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Friction’s debut album ‘Connections’ launched with a bang on a cool September evening with an intimate album launch event at the Pickle Factory in London. The former radio one presenter has been a mainstay of drum and bass for the last 15 years and his first album’s been a long time coming and much anticipated. Well polished and produced, the album contains an assortment of collaborations, including the likes of Jem Cooke – whose silky vocals lace ‘Commotion’, as well as acclaimed vocalist JP Cooper on‘Dancing’.

The Pickle Factory was the perfect place for an album launch-it’s a small intimate venue with a great sound system. It was filled with some of Friction’s biggest fans, all eager to catch him playing at such a small venue. They weren’t disappointed as his set packed a lot of punch. With characteristically high energy and euphoric sound, Friction mixed all the tracks from his new album along with some old drum and bass classics. A favorite being ‘Ultrafunk’, a collaboration with Metrik from his latest album. Here is a track designed to get everyone going. It certainly was a set a remember and an amazing way for friction to kick off his album launch and 23 date world tour. Friction certainly is going to be one to watch for the rest of 2018 and beyond.