RAM signed duo, DC Breaks have a track record of heavy cut after face rinsing drop that winds back to 2005. It's blasphemous that a debut LP from Dan and Chris is yet to hit, but never fear, it is in the wings. So until then, let us console ourselves with a distraction.
Dabbing on a darker layer from predecessor track, 'Everybody', DC Breaks took us deeper 'Underground' with their latest release this February. No uplifting vocals or warm wall-stroking fuzzies here; darkness and distortion took the reigns once more, and did so mightily.
In celebration of their re-descent into the dark tunnels of D&B, Bristolian's Dan and Chris agreed to take us on a little trip through their favourite underground tracks. Kicking things off with a few of the newer set, then delving a bit deeper into the archives...
"Underground" - DC Breaks [RAM Records]
Our latest single - it's a return to the dirty club sound we're known for and a little taste of what's to come on our album, out in April. This one's loud and dirty!
"The Invaderz" - Turno [Charge Recordings]
This tune is killing the clubs right now. It's great to hear a really well produced different take on 'Jump Up' D'n'B. 'Let's make Jump Up great again!'
"Lingua" - Sub Focus ft Stylo G [Virgin]
Something a bit different from Sub Focus but still with his trademark sound and production, 'Lingua' is a great half-time dancehall-infused skanker that works equally well in the clubs and on the radio.
"We Got It" - Metrik ft Rothwell (S.P.Y. Remix) [Hospital Records]
S.P.Y. has worked his magic on Metrik's 'We Got It', spinning it into a wicked D'nB' roller with just the right amount of musical elements on top of some gnarly bass - just how we like it!
"The Entangled" - Noisia (Camo & Krooked Remix) [Vision Recordings]
This is a very weird remix but just listen to it- it's definitely out there, but a real sonic journey to get lost in.
"Messiah" - Konflict [Renegade Hardware]
Probably the most iconic D'n'B tune of all time. Apparently, Kemal in Konflict wrote this on headphones at his mum's house! This was really one of those groundbreakers that opened up the whole genre to new possibilities.
"Champion Sound (Total Science Hardcore Will Never Die)" - Q Project [Drum&BassArena]
Proper rave tune this, Total Science have been in Jungle and Drum and Bass from before the start. For me, this was the anthem that summed it all up when I first started going to raves around 1998. B-b-b-bad man!
"Nasty Ways" - Dillinja [Valve]
One of our favourite tunes from the master, which combines spine tingling vocals with punchy breaks and gravelly distorted bass to absolute perfection. Things get switched up on the second drop (which doesn't happen enough now these days) for a bass-switch masterclass.
"Night Flight" - Andy C & Shimon [RAM Records]
Again, one of our favourite RAM tunes from back in the day, it still always gets a huge roar when Andy drops this one, simple but effective like all great classics.
"Renegade" - Terrorist ft. Ray Keith [Moving Shadow]
Get those lighters up! The definitive piano & amen tune, often mimicked but never bettered - the original and best.