Let Serial Killaz send their years of experience your way in the form of Turno, a man who's been cracking skulls and making waves for a few years but is only now starting to get the respect he deserves. Working with a few carefully chosen peers on this full-length release, expect bass that batters through like a freight train, snares that break teeth and ingenious sampling that leaves the nightmarish result to your imagination. Be careful - once tunes like "Bounty Killa" are in your head, you're done for.
Soulful drum and bass champion Random Movement returns to Liquid V among top name friends to provide some of the greatest rolling tunes your heart could desire. Queuing Logistics hits home first, then following with Pennygiles, Command Strange, Bailey, Calibre and Paul SG, as well as a stack of hotly-tipped newcomers, this qualifies as 'buy on sight'. As slick n' sleazy as you like, this summer playlist has got everything covered. With so many summer jams all in one neat package, you might as well call off the hunt for the ultimate heatwave playlist. It's already here.
Time for a remix tip from Navigator as "Sound The Alarm" gets a working from some Liondub heavyweights. From the monster hench Serum remix to Lost City's dancehall wind and grind, and Brian Brainstorm's frisky, jump up interpretation, it's fair to say there's more than one way to bake a Navigator classic. Heavy ragga vibes with a focus on those battle cry vocals in Sticky Joe's remix is definitely one to look out for. Heavy.
In the slim chance you missed these last year, or you've only just got into drum & bass, Hospital have compiled both of S.P.Y's albums from last year into one massive 24 track bundle. Representing S.P.Y's broad palette and crystalline vision of jungle past, present and future highlights can be found in every track, notably the inner city reflectivity of "Dusty Fingers", the rolling dreamy soul of "Cold Harsh Air" and the brutal classic electro switch on "Brooklyn Dub". Complete with a mix of the tracks by S.P.Y himself, this is the perfect time to play catch up on one of the genre's most respected and talented artists.
Ever since his release on Goldie's larger-than-life Metalheadz stable, Jim Coles aka OM Unit has truly impressed us with his singular spin on minimal drum and bass. His latest tunes comes courtesy of Cosmic Bridge, a label he's already released plenty of music on, and the five tunes are representative of his many skills and guises behind the mixing desk. From the bumpy, off-gilter breaks of "Wagonist Riddim", to the faster and meaner swagger of "Spiritwerk", or the downtempo beat coils of "Demons Out", Coles' soundsare both cinematic and effective on the speakers. Metalheadz legend Digital features on "Midnight Oil", a half-step, neo-jungle banger for the headZ.
If there's one safe thing in a world of uncertainty, it's the knowledge that Soul Deep are a sure thing. If you're not already reaching for your debit card, let's give the run-down on this. Lurhc is a South London producer with a penchant for fresh sounding brass and vintage housey synths. Tracks like "Stars Shining" and "Love note" enter the chill-zone, while "Mischief" shines through with more bass-driven groove.
"ShoNuf" begins strong with a tactical assault of vintage style breaks and a whole load of thick, dubby bass. "Warning" follows up with the vast emptiness of an industrial roller, the US producer showing how minimal fuss can create the heaviest of sounds. "Ruff N Tuff" packs deep bass with the top-end rattle of rapid fire snares, while Jaybee's elastic bass pulls tight and digs deep in "Don't Even Try It".
After an impressive run of form on labels such as Osiris Music and Pressed, the UK's Ipman lands on Pinch's mighty Tectonic imprint with a vicious two-tracker in pure Bristol mode. "Regicide" is a mid-tempo jungle swinger backed by perfectly detuned chords and swamped raga vocals, while "Ghostrunner" calls all station to grimesville with its grizzly bit of wobble low-end and furious percussion shots. Thee two tunes are bound to destroy just about any dancefloor, splitting the subwoofers wide open in the process. Recommended for the bass corner-dwelling, bass heads.
The Hybrid Minds crew are fast approaching the very top of their game, pulling out all the stops to create some of the highest-quality liquid rollers going. Teaming up with the unmistakeable lyrical panache of Riya for "Kismet", the first track here is a total beauty. "That Way" continues down a perfectly Spearhead path of warm bass and shimmering strings. "Lifted" features new voice Matt Banks whose light-touch on the vocals lifts darker bass and final track "Our Turn" takes another artist on board in Charlie P, moving on with more cinematic vibes for a widescreen feel. It just got emotional in here.
It's hard to argue with two of the most influential beat-makers in the industry. As the pioneer of drum-funk and easily one of the most consistently creative members of the drum and bass scene, Paradox continues to surprise. Working together once more for a fresh release on Metalheadz, "Break North" is already becoming a solid in the dark-minimal underground with its perfectly poised drums and on point percussion. And, tactical roller "Blade 9" is heavy enough to rule the underworld of where its sounds come from - watch yourself.
The Insiders are Ben Soundscape and Static, both Bristolian producers who make drum and bass on a soaring, cinematic tip. "Falling" is a gorgeously huge slice of rolling liquid, sliding majestically through warm bass and flickers of light from atmospheric samples. "Pathways" is a total change-up in style thanks mostly to fresh vocals from Ryder Shafique. As he expertly winds his story through tribal percussion, there's no doubt that this tune is going to be a set piece for years to come.
Newcomer Cloak brings everything you love about the manic freneticism of rave and all its sub-genres in a neat and tidy 170bpm package. Ramping up the bass pressure in each track, it's tunes like "Killer" that really show the heart of jungle, rave and even breakcore futurism. The past always reinvents itself as new trends - just look at the cycles drum and bass has been through, and this release, for the aforementioned genres, is a case in point.
Got a lighter? Then get ready to raise it. Haven't got a lighter? Start smoking... Koven most certainly are with this brand new EP. Stadium bass enriched in emotion, Max and Katie showcase their broadest abilities across four tracks here: the smouldering halfstep yearns of "From The Start", the bright, breezy Kove-like D&B tones of "One's Own", the Olympic-level lover's theme "Get This Right" and the slower, swinging ebbs and flows and orchestral dynamics of "Lasting"... Each cut comprising their widest screen portrait to date. Essential for those special tingly moments every good set necessitates.
NeurofunkGrid favourite Ophlot has wasted no time in getting both feet firmly in the drum and bass scene door. After only a couple of releases and a two-hour-long recorded mix that caused something of a stir back in 2012, there hasn't been much movement. Until now. This huge EP sets the scene for an Ophlot-saturated future, where the sky burns black and the earth beneath screams and churns to the tune of the apocalypse. Too dramatic? Just wait til you've heard the chilling electronic roar of "Chain Reaction" and see just how devastating it really is.
Your mid-summer soundtrack has arrived. Released by one of the biggest tastemaker channels, NCT have had a sharp increase in activity since the world got wise to their stadium-huge sound, and use of big diva vocals to mass-dance-inducing effects. "Freedom" features those big vocals from Charlotte Haining and rolls hard and bright, like all good anthems should. "Your Love" warms up the flip, rolling smooth and fuss-free with dinky keys and a tight, loved-up feeling. Who said drum and bass couldn't be romantic?
Four musicians taking tips from their respective homelands of Puerto Rico and the USA show it's not just the Europeans who can make a damned noise with all that neurofunk chatter. Here's hoping "Nob Hill" is a location and not some sort of post-apocalyptic vision. No matter what it is, there's more than a whiff of destruction about the shockwaves left in its wake. On a similar note, "Desperado" hits hard with stabs of synths and classic Anime sample ("Murderer, monster/How many hundreds of lives have you ended?" from Afro Samurai, no less) leaving no doubt in our minds - these guys are twisted. Better get acquainted.