Category Archives: DNB

S.P.Y. Manicured Reality

DNB | S.P.Y. x LowQui – ‘Manicured Reality’ (VIDEO)

A journey into the twilight sounds of Drum & Bass,  Hospital Records artist, S.P.Y., is bringing some heavy underground with his music video “Manicured Reality.” 

A dark look at the “reality” of selfies and the images we show to the world, this music video is a vivid visual stimuli infused with heavy DNB riffs that excite the ears.

Watch the official video for “Manicured Reality” and be sure to check out some of the other tracks from his new EP “Back To Basics.”

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Guidance

 

 

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DNB | Duke Dumont x Jax Jones ‘I Got U (High Contrast Remix)’

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High Contrast, one of my favorite drum & bass producers, has put a DNB spin on Duke Dumont’s single “I Got U” featuring Jax Jones.

After years of being on the scene, he’s finally got a soundcloud page! And in the small batch of track he’s uploaded, I must say this remix is the best!

Keeping the vocals of Jax Jones at the forefront, High Contrast adds an signature drum & bass riddim, but keeps the tropical percussion.

So we’ve got a little bit of tropical persuasion infused with urban beats, resulting in yet another DNB remix from a pro, High Contrast.

I Got U (High Contrast Remix)

The Original

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DNB | Royalston – ‘Jungle Gone Down (feat. August Storm)’ (VIDEO)

Royalston’s debut album OCD comes out next month on the 14th, but he’s heating things up with an exclusive album preview on soundcloud, as well as a new music video for “Jungle Gone Down.”

Featuring the hauntingly-addicting vocals of August Storm, “Jungle Gone Down” is a little on the darker side of drum & bass, but sometimes the darker the beats the better!

After you’ve checked out the wiicked video, be sure to get lost in this album preview that Med School Music has uploaded to their soundcloud. 

Oh, and if you’re a little OCD, then you can head over to Royalston’s super cool interactive website and tidy up a bit. 

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UKF Drum & Bass 2013 [OUT NOW]

Notably the #1 source for Drum & Bass on YouTube, UKF Drum & Bass has released an annual DNB compilation which is OUT NOW on iTunes. 

The compilation consists of massive tracks from Drum & Bass heavy-hitters: Sub Focus, John Newman, Brookes Brothers, Friction, Rockwell, Camo & Krooked, Noisia, Rollz, Fred V & Grafix, Hamilton and many more. Continue reading

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DNB Flashback | Calibre & High Contrast – ‘Mr. Majestic’

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The year was 2006. I had spent 5 years falling in love with the origins and evolution of house music, and I was soaking up an arsenal of music that could rival any DJ’s collection. Yet, I was still a foreigner to the sounds of drum and bass. That is, until I heard “Mr. Majestic.”

In the madness of using Limewire (remember those days?)  to find new music, I fell into a void of downloads that let me to the genre of drum and bass.  In the midst of trying to avoid viruses and just experience new music, Calibre & High Contrast’s “Mr. Majestic” fell into my hands.

And my oh my, what a glorious experience once that download reached 100% completion and I was able to push play.

Perhaps one of the most simple, yet powerful, drum and bass tracks ever made, “Mr. Majestic” is the perfect collaboration between DNB heroes: Calibre and High Contrast. It’s one of those songs that makes you wonder what it was like in the studio. Who came up with what part? Who decided the drum pattern? And the vocals? What inspired them? Who is Mr. Majestic? So many questions!

Yet, questioning aside, one thing that is evident is the stellar brilliance of this track. It’s a release that still gets played today by drum and bass purists, and it’s a track that I think, along with Roni Size’s “Brown Paper Bag” helps keep the momentum of drum and bass alive.

Like I always tell folks: Step aside dubstep, it was love at first sight with drum & bass. It’s one of my favorite genres aside from house.

So, in the name of all good things and the appreciation of nostalgia, I provoke you to get lost in the beauty of Calibre & High Contrast’s “Mr. Majestic.” And while you’re at it, check out “The Other Side,” a track on the other side of the vinyl.

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Drum n Bass | S.P.Y – Hospital Podcast Mix [2012]

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Out of all the DJs and Producers signed to Hospital Records, I must say that next to High Contrast, S.P.Y. is one of the best Djs/Producers on the UK-based drum & bass imprint.

S.P.Y. has such a pure drum & bass sound in all of his production, and in a 2012 mix for Hospital Records podcast, we truly get a sense of his DNB roots.

There’s no dubstep fusion in this mix, just pure 100% raw drum & bass. 

Give it a spin below. Don’t you just love the adrenaline rush you get from DNB? :)