Undiluted rainbow rave, "Boss Wave" is a stunning sonic showcase from Xilent that's so cheek-slappingly fine it doesn't need any other release mates to back it up. A homage to the end-of-level baddies on old tape-loading computing games - if you can remember them - it's got all the 8-bit drama but with all the 21st century production decadence. With a nagging, infectious hook and every sonic trill and thrill you can imagine (even an amazing video), this is Xilent's best record to date.
Drum & Bass Arena has ruled on high for nearly 20 years, and in that time has helped to forge the careers of every drum & bass artist worth their salt. It's impossible to downplay the influence the site has had on the scene, as a club brand and an online resource, and this year their official compilation is a doozie. Featuring some of the largest tracks around right now from Friction & Skream, J Majik & Wickaman, DJ Hazard, Rene LaVice, Calyx & TeeBee, Original Sin and Optiv & BTK as well as bangers from fresh artists like Heist, Zen & Nitri, this is an essential purchase for any D&B fan. Focussing on the heavier end of the spectrum this 35 track behemoth is basically your 2013 compendium of bass. Don't leave home without it.