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A guide to Drum & Bass music.
(I had posted all as videos but can only post 5 so I will have links below)

I'm creating this thread for people who are interested in learning more about Drum & Bass or just for those who have not heard much of it (besides the cheesy mainstream stuff) and might find another genre of music they can come to love.

I've been an avid listener for over 10 years now and for me it is more than a genre of music it has helped me to get to where I am now and continues to help me through any issues I have in life.

There are tons of information online to the origins of Drum & Bass / Jungle so instead of repeating information (There's a great video on Youtube that goes into the history of Jungle and how it started, as well as how it eventually formed into what we can Drum & Bass today)

Links below to a little history on the subject :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SaFTm2bcac
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO5LmeHcvtk

Now onto the important stuff.

Drum & Bass has multiple sub genres within it which have a drastically different sound. (These are my opinions on these sub-genres as people like to create more but at the end of the day they fall into 1 of these 5)

Now bear in mind a lot of these producers and labels do not solely stick to one sound within Drum & Bass but I think these will be a good starting point for those who are interested in digging deeper.

Liquid / Liquid Funk:

This genre is the most organic in my opinion, consisting of beautiful melodies usually accompanied by vocals. (The kind of stuff I listen to when I'm winding down or at a place that needs a little pick me up but keeping it mellow enough to be able to dance to)

Labels to look out for : Liquid Brilliants / Fokuz Recordings / Hospital Records (Slightly more cheesy nowadays in my opinion but some absolute gold in the back catalogue) / Creative Source (DJ Fabio's label) / Signature (Calibre's label, undoubtedly the most loved and influential producer in the game) / Soul:R (Marcus Intalex's label, another major player in the scene) / Basswerk (One of my favourite labels of all time, check out the Basswerk Sessions CD's the variety of sound and great tunes on it are worth the price tag) / Liquid Drops / Soul Deep / Soul Trader... There will be others but these are the ones I mainly dig through.

Liquid producers I abuse daily :

Calibre



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3OzptqCDvw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAHLLiqmjY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCGUK93vGj0

LSB (produced my favourite liquid track of all time "Walking Blues")
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeR3aS5cpRE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXZ9lIkIVwc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9PzKX8nbmo

IVY LAB (Major players in the scene at the moment)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJBc0ej7myY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPS_9bWoC3A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fffHfyie9tw

Alix Perez
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQOxs_pBC5g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj9sJarhkeU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS1JzyeBKKw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wCsufOhmcY

Penny Giles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hst5XNanR6U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf8qtDqmWUc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__bBx8DRku4

Dave Owen (Sampling genius who came from a Hip Hop background which really translates to his productions)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5NDNMnkHb0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmr8YkL-Sf8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yitYmX7l1xM

Zero T / Zero Tolerance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uebPauBMxU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWxWbXi6_WY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9-t2t-oNzg

Lenzman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTxumxfW0FQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1po7OtUicNY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60BWpYx6T5A

Tokyo Prose (Besides IVY LAB my favourite producer in the scene for this sound)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmA-zOAbdMA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFrEcFV_CYU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZj2rI8sDwY

If anyone wants more artists just give me a shout I'll post all the ones I listen to.

Now onto the darker stuff.

Tech / Techstep "These sounds are are hard hitting mechanical drum sounds combined with evil futuristic beats." I took that from UD.

Labels to look out for : Critical / Metalheadz / Shogun / Blackout / Renegade Hardware / 31 Recordings / Samurai Records / Subtitles / EXIT Records.. and many others.

Producers I recommend:

UlteriorMotive (Yes one of my favourites hence the username, no I am not them)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW3DUHRHWTA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZPF9dPNdHQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NktQv429UQE

Jubei
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A3tH9VJk-s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luiIziwpqc0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjZSwPxLsnk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M58WUBI7fRI

Foreign Concept
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTWvdEt0jrg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlIzrhz4etU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYwfU4kuX94

Spectrasoul (Highly recommend these two producers, great productions when making either Liquid or darker.

