Top Tunes of May 2018

Fresh.

In random order, these are our top 9 original songs (and for the first time, an entire album) from May 2018.

Objectiv – Dilapidate (Lifestyle Music)

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Koherent – UGH! (Dispatch recordings)

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Klax – Phased Out (Critical Music)

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Levela – Exhale (Get Hype Records)

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Stoner & Dottor Poison – Planet War (Nëu)

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Murdock – Hypnotize (V Recordings)

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Bladerunner – The Crazy Dragon (Hi Resolution)

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Agressor Bunx & L33 – Slammer (Eatbrain)

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OneMind – Pullup (Metalheadz)

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An extra-special Top-Tunes-Of-the-Month first: An entire album.

Since we love homegrown Belgian music so much, we love people that love it as much as we do. The Belgian Connection is the new standard of who’s who in the Belgian Drum and Bass Scene.

Lifestyle Music Presents: The Belgian Connection

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Top Tunes of February 2018

These are our favourite tracks from February 2018, featering gems from T>I, Bredren, Specialist Sound, Benny L, Phase, and more!

In random order, these are our favourite original tracks that’ve come out in the past 28 days.

 

Benny L & Shimon – Sharks (Audioporn)

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Specialist Sound – Back in 96 (Beta Recordings)

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Wresker & Kilobite – Capslock (Abducted Records)

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Was a Be & Synth Ethics – Resolute (Critical)

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Phase & Zero T – The Inbetween (Metalheadz)

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Modified Motion & Faction – Run It (Prototype Recordings)

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T>I – Rotations (Critical)

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Bredren -Solid Surface (Dispatch)

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Mohican Sun – Don’t Wait (Integral Records)

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The godfathers of DnB, Part 4.

This is the fourth part in our “Godfathers in DnB” series. This time we discuss Moving Shadow’s Rob Playford, Ed Rush & Optical, DJ Hype and Kemistry & Storm. Stay tuned for the last part and the epilogue next week!

More than not, when someone’s introducing Andy C, Goldie, or Grooverider they’ll probably refer to them as “The Godfather of DnB”. And while that’s not wrong, it might appear as we’ve got more than one. So I’ve searched far and wide, and came up with a list that explores the creators and shapers of this thing we like to call Drum & Bass, from producers to Dj’s and MC’s. In no particular order, here are the fourth 4.

Check Part 1 here where we covered Rebel MC, Fabio & Grooverider, Goldie, and LTJ Bukem, Part 2 here where we covered Doc Scott, Shy FX, DJ SS, and Stevie Hyper D, and Part 3 here where we covered Andy C, Bad Company UK, London Elektricity, and Marcus Intalex.

 

13. Rob Playford

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This Thump article starts off with the words “For those who don’t know, it’s hard to explain how important Rob Playford is.” and I couldn’t agree more. It’s easy to understate the importance to the scene of someone whose name is unknown to probably more than 50% of the people in it. yet we all know his labor of love and passion: his label “Moving Shadow”, probably most widely known for the MSX FM radio station in the game GTA III.

Starting out as an Acid House DJ (like most people on this list) during the late 1980’s, he found himself amidst the turbulence of the UK rave scene in the early 1990’s with the police crackdown on illegal raves in full effect. He decided to stop DJ’ing and acquired an S950 sampler, a Yamaha DX7 keyboard, and an Atari Computer and started to record his own tracks while waiting for the ruckus to cool down. He pressed his first track “Orbital Madness” under the moniker “The Orbital Project” selling 1500 copies. His subsequent releases gotten more and more known with DJ’s and producers alike, who asked him to help with their projects. Busy with his day-job as a software engineer and his family, he decided his talent could be more used in the releasing part of the tracks, so he released those songs on his own “Moving Shadow” imprint, from which the money he made was directly put into his own studio.

In 1992 the aforementioned studio was used to produce the now classic and essential  “Timeless” by Goldie. being credited by artists like David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails, as the inspiration for the tracks linked. Producers around the world tried to imitate the song’s sonic effects and sparse ambience.

Playford continued to work with legendary producers, signing Dom & Roland, Aquasky and EZ Rollers on Moving Shadow as well as releasing material under his own project “2 Bad Mice“.

2007 saw the official end of Moving Shadow, but Playford wasn’t done yet, he continued to work his engineering magic on albums by The Cut Up Boys, Joris Voorn, Paul Oakenfold and soundtracks for Hot Fuzz and Casino Royale to name but few.

 


 

14. Ed Rush & Optical

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The kings of Neurofunk partnered up around 1995, when Ed Rush (born Ben Settle) and Optical (born Matt Quin) met at “The Music House” in Islington London where they used to cut their dubplates to use in their sets, naturally a place where lots of DJ’s hung out sharing the music they’ve come to eternalise on wax.

