Review: If you've been to the D&B motherfest that is Let It Roll you will already understand the gravity of this situation... The Czech festival's showstopping opening show tradition levelled up this year by recruiting an entire troupe of A-list heavyweights to score its spectacular show. From the opening sirens of Abis's launch track "Battlecry" to the final harmonic synth echoes of The Prototype's "Infinite", this is an epic celebration of drum & bass at its most technical, dramatic and theatrical. Other highlights include the sudden twist in Mefjus's rolling tale "The Chase" and the rush caked euphoria of Muzzy's "Photons". The portal awaits...
Review: Is there ever a reason to doubt The Prototypes? The kings of floor filling d&b return with the anthemic "Don't Let Me Go", a tune so euphoric it deserves to be played loud and danced to with serious dedication. After the upbeat love-in of the first track then, take a minute to recharge with the dark and dirty "Humanoid", a rampant explosion of cinematic vocal samples and sci-fi soundtracking. Next comes three remixes of the title track starting with a chilled-out house re-fix by Jade Blue and then followed up by a Jade Blue piano remix. Adding funk and a bit of sexy slowness was a fantastic idea, taking it up to a sparklingly fresh big top remix for track five was an even better one. Sped up, slowed down, funked up, stripped back, either way, we love.
Review: What did you expect from The Prototypes? "Pop It Off" is a frantic, dancefloor crazed anthem for the people of the night and Mad Hed City's vocals dutty up those techy sounds enough to give the track a grimy vibe. Ripping up the thick floor of drum and bass breaks from under it, Jaded takes the track apart for his remix, choosing a minimal dancefloor house style. Muchos bounce.
Review: It's that time of year again! The scene's longest-standing platform Drum&BassArena step up with their annual flagship album and once again it's a fitting salute to all corners, all shades and all styles of the rich, wide scene. 60 tracks deep comprising absolute bangers and bliss-outs from the likes of Chase & Status, Noisia & Phace, K-Motionz, Rockwell, DJ Hybrid, GLXY and Seba, it's also home to exclusives from Kyrist, Brookes Brothers, Bou & Simula, Kanina, Kove and A.M.C & Turno. From jungle to jump-up, liquid to dancefloor and complete with three killer mixes for life when you're not practicing your double/triple/quadruple drops, Drum&BassArena continue to celebrate the widest possible scene.