Don’t know where to start with this other than Skeptical‘s production is downright next level. The production that is showcased in each of these four tracks is not only motivating to me but should be listened to by all producers and studied. The UK based Dubstep and DnB producer has found the perfect balance of cleanliness and grimeyness in each track.
This 4 track collection is set to release on January 19, 2015 on Exit Records. I can’t decide which track is better, just check it yourself.
This video is sick nasty! Simple, stimulating, and very emotional.
Forthcoming off of RAM Records on October 10th, Culture Shock puts out this bouncy and very smooth tune, Protection, featured on his new EP (Protection / Ohrwurm). This song has a lot of really cool intricacies and just embodies an overall relaxed sound. James Pountney (Culture Shock) does an awesome job of adding in Progressive House elements while keeping an overall traditional DnB sound with Protection. Definitely check out more of Culture Shock’s releases on RAM and be sure to keep an eye out for the EP on the 10th.
Camo & Krooked seem to be in the spotlight of the DnB community with all of their huge releases as of lately. Breezeblock and All Fall Down got a lot of attention but I think their best release from the past few months would have to go to Feel Your Pulse. The song is filled with spacey synths and heaaaavy bass, really reminds me of songs like Space Time and No Problem. The song has been featured on the Drum and Bass Arena Podcast (which was this weeks competition answer that won me the DNBA shirt!! Check it out on the 9/9/11 podcast at 26:00) and Drum and Bass Arena Evolution. Big up to Camo & Krooked for this one, can’t wait to get my hands on their album, Cross The Line, coming up on October 3rd. Also if you don’t subscribe to Drum & Bass Arena’s podcast already ya best get on that!!!
There are many different types of DnB, from the minimal sounds of Liquid Drum & Bass to the more intense bass filled Drum & Bass; all of which have their own sound, but with the more minimal based Drum & Bass one can relax more than with the more bass emphasized DnB. Enei’s new EP Stonehead brings some very chilled out minimal DnB that seems to parallel the smooth relaxed rhythms of Deep House while still bringing the heavy tribal like drums of DnB. My favorite song off the EP would have to be the title song Stonehead. The song reminds me of several things such as the real, classic Dubstep sounds from artists like Loefah and Skream. Overall an amazing EP, make sure to check out all the songs and buy it on Beatport!!
Man do I love DnB… when I find a GOOD Drum and Bass song there are few better feelings in the world. Songs such as Take You There by Chase and Status and Kiki by Big Bud give you such a unique feeling. It’s a feeling of relaxation and just something you can kick back and listen to without worrying about the infinite problems of the world. Scooter by Klute is an instant favorite with me, it has a very mellow and tranquil sound. Few other artists can catch this feeling, I’m really happy to have stumbled upon this song. Well, I’m gonna keep this one short and just let you guys enjoy it, big up to Klute for his new EP.
Oh and if you like this one check out Klute’s other song Party Hands off his new EP.
Well, after probably one of the weirdest nights of my life I can’t help but feel a little off. Anyways, so I got home this morning and threw on some DnB and hopped in the shower. As I stood there, reliving the very odd past night, this song came on. While most Drum & Bass songs are filled with energy and aren’t quite as mellow, this one was different. It had a very relaxed feel to it, while also bringing that classic upbeat DnB tempo. It’s nice when a song has an emotional effect rather than just being energetic or just sounding cool, Camo & Krooked definitely did it big on this one, I know this one will be a favorite for a long time to come. Hope you guys like it as much as I do and give me some feedback!!
While listening to the weekly DnB Arena Podcast with The Risky, they were going through the highly recommended section of their show and the first song they threw on was this one, Barfight by Athis & Duster. The bass in the song is definitely worth mentioning, much like the bass in the Bassjackers’ remix of Freak, it is very droney and deep. Well anyways, I’m pretty exhausted and I’m not gonna try to put much more of this song into words. Basically the song is fuckin’ sick, everyone should listen to it, it’s out on Titan Records and is off the Surface EP. The Selecta needs some rest now so check this shit out.
This week has been quite stressful, with inconsistent friends and the summer coming to a close I haven’t been in exactly the best state of mind. As I sat in my room tonight thriving off of facebook and seeing what others have been doing with their busy and interesting lives I couldn’t help but have a feeling of slight melancholy. As always, I had my DnB, Dubstep & House playlist going on my iTunes. As I layed there with bass blasting in my ear I wasn’t getting any happier, finally this song came on, Take You There by Chase and Status. As it’s cool and relaxed rhythms went on I couldn’t help but feel eased and slightly more happy. The song has some spacey synths and an overall calming sound. Now this song may be a little older but songs like these are timeless and are worth listening to over and over. So if anyone out there is going through a rough patch this one goes out to you guys and if not make sure to check this one out because it’s a classic.
Well this is certainly an intoxicating combination of sight and sound. Found this video this weekend while attempting to explain to a few old homies about DnB. Of course Johnny Pot-Smoker himself picks the only video without KJ drumming after instructing him to watch a drum video for a deeper understanding of the rhthym of the genre. Haha, this dude was a trip. Anyway the track is from Sawka’s album Cyclonic Steel on Wax Orchard and carries a slower super ambient jungle vibe. The video is by Clay Lipsky.
Shout out to Ganjaology and a stunning weekend in PDX.
Back in 2010 I downloaded Pendulum’s Essential Mix, there were tons of songs that popped out to me and I had stuck in my head for weeks, but one in particular stuck out. With it’s heavy spacey and very choppy bass lines and the intricate drums this was easily my new favorite song. Sigma definitely is a huge name in the drum & bass community and of all their songs I would go out on a limb and say that their remix of Rescue me if by far their best tune. So check the song out and if you are looking for a good mix definitely hit up Pendulum’s Essential Mix.