The first couple of years consisted mostly of them playing gigs, with Ed Rush Producing on himself, releasing tracks like “Gangsta Hardstep” and “What’s Up“, both on No U-Turn records. Moving Shadow’s Rob Playford (see entry 13, above) gave the duo some space in his office building in Soho, London, to allow them to build a studio for producing. This led to their debut single “Funktion” (V Recordings) in 1997, followed by the critically acclaimed “Wormhole” (Virus Recordings) in 1998, weirdly enough both not on Playford’s Moving Shadow imprint.

“Wormhole” not also defined a new genre (it’s regarded as the first Neurofunk album ever), it was also the first big release on their newly created label “Virus Recordings” (after releasing 3 of their own singles prior that year).

The pair continues to release high hitting tracks and albums together, like “Chubrub“, “Pacman“, and “Sick Note“, as well as collaborations with other producers and vocalists.

Virus recordings are at more than 20 years in the game a frontrunner in the Neurofunk genre, with releases by Audio, Cause 4 Concern, and many more, but mostly still Ed Rush and Optical.

Fun Fact: Even though they’re known for their dark and brooding style of DnB, Optical also produced lots of other stuff in the early to mid-90’s under different monikers, like this track here, Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter & J.D.S – “Let It Lift You”. Hey, everybody needs to make a living, right?

 


 

15. DJ Hype

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When you have to follow just one DnB artist on social media, you should make it DJ Hype (born Kevin Ford). His jokes and banter are always a welcoming sight, and he’s really just a well-meaning and funny guy.

 

Hype started out as a DJ, spinning mostly Reggae and Hip Hop on a London pirate station. He started producing as early as 1988 under names as Doctor K (the same name he took as a radio-DJ) , The Warrior, and M Double A. When a new House radio station called “Fantasy” started up he managed to get a show on it in August 1989. He needed a new DJ name to call himself as he had used Doctor K on the other station. He was wearing a T-Shirt with HYPE printed on it, so he decided to call himself DJ Hype.

Later he lost his Day job, and luckily enough for him around that time Kickin’ records was looking for an A&E person, and through some mutual friends, they decided on giving the job to Hype. There he came in contact with a Techno producer called Scientist and thought it to be a good idea to mix his love for breakbeat and Scientist’s passion for Techno, which resulted in the track “The Exorcist” to critical acclaim. Unfortunately for him, all the praise went to The Scientist. Later (in 1993) he released his first record under his DJ Hype moniker called “Shot In The Dark” on Suburban Base Records, setting a blueprint for all his future work.

Later in 1993, he got a booking through his good friend Brockie to play a full on Jungle set at Jungle Fever. After this the bookings just started to flow in, skyrocketing his career as a Jungle-DJ.

In 1994 he decided to start up his own imprint “Ganja Records”, with his first releases being under the name “Dope Style“, and later releasing classics like DJ Zinc’s “Super Sharp Shooter“. In 1996 he teamed up with Pascal and Zinc to release the compilation album “Still Smokin” (featuring the excellent “We Must Unite“) and later form the “True Playaz” label.

1996 saw Hype aiding in the creation of the semi-legal dubplate containing the remix of The Fugees “Ready or Not“. Even though it’s officially been released as a “DJ Zinc remix”, Zinc himself later confirmed everybody’s suspicion that Hype helped him out with the bassline, which had that signature Hype-feel to it.

 

16. Kemistry † and Storm

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Kemistry and Storm are not only the first (and only) female entries in this list, they’re both regarded as being the first female Drum and Bass DJ’s, paving the way for women in a male-dominated industry.

Kemistry (born Kemi Olusanya) and Storm (born Jayne Conneely) met at the college they both attended in Northampton. Starting out in various bands together, Storm ended up in a cover band, while Kemi discovered raves. Being somewhat weary of Kemi’s new-found pass-time, Storm and a third friend decided to go along to a rave in Cambridge for Kemi’s birthday, an event that changed their lives for the better. They later borrowed some money (from Goldie), bought some decks and started spinning records themselves, taking turns between them, Goldie and some other friends.  Kemistry brought Goldie along to a rave, and after returning home, Goldie stated  “Right, I want to make this music, you’ll be the DJs, we’ll have a label and a club, we’ll make some t-shirts”, which later became Metalheadz.