Liquid :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIukHY-Djj0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdDj_L2wfbM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ezxINRmxXg

Tech :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ-5It6v7Hg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVE6DgJSow4

Amoss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8k-G2IwtYg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsVLyp_n7PU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shi4xxXWdjo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlc_KQxCucE

Hybris (Have no idea how he creates his tunes but would love to know)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhoF9iypZE4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChAcMEGdVJg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbRAFNinWj8

Skeptical
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIHiWJg_FsE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykppht5p1MY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Xat1VuHaI

Now onto the next one (Gets progressively darker as we go along)

Neuro / Neurofunk (Basically insane amounts of energy backed by rolling snappy drums and bass that's modulated up the ass) Sounds like the musical equivalent to an alien invasion.

Labels : Bad Taste / Citrus Recordings / Eatbrain / Invisible / Neosignal / Vision Recordings (Owned by Noisia)

Artists :

Had to start with NOISIA (Probably the most recognised group of producers in the genre itself)




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBuXxbo-hi8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyrwMmsufJc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzn0uBGEj1c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI4r494nMZ4

Mefjus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHmiaGUglVA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQUJbewTMsk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGuJypZCYrM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvlvDgcwW8c

Misanthrop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU4V7-79m4A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfJIchRlbGs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIoA1KsfioQ

Lockjaw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lf9B_M_Erk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl-y00U86xU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82vzCbaaM-4

Follow NeuroFunkGrid on Youtube for a lot more of this as I mainly listen to Liquid / Tech

Now onto the headbanging stuff.

Dark / Darkstep

This genre is pretty evil / relentless and good at getting you pumped up if you can handle the onslaught of drums and energy.

Labels to mention : Tech Freak / Freak Recordings / Tech Itch Recordings / Obscene Recordings / Lost Soul Recordings / Habit Recordings

Artists:

Limewax



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwhxKYVDTBU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzWCrclP9w4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL5TumCPwnA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWnmWs5A10A

Gein
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sARp5oZOMj8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DInJZkTUcaM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIhEiT7sXTk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sImKFhbtAoQ

Counterstrike
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAZOELT1Eqc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0JefNwjJ54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWF4TL-4Uwo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho02NcfFKG8

Audio (My favourite producer in this genre)

Before I list tracks this album would be a great place to start
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI_g_AENM9s

..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK_O6xufF9w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOROuUUqjH4

Current Value :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74ZzqiJwS-Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDXvK296yJY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EKxDeOwluo

..

Now onto the only sub-genre I have no interest in.

Jump up (Basically majority of this is wobbles with repetitive drums and shitty samples) I'm obviously a hater on the sub-genre itself but you can make up your mind. (I'll try to post the artists who I have digged in the past and the ones I think should stop what they are doing)

Original Sin (Grow your wings is an album I still dig has some nice numbers on it)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGX0cz6D2oI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4XPUukM_04

DJ Sly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODwb16E_dz4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JcNvVSQrZA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKf7gy8GdsE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nuA6npfAao

Taxman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZSKZLCx1Nk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iDsS8b_vSw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f1tbxmsARk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa5_lNCuEe8

DJ Guv
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s05Bpp9ftaM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8ItQpJrpSs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ-U9sAoV44

IF you fancy a laugh:
Jump up crap in full effect
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd6PEDuROb0

And on that note I'll call it.

Hopefully one of you can make use of this or gets some value from this thread.

Any questions or anyone wanting more artists/names/etc just give me a shout.
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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
John B is my favorite DnB artist.

If you have a chance to go to a party where he is performing, you should. I was sitting on a couch one time, trying to catch my breath after some vigorous dancing (well, mad flailing really), he sits on the couch next to me, some girl just mounts his lap and starts making out with him, it was amusing.

