5. Spotify’s “Massive Drum and Bass” Playlist
Updated weekly, with some sporadic guest selections.
Past Takeovers by:
Camo & Krooked
Fred V & Grafix
DJ Hazard & DJ Hype
to name just a few. These takeovers tend to be used primarily as a marketing tool for the producer in question, which is fine, but expect them to be heavily peppered with tracks of the person(s) in question.
4. I-Witness’s upload list on YouTube
A walking and talking D’n’B encyclopedia hailing from Belgium, posts classics, rare gems, and new stuff. He also regularly opens his treasure chest of old-school sets on his Mixcloud page.
You can also check out his knowledge live when he spins the decks under his own moniker I-Witness, or with his pal The Nitrous as “The Nitwits”. Expect a trip through memory lane! Check his Youtube out HERE.
I’m not going to favour one podcast over the other here, instead I’m just going to post the ones I follow, and that are updated regularly. All these can be found in your favorite podcast app, mine is Pocketcasts for android, but you do you.
IT’S TIME FOR A LIST INSIDE A LIST:
- Noisia Radio (Hosted by Noisia, obviously)
- Hospital Podcast (Hosted by London Electricity)
- Critical Podcast (Hosted by various Critical DJ’s/Producers)
- Drum And Bass HQ (Hosted by J Swiff)
- Night Grooves (Hosted by Intelligent Manners)
2. UKF on YouTube
Yeah, Yeah, I know. You can’t search for a Drum and Bass song on youtube without running into a UKF video. This one should be a no-brainer. The main reason they land so high on this list is because of the exclusives. They tend to get the bangers first. Also check out their website for news and interviews.
Honnorable mentions in the same line go to Skank&Bass, and NeurofunkGrid, and Drum&Bass Arena.
1. Going to Raves and Festivals
It’s all about the music, so why not get educated in its natural habitat? Heard a track you like? Record it on your smartphone in the lowest resolution (to save space) and then spam Facebook groups or DJ’s with the magic words “ID PLS”.
But seriously, do your own research, if you hear a tune in a set that you don’t recognise, even after depleting the previous options, chances are that it’s unreleased, or just a remix that the DJ in question made to better match the vibe of his sets or style of DJ-ing.
Don’t be afraid to ask someone if he recognises it, just don’t be obnoxious about it.
Bonus point. The new I ❤ Drum and Bass playlist on Spotify, Curated by all the major labels.
This one was released along with the following (quite long) statement:
I ❤️️ DRUM & BASS represents an unprecedented act of unity and a coming together of Drum & Bass labels from all over the world. An acknowledgement of the genre’s diversity and multifaceted strengths by creating a definitive musical resource, a constantly updated playlist from all the scenes label’s and artists.
Spanning all sub-genres and being inclusive of all participating labels and artists ranging from RAM, Hospital, Technique, Viper, Breakbeat Kaos, Formation & Playaz’s, Liquicity, Eatbrain, Exit and Critical.. and that’s just for starters!
The concept emerged in October 2017 on a special message board originally set up to celebrate Grooverider’s birthday, with DJ Fresh sparking a conversation about the importance of adapting to and embracing streaming platforms. This line of thinking inspired Simon Bassline Smith to come up with the concept of a definitive drum & bass playlist for everyone’s music to feature on as soon as it’s released. A playlist with all forms of drum & bass from across the globe, self-organised by the scene itself and curated by the labels, with each label picking 1 track per week to be included.
A project with no political or corporate agenda, that exists purely to provide a home for the sounds of this global movement. A place where fans of the genre can explore the diverse sonic landscape of the music they love, or for those who want to explore the genre to immediately have access to the full spectrum. Without the bias of major label ownership and curation.
Driven by the strength of the idea, soon a core following of Dan (DJ Fresh), Simon Bassline Smith, Mickey Finn, Grooverider, Brendan Futurebound and DJ SS excitedly invited label heads from all over the world into a telegram chat room and I ❤️️ Drum & Bass was born.
Hundreds of players and labels have come together and committed to the concept from across the scene to bring you a place where the latest music is added daily by all the labels and artists you love. Including long-running institutions, hype and fresh labels and also niche imprints. Even unsigned releases and Drum & Bass releases from outside the traditional Drum & Bass labels are represented.
I ❤️️ Drum & Bass represents an evolving attitude in one of the most consistent and present genres of club music, bringing a new unity and energy to the table that’s set to invigorate the genre and inspire the world of music.
We need your help to spread the word. So please get on Facebook / Twitter/ Instagram / Snapchat and help us spread the message #I ❤️️Drum&BassOnSpotify
I ❤️️ Drum & Bass is at… http://bit.ly/iluvdrumandbass
It just released as I’m writing this piece (it’s also what made me think about this topic), so it has yet to prove its merrits, but it looks as if this one is a must-follow for everyone on Spotify.
Got a better way to discover new stuff? Let us know in the comments!