Kemistry and Storm helped Goldie out at the beginning of the Metalheadz era. Summer 1995 saw the start of landmark drum ‘n’ bass night Metalheadz at Blue Note, with Grooverider and Kemistry & Storm as residents in the basement sweatbox. They had arrived as DJs – and the vision forged in the crucible of Rage’s dancefloor had been realized. Touring the world the duo finally ended up doing a mix for the renowned “DJ Kicks”-series. Their LP on !K7 came out in January 1999, three months before Kemistry was taken from us in a car accident.

 

A woman DJ was killed in a freak accident when a reflective marker was flicked up from the road byanother vehicle and smashed through the windscreen of a car in which she was a passenger, an inquest heard today.  

Kemi Olusanya, 35, who performed under the name Kemistry, died instantly with a fractured jaw after being struck in the face by the 4.5kg plastic and metal reflector.  

The object was thrown up by a van which swung out from a slip road on the M3 at Winchester.  

Ms Olusanya, of Finsbury Park, was in a VW Golf GTI driven by her friend Jane Conneely returning from a late-night gig in Southampton.  

Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Grahame Short said he would be writing to the Highways Agency because it as clear some reflectors were not set in the road properly.

Her death sent shockwaves of grieve through not only the DnB-scene but the electronic music scene in general. “We went from the pinnacle, touring America and having the !K7 release, to me looking at coffins.” Storm said. “I always wonder what would have happened if Goldie hadn’t seen Kemi in Red Or Dead that day. Imagine if he had walked past…”

Drum and Bass would defiantly not be the same.

 

 

Our picks for the Drum&BassArena Awards 2017.

Voting’s over! Here are our picks for the Drum&Bass Arena Awards 2017.

First of all, let me start by saying: big up to everyone who was nominated, you’ve all deserved the nomination, thousands of Junglists can’t be wrong, and every spot was well deserved! With that in mind, here are our picks for the Drum&BassArena awards 2017 (Remember, these are our picks, not our predictions, and whoever wins at the end of the night, it’ll be deserved):

Best DJ: DJ Marky

Also Nominated: A.M.C., Andy C, Camo & Krooked, Friction, Maduk, Mefjus, Muzzy, Noisia, Randall

Past Winners include: Andy C, only Andy C

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After seeing him working the ones and twos a number of times last year, I’m more then happy to give this one to one-in-a-million Brazillian, DJ Marky. He turns spinning records into an artform, peppering it with scratches, double drops and that huge smile of his. His style can be considered oldschool, and his technique might not be always beatmatching perfect, but that only ads to the organic vibe in his sets.

Check out his sideways scratch-routine in the video below:

 


 

Best Producer: Camo & Krooked

Also Nominated: Mefjus, Muzzy, Noisia, Alix Perez, Break, Dimension, Hybrid Minds, S.P.Y., Serum

Past Winners include: Noisia, Camo & Krooked, Calyx & Teebee, High Contrast

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Releasing their Full album Mosaik this year, and further defining their sound, and their stamp on the genre, it’s hard not to pick these two Austrians. They’ve gone their own way, and without looking back have released one of the most original albums of the year.

The track “Ember” is one of the most feeling-packed and detailed productions in a while:

 


 

Best MC: MC Mota

Also Nominated: DRS, Dynamite MC, Eksman, Harry Shotta, Inja, MC Coppa, MC Daxta, MC Fava, SP:MC

Past Winners include: DRS, Dynamite, SP:MC, Skibadee

MC_Mota

This one might’ve been clouded by some good old patriotism, but everytime I see MC Mota on the roster of any event, I get a little giddy. I love the energy he brings on , and his wit and humor off the stage. He scored hits alongside James Marvel, June Miller and Kuuro.

Check his video, celebrating 5 years in the scene:

 


 

Best Vocalist: DRS

Also Nominated: Blake, Charli Brix, Charlotte Haining, Jenna G, Riya, Solah, Tasha Baxter, Tyler Daley, Veela

Past Winners include: DRS, Riya

DRS

A deep soulful voice with deep soulful lyrics, releasing his own EP and a single with Calibre, as well as the soul-tearing song “Angels Fall” with LSB, for the departed Marcus Intalex. DRS had a year of ups and downs, but soldiered through like only he can.

 


 

Best Newcomer: Benny L

Also Nominated: 1991, Dub Elements, Molly Collins, Monty, Pola & Bryson, QZB, T & Sugah, Tsuki, Whiney

Past Winners include:Signal, Maduk, Emperor, Skittles, Etherwood, Mefjus,…

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I couldn’t begin to word it better than UKF did:

Benny is up there with Serum and Voltage as one of this year’s most distinctive bassline sculptors. Obscenely on-point and sonically mature beyond his years, his basslines don’t bang but groan and moan under heavy production pressure. Rolling like old oak furniture being charged across floorboards by a herd of elephants, wheezing like the last puffs being squeezed out of a giant titanium robot, they’re not of this world and remind us of that iced-out, weirdo feeling only drum & bass can conjure.

