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.
LSB is UK drum n bass artist Luke Beavon. His debut album Content drops on record label Soul:r November 4 but you can download the first two singles ‘Missing You’ featuring DRS/Tyler Daley and Tumult now on Bandcamp.
He follows in the footsteps of Soul:r label head/producer Marcus Intalex, who also blends soul and melancholy into liquid drum n bass. Check out LSB’s site for more information or follow him on Twitter for more details.
Alix Perez is considered one of drum & bass’s best producers. He gained recognition for the classic “Solitary Native” collaboration with Sabre in 2006, before getting signed to Shogun Audio to release his first record 1984 in 2009. Listen to the gorgeous cut ‘Forsaken’ with Peven Everett and Spectrasoul.
Now he’s back with his newest release, the Elephant Dreams EP, this time on his own 1985 imprint. In an interview with i-D, he said that the record represents the synthesis of his experiments with “the softer side of music and also the heavier, dark side of things.” My favorite track ‘Had I Known’ above is one of the warmer cuts on the EP but his tracks “Room 667’ and ‘Elephant Dreams’ are crude, dark bass delights.
Out now is Lenzman’s All For You EP, the first official release from his own label The North Quarter, named after the area of Amsterdam where he grew up. He previously released music on Goldie’s Metalheadz imprint, where he gained a reputation for creating a soulful version of drum n bass.
More recently, Lenzman has been exploring some of his other influences, most notably hip-hop, with tracks like ‘Still Standing’ featuring MC DRS. Never one to follow the herd, Lenzman continues to experiment in search of deeper music or as he says “real music for real people.”
Below are some of my other favorite Lenzman tracks to date: