Documenting where innovative, groove-based underground D&B is at AND making us say a cheeky swearword or two since 2019, 'Sofa King Sick' compilations remain one of the most exciting and must-check VA collections in drum & bass right now and this latest instalment is no exception. Loads of established donnies and a few brand new names join DLR as we tear through the dance in all shapes and shades and styles. Highlights include Kublai's deep swinging 'Relax', the rude buzz and swagger of Sam Binary & Myth's 'Headrush' and Quadrant, Iris & Ed:it's breath-taking 'Nord Alley' but to be real, they're all on-point. Sofa King awesome.
Nu Elementz and Majistrate's Bites serve up once again! This time they welcome the return of young Baker who was last seen on the label collaborating with Kendrick on the ultra naughty 'Devils'. This time he's rolling solo and packing four equally disgusting blow-outs. Highlights flex from the hornet sting bass stabs of 'Worthy' to the more classical sounding jump up riffage of 'Fuse'. Be under no illusions about 'Illusions'... This is very very sick!
And they just keep on coming... This is the sixth instalment of Noisia remixes from some of the brightest and most twisted minds across the electronic board. From newcomer to veteran, the remix doors are open and rules are out of the window. Highlights on this particular collection include the return of the mighty Sleepnet who effectively remixes himself to dramatic effect, the almighty breaks lashing from Glitch Mob, the unholy 4x4 neuro twist up from Black Sun Empire and Nikki Nair's amazing twist on Split The Atom that includes Foreign Beggars bars never before released! RIP Ebo! An honorary mentions goes to Koarse, too, for his gabba shake-up finale. The first remix of 'Dead Limit' so far, this sets the benchmark high. Long may the Resonance series continue.
Howdy partner, we'll be glad to help ya! When we say 'help', we actually mean 'twist those chubby chops of yours with gruesome bass' and when we say 'ya' we actually mean 'mate'. Yes, it's Primate's long-awaited remix of Logan D and the late great Dominator's classic gun-toting, horse-trotting 'Cowboy'. For good measure the original has also been included. Just a reminder that Dominator was years ahead of everyone else. Years. Rest In Peace, beat from the east!
Nuusic are busy being absolute monsters right now, subjecting us to a slew of heavyweight releases from some of the most exciting young artists in operation at present. Next up: Rise. A man who lives up to his name, Rise has featured on a number of labels including Onyx, Classified and Liondub to name a few but right now all eyes and ears on this stunning collection that ranges from delicious rave vibes ('In Your Arms') to groaning, monster dancefloor mutations ('Intertwined') Complete with a crucial Trex remix, this is a massive buy-on-sight situation.
Muderation! Brain Brainstorm and Natty Campbell hit Jungle Cakes hard with this 'Special Dedication' to the raving crew and all junglist soldiers. Big sing-along vibes with a heavy dancefloor twist, it comes in both a D&B and jungle version for all styles and flavours. Elsewhere we have the poignant horns and emotional weight of 'Murder Soundboy' and the old skool punch of 'Gangsta' plus two more collaborations.... Caloosh joins the fray on the bubbling 'Another Innocent Life' while Jamie Bostron links up for the deeper shimmies and shakes of 'Show Ya Love'. Special!
About Drum And Bass: The history of D&B is a history of fusion. Born out of London's melting pot in the early 1990s, D&B represented the next evolution of jungle music, itself an early amalgam of dub, reggae and hip-hop. The divide has always been blurred, however, and no true fan would ever proclaim jungle and D&B to be mutually exclusive. After all, Origin Unknown's 'Valley of the Shadows', a seminal D&B track by Andy C and Ant Miles, has a distinctly jungle flavour yet crosses over into more recognisable D&B with an effortless elegance. Whether it's jungle at 170bpm or rolling drums at 175bpm, this is the period in which the genre came to be characterised by an unmatched level of speed and intensity, with breaks all over the shop and a deep commitment to pulsating basslines. It is called Drum and Bass, after all.
It's this historical basis that sees the genre now reaching possibly an epoch in its popularity, diversity and ingenuity. Innumerable labels are releasing an uncountable blend of tones and moods for an ever-wider audience, from the attitude-packed jump-up of Serum and Benny L, all the way through to the halftime of Ivy Lab and the Neurofunk of Eatbrain and Blackout. A now truly global phenomenon, the youngsters in the scene, artists like Klinical and Koherent, are touring the world earlier in their careers than their predecessors and they're spreading the genre as they go. When you catch the infectious enthusiasm for speed and adrenaline you never lose it, and it’s this unique ability to get people moving and smiling that makes D&B so damn good.