Here we have a top ten in DnB picked out by Oscar Mortimer for the first part of 2018. Sit back and enjoy.
10 – Enei and Kasra – Transmitter
Starting the list is the title track from Enei and Kasra’s Transmitter EP. This song is beautifully minimalistic and brings the dark mystical vibe that Critical Recordings music has become famed for. The track also features some addictive MCing from Jakes, who’s vocals perfectly compliment the beat.
9 – Kings of The Rollers – Burnt Ends
Coming in at number 9 is a track so unique that I’m struggling to define anything about it other than the genre! A new release from Kings of The Rollers, Burnt Ends features a sound that I can only describe as being some kind of fog horn. Perhaps this is what sailors listen to whilst they get rocked around in a storm. Needless to say, I’m finding it very atmospheric and I can’t stop listening to it.
8 – 1991 – Dun Kno
Taking the number 8 spot is a young talent who has performed at a DBE before. 1991 is arguably one of the most versatile artists out there today, and the community has recognised this by giving him the coveted ‘best new comer’ award at the Drum and Bass Arena awards. Dun Kno is the kind of tune I would use to ween a grime fan into DnB. I can’t help but yell ‘SELECTA!’ at points when listening to it.
7 – Murdock and Doctrine – On a Rampage
With Rampage festival just around the corner, they have enlisted the help of Murdock and Doctrine (two superstars of the European scene) to produce their anthem. That’s correct, a two-day DnB festival gets its own official song. On a Rampage (get it) takes about a year building the tension before surprising you with a sensational drop into an awesome jump up beat. I cannot wait to bear witness to this tune when it gets shelled out to 23,000 people in the largest indoor venue in Europe.
6 – Skepsis – Goes Like (Prototypes remix)
One of the great stories of 2017 was the unstoppable rise of Bassline music in the Midlands and the North, with DJ’s such as Skepsis and Nottingham’s own Darkzy, joining the likes of TQD and My Nu Leng on line-ups up and down the UK. I personally am not a huge fan of Bassline so you won’t see me making much of a song and dance over it…unless there was some kind of remix on the cards? Well one of Saturday’s guests have given me just that! Drum and Bass duo extraordinaire The Prototypes are infamous for their heavy hitting DnB, and their remix of Goes Like shows it. The beat is almost mathematical in its delivery, a perfect remix from start to finish. Adding a different twist, without subtracting from the charm of the original.
5 – Culture Shock – Bunker
Another DBE past performer, I can scarcely think of a Culture Shock tune that I don’t like. His latest song is called ‘Bunker’. Simple and effective, it is being mixed into sets all over the place at the moment. I first heard it on Rinse FM in the car with two friends. I was sat in the back laughing at their heads bobbing to it like a pair of raver pigeons. That was until I realised I myself had been bobbing for almost a full minute and that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
4 – Fred V and Grafix – Altitude (feat. Shannon Kitchen)
At number 4 is another act that will be joining us this Saturday in Room 1. Fred V and Grafix are no strangers to DBE, but this time they will be ‘Fred V and Grafix Live’. Altitude is a mere morsel of the treats that they will have in store. It is a hauntingly beautiful song, with vocal talent being leant from Shannon Kitchen, who you may remember from appearing on the voice! Their performance is sure to be something very special, and it will serve only to make me feel less sorry for you when you catch chlamydia off a toilet seat in whatever club you go to that night….well should you decide not to come to DBE that is.
3 – Origin Unknown – Valley of The Shadows (Chase and Status remix)
Now this is something rather iconic! Valley of The Shadows is one of THE Drum and Bass tunes. You can follow this timeless classic all the way back to the genre’s jungle routes back in the early 90’s. Chase and Status’s remix does the original a great justice, repackaging it in a way that allows the younger audiences to be introduced to it, whilst allowing an ageing loyal following to fall in love with it all over again. You might be scratching your head over who Origin Unknown is? Well think about what Andy C might have been doing before Andy C was Andy C.
2 – Benny L – Low Blow
I’ve been waiting a long time to talk about this song. I’m a bit late granted, but that is only because this song’s release date arrived just after last terms list. Before that, all you could find on this song was a snippet of it being dropped by Goldie at a Mixmag gig. The track is so good I simply had to give it a high rank in this terms list. Benny L has been an overnight success in Drum and Bass and Low Blow is his masterpiece. Pure evil, unadulterated pleasure.
1 – Ivy Lab – Peninsula (Spectrasoul remix)
Finally, at number one, is Spectrasoul’s remix of Peninsula. Spectrasoul have been very busy as of late, with a new album and a new tour to match. But they still found the time to release this absolute belter. Ivy Lab’s Peninsula is an enormous tune, and it brought me to wonder how you would go about remixing it. This result is perfect. I was treated to an exclusive first play of this song on my birthday of all days, and I spilt a sizeable amount of my beer dancing to it without a care in the world. Astounding when you remember that at Fabric, you are only ever 3 to 5 beers away from having to declare bankruptcy!
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