The last few years have seen unprecedented mainstream success and commercial breakthrough for drum and bass in the UK and Europe, thanks in part to chart success of Pendulum and Chase and Status et al, hard work by labels like London Elektricity's Hospital Records and Andy C's Ram Records plus air-play and exposure by from high-profile DJs such as Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Fabio.

Brookes Brothers, lining up amongst the vanguard of this year's D&B invasion, have been immersed in production since 2002, before signing to the Adam F and DJ Fresh owned label Breakbeat Kaos and releasing debut single Hard Knocks in 2007.

Earning stripes with epic collaborations such as 'Goldrush' with producer Danny Byrd and remixing big tracks like J-Majik and Wickaman's 'Crazy World', Londoners Dan and Phil Brookes have also released self written and produced tracks 'Tear You Down' and 'Last Night/War Cry', both of which feature on their debut self-titled recording released this month.

Brookes Brothers nestles somewhere between the output of Soul:ution and Hospital, having moved away from the darker tech-step sounds of the past five years in favour of a more soulful and richer listening experience, particularly in opening track 'Beautiful' which features US house vocalist Robert Owens and the synth-heavy liquid D&B of 'The Big Blue'.

Ironically, the bouncing dubstep-by-numbers of 'In Your Eyes', featuring a sweet sample from reggae singer Johnny Osbourne over a mighty bassline and punching snare, is possibly the biggest track off the album, its radio friendly make-up already guaranteeing airplay after making the Radio 1 B-list at the time of writing.

There are no real ground breakers on this record, in fact as D&B goes, tracks like 'Paperchase', 'Good Burger' and 'Last Night', with their floating synths, standard drops and neatly constructed loops help make for a pretty safe and dependable feel; even slight departures from this formula, like the nostalgic jazzy jungle of 'Souvenir' and the experimental, percussive and Eastern flavoured 'Warchild' straying only a few steps from an clean and melodic overall style.

Don't expect any crazy Noisia or Bad Company type surprise bangers on Brookes Brothers, but by creating and crafting an album that is sleek and dripping in funk and soul in the tradition of Calibre, D.Kay and High Contrast, the duo have a shot at making it big whilst retaining the credibility which has delivered them a place amongst the very best of current UK D&B producers.

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