I'm also a fan of Marky, Andy C, Bad company and a few others. The genre pretty much took over the nightlife in the town I lived in through college. I can't say I followed it too closely after it died out years later.
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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
I enjoy dnb music more than any other genre. John B is good. Been rinsing a lot of his stuff on his fairly recent EP. Marky is decent. So is Drumagick. I'm on my phone at the moment, but when I get on my desktop, I'll be listing my favorites by sub genre.

In the meantime, check out Gang Rule by Ulterior Motive. Silly stuff.

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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
I'm not really a fan of DnB. Much prefer Jungle music. Which is very similar in music style - in fact it is practically the same.

What I found most interesting is if you were to take the basic 4/4 music bar and extract it over 4, 8 or 16 bars and play it at varying tempos you will find a huge range of music subgenres. Example 90 BPM is Reggae, 105 BPM is Old Skool Hip Hop, 130 BPM is UK Garage and 180 BPM is Jungle/DnB.

Changing instruments and BPM you get a huge range of genres and all stem from the same syncopated beats. Example in most music genres the emphasising notes take place on Beats 1 and 3 whereas with all above takes place on 3 and 4. Which makes it sound off beat.

It is amazing the similarities between multiple music genres.

Thanks for thought provoking piece.
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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
Thank you to whoever broke my rep point virginity.

(01-02-2016 10:43 AM)Silver_Tube Wrote:  John B is my favorite DnB artist.

If you have a chance to go to a party where he is performing, you should. I was sitting on a couch one time, trying to catch my breath after some vigorous dancing (well, mad flailing really), he sits on the couch next to me, some girl just mounts his lap and starts making out with him, it was amusing.

I'm also a fan of Marky, Andy C, Bad company and a few others. The genre pretty much took over the nightlife in the town I lived in through college. I can't say I followed it too closely after it died out years later.

John B is a strange but great fella, his whacko hair do's and 80's style really set him apart from anyone else in the scene but he knows how to make some real bangers. I'm particularly fond of Red Sky, I must have abused that tune back in the day for weeks.

(01-02-2016 11:03 AM)Il Bersagliere Wrote:  I enjoy dnb music more than any other genre. John B is good. Been rinsing a lot of his stuff on his fairly recent EP. Marky is decent. So is Drumagick. I'm on my phone at the moment, but when I get on my desktop, I'll be listing my favorites by sub genre.

In the meantime, check out Gang Rule by Ulterior Motive. Silly stuff.

Absolute stomper of a tune Gang rule is. I forgot to mention Marky, I had Butterly (FT XRS) come on while I was just out listening to my driving playlist. He's a really nice guy from what I've seen of him in interviews and that whole picking up the turntable and scratching it upside down always makes me think there could be a moment when a 1210 reaches it's death ha!

(01-02-2016 11:12 AM)JordanH Wrote:  I'm not really a fan of DnB. Much prefer Jungle music. Which is very similar in music style - in fact it is practically the same.

What I found most interesting is if you were to take the basic 4/4 music bar and extract it over 4, 8 or 16 bars and play it at varying tempos you will find a huge range of music subgenres. Example 90 BPM is Reggae, 105 BPM is Old Skool Hip Hop, 130 BPM is UK Garage and 180 BPM is Jungle/DnB.

Changing instruments and BPM you get a huge range of genres and all stem from the same syncopated beats. Example in most music genres the emphasising notes take place on Beats 1 and 3 whereas with all above takes place on 3 and 4. Which makes it sound off beat.

It is amazing the similarities between multiple music genres.

Thanks for thought provoking piece.

Glad you got some value from it dude, I use to listen to a lot of Jungle (Mainly Moving Shadow) back in the day. from time to time though I do go on a Foul Play/Omni Trio binge as back then you can really tell there was an insane amount of passion for the music and how difficult it was with the technology to create it.
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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
Great thread! By cheesy mainstream stuff I hope you don't mean pendulum, I like their stuff quite a bit.
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Pendulum needs to come back.
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Played a heavy (mostly neuro) DnB set just after the new year

Opened with this

Bonus: Jump up track that isn't shit
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Drum n bass is great when done right. My favorite electronic genre is acid house but DNB is right up there.

