Now that spooky season is officially over, the Christmas songs seem to be out in full swing already. But before we focus on the most wonderful time of the year, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on our favorite tracks of the past month, giving Fall a proper send-off before drowning in eggnog and baked brie. Featuring new music from Murdock, London Elektricity, 1991, and more, here are our 15 Best Drum & Bass Tracks of October 2019.
1. Monrroe – “Never Too Old” feat. Emily Makis (Shogun)
Bringing nothing but smiles and good vibes to these colder months, Monrroe delivered yet another flawless composition this month in the way of “Never Too Old.” Graceful and poignant with an underlying touch of something a bit murkier, Emily Makis’ vocals amplify the charm present in Monrroe’s production for one seriously captivating result. Dynamic, emotive, and perfectly on brand for the talented producer, Monrroe never disappoints!
2. IMANU – “All Talk” (Vision)
Previously known as Signal, the Dutch talent recently announced an exciting rebrand, making his debut on Noisia’s prestigious Vision Recordings this month with his Ego EP. “All Talk” is a cinematic, twisted tune with such impressive attention to detail that sets the bar high for this new moniker. A soothing intro paves the way for something much more sinister, bursting into an array of crisp sound design and grooving basslines.
3. Volatile Cycle & DOt. – “Voices” (Lifestyle)
Marking the label’s 100 release, Volatile Cycle team up with DOt. For this deep number. Sophisticated and polished, the track’s gentle groove is nothing short of mesmerizing, incorporating plenty of menacing sounds without being too heavy. Dark yet elegant, this is the perfect way to end the spooky season.
4. Hillsdom – “What I Need” (Pilot)
One of our favorite up-and-coming duos of recent years, Hillsdom return to Pilot with two stunning singles this month, our favorite being “What I Need.” A soulful vocal hook pulls the listener in to a unique, tribal soundscape that is as intriguing as it is uplifting. Sinuous, smooth sounds bounce off each other in such a playful yet thoughtful manner, leading to a vibrant, eclectic, and incredibly charming result. Hillsdom are certainly ones to watch!
5. Zomboy – “End Game” (TC Remix) (Never Say Die)
We love a good remix of a dubstep track as much as the next guy, and who better to take on the famed Zomboy than TC? “End Game” is given the drum & bass treatment with this high-octane, unapologetic, slightly nostalgic remix that is destined to demolish dancefloors the world over.
6. Mefjus & Camo & Krooked – “Sidewinder” (Vision)
The first single of Mefjus’ Particle EP, this collaboration with fellow Austrian producers Camo & Krooked is nothing short of exceptional if not a little unexpected. Paying homage to the “Filter House” DnB era of the early 2000s, the track is raw, glitchy, and constantly evolving – no other track this month will keep you on your toes quite like this one. Few producers could pull off such an eclectic track with so many moving parts, but as two of the most talented names in the game, it’s no surprise this track is as remarkable as it is.
7. InsideInfo & Mefjus – “Pulsation” (Annix Remix) (Viper)
Celebrating 15 years of the label, Viper have been teasing their second ever Acts of Mad Men compilation with a plethora of insane releases, one of the most recent ones being the Annix remix of “Pulsation”. A seriously iconic track in every heads’ library, Annix deliver a thunderous re-imagining with a drop designed to send crowds wild.
8. Data 3 – “Eleven VIP” (Addictive Behaviour)
Definitely one of the spookier tracks to drop this October, Data 3 revisit their classic Stranger Things tribute “Eleven” with a brand-new VIP for Addictive Behaviour. Standing out for its use of retro synths, the track succeeds in creating a haunted, 80s inspired atmosphere that is very in line with the hit sci-fi series and the trio’s own signature sound. Wicked stuff as always from Data 3!
9. Murdock – “Double Dutch” feat. Roni Size (Viper)
October saw the release of Belgian music mogul Murdock’s debut album on Viper, and despite so many stand-out tracks, our favorite is certainly the funky-fresh “Double Dutch.” A collaboration with the legendary Roni Size, this track is full of vibrant horns and a call-to-adventure Spaghetti Western vibe that is so ridiculously catchy and different, we can’t get enough! Made for radio, this one is a lot of fun and something a bit out of the ordinary for the genre.
10. London Elektricity – “Build A Better World” feat. Emer Dineen (Hospital)
Hospital Records’ head honcho London Elektricity released his seventh studio album this month, the illustrious Building Better Worlds. We had the chance to sit down and chat with the man about the entire album, but if we had to pick a favorite track, it would have to be the uplifting & jazzy “Build A Better World.” Elegant, tender and colorful, you can’t help but groove along to this one in true London Elektricity fashion.
11. Netsky & Aloe Blacc – “Snitch” (Toronto Is Broken Remix) (Republic)
Another really fun, rather unusual release this month comes in the form of this drum & bass remix of Netsky’s “Snitch” by Toronto is Broken. Maintaining the hip-hop flair of the original but kicking things up a notch with the energy levels drum & bass is known for, Toronto Is Broken has delivered such a catchy track that has had people going wild for weeks. An unlikely combination flawlessly executed, we can’t get enough of this one!
12. 1991 – “Full Send” (UKF)
Released as part of UKF’s 10 Year Anniversary celebration, 1991’s contribution is a super fun, bouncy soon-to-be-anthem that is as colorful as it is catchy. A simple melody that will surely have crowds chanting along in no time, 1991 shows us yet another diverse side to his innate abilities with “Full Send.”
13. Tali – “Love & Migration” (State of Mind Remix) (Fokuz)
Tali has long been a favorite in the drum & bass scene. The Kiwi songstress has been featured on some of the genre’s most iconic tracks, and now last year’s single “Love & Migration” gets the remix treatment from State of Mind. Elegant, soaring vocals pair with growling basses and gritty energy for a stunning result!
14. LSB & DRS – “Faded” (Footnotes)
One of liquid’s favorite pairings, LSB and DRS have teamed up once again for the moving number “Faded.” Every bit as elegant, poignant, and opulent as one can expect from the two, the track delivers heartfelt lyrics with tender, moving delivery and breath-taking production. Not to mention the release comes with a music video as well, sweetening the deal even more.
15. Teddy Killerz – “BFG” (Korsakov)
Released as part of new label Korsakov’s second ever annual compilation, the Russian madmen known as Teddy Killerz have released yet another piece of pure carnage, this time in the form of “BFG.” Loud, primeval, chaotic drum & bass at its best, the track stands out both for its impeccable sound design as well as its utter pandemonium.
That’s all for October, but be sure to check out all past charts here for more of our favourites.