And here is the Essential Mix
While going through some random youtube vids, looking for a new song, I stumbled upon this HUGE drumstep tune. The song I found was Magic Fountain (Royalston’s Drumstep Remix) by Art vs. Science. In the beginning I wasn’t sure what was to come of it but I waited for the drop and ohhh man, the song is massive! It’s got a very dark and spacey drumstep vibe to it. The bass is kind of like that transformers sound that you get from Excision tracks while bringing heavy drums and spacey synths in the background with something of a grimey melodic sound. If only there was more of these songs out there… this will suffice for now though. So here’s Royalston’s massive remix of Magic Fountain by Art vs. Science
Late last night before bed I was browsing around twitter seein’ what people were saying about EDC Vegas and I noticed Rob Swire had recently posted “This tune is so fucking heavy…reminds me of hearing “Odyssey” for the first time” with a link attached. Naturally I had to look at it due to my DnB withdrawals and because Rob has shown me some of my all time favorite songs. I ended up listening to it about 15 times and was hooked! The song opens instantly with a fast pace and a huge build. The drums in the song are just massive, now most DnB songs bring some heavy and complex drums but this song just brings an intensity that isn’t carried in all songs. Welp, I’m gonna stop writing and just let everyone at it haha, so here is my new favorite song, Close by Drumsound & Bassline Smith. Big up.
I found out about this song Lassitude mainly through Drum & Bass Arena, instantly it was a hit with me. It’s got a true Drum & Bass sound to it, the type you here from such producers as Aphrodite (one of the older producers in the DnB and Jungle world). It kicks off with a cool summer vibe, which made it all the more logical to put it on the Drum & Bass Arena Summer Selection, then quickly moves into an intense hyped up rhythm. Much like other DJ Fresh songs, Lassitude embodies a Soul quality, I get most of that quality through the singers voice that resonates through the tune also through the piano heard in many segments of the song. Then from Sigma you get the smooth, rhythmic, but powerful and very spacey basslines. This collaboration is nothing short of perfect, the two producers have awesome chemistry coming from two different sides of Drum & Bass. Now it pains me to say this but bands/producers like Pendulum may be categorized as Drum & Bass but they really aren’t; their first album Hold Your Colour 100 percent was DnB but later albums such as their most recent Immersion only really had about two or three TRUE Drum & Bass songs on them (i.e. Crush and Salt in the Wounds). Now I still love them but what I am mainly trying to say is that the true Drum & Bass is not exactly what many have come to think it is. With songs like Lassitude and producers like DJ Fresh and Sigma the amazing genre is not even close too being lost however it must be known that Pendulum is not quite Drum & Bass but more of an Electro/Dance band nowadays (No disrespect because they are my favorite artist). Anyways, hope everyone likes the song as much as I do, and make sure to check out more from both of these amazing producers. Here it is Lassitude by DJ Fresh and Sigma. (I think there are like 20 more downloads available on this soundcloud link so hit those up and if it runs out I have a 320 so just hit me up for that)
Finally, after months of anticipation and unbelievable amounts of excitement Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have announced their new project Knife Party. Now, their site (knifeparty.com) is currently under construction and details about the group are scarce however they have released one song which is as Rob Swire put it “Seizure Music”. It has an overall heavy electro sound once the song gets going, but sadly sounds a little poppy due to the original Swedish House Mafia track (no offense to those who like the original). In a previous article “Pendulum Rumors” I had mentioned the brief talk with Rob Swire himself and how he told me about a possible new project being based around dubstep. Because of that talk I am sure Knife Party will be releasing some heavy tunes much like Set Me On Fire and Salt In The Wounds, and although this song might not be as massive as some of Pendulum’s big tracks I have a lot of hope and trust that Knife Party will be massive in years to come. So here it is, Knife Party’s first official release.
While listening to Digiraatii’s latest mix online I heard some crazy crazy facemelting tunes. One of which that caught my ear with it’s HUGE drop was J. Rabbit’s remix of Talk To Frank Originally by Virus Syndicate. The drop is up there with some of the biggest in all my time listening to Dubstep and Drum & Bass. Everything about this song is just awesome, it’s bass is deep as hell and it hits so hard. The lead has a jungle sound and although you know something huge is coming when the “You can say no, you dont have to get high its cool, but i got flake, blues, MDMA, and Peruvian nasal fuel” picks up you have no idea how massive the drop is. Now this is more Drumstep than anything however it fits the DnB Highlight bill. Anyways… Here’s the song and the download link!! More DnB Highlights soon to come!
Last month Tantrum Desire released his remix of Blind Cobblers Thumb by Futurebound. The song hasn’t seemed to have hit off yet but wow is it good. The bass is very powerful, much like songs like Space Time by Delta Heavy and Tarantula by Pendulum. Overall the song has a jungle sound to it sticking true to older Drum & Bass and sounds of older DnB icons like Aphrodite. As the song builds there is a feeling of something big to come and when the song kicks in it goes hard. It’s spacey sound and fast pace will definitely be killin’ dance floors around the world for years to come. Now listen up!!
This past Thursday at ShowBox, Chase and Status threw it down! Enough said.
Chase and Status released their new album No More Idols this month to an eager US audience via iTunes. Seattle was the second stop on their US tour which already hit Cochella and is booked for the upcoming Nocturnal Festival in Texas. These guys have blown up so hard since winning best DnB album in 2009, I swear they are not human. They must be alien astronauts how, with laser like precision, they are destroying the game. Add a front man, drummer, laser show and a room full of Seattle swaggerythmic moving bodies… ohhh never!