So EDC is next weekend, and I had a ticket but I had to sell it. And while I bemoan my absence, and the fact that I will again be missing I Am Legion, I am here to give you all a little taste of some new drum & bass. I know, I know... it's not much of a consolation. RAM will be in Vegas in full force and as much as we'd all love to be there, for some of us it will not happen. Perhaps next year. Perhaps the year after. Nevertheless, music will still be there for us when we are suffering a crippling case of FOMO. Here are the top 10 tracks of the week.
1. Neonlight, Transit
First up is this track from Neonlight, off his new EP coming out on the 16th. Every track on the EP is magnificent, but my reason for including this track in particular is singular - it sounds like it's quite literally trying to tear its way out of my speakers.
2. Nimanslin, When Night Closes In
Nimanslin consistently puts out great material, and this liquid track is no exception. It's ethereal and melodic, while not compromising on weight. The bass is there in all its glory.
3. Figure, Friday The 13th
Last night was the first full moon on Friday the 13th since 2000, and it won't happen again until 2049. This is the first single off of Figure's forthcoming Monsters, Vol. 5 set for release, as always, in October. Figure goes through a wide range of BPM in this terrifying breakout in a way that only he can.
4. Audio, Heads Up
Fresh off his signing to RAM Records, Audio unleashes this tear-out banger, replete with Godzilla samples and this awesome music video.
5. Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive) (Matrix & Futurebound Remix)
I'm not even quite sure how to describe this, to be honest. It's almost like an old tech house, bouncy bassline with Becky Hill's energetic vocals on back up. I still contend that drum & bass can be used to remix any track into an instant success.
6. K+Lab, Do Right
K+Lab samples Peggy Lee's classic "Why Don't You Do Right" to make this awesome swingish drum & bass and glitch hop track. The groove is undeniable, what with the horns and Peggy Lee's chopped up vocals, and the genre swtich-up is done masterfully.
7. Lenzman, Always
Lenzman is slowly dropping tracks that will be featured on his forthcoming album, Looking At The Stars. This track is a very melodic, soulful D&B track reminiscent of early Netsky (which many die-hard fans still hold up to very high standards).
8. Laszlo, Don't Look Down
A favorite of mine from just the second week of this chart, Laszlo always has a strong sound design and has a very high quality of production. He doesn't compromise his musical integrity for trends and instead makes just plain good music.
9. KDrew, Last Train To Paradise (Urbanstep Remix)
Urbanstep really came in strong with this remix. The original is so summer vibes that it's ridiculous, but the remix manages to keep that vibe strong with a more pumped up feel, too. The best remixes don't completely disassemble the original but rather amplify it.
10. Lemaitre, Splitting Colors (Rootkit Bootleg)
Rootkit remixes Lemaitre's unique brand of Justice-esque French house into a truly exciting track. Uplifting and soulful throughout, Rootkit never really fails to impress.
If you'd like a track to be considered for next week's chart, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Drum & Bass" in the subject line.