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Grafix – Break the Cycle – UKF

UKF welcome the one and only Grafix to the UKF10 series.

Following the likes of Kove, The Prototypes, Camo & Krooked, Mohican Sun, Hybrid Minds & Koven and many more, Grafix adds yet another evocative anthem to the leading bass music platform’s epic 10 year anniversary series.

Like every single one of the artists who’s taken part in UKF10, Bristol-based Grafix is a close friend of the network, having appeared on the channel with his earliest tracks way back in early 2010. He’s been featured on UKF every year since those formative endeavours, both as one half of Hospital duo Fred V & Grafix and, as of this year, a solo artist once again. First came ‘Radiance’ in May, then ‘Refuge’ in August. Now comes this UKF10 exclusive ‘Break The Cycle’.

An emotional hurricane, fast-paced and coded with uplift, ‘Break The Cycle’ represents where Grafix is at in this exciting new chapter of his career. After a spring and summer of deep studio hibernation – refining his craft, rediscovering his own personal sound and developing his songwriting skills – he’s back packing a whole arsenal of new next-level productions. Hopeful, high-energy and fuelled by goosebumps, ‘Break The Cycle’ is a perfect example of the heat he’s about to bring… And a perfect example of the D&B fire UKF has been stoking for 10 years and counting.

Grafix hits us with an extremely emotional and uplifting dancefloor banger, Break the Cycle. Beautiful, lush vocals dress up calculated chord progressions that push you into a state of trance. Meanwhile the steady, clean breaks get your head nodding and your feet moving underneath you. The multiple layers of synth are finely outlined by an arpeggiator line that holds the progression together as the synths take turns in front of the audio landscape. This extremely detailed melody makes for such a heady journey for the listener that you soon find yourself daydreaming and relating to the vocal hook. This is certainly a stand out tune in originality and shows that Grafix is doubling down on his sound. This kind of maturity in the sound design and structure shows the length of Grafix’s studio career and leads us to look for what’s next!


By: Bad Martian

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