Belgium’s biggest talent in DnB right now, Part 2.

“O Dierbaar België, O heilig land der vaaadren.” Belgium’s heaving with talented producers and DJ’s right now. This time we take a look at Nexus & Tight, Empire, Cedex & Higher Underground, Lavance, and Andromedik.

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.

We’ve already covered some here, in part 1.

5. Nexus and Tight



Hayling from the town of Paal (Literally translated to Pole) this talented producer mostly dabbles in the Liquid side of Drum and Bass. He has already releases under Murdock’s Radar Records, Liquicity, and more recently on Terra Firma. His sound is mostly akin to Brookes Brothers, Logistics, Apex, and of course Netsky, as he intertwines soothing soundscapes and bittersweet melodies with trance-inducing basslines and crispy-clean drumtracks.

Check out his track “Prism” :


4. Empire



Let’s take a step into the technical mind of Ostend-born Alexander De Vos. A relatively unknown producer with productions under his belt that begs the question “How is he not yet picked up by Division, Critical, or even belgium’s own Radar records?” His style can mostly be described as tempered agressive, retaining the vibes of the deeper side of Drum and Bass, while exploring touches of the harder spectrum with mean hitting riffs. I urge you to check out his body of work through the links above. In the mean time take a listen to his self-released free EP, and get swayed by this up-and-coming talent’s skills.



3. Cedex & Higher Underground



This dynamic duo from Ghent already made the stage of Star Warz (probably Belgium’s longest running series of Drum & Bass Parties), Tommorowland, Steam, and their own Republic and Square parties. They bring mostly vibey and deeper stuff, but don’t shy away from ranging their sets in the entire spectrum from Liquid to Neurofunk. It’s also nice to see them upping their production game with a recent signing to James Marvel’s newly birthed Space Pirates Recordings. We expect big things from these two Space Cadets!

Take a listen to their first (and free) outing on said Space Pirates:


2. Lavance



This very talented producer from Zelzate has already gained support from the likes of Noisia and Andy C. Combining rattled up old-school breaks with free-flowing subs and factory-sampled percussion elements, he captivates us with his attention to detail and with his way of hitting us like a truck in his (relatively) harder work like Favela, or his latest colaboration with Skarpa “Dead Weight”. Eventhough it’s been somewhat quiet on his side, we’re anxiously awaiting what he’s going to shake out of his sleeve next.
In the mean time we’re going to take yet another listen to Favela:



1. Andromedik



Let’s end this round-up on a liquid note, with Antwerp’s rising star Andromedik. Having releases on Murdok’s Radar-Records and Rampage records, NCS, and High Tea only confirms the quality of his production skills. This is Liquid pur-sang. melting hearts instead of faces, and closing your eyes while wiggling back and forth in anticipation of that sweet sweet drop. He’s played at shows like Rampage and Liquicity, among others, and has been picked up by artists like Metrik and Friction. We’re seeing a future as bright as his music for this talented producer.

Check out his latest release on NCS:



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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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)!