I’ve seen some great drum’n'bass mixes fly by on the internetz lately, so after scrupulous review of the downloaded mp3′s I’ve decided to yet again inform my dear readership of these fine audio files.
Let’s kick of with someone who had a huge influence on the sound of drum’n'bass, mister Ed Rush. As you can expect, this Fabric set of his contains quite a lot of dark and neurfunkish sounding tunes. If you like the more technological sounding drum’n'bass this is something for you. Good stuff.
A second one I have for sharing is another high energy, dnb mixed with some drumfunk or dubstep or whatever it’s called kinda tracks from the Evol Intent cru. If you downloaded and liked one of the previous sets I posted, you’re in for a treat again. This stuff has balls.
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A bit in line with the chilled electro tunes of late is this really great and extremely dubby 30 minute dubstep set by V.I.V.E.K. (backup download)in the Boiler Room in London. Not the screeching kind of bass line driven type of hi-energy dubstep I’ve been posting quite a few of in the past. Nope. This is more the heavy on the subs kind of dubstep you can listen to when you feel like unwinding a bit (from some of that hi-energy stuff perhaps?).
If you’re digging this type of trip, you’re also gonna dig a Juju set I posted about long ago and this Bunzer0 set.
We’re halfway 2012 and these mixes I posted earlier are still rocking my media devices for regular airplay.So here’s a recap in case you’ve missed out on those awesome sounds.
Not bad huh?
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I feel guilty. Srsly. I do.
I’ve downloaded these awesome dubstep mixes a while ago and I haven’t posted them here yet for you guys to download, share and enjoy.
It’s this Peace Off mix 09 I ran into on their bandcamp page for one. It’s the harder kind of in-your-coked-up-face dubstep where the insane basslines switch faster than an epileptic cat in a centrifuge. OSLT. If you’re out of coffee this is audible caffeine you inject through the eardrum straight into your brain. It’s too much for some but just great if you’re a heavy user. Expect Flux Pavilion, Bassex, Emalkay, Niveau Zero and so much more.
Speaking of which, 16bit are too, and they are treating us with a free mix as well. Nice, nice, nice. Not as hard