Check Goldie’s giddyness when dropping Low Blow in:

 


 

Best Label: Hospital Records

Also Nominated: Critical Music, Dispatch Recordings, Eatbrain, Liquicity Records, Low Down Deep Recordings, Mainframe Recordings, Ram Records, Shogun Audio, Spearhead Records

Past Winners include: Hospital records, Ram Records

Hospital

Seeing criticaly acclaimed releases from Royalston, S.P.Y., Hugh Hardie, Nu:Logic, Makoto and Fred V & Grafix, alongside their own “Hospitality in the park” and “We Are 21” compilation albums, Hospital Records surely had a busy year. They also held their first “Hospitality at the Docks”, as well as their second “Hospitality in the Park” and saw their podcast reach to 400+ episodes. Little labels put so much energy and positivity in their fanbase as these guys. Their at the top of their game at the moment, a moment that has been going on for some years now.

 


 

Best Newcomer Label: 1985

Also Nominated: Get Hype Records, High Tea Music, Impact Music, Mosaik Musik, Moshbit Records, Silhouette Audio, Slug Wife, Souped Up Records, The North Quarter

Past Winners include: Methlab, (last year was the first award)

1985

2017 was a good year for Alix Perez’s imprint, Releasing material by himself, his moniker Shades (with Eprom), Halogenix, and more, that fit that certain “Alix Perez vibe”. You”l know it when you hear it. We’re hoping to see new signings next year, whom will be undoubtedly by the same quality as this years.

 


 

Best Album: Chase & Status – Tribe

Also Nominated: Fred V & Grafix – Cinematic Party Music, Inward, Hanzo & Randie – Consistency of Error, Hybrid Minds – Elements, Wilkinson – Hypnotic, Camo & Krooked – Mosaik, BCee – Northpoint, Nu:Logic – Somewhere Between the Light, Whiney – Talisman, Black Sun Empire – The Wrong Room

Past Winners include: Noisia – Outer Edges, Mefjus – Emulation,…

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Four years after their last full album Chase & Status are back with an absolute bang. They pull you trough a journey of styles and influences, starting off with the unapologetic huge and bombastic song “Big Man Skank“, nostalgically remembering their past (Smash TV, anyone?) in “Tribes“, and ending in the soon-to-be-classic “Know Your Name“, featuring the wonderful Seinabo Sey.

Check out the first single from the album:

 


 

Best Track: Benny L – Low Blow

Also Nominated: Dimension – Black Church, Halogenix – Blej, Bungle – Cocooned, June Miller, James Marvel & MC Mota – Dominator, The Prototypes – Electric, Camo & Krooked – Ember, John B – ENERGY, Whiney – Flashlight (ft. Inja), Turno – The Invaderz, Dub Elements – Invasion, Muzzy – Spectrum

Past Winners include: Mefjus – Suicide Bassline VIP, Noisia and The Upbeats – Dead Limit,…

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That’s right, we’re giving Benny L two awards this year. Check the “Best Newcomer” and listen to the below video to see why.

 


 

Best Remix: Noisia – The Entangled (Camo & Krooked Remix)

Also Nominated: Technimatic – Bristol (Break Remix), Snails & Pegboard Nerds – Deep in the Night (Muzzy Remix), Noisia – Into Dust (Neonlight Remix), The Upbeats – Joyrider (Agressor Bunx Remix), Technimatic – Parallel (LSB Remix), The Upbeats – Say Go (Memtrix Remix), Sigma – Slow Down (ft. Jetta) (Calyx & TeeBee Remix), TC – Tap Ho (A.M.C Remix), Metrik – We Got It (ft. Rothwell) (S.P.Y Remix)

Past Winners include: Children of Zeus ft. DRS – Still Standing (Lenzman Remix),…

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Noisia had a busy year, after releasing their full album “Outer Edges” last year they later let that album evolve into a remix album and an awesome (in every sense of the word) Live Show.  That remix album showed us some quality remixes like Machinedrum’s original take on Get Deaded and our pick for best remix Camo & Krooked’s take on “The Entangled”, a track showing of both group’s excellent producing skills and combining their own unique sounds into a beautiful track. We wished they’d do more collaborations together.