A couple good albums off the top of my head
Goldie - Timeless
Roni Size - New Forms
Dieselboy - Substance D

Also I agree with above poster Jungle is better. I'm no expert but as far as I'm aware Jungle and Drum n Bass are basically the same, Jungle is just older and the name changed to DNB later on.
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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
Thanks, just got into this genre and the list of labels will speed up my exploring. How does crossbreed fit into things? That's most of what I've stumbled accross on youtube.
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I had no idea what the name for this genre was.

Immediately, this comes to mind:




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Epic thread!

I'm an EDM freak. Used to be big into trance then branched off into deeper genres, not that I don't still enjoy a good trance toon.

I was downloading hundreds of GB of music through private trackers trying to weed out the best music but ended up just subscribing to a tonne of youtube channels of different EDM music and doing it that way. Let someone else filter the bad tracks out first.
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(01-02-2016 07:12 PM)Hades Wrote:  Great thread! By cheesy mainstream stuff I hope you don't mean pendulum, I like their stuff quite a bit.

Unfortunately anything including and after "Granite" is cheddar to me but it's all down to personal preference.
When I first heard Vault I was pretty blown away and tracks like Masochist/Another Planet/Trail of Sevens still bring me a smile to this day.

There was an incident with one of their members going on "D.O.A / Dogs on Acid forum" saying that they don't care that majority of the scene and it's producers don't like the pop route they're going and if it's such a big deal then the scene is basically "A pig shit" (Or something along those lines) A lot of people just started hating on them for that.

El Hornet is a pretty good DJ though and he knows his shit when it comes to Drum & Bass.

(01-02-2016 07:28 PM)Foolsgo1d Wrote:  [Image: 18e44e5bb3665369117263f2007936f6.jpg]

Pendulum needs to come back.

I'd like them too but I think it'll be airing more on the commercial side of things. They've probably made enough money now though that they will not have to return for a while.

(01-02-2016 08:35 PM)Architekt Wrote:  Played a heavy (mostly neuro) DnB set just after the new year

Opened with this

Bonus: Jump up track that isn't shit

Haha not to insult anyone who likes Jump up just I've always been biased against it. It never fails to draw in a crowd but in London it's usually chav's and slutty girls (Not that the slutty girls is a bad thing)

(01-02-2016 08:36 PM)godfather dust Wrote:  Drum n bass is great when done right. My favorite electronic genre is acid house but DNB is right up there.

A couple good albums off the top of my head
Goldie - Timeless
Roni Size - New Forms
Dieselboy - Substance D

Also I agree with above poster Jungle is better. I'm no expert but as far as I'm aware Jungle and Drum n Bass are basically the same, Jungle is just older and the name changed to DNB later on.

They have significant differences, Jungle is categorized by being heavily if not all sample based and uses "Amen Breaks" and other sampled drums from older funk/other records. It's usually more hard hitting than certain sub-genres of Drum & Bass.

The main way to tell the difference really is in the quality of the production. Drum & Bass now primarily revolves around music synthesis (Creating sounds) where as back in the old day it was about chopping those sounds out of records and creating something.

(01-02-2016 11:48 PM)KevCapitalist Wrote:  Thanks, just got into this genre and the list of labels will speed up my exploring. How does crossbreed fit into things? That's most of what I've stumbled accross on youtube.

Had never heard of them before you mentioned it, kind of reminds me of old Prodigy or slightly like a darker Linkin Park.

(01-03-2016 12:29 AM)philosophical_recovery Wrote:  I had no idea what the name for this genre was.

Immediately, this comes to mind:




Went to a "Bluenote" night a while back, source direct and a few of the other older Jungle producers really killed it. Shame I was born 10 years too late to be honest.
(01-03-2016 12:30 AM)Sooth Wrote:  Epic thread!

