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|Brostep's Top Dnb Jan. 2013|
Figured I?d put some serious effort into a list for once, so here you go.
Enjoy, and please refrain from posting comments comprised entirely of
?your taste in music sucks?
|1||Stray and Frederic Robinson|
Delving into the realm of half-time DnB, ?Thumbprint? is an excellent choppy and
techy tune. Frederic Robinson and Stray work together quite well here - Robinson?s
laid-back, half-time style meshes excellently with Stray?s skill on the techstep end
of the spectrum. The minimalist melody sounds fantastic alongside the tapping,
ticky drums, and ?Thumbprint? should be an indication that both producers -
especially the less famous Robinson - will be ones to watch.
I?ve nothing but good things to say about Ammunition Recordings? and
NeurofunkGrid?s Talents LP Vol. 1, and ?Tangent Line? should demonstrate why.
It?s a devastating slab of neurofunk that should give people hope for the future of
the genre - it?s unnerving and paranoid, it?s heavy, and most importantly it?s damn
good. The drums stray somewhat from a typical boring DnB beat, and though the
other elements are great as well those drums alone make the song worthwhile.
Say Nothin (Rockwell Remix)
With the recent fascination with trap and hip-hop beats, it?s some wonder Rockwell
didn?t join the fray earlier. After all, as his remix of ?Say Nothin? shows, he?s pretty
good at it. It?s got a beat only describable as ?bangin?,? it?s got high-pitched hip-hop
synths that fit the piece well, and it?s got some excellent horns too. This half-time
banger should appeal to anyone with any tolerance at all for the whims of Rockwell
and trap in general.
Maduk?s already an excellent producer, as songs like ?Ghost Assasin? have shown
in the past, and with ?Feel Good? he takes a huge step towards the fame he
deserves. It?s not quite as interesting or intricate as his previous releases, but
that?s not necessarily a bad thing - as far as liquid funk goes, this song is high-
quality. The slightly wobbling chords and standard beat are anything anyone could
want from the poppy state of liquid funk today, and ?Feel Good? showcases how
versatile Maduk can be.
Along the same lines as ?Feel Good,? ?In Lightspeed? is one of the best poppier DnB
tunes of the month by virtue of how damn fun it is. Staccato synth chords abound,
and they work quite well alongside the ?soul? vocal sample. This is just about as
close to the top of ?pop? drum & bass as anyone?s going to get anytime soon, and if
that?s acceptable at all to you then listening to this is a must.
Now is not the time to kindle the ?drumstep? argument, but ?Barbas Theme?
exemplifies such a questionable genre and should give many reason to examine
the term once again. As a half-time, heavily brostep-influenced tune, most
?serious? critics won?t give it a second look, which is a shame because it?s a good
mashing up of Noisia?s techstep talents and popular, ?for-the-masses? electronic
music. The wobbles are brutal, the drums are brutal, and the bassline is
uncharacteristically heavy, even for Noisia, and in this case that?s a good thing.
This has the potential to be one of the best songs of 2013, period. It?s an utterly
beautiful liquid song, and the ticking drums and almost ambient synths are insanely
good. The only word that comes to mind to describe this song is ?sublime,? and
Bungle shows off how good of a producer he is with ?Aura.? Go listen to the damn
thing right now.
Though this was technically released mid-2012 as a free download, it?s worth a
mention because of its re-release on Noisia?s Vision Recordings in anticipation of
The Upbeats? forthcoming album. It?s still as solid of a neurofunk tune as it was
back then, and it?s one of the best releases of the past few months because it?s a
really intricate, heavy song that?s very high-quality. It?s got the synth snarls of any
good neurofunk tune, the drums are ridiculous, and it?s just generally a very good
song - nothing more needs to be said.
One of the most frustrating things about Ivy Lab?s (Sabre, Stray, and Halogenix)
VIP of ?Oblique? is that it?s no longer available for download, ever since the server
crashed a few weeks ago. It?s especially frustrating because it?s an incredible VIP
of one of the best DnB tunes of 2012. The VIP takes the chilled-out vocals from the
original and does away with the rest of that ?chill? vibe, instead opting for a dark,
techy rework with ticky drums and ominous synth pads. It?s an excellent rework of
an excellent tune, and once the download starts working again it?s worth a spin
(especially thanks to the fact that the download is actually in WAV format instead of
the standard MP3).
Serum has always been one of the best in the jungle subgenre, and ?Horn Track? is
a good example of why he?s so good. The drums are fast and primal, and the steel
drum at the beginning is an excellent intro to the horn section and heavy bass. It?s
an excellent tune, and we?d expect nothing less from a producer like Serum.
|inb4 "Will why are you shamelessly whoring for a feature"|
|And all question marks should be quotation marks, damn google docs. may fix later|
|where are the covers?|
|They're tracks, so covers don't show up|
|brostep is awful|
|love you too|
In all seriousness, just because my username is "thebrostepguy" doesn't mean that every review/list I create is going to be about brostep. People might as well read some of my descriptions, but that may be too much to ask
|It doesn't have covers. Of course it's too much to ask.|
|album art doesn't appear for tracks on this site you dingus|
|Thanks for informing me an hour late.|
Still doesn't have covers.
|If I may quote myself an hour or so ago:|
[quote]They're tracks, so covers don't show up[/quote]
|can we please talk about how awful brostep is? i feel like this would be the right place to subject such an important matter.|
|"brostep is awful"|
this list title/username is gonna cause some confusion
|didnt read because there are no covers. ok. bye.|
|'i feel like this would be the right place to subject such an important matter.'|
Immediately following what appears to be a sorely-needed english lesson for you.
A lot of this is really good; cool list, thanks for the heads up.
Also, don't refer to yourself in the third person before anyone knows who the fuck you are. Not nearly
enough people dislike you yet. You have a lot of work to do.
|Sweet, thanks for the advice. And I figured I'd refer to myself in the third person in the title so that this list didn't get buried under similar-titled lists like "BEST EDM" and "BEST DEFTONES," etc. Plus, certain people do in fact know who I am and aren't exactly fans of my taste in music, so it's relevant there. Probably won't do it next time, though.|
|how's the new flux pav|
gonna assume you've heard it
|Not good, pretty trashy actually|
|I can see the appeal of 3 but trap was never my thing. |
Love the Upbeats.
|A couple good tracks on here, but I'm so tired of people calling things Drumstep, it's half time DnB and nothing else|
|omg genre tags|
|Oh fuck I just got Klapped|
|Yeah i know about the whole drumstep thing, so I'm not gonna argue the merits and demerits of that. I just think that if ever there was a song that could actually be called "drumstep" it's Barbas Theme, for the reasons I describe above.|
|Oh fuck I just got the klap|
|nah man i've had that for ages, not new news to my ears|
|An extra track to throw up there: https://soundcloud.com/deepfieldaudio/double-helix-wellenkammer?|
Double Helix - Wellenkamer
|just gonna leave this here... http://www.mixcloud.com/evil_concussion/dj-friction-feat-spmc-shogun-audio-ed-rush-optical-tribute-mix-bbc-radio-1-27012013/|
|jash I remember when you used to call things drumstep, we were all that guy at one point|
|I'm totally not into this kind of music, but great effort bro.|
|i had to actualy search what Dnb was lol i haven't listened to much electronica or anything. I'll prolly hear noisia though cause i'm gonna get the new devil may cry. |
|Yeah Noisia are good. If you're actually interested in them then check out Split The Atom - one of the best neurofunk/techstep (subgenres yay) albums out there. |