 


 

Best Video: Noisia – Tentacles

Also Nominated: June Miller, James Marvel & MC Mota – Dominator, Dimension – Black Church, Camo & Krooked – Black or White (Ft. Tasha Baxter), Camo & Krooked – Good Times Bad Times, DRS – I Will (ft. Patife & Vangeliez), Camo & Krooked – If I Could (Ft. Joe Killington), Macky Gee & DJ Phantasy – Let It Shine VIP (Ft. Youngman), QZB – Revenant, Muzzy – Spectrum

Past Winners include: Noisia – Mantra, Netsky – Rio, Dub Phizix & Strategy – Buffalo Charge,…

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It’s not a big secret that Noisia likes to surround them with talented people, especialy when it comes for their videos. Remember such top-notch music-videos like “Tommy’s Theme“, last years winner “Mantra“, or the beautifully animated “Could This Be“. This time they worked with 3D designer and animation artist Chris Cousins to create this years Best Music Video, as wel as the visuals accompanying the track during their live shows.

 


 

Best Clubnight: Hospitality

Also Nominated: Andy C XOYO, Eatbrain, Fabriclive, High Tea Music, Liquicity, Mainframe, Rampage, Spearhead Presents, Switch! Vienna

Past Winners include: Fabric, Hospitality

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After the huge succes of “Hospitality in the Park” last year, they upped their game this year with not only the second edition of their park-bound festival, but also moved to London’s Tobacco Dock for “Hospitality in the Dock”. Their clubtours are legendary, hitting up cities like Berlin, Kyiv, Prague, Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many more , Hospitality remains one of the best and biggest clubnights in the business.

 


 

Best Festival: Let It Roll

Also Nominated: Rampage, Boomtown, Dub Elements & Friends, Hospitality in the Park, Innovation, Liquicity, Nu-Forms, Outlook, Pirate Station, Sun and Bass

Past Winners include: Let It Roll, Outlook

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Be it their summer or winter edition, Let It Roll is famously known for their high quality production, diverse line-ups and world famous opening shows. This year’s summer edition featured more than 330 artists on 9 stages making it the biggest Drum and Bass event in the world. Relive last years openingshow here:

 


 

Check out awards.breakbeat.co.uk for more information about the live event and previous winners.

Belgium’s biggest talent in DnB right now.

Belgium’s heaving with talented producers, DJ’s and MC’s at the moment. You already know Netsky, and Alix Perez, so maybe it’s time to introduce some more of them to you. (they’re Hypoxia, Bredren, Doctrine, Phase, and James Marvel. #stopclickbait)

Belgium‘s heaving with talented producers, DJ’s and MC’s at the moment. You already know Netsky, and Alix Perez, so maybe it’s time to introduce some more of them to you.

5. Hypoxia

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2 Guys from Antwerp, City of Diamonds (and a guy that threw a hand in a river), make up the combo called Hypoxia. They already released on Radar, Bad Taste, Audioporn and Eatbrain, and played Let It Roll, Rampage, and Tomorrowland. If Hypoxia doesn’t ring a bell, the names Athys & Duster and Syntopia might. Being both skilled Sound and mix engineers, expect a high quality sound, with dark and organic vibes.

Check out their first release on Titan Records:

 


 

4. Bredren

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Who says belgians can’t be efficient? This 3 for 1 deal hails from Lennik in the province of Flemish Brabant, world famous for the Gaasbeek Castle Museum (Even I had to look that one up). Known for their dark and minimal style, this trio has already released on Dispatch, Critical and Hospital (to name but three) and played the biggest festivals and clubnights like Outlook, Sun & Bass and Rampage.

Be sure to check out “Razors“, out on Flexout Audio:

 


 

3. Doctrine

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Willem Vanderstichele is another young’un on this list. He calls Kortrijk home, a hip and trendy city in West-Flanders near the border of France, also known as the place we Flemmish kicked some French ass. Doctrine started out as a Dubstep producer, but soon saw the light that is Drum and Bass. He released on such heavy-weight labels as Ram-Records and Noisia’s Invisible imrint and played legendary parties as Noisia’s “Machtig”, and Murdock’s “Rampage”.

His track “Airlock” (Invisible) is still one of my most favourite Drum and Bass-tracks coming out of this country:

 


 

2. Phase

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Young talent from Wetteren, a municipality located in the province of East-Flanders, renowned for it’s ornamental plants and flowers. I kid you not. You’d think a kid growing up between all this flowery goodness would grow up a florist, well you’d think wrong. Phase at the age of 22 already has releases on Hospital, Metalheadz and Dispatch, and has played Sun and Bass and Liquicity, among many others.

