This week was difficult in finding the cream of the crop. We've got some choice liquid, but the real dancefloor slayers were not to be found this week, save for a few on this list. As SXSW continues this week, Gigantor of Evol Intent has been tweeting about #DNBEEF and how a lot of D&B purists are poisoning the scene - "So if you've wondered what my subtweeting related to dnb is, I'm just gonna say this: I'm done with negative old guard dnb personalities." I try to keep that mentality in mind every week that I give you guys my picks.
1. RAMiami Drum & Bass 2014 (Mini Mix by Rene LaVice)
First one up, with Miami Music Week just around the corner, RAM Records graciously let loose this minimix done by Rene LaVice for free. Featuring tunes from Andy C, Wilkinson, Loadstar and more, this is the perfect precursor to what is sure to be an intense week in bass music of all genres.
2. Second City, I Wanna Feel (Brookes Brothers Remix)
Next up is this liquid groove from Brookes Brothers. They took a bouncy garage tune from Second City and pumped up the drums all while keeping that original feel.
3. Jessie Andrews ft. Comets We Fall, You Won't Forget Tonight (Document One Remix)
Document One makes really good use of those Netsky-esque synths. This is forward-thinking D&B right here: the jungle bassline isn't even present and the drum pattern is fresh and inspired.
4. Popeska, Heart Of Glass Ft. Denny White (Champion Remix)
Vocals in any D&B track seem to almost be a instant key to success. The fact that Champion remixed the awesome Popeska might also have something to do with it. Pushing the boundaries with those horns and brass throughout the song is a major good move.
5. Namaste ft. Tiana Khasi, Signs
Reinforcing my previous statement about vocals, that female touch on a track is just simply magical. And while this one is really only a preview of the full release, there's a lot to look forward to here.
6. Spectrem, Trigger
Just released on Drumsound & Bassline Smith's Technique Recordings, Spectrem takes us back a little bit to classic D&B vibes and sounds. As always, I'm keeping my ears open for that modern sound and Technique always delivers.
7. Sean Paul and Damian Marley, Riot (Wood 'n' Soo Remix)
Ragga/Reggae have always gone very well together with D&B, and this remix by Wood 'n' Soo nails it. It's got that reggae bassline and the vocals are on point.
8. Mediks, Snake Charmer
Mediks are a long-time favorite of mine and I'm always excited by their new releases. Infusing a bit of eastern melody while keeping the drum and bass rhythm and dubstep synths, fantastic music design went into this and it shows.
9. AMB, Snuffle
Another label to rarely do us wrong, Simplify Recordings, drops AMB in our lap and leaves us to be blown away. While this one is sitting at #5 on Beatport's Glitch Hop releases, the variety of styles - drumstep, glitch, drum and bass - meld very well with each other.
10. Chelsea Lankes, Ghost (The Eden Project Remix)
Saving the best for last on this list, The Eden Project absolutely transforms the original singer/songwriter track into a D&B slayer. Wonderful guitar riffs over a melodic and subdued bassline along with soothing vocals from Lankes are the perfect recipe for a track such as this. Download this track for free HERE.