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

hospitality

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

let-it-roll

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

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

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

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

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)!