Check out his love for another famous Belgian product: “Duvel” along with his Dutch neighbour Nymfo, out on Dispatch:

 


 

1. James Marvel

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Not a big surprise here. James Marvel (born Jens Blaute) has been on a roll for a couple of years now, releasing bangers as “Trump“(Audioporn), “Dominator” (with June Miller) (Ram Records), and “Way of the Warrior” (Audioporn), all of them with the more-than-excellent vocal work of his long-time friend MC Mota. Coming from our small nation’s capital Brussels, known for its statue of a boy pissing 24/7, he finds himself in the center of the Belgian Drum & Bass scene right now, Having played events like Tomorowland, Rampage, Rock Werchter and Let It Roll, we can only guess what big things are next for this talented Marvel.

Check out June Miller’s remix for Way of the warrior, out now on Audioporn:

 


 

Bonus: Murdock

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I couldn’t really end this list without mentioning the Don of DnB in Belgium. Murdock (Born Hans Machiels) sure likes it when a plan comes together and is head-honcho of Radar Records and Rampage (the world’s biggest Drum and Bass party with around 15.000 ravers from around the globe). He discovered and pushed most of the artists in the above list, including Netsky, and had a weekly Drum and Bass show on the belgian national radio (Studio Brussel).

Check out his live set from Rampage 2016:

 

Know any more? Let us know, so they may end up in the next list(s)!

The Godfathers of DnB, Part 2.

In part two of the series we continue to explore the lives and careers of the OG Junglists that made DnB into the goliath it is today.

More than not, when someone’s introducing Andy C, Goldie, or Grooverider they’ll probably refer to them as “The Godfather of DnB”. And while that’s not wrong, it might appear as we’ve got more than one. So I’ve searched far and wide, and came up with a list that explores the creators and shapers of this thing we like to call Drum & Bass, from producers, to Dj’s and MC’s. In no particular order, here are the second 4.

Check Part 1 here where we covered Rebel MC, Fabio & Grooverider, Goldie, and LTJ Bukem.

5. Doc Scott

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Referenced by his childhood friends as The Doctor, for prescribing them their daily dose of Breakdance tapes. Doc Scott (Born Scott McIlroy) was around during the explosion of Detroit Techno in the UK in the late 80’s, where he first got into contact with the deeper side of electronic music, later joined by Chicago House and New York Garage. By the time the rave scene popped up in the early 90’s, Doc Scott already had some years under his belt as a DJ, and he brought his wide interest in music with him when he played, shooting him straight to the headliner spot.

1991 saw him realising another big dream of his, producing his own music. With his years-long experience in Dj-ing, record collecting and his natural affinity to quality music, this was set out to be a chartbreaking hit. “Surgery“, taken from his “The NHS EP” was an instant rave anthem, smashing in the dance charts at #3, and breaking into the national 12″ top 40. Not bad for a first try at producing.

Playing alongside his professional heroes Fabio & Grooverider, and rubbing shoulders with the DJ elite from the time, Doc Scott got noticed by that other Godfather Goldie, who has just released his anthem “Terminator”. They got introduced to eachother by Rider in a North London record shop, went to a rave together, and a lifetime friendship was born. This Friendship gave him an “in” at Reinforced records, the label Goldie was signed to at that moment, and when that same Goldie started his Metalheadz label, there would be no better artist to sign for it’s first release. “Vip Drumz” & “VIP Riders Ghost” a double bill with Doc Scott and Goldie’s alter ego Rufige Kru was an instant hit, and helped put the label on the map.

Mid to end 1990s he reentered the studio to write his (probably) biggest hit to date. “Shadow Boxing” was released under his alias Nasty Habits, and was the second release on his own label “31 records”. This label has seen some quality material from the likes of Dom & Roland, Ed Rush & Optical, Calibre and launched the career of the band Pendulum.

 


6. Shy FX

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Widely considered to be one of the most recognised Jungle tunes in the world, Shy FX’s (Born Andre Williams) “Original Nuttah” has had dancefloors chanting along to it’s iconic ragga-styled lyrics by MC UK Apache.

Fun Fact: Shy FX was at first misspelled on MTV as Shy Fox (as seen in the YouTube-link above).

In later days he collaborated with T Power to form the duo Ebony Dusters, producing the classic “RA” but also releasing tracks under “Shy FX and T Power” like the summer classic “Shake Your Body” Featering Di. It was also with his friend T Power he created the label “Digital Soundboy” in 2005, but unfortunately it seized to be in 2015 after 10 years of putting out records not only in Drum and Bass but also crossing over to Dubstep (With the likes of Skream, Benga and Caspa), House and Elektro. He has also produced many hits for Dizzee Rascal, Emilie Sandé, and many more, and released numerous classic remixes like his take on DJ Fresh’s “Gold Dust“.