I'm an EDM freak. Used to be big into trance then branched off into deeper genres, not that I don't still enjoy a good trance toon.

I was downloading hundreds of GB of music through private trackers trying to weed out the best music but ended up just subscribing to a tonne of youtube channels of different EDM music and doing it that way. Let someone else filter the bad tracks out first.

I'd definitely recommend looking up those labels and following them on YouTube as well as Ledge Sounds / Skank & Bass / NeuroFunkGrid / InspectorDubplate.
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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
Let me bless you guys with a few tunes from my playlist.

Liquid








Brazilian









Jump-up/Tech/Dark/Neuro





Ghostrider - Siren
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8emwmizHTwA*

(Every track on this LP is disgusting and ugly and stupid. Highly recommended)*

Macky Gee - Off One's Rocker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNqKwJAu6fk


Jungle


Chopstick Dubplate Feat Top Cat & Mr Williamz - Worldwide Traveller
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75ciLcHS6EQ

Top Cat - Bunn The Sensi (Dub Hustlers Remix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CmbeEO3ClE

Unique

(mixture of heavy metal and dnb)

SEMARGL - Credo Revolution (Zardonic Remix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSjaEHoi1_c

(dnb fusion; this shih fire)

CHINESE MAN - Don't Scream (Smokey Joe & The Kid Remix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaN6H2aYC6I

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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
I listen to a lot of D&B, for me the best stuff came out of the glory days of the genre in the 90's, Moving Shadow is my favourite label, here's a mix of some of their releases.





Dillinja was the king of basslines.








My favourite producers beyond that era are Commix, a duo which split a few years ago and released on Goldie's Metalheadz label.






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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
Thanks for the great post although I sometimes find it tiresome the way the electronic music genre is so ridiculously oversegmented. I ended up adding some DnB to my music collection more by chance than anything else; the Adam F 'Circles' album, but also the great "Home Movies From the Brainforest" by Mocean Worker, for which the cover/liner art is particularly enjoyable.

Mocean Worker - What's Wrong
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(01-04-2016 03:51 PM)Patrick Wrote:  snip

Commix was great. I'm really keen on getting their Vibrations/Herbie release. Really clean mellow vibes on Vibrations. You kinda have to wade through a lot of shit to get good liquid nowadays.





Dilinja is pretty good, but the only track I've heard from him is Bell Tune. Great bassline, but I think Break has been on top of the 'bassline game' recently. Tons of rollers from them.

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(01-04-2016 04:19 PM)Il Bersagliere Wrote:  
(01-04-2016 03:51 PM)Patrick Wrote:  snip

Commix was great. I'm really keen on getting their Vibrations/Herbie release. Really clean mellow vibes on Vibrations. You kinda have to wade through a lot of shit to get good liquid nowadays.





Dilinja is pretty good, but the only track I've heard from him is Bell Tune. Great bassline, but I think Break has been on top of the 'bassline game' recently. Tons of rollers from them.

I remember the first time I heard Commix - Be True in a rave I was blown away. It's a shame but some really talented producers do just drop off at some point. It's hard to make money producing Electronic muisc if it's not robot wobble dubstep for the kids or cheesy DnB numbes.

Dillinja is an absolute king of bass in general, there's a video of him on Youtube back in the day messing around with bass in his studio shaking the walls.

I always wanted to hear Valve sound system the system him and Lemon D created. It's mandatory to wear earplugs when It's the set up at a rave and people I know have passed out from the bass being so over-bearing.

Break is one of the most talented producers in the scene by far, I had recently watched a tutorial of him breaking down his track "Steam Train" the way he produces his releases is so far over my head. Return to Temple EP is hands down one of the best EP's in my opinion of the last decade.

Hearing the mention of Commix gave me the sudden urge to whack this one on, one of the most original and weird Drum & Bass tunes I've ever heard.



