Review: Drum&Bass Arena: The longest-standing, and one of the most respected, platforms for all things jungle D&B celebrates an impressive 20 years in the game with this ridiculously hefty document that pays respect to the genre's every twist and turn. From scene-shattering megahits ("Tarantula", "Feel The Love", "Rock It", "Afterglow") to unarguable historical underground scene-smashing megabangers ("Machete", "Aztec", "Nasty Ways", "The View", "Champion Sound", "Turbulence", "Up All Night", "Deadline", Ram Trilogy's remix of "Pacman") by way of tracks that may have slipped under the radar ("Defcom 69", "What's Wrong", "Song For Lovers") the whole album is loaded to the lips with some of the most important records the genre's enjoyed in the last 20 years. Time to get nostalgic, time to fill those holes in your collection, time to educate your dancefloor. Here's to another 20 years!
Review: Liquicity - first breaking into the scene as a YouTube hub for all your favourite D&B, now celebrating eight years in the game, the channel's big kahuna Maris Goudzwaard has put together an incredible roster of artists to join in on his latest compilation. Featuring folks like Bachelors of Science, Dan Dakota, Keeno and Bcee among newer faces, this is about as an immaculate contemporary liquid various artists release as you're going to get this year. Enjoy.
Review: This is the original compilation from cult label Horizons and collects 13 killer cuts from a range of rising talent within the D&B community including Saburuku, Naibu, Mutt and Sinistarr. They've been known to describe the mood of their releases as "hoods-up and heads-down" but there's quite a lot of variety on here too: opener "In Control" is restrained and soulful, "Open Wide" features sumptuous female vocals, "The Beautiful Life" is shimmering poolside stuff, while "Rain Maker" is hauntingly raw, "Lynx Is Playing At My House" boasts the 80s soul influences suggested in the title and "Revolution" even boasts guitars!
Review: It's been a while since we've heard anything from these audio academics; two whole years in fact. Thankfully it's clear from the moment this ignites with its textured, intricate percussion, that it's been worth the wait. Deep psychedelia D&B that never loses focus of the dancefloor, "Beast" is a fine come back track that utilises Emcee Child's distinctive vocals to perfection. Elsewhere on the release we find "Morning Sun". Deeper again, and blessed with the beautiful vocals of Maria Remos, this carries all the hallmarks of a versatile D&B track that would be equally at home in a Sub Focus set as it would a Bukem one. Welcome back chaps.
Review: A collection of gems from the deeper and liquid side of D&B here from the likes of Command Strange, Bachelors of Science and Scott Allen. Quadrant's "Expanse" gets the album started with crisp, metallic breaks, sweeping instrumentals and a warm, fuzzy bassline. We are taken through such moments as Gerwin's super slick, vocal-led cut "Floods (featuring Suree)", the bittersweet "A World Full Of Lies" from Smote & SoundNBeats and the hip-hop influenced swagger of Bachelors Of Science "Bounce". An excellent long listener, take this on a car journey with you and discover something new today.