 


7. DJ SS

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DJ Scratchen Stein (Born Leroy Small) started out (as his moniker suggest) as a self-thaught scratch DJ in his hometown of Leicester in the 1980’s. When in the early 90s Jungle and Hardcore were emerging in the UK DJ SS and his partner Eidris started promoting their own parties called “Total Kaos”.
Later that decade, around 1992, they founded Formation Records, with a must-buy catalogue for anybody that’s into the darker side of jungle. Not only has Formation released a stellar set of producers (Like Grooverider, Shy FX, Ray Keith, and even Carl Cox) But it (and he) also is responsible for launching the careers of such names as John B, Twisted Individual and Nero.

His biggest hit to date is the Piano-heavy track “Lighter“, released in 1995, that sampled the theme song of an old romantic film called “Love Story”. Try listening to it without shouting “LIGHTAH”. I dare you.

Fun fact: It was tha B-side of the single “The Lighter” that got  famous, and not the A-side as was intended. The Piano intro also makes the B-side more rewindable than the A-side (and is one of the few tracks that justify a rewind.) (These views are my own and do not represent the scene in any way).

 


8. Stevie Hyper D †

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The originator, the pioneer, Stevie Hyper D (Born Stephen Austin) was one of the first MC’s to grace the Jungle and Drum & Bass landscape and is often called the “inventor of Double Time MC’ing”, a style since then dominant within Drum and Bass.
He was the first Drum and Bass MC to have a major release on Island Records (Of Bob Marley fame) with his album “The Next Step”. Unfortunately he never saw the release of his record, as he died the year prior due to a heart attack attributed to “Deep Vein Trombosis” after a long intenational tour.

“I’m just a junglist so-o-o-oldier// Fighting to keep the jungle ali-i-i-i-ve”
“Junglists are you re-e-e-e-ady? Oh Lord a-mercy mercy…”

These are just a few of the many catchphrases-turned calls-to-arms he coined, and are repeated to this day, out of respect for the best MC that ever lived.

Check out this live set, recorded during his last living year, with Kenny Ken on the ones and twos.

 


Stay tuned for more Godfathers of DnB next week!

And enjoy our playlist, featuring songs from this and previous parts on our Godfathers playlist:

 

 

Top Tunes Of October 2017

These are the 11 best tracks of october 2017, according to us, in random order.

A site about lists and music wouldn’t be complete without a monthly chart, I thought to myself. But then I had to rate songs and with DnB being such a diverse genre, I just couldn’t compare a Liquid song to a Neuro tune. So instead I opted to just list them, and put them in random order. You’ll notice that the playlists on the bottom are in a different order than here, but that’s just to create a flow, and let similar songs follow eachother. Each month I’m going to select the 10-ish best songs that were released in the last month.
These are the 11 best tracks of October 2017, according to us, in random order.

 

Kiril – Minimal Instinkt (Critical)

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Spline – Be Elephant (Dispatch)

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Calibre – Broken Wings (ft. DRS) (Signature)

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Unkut – Underground Sound (Full Cycle)

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Benny L – Low Blow (Metalheadz)

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Survival – Roots (Dispatch)

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T.R.A.C. – Step Tune (ft. Random Movement & Adrienne Richards) (V Recordings)

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Current Value – Eager Fight (A.M.C. Remix) (Blackout)

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S.P.Y. – Hardcore Harry (Hospital)

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Cyantific – Cyborg (ft. BMotion) (Viper)

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Misanthrop – The Lick (Neosignal)

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Check them all out in this handy Spotify playlist here:

And for the YouTube Crew, check here:

The Godfathers of DnB, Part 1.

More than not, when someone’s introducing Andy C, Goldie, or Grooverider they’ll probably refer to them as “The Godfather of DnB”. And while that’s not wrong, it might appear as we’ve got more than one.

More than not, when someone’s introducing Andy C, Goldie, or Grooverider they’ll probably refer to them as “The Godfather of DnB”. And while that’s not wrong, it might appear as we’ve got more than one. So I’ve searched far and wide, and came up with a list that explores the creators and shapers of this thing we like to call Drum & Bass, from producers, to Dj’s and MC’s. In no particular order, here are the first 4.

1. Rebel MC

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Michael Alec Anthony West (Born 27 August 1964), aka Congo Natty, aka Tribe of Issachar, aka Blackstar, aka… lots more.
Rebel MC is one of the earliest junglists to date (not counting famous Jazz musician Duke Ellington, whose music was at the time described as “Jungle Music”, seriously, look it up.). Older ravers might remember Double Trouble’s Street Tuff , a top 10 Hip-Hop song from 1989 featuring Rebel MC, Tuff Enuff, Leigh Guest and the now deceased Michael Menson. After that came the critical acclaimed album “Black Meaning Good” (1991) where he mixed the Hip-Hop he was known for with his other musical love: Reggae, Dance and Jungle. The album featured Ragga-royalty under the names of Barrington Levy, Tenor Fly and Dennis Brown.
Fun Fact: it was from the track “The Wickedest Sound” ft. Tenor Fly that Jay Fay and DJ Fresh took the sample that made up the chorus in Dibby Dibby Sound. Just listen to the first 3 seconds HERE.