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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
(01-04-2016 03:51 PM)Patrick Wrote:  I listen to a lot of D&B, for me the best stuff came out of the glory days of the genre in the 90's, Moving Shadow is my favourite label, here's a mix of some of their releases.

Definitely on board with Moving Shadow, I spent the best part of a month searching the internet for a mint copy of DJ Pulse - Stay Calm (Foul Play Remix) on vinyl, ended up costing me £40.

A lot of producers nowadays are doing throwbacks to the old Jungle sound. One in particular I'm very fond of is "Dead Mans Chest" aka "Eveson" he has released two EP's as of recently and both are complete fire. I highly recommend checking them out. (Dreamscapes EP / Nautilus EP)

My favourite track from the Nautilus EP:



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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
I've been rinsing atmospheric drum and bass for a while now, which is pretty much dnb 'lite'-- a lot of very interesting sounds that almost have an airy, lightweight quality to the music. It doesn't get much recognition because it's more of a niche sub genre and I thought I'd share. Many atmospheric tracks turn out to be fused with either jungle/darkstep/liquid elements, which is usually a great mark of a producer in the genre. A lot of people feel the need to simply call atmospheric 'liquid', but atmos dnb tends to be more chill and ambient. With all the shitty liquid collabs I'm seeing, there needs to be a distinction made.

I've listed some classic and new atmospheric stuff below to sample.

Alaska (Paradox) - Arcosphere




Aquarius - Dolphin Tune (Fat...)




Seba - Snow




If you search YouTube or Soundcloud, Seba & Paradox have a lot of neat collabs and most are atmospheric with the occasional feature from a vocal artist. Probably the best in the sub genre.

Below is some fusion stuff from a small Italian dnb label (Retrospective Records) I found. Very unique atmospheric sounds combined with some junglist vocals.

J.Robinson & Shima - Babylon Informer / Hidden Zoku
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jszilJJXHko
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eFJmzW36PQ

Full mp3s are found here and here.

Below is some darker stuff. Darkstep inspired from the same label.

Oliver Yorke - Digital Native / Lose Yourself
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLBMkG4jCM4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQTNAqpQkiI

Full mp3s are found here and here.

All the artists above have quite a few collabs and consistently release serious tunes. On a final note, here's something more obscure, but one of my favorites, still atmospheric.

Almost thought it was trap with the snare almost sounding like an 808, but it isn't. Wink Very veratile sounds which made me attracted to the genre in the first place.

Controlled Kaos - Earthcore



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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
Thanks for this info. I really like high contrast, netsky, logistics, but I was having a hard time finding similar artists. Now I know its called liquid funk. Found a pretty good spotify playlist for this.

Some of the harder stuff like camo and krooked or subfocus is good too.

I'm gonna rep you, just opened a whole bunch of music I didn't know was out there.
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(01-09-2016 08:14 PM)xxMarco Wrote:  Thanks for this info. I really like high contrast, netsky, logistics, but I was having a hard time finding similar artists. Now I know its called liquid funk. Found a pretty good spotify playlist for this.

Some of the harder stuff like camo and krooked or subfocus is good too.

I'm gonna rep you, just opened a whole bunch of music I didn't know was out there.

Hey man, glad you enjoyed the thread! There are some really beautiful tunes floating around within the genre itself. Definitely keep an eye out for the "Random Movement Podcast" he is constantly playing new Liquid tunes!

Thanks for the rep brother!
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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
The only Liquid I know of is the old group from XL Recordings out of England. I dont know what all of that old stuff is even considered, maybe House music?

http://www.discogs.com/artist/7220-Liquid
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RE: A guide to Drum & Bass music.
I needed to bump this thread because I wanted to share one of my favorite tracks. I've been rinsing this for 2 years now. It's a Calibre collab and it is everything liquid SHOULD be, with depth and soul with some sophistication, not these poorly done baselines with a no-name vocalist.




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