Drum & Bass top 10 of 2012 so far
Article by Matt Bassant & Tom Frisco
1. Spectrasoul ft. Terri Walker - Light in the dark
Shogun audio starlets and local heroes Spectrasoul come up trumps with this track in anticipation of their forthcoming LP. A hauntingly beautiful orchestral intro is followed by a down-tempo drum and bass beat and the soulful vocals of Terri Walker. If this standard of work is anything to go by then the forthcoming LP will be something very special indeed.
2. Jubei ft Flowdan - Say Nothing
There seems to be a rising trend within the drum and bass scene, to have MCs featuringly more frequently on tracks. Looking back you have SP on Icicle's dreadnought, DRS with Enei and Need For Mirrors and Strategy on the Dub Phizix anthem Marka. This track continues in the same vein with Flowdan laying some serious vocals down. Jubei has always been one pushing the drum and bass scene forward in a more intelligent way, however with the quality of this track expect him to gain a lot more recognition from not just the D'n'B scene but also further afield.
3. Hybrid Minds - Lost
Hybrid Minds have consistently been pushing the more liquid side of drum and bass for a long time now, proving that you don't always have to be delving into huge vocal hooks and massive drops to create a big tune. 'Lost' is a certified roller, pure liquid drum and bass vibes the whole way through, accompanied with fervid vocals reverberating throughout the track, this is one both for the dancefloor and back home.
4. Enei - Obsesseion ft MC DRS
Without a doubt the rising star of drum and bass. Russian wonderkid signed to Critical records, Enei, is excelling in the forward thinking side of drum and bass. Teaming up with Manchester MC DRS on this track. With support by Goldie, London Elektricity, Bailey, DJ Hype, Andy C, Kasra and many more, and an ever increasing DJ’ing schedule, you can guarantee this is merely the start of it as one of the most exciting of the new producers generation in electronic music today continues to make his way.
5. Technicolour & Komatic - We were always one
New signings to Shogun, with their first release coming out on the SGN:LTD label, focused on showcasing some of their emerging drum and bass talent. Technicolour & Komatic have been been independently releasing tunes for a while now, however their productions as a pair have seen their stock grow rapidly over the past months. Ones to keep an eye on for 2012 and beyond.
6. Total Science & S.P.Y - Piano Funk ft. Riya & Dam Funk
Not particularly sure how or why this is being released on Toolroom, but label politics aside. This is a slice of jazzy summery drum and bass. Reminiscent of the days when Marky was remixing the likes of Bebel Gilberto. Pure sundrenced vibes coming out from this one, and the undoubted queen of drum and bass vocals Riya compliments the track perfectly with her amorous vocals.
7. Rockwell - Tripwire
It's rare that when listening to a rockwell tune you are in for an easy listen. Consistently challenging the listener, but also consistently one of the top producers not only in drum and bass, but in all fields of electronic music. Akin more to the techy side of drum and bass associated with the likes of Spor and Phace, the level and skill in the production of his work is unrivalled, and that alone brings him into this chart.
8. Wilkinson - Tonight
This may have possible come out at the back end of last year, but it would be churlish to question the quality of this track. Almost a year since his debut release with ‘Moonwalker / Samurai’, Wilkinson’s contribution to Ram this year has been second to none; with the sought after sounds of ‘Refugee’ on the RAM 100 album, he’s well-crafted remix of Chase & Status’ ‘Time’ ft. Delilah, and smashed up dance floors worldwide with ‘Every Time / Overdose’. Now he’s unleashing another monster single, ‘Tonight / Pistol Whip’. Already gaining support from Andy C, Culture Shock, Cyantific and Sub Focus, to name but a few, this release is set to take the world by storm. 'Tonight’ is packed with euphoric energy and infectious melodies that can’t fail to stick in your head. Uplifting vocals and a floor-shaking bassline complete the tune and ensure that this one is perfect for lightening the mood in peak time moments; a tried and tested dance floor favourite.
9. Delilah - Love you so (Lenzman remix)
It would be all too easy to call upon the remix duties of any of a number of producers from the D’n’B world to remix a track like this. In most cases, it wouldn’t have made too much of a difference what Delilah’s vocal was saying, as they’d nice a way to enclose the song into their vibe. However, with Lenzman taking control of “Love You So”, he taps into soulful essence of the track. Rather than just throwing the generic over the vocal, the remix injects chopping breaks into the tune, without losing the song at heart.
10. Sub Focus ft Alice Gold - Out of the blue
Nick Douwma aka Sub Focus, demonstrates a stunning return to form, with latest single out of the blue. With it's infectious lead riff and euphoric vocals courtesy of UK songstress Alice Gold. Whilst bound to be a commerical success, with it being playlisted across Radio 1 and many other top radio stations, the tune is also a resounding dance-floor hit, edging towards the more up front edge of drum and bass, there's no shame in jumping around to a tune this good.