Even amidst one of the world’s worst pandemics with the emergence of the coronavirus, 2020 has been a mammoth year for long-standing Porto drum and bass stalwart Oder, who already counts the likes of Andy C, Pendulum, Steve Aoki and even Jay Z among his supporters. Having recently previewed five vibrant cuts from his debut album Chain Reaction including “This Feeling”, a slinking number centred around voweled basslines and playful melodies, “Euphory”, a nostalgic tribute to 90s rave music, and “Never Say Never”, a chugging, rap-oriented banger, he now returns with the long-awaited LP, weighing in at a colossal sixteen tracks.
Throughout the project, Oder showcases a deft ability to craft infectious melodies, deploying ambitious sound design throughout including mesmerising, bitcrushed arpeggios on the halftime heater “Brainwash Stream Program” and fluttering stabs on “Overdrive”. While the lion’s share of the project can be considered dancefloor drum and bass, he draws audible influences from all corners of the D&B spectrum. “Mojito” utilises jungle-tinged breaks and snarling growls, while “Dream Catchers” borrows elements from the liquid playbook and the plucky, distorted leads on “Utopia” are reminiscent of classic techstep, busily meandering atop rapid-fire basslines.
A number of intriguing collaborations are strewn throughout the album. On “Utopia”, London producer and dancefloor specialist Cabbie lends a hand. Meanwhile, on “Comes the Light”, Sydney singer Stella Rhymes, whose music has featured in the Netflix original series Sense8, lays down a moving topline which perfectly complements the track’s swirling synths. Finally, on the outstanding “Moving Fast”, stateside rapper Jurnalist brings some fast-paced bars into the equation atop chopped-up retro samples to make for an exhilarating listen. All in all, Chain Reaction is the perfect encapsulation of Oder’s wide-ranging production abilities, catering for a variety of tastes and cementing his already impeccable credentials as one of Portugal’s finest musical exports.
Album supported by: Andy C, Dillinja, High Contrast, Roni Size, John B, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, DJ Marky, DJ Craze, Aphrodite, Ray Keith, DJ SS, Kenny Ken, Benny Page, Ed Solo, Nicky Blackmarket, Drumagick, Junk Mail, Jaguar Skills, North Base, Dope Ammo, Ragga Twins, Logam, Don Diablo and many more
released September 25, 2020
Production, mixing and mastering: Oder
Press release: Cygnus