Ambassadeurs – Rain (single) (self-released)


As a precursor to the release of his debut album later this year, Brighton’s Mark Dobson – p/k/a Ambassadeurs – has shared a new track, Rain, which is currently being offered as a free download. And what a tune it is!

Following the release of the 2010 self-titled EP, 2013 saw Ambassadeurs release a stunning pair of EP’s – Alone In The Light and Trouble – while tracks such as No Matter What clocked up over 300,000 views on YouTube (contributing to Ambassadeurs’ 2.5 million You Tube views), and free giveaways of Hypercolor and Make Me – the latter which sampled U Sure Do by Strike (read our review)  – continued to ensure his star kept rising.

Taking cues from dub, hip-hop, bass and jazz, but sounding like none of these genres, Ambassadeurs’ sound is hard to pigeonhole. And Rain is no exception. That being said, right from the get go, Rain emits 2-step and UK dubstep flavours and though it’s not a thorough description, Rain , in fact, displays many similar qualities to the soulful, atmospheric worlds of Burialfka Twigs, Scuba (circa Triangulation), and to a lesser degree, maybe even some Photek too (specifically his own tracks on the Photek – DJ Kicks album).

A hugely melodic and darkened tune, Rain is full of contrasts; its metallic glitches are off-set by its deep, catchy bass groove that brings with it thickness and warmth, but which is then counterpoised by the space that lives between the grooves, giving Rain an atmospheric quality.

With all the elements in place, as soon as the soulful, pitch-shifted, and R&B-flavoured vocals arrive, Rain hits the sweet spot. Like the aforementioned Burial so often does, Rain manages to create feelings of nostalgia and joy simultaneously. God damn, what a tune!

Of the new track, Dobson says, “I made this track when exploring a slightly darker side of my music on a rainy evening over winter. I wanted to do something slightly different from my usual stuff. I made most of the track out of recording household objects. I set some mics up in my kitchen to record lots of the percussion sounds for example. The idea was I wanted it to have a metallic and industrial sound with loads of reverb like it’s being played out in an empty warehouse”.

A brilliant track; Rain might just be one of 2014’s best finds so far.

At the time of posting, the track is being given away as a free download on Ambassadeurs Soundcloud.

Listen to “Rain” below: