over the top is euphoric enough to launch any atmosphere into a groovin' frenzy. Squelchy pads create a divine build-up as the number goes in and out of its various sections. Smiles all around as the male and female vocal create a duet throughout. This one's guaranteed to be remembered. Rewind!
Horn stabs and simple percussion introduce MEDIDANCE. You might want to grab a partner to dance to this one. Ignoring the lyrics isn't too respectful. Huge bass rolls through the low end promptly as pads and other layers arrive. The heavenly pads add grace, before another build-up resets the vibe as a prelude to another big drop.
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Words by Bryan Friedman (email@example.com
released January 19, 2015