SpectraSoul is Brighton-based drum n bass duo David Kennett and Jack Stevens. Having released music on the iconic Metalheadz label and dBridge’s Exit Music label, they have gained a reputation for producing deep, beautiful soulful stepping grooves. Their newest track ‘Second Chance’ is no exception.
Who is Ritchie Brains? According to Exit Music label boss and music producer dBridge, Richie Brains is a collaboration between label artists Alix Perez, Chimpo, Fixate, Fracture, Om Unit, Sam Binga and Stray.
“The idea of getting these guys together came about around 2 years ago. I’d been (and have been) releasing great music from all of them, and most have collaborated with each other individually in some form or another, but I felt that there was a common thread in their sounds that would work great as a whole. So I sent them all an email suggesting they got together.”
The resulting work is a hodgepodge of dance, drum n bass, funk, footwork, jungle, and techno vibes. The track “Buss It” is one of the standout tracks, a throwback back to early 90s Prodigy.
As for the band name, “Richie Brains just sounded like the name of a great electronic punk character to us,” said dBridge.
Overlook is Bournemouth drum n bass producer Jason Luxton. To describe his music is nothing less than proper jungle. Taken straight out of the LTJ Bukem playbook emerges his new track ‘Misty’ on London’s independent drum n bass label Repertoire.
You can classify this tune as ‘contemporary jungle & drum and bass.’ It also appears as one of Boomkat’s tracks of the year.
Oh, and don’t overlook the dark and hard-stepping ‘Motif.’
DJ Rum is UK electronic producer Felix Manuel. His latest drop the Forgetting EP blends a melange of vibes including jazz, juke, and breakbeat rhythms. The track ‘Projection’ sounds like a Cinematic Orchestra piece.
It’s hard to nail down the best track from the genre-hopping EP; all tracks are tasty in their own right. But the shifty pace of ‘Induction’ which made it debut on the Gilles Peterson show may delight your ears as well.
Be sure to check out the crunchy bass on the 2016 B-side release of ‘Abandon Me’ as well:
Phil Tangent is a UK drum n b artist who’s early work got the attention of Soul:R’s label head/producer Marcus Intalex.
His latest EP Drawing You sees the continuation of deep, exploratory liquid rollers.
Drum n bass is an outlet of combinatorial creativity for Tangent, who sees the elasticity of the genre as a melting pot of his childhood experiences listening to reggae/dub and LTJ Bukem mixtapes. Not bad influences at all.
Dark, deep, delicious — how else to describe the timeless music from Belfast drum n bass artist Calibre, who’s new album Grow just dropped on DJ Craig Richards’ The Nothing Special label. Big up to Richards on the dope album artwork as well.
Favorite tracks: Groove Seeker, Sand Promise, Without You, Mention
Dimension is an up and coming London-based drum n bass artist signed to MTA Records. While some of his past releases have made the Beatport charts, his track ‘UK’ may be his best yet. ‘Keep raving…Oh my gosh.’
The results can be massive when old drum n bass heavyweights come together. Total Science is drum n bass duo Jason Greenlaugh and Paul Smith from Oxford, UK who recently teamed up with legends Digital & Spirit to make the C . I . A v Phantom Audio Vol 1 & 2 EP.
‘Overlord’ is an old-school jungle take that still delivers a cutting-edge bassline.
If you listen to drum n bass, particularly the liquid kind, then for sure you’ve come across the work of the legendary Belfast-native Calibre. If you need a refresher, here’s a 50-track tribute mix.
If you’re looking for some fresh Calibre sounds, you’re in luck. He just dropped the track ‘Iron Balls’ from a forthcoming two-track EP along with a hilarious promo teaser for your viewing after the jump.