Opening with “Irian Jaya,” there becomes this eerie opening of low-tuned splashes of color where Coco Bryce is a sprinting, but easy-to-understand force. The percussion which consists of rapid arpeggio snaps through rattling hi-hats and sudden machinegun style bursts of claps. Night On Earth becomes a frequent arrangement of use between the hardened dashes through jungle-placed environments and the conflict of beautiful synth arrangements.
“Killing Me” in particular makes an effort for being quick to the ears but technical in the footwork department. Areas of “Killing Me” deliberately sound glitchy and have layers that clash with each other like a fistfight. The midpoint drops the percussion and instead has these wide areas of space where nothing but light infiltrates the track.
The audience here becomes dazed and nearly in a stun-lock state where movement becomes impossible. As the beat is suddenly plopped back into the frame, areas where space suddenly is now confined.
After the halfway point to the record, “Wish We Didn’t” becomes the gospel of Night On Earth. Immediately immaculate not just by Drum and Bass standards, the mix of House and areas of jazz are key factors for why “Wish We Didn’t” is the standout. Between the sampled higher-pitched vocals and the inevitably inviting use of atmosphere; Coco Bryce is still a rushing instrumentalist, but the approach is much different.
Instead of deciding to go in with all components at once like some of the previous tracks on Night On Earth, Coco Bryce instead takes time to even introduce any elements of Drum and Bass. The actual percussion is not a factor until nearly a minute into the track. The bass line underneath the percussion is simple but effective enough to move the track along in this groove-based overtone.
Still, Night On Earth has one final moment of exemplary sound and ability behind instrumentation. “Breach The Peace” is a great last look at Coco Bryce as the track incorporates all the elements of immense capability and almost impossible patterns to follow with percussion.
Coco Bryce continues to change the dynamic on Night On Earth but is consistent enough for the eight tracks to be an engagement through sound. One of the more interesting records for Drum and Bass lately, the incorporation and inclusion of a constantly shifting dynamic gives Night On Earth the beauty of being a subtle cruise.