Summer has come to its often bittersweet end folks. Don’t ask your thermostat just yet… but it’s most definitely a wrap for those summer vibes in 2015. But before we call it over and done with, many DnB heads are about to embark on a journey to San Teodoro, Italy for a festival experience of a lifetime. Now for once I can say that I’m one of them! For 12 Years Sun & Bass has been hosting the ultimate Drum & Bass vacation holiday for only the most elite of junglist. So as I prepare for my travels, you won’t have to guess what’s on my playlist. Allow me to share with you a few of my choice DnB cuts that I just know will be getting rinsed on a dance floor, or on a beach in paradise off the Tyrrhenian Sea.
1) MAKOTO & A-SIDES – AQUARIAN DREAMS LP – HUMAN ELEMENTS
Maybe I’m just a big sucker for Makoto’s lush vibes. But anytime he couples with A-Sides you know its gonna be golden. This release was particularly significant to me because they crowd-sourced the vinyl pressing. And I’m actually still waiting for it to arrive STILL! But thankfully they sorted the digi download to hold me over. Although now I’m seeing Juno will have copies, so I feel less special. Stand out tracks for me are ‘You Sexy Beast’ and ‘Simplicity’ Featuring Spikey Tee. Such a quality LP, that will someday be a classic.
2) LENZMAN – LOOKING AT THE STARS REMIXES – METALHEADZ
Really annoying when you buy a heater LP and then its immediately followed up with even more heater remixes. Damn Headz is killin me! I had to pass on the vinyl purchase, because I bought the original LP, plus two vinyl singles! But damn Lenzman provided such an excellent LP and now with amazing remix work courtesy from the A roster. Stand outs include the Ivy Lab remix (of course) of ‘Paper Faces’, and for sure the Zero T remix of ‘Lazy Dub’.
3) DJ MARKY – MY HEROES LP – INNERGROUND RECORDS
In the vein of more amazing LPs from some of the most well established names in the game, this Marky LP does not disappoint in the slightest. The single ‘Silly’ is such a feel good jam, coupled with a very legit video featuring a mob of quad-skaters rolling through the streets of London. The tune is simple and very effective for that swingy jazzness. I’m actually quite bummed that the single didn’t make it on to the LP, which was a must cop for me as an Innerground collector. Excited for Marky’s SnB set for sure.
4) EVESON – DEAD MAN’S CHEST ‘NAUTILUS EP’ – INGREDIENTS
What a sick EP from Eveson, now with plenty of time to marinate with it. It’s plain bangin’. Both Eveson & Ingredients staying consistent. Bums me out cause we had a release lined up from Eveson for Prestige and it seems to be on the fence at this point. Well regardless of wether or not dude will return my emails, I’m hella impressed by another strong release that flexes versatility, artistry, and craftsmanship. Bringing back the true jungle sound in high form and fashion. Salute where due!
5) VARIOUS ARTISTS – LIQUID V SUMMER VIBES DRUM & BASS LP – LIQUID V
I’m about as avid a collector of V Recs as I am with Headz or Soul:R or only a few other imprints to speak of. But V Recordings is just one of those labels that plainly set the blue print for labels like Prestige to aspire toward. Bryan Gee holds down a solid roster of both young and mature producers alike. Heaters for me on this compilation, Bailey out of somewhere with this ‘Sugar’ tune sounding like right where I want to be. Random Movement & Jaybee team up with Adrienne Richards for some magic as we might come to expect. Chap with the heavy roller, and damn Dave Owen with some deep deep! Ooooo Weeeeee!
6) HALOGENIX – ALL BLUE EP – METALHEADZ
I know I already included a Metalheadz release on this list, but can you really blame me? The answer is no. Halogenix with the most incredible music on this EP I swear I was blown away, and made the vinyl purchase immediately. Makes you wonder who’s been doing the heavy lifting over at the Ivy Lab camp. Ha! (j/k, don’t trip). Title track with Cleveland Watkiss is a soulful clapper, that just oozes with that appeal. Can’t put my finger on it. ‘Shores’ is most certainly the other R&B nodder. I get lost in these sounds. So so so damn. Good. Nuff said.
7) RIYA – SUBLIMATION LP – SPEARHEAD
Sometimes MCs and Vocalists can make such a standout impression, that an LP project garners the most amazing collection of producers. Just reading the tracklist and you know this is a very special debut from this beautiful voice. Over the past 2 years or so we’ve all been hearing more and more from Riya and her body of work has shown be a passionate expression over a variety of rhythms. ‘Confessions’ Featuring Frank Carter III & Maverick Soul shows off some excellent vocal duet. Other big tunes of course ‘I Don’t Need’ w/ Break will be undoubtedly be smashing up things for the duration of the year. Congratulations to this young lady.
8) PENNYGILES / PHIL TANGENT / SEVIN / ED:IT – I’M SORRY – INTEGRAL RECORDS
This four-way collaboration effort gracing a 3-track vinyl single on Integral right now is a classy affair. A-side tune is the key to everything, shouts to Sevin on this. Hoping to line up another Prestige release from the likes of Sevin in the not-too-distant future. Tune is on the Calibre tip to a certain degree if I do say so. I’m in love with this one.
9) SOUL INTENT – WANNA FIGHT EP – COMMERCIAL SUICIDE
Soul Intent has got some straight banger beats housed on this Commercial Suicide EP for this series that Klute is up to. ‘Funk Lick’ reminds me of some Trace or Matrix stylee and makes me wanna shake my head clean off the neck hole. Then ‘Move Yo Body’ hits you with the crazy amen breaks with key chimes, sweeps, delayed vocal snips. Shit is amazement. Bravo!
10) ALTITUDE – WOUNDED/CLOSER – PRESTIGE MUSIC
And last but not least, our latest 12″ offering for Prestige Music. This comes to life courtesy of Ali Taher, currently residing in Dubai. What has bummed me out about this release is that it really has just taken ages to actually get pressed. Times are hard for a small label like ours, and this release has been slated for a long time now. Finally it will see vinyl coming to shelves at the end of this month. And now we’ve published the tunes as an online exclusive in the webstore HERE with MP3, WAV, and Vinyl availability (I have 1 TP for the first person to place an order for it). Hollerachee!