|12 Jan-Feb drum and bass records worth a peep|
So I've been starting to get into drum and bass lately and having a lovely time with it. I'm still maybe a little naive to it and aren't sure of the various scenes/styles/whathaveyou yet, but here's some stuff I've been jamming lately that I've been particularly fond of. Hope you find something you like :]
|1||Response and Pliskin|
Exploitation isn't the most joyous, invigorating jungle you'll come across, but its cold, stark nature offers a pretty engrossing listening experience all the same. 14 minute closer God Ruined Your Life goes past in a blink, and the heavy techno of Gang Member is a nice touch too.
|2||Torn and Roho|
Among the closest to 'industrial drum and bass' I've heard so far, Fatum is one nasty collaboration hailing from two Russian producers. Shit thumps with nearly relentless energy.
Bloody lovely. Diversifies itself incredibly nicely, and is heavy without being overbearing. One of my favourites from this year so far.
|4||Love Horses/The Jaffa Kid/Whylie/Bot1500|
A four-way split that definitely deserves some love. It does the whole move-between-ambient-and-d'n'b thing but doesn't meander - the middle two artists do it best but the whole thing is a treat. The placement of Bot1500's calmer 'Seabird' tracks at the end points towards a nice bit of thought in the split composition.
Up In Smoke/Dark Matter/Piano Soul/Moonshine
Absolutely magnificent oldschool sounding stuff, made by someone who has a quality collection of samples and knows how to use them, to soulful or jazzy effect.
Iridescence Of Clouds
This 65 minute lump of dense, Irisarri-esque ambient (it's mastered by him too) is... a lot, and I'll be frank, a smidge too much to listen to in one go. But for 20-30 minute purifying experiences in your head, it's a beautiful time.
Anytime is my favourite song to come out this year so far. Overall it's a great quality record, but the melodies, the vocal samples, the breaks... Anytime is absolutely bloody perfect. I wish I could feel like that track makes me feel forever.
First half of this is great but the second half is a whole other level of lovely. Never gets too brash and is immaculately produced - such an easy listen to go through.
|9||Special Request x Tim Reaper|
Hooversound Presents: Special Request x Tim Reaper
Four tracks from 'Zero Fucks' given the Tim Reaper jungle treatment. If Anytime is my favourite song this year, Pull Up isn't a whole lot behind.
Charli Brix's feature on We Pretend is bloody lovely. These guys sure do know their way round a drop. Silence Rings Loudest is a nice slow release from the EP.
OctaMED Anthems Vol.2
Dude doing some wild shit with a positively ancient tracker. Very break heavy. Looking forward to what he comes up with next.
Another lengthy hit perhaps better taken in chunks, but considering it's an hour-and-a-quarter, this does sit surprisingly beautifully on the ears. This is smooooooooth. Some lovely features on it as well.