By 1992 Rebel MC Formed his own label “Tribal Bass” and released his last significant hit (in terms of UK hit charts) to date bearing the same name. Tribal Bass evolved over the years to “Congo Natty”, and on this label, under the moniker “Tribe of Issachar” he released one of the most iconic Jungle anthems to date called “Junglist“. Without clicking the link just read the words: “Now before making records, the hood was my saviour..”, I’m fairly confident you’re saying the rest of the lyrics in your head.
Check out this blogpost, that goes in depth about the song, and why it’s probably one of the best Jungle-songs ever made.

 


2. Fabio & Grooverider

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The earliest Pioneers and launchers of careers of lesser gods like Goldie, Dj Marky, Calibre and Chase & Status. After teaming up a little over 25 years ago, spinning mostly House and funk they evolved to a more darker and bass-heavier style, championing the up-and-coming jungle music, but giving it their own personal touch. Fabio (Born as Fitzroy Heslop) is said to be the first person to use the term “Liquid Funk” which would later evolve in the “Liquid” sub-genre, while Grooverider (Born as Raymond Bingham) is creator of his own label Prototype, with a mountain of classics under its sleeve like Bad Company’s “Planet Dust”, to name one.

Both also have outstanding careers as radio dj’s, ranging from pirate radio, to BBC Radio 1, where they first gave exposure to producers we now all know and love.

Fun Fact: It’s by Fabio’s doing that the dance-chart topper “Hide U” by Kosheen became such a big hit. Read all about that on Kosheen producer Markee Ledges interview here.

 


3. Goldie

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If the previous two entries represent the earliest, then this entry must represent the most famous. Goldie (Born Clifford Joseph Price) started out as a breakdancer and graffiti-artist (the latter alongside Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, who he accidentaly outed as being Banksy) which took him to New York and Miami, where he (according to Wikipedia) also sold golden grills. Later his girlfriend at the time DJ Kemistry introduced him to Drum and Bass producers 4Hero (of Reinforced Records) for which he did some A&R work. The first song he ever was involved in was Ajax Project’s Ruffige, on which according to some sources he was an uncredited vocalist, although other sources cite him as being a producer on it as well. Whichever was the case, he apparently liked the Ruffige name, and used it as the alias Rufige Cru (later Rufige Kru) to release the legendary song “Terminator“in 1992.
Skip ahead to 1994, where he, Kemistry and Storm founded Metalheadz after a night out raving saying “right, I want to make this music, you’ll be the DJs, we’ll have a label and a club, we’ll make some t-shirts.”.
Goldie went on to make “Timeless”, an album that hasn’t stolen its name. Look for a list of most influencial electronic albums, and I bet you Timeless is on there somewhere.
His track “Inner City Life” is still one of the greatest songs from that decade, featuring the now deceased Diane Charlemagne.

If you want to know more about the history of Metalheadz, check out “Talkin’ Headz”, a documentary from 1998 detailing its history to that point.

Fun Fact: Goldie also has an acting career, check him here learning about “Moissanite” in the movie Snatch.

 


 

4. LTJ Bukem

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Being a trained classical pianist, and playing in a Jazz band in the early 80’s LTJ Bukem (born Danny Williamson) surely wasn’t destined to play at raves, yet by the time the 80’s where done, that’s where he found himself. Fusing the up and coming jungle sound with his own jazzy background he created such legendary songs as “Atlantis“, “Logical Progression” and “Horizons” the latter was released on his own label “Good Looking Records”. That label was hailed for releasing tracks in a style dubbed “Intelligent Drum and Bass”, much to LTJ’s chagrin. Even though he started producing in the early 90s, it took him until 2000 to release his first full album, entitled “Journey Inwards”.

Fun Fact: In 2007 at age 40 he found his biological mother who was an Ugandan woman living in Paris, who in her turn revealed that his father was Egyptian.


EDIT: We here at Junglelists know about the drama surounding LTJ Bukem, MC Conrad, and Goodlooking records, yet we don’t care and want to focus on the achievements and history of the music, and less on the hear-say. Though, admittedly, we should’ve included this, since it’s part of history. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, Google it, and you’ll find write-ups from all sides of the story.


 

Continue reading with the next part in “Godfathers of DnB”. And maybe check out this playlist, with the songs discussed in the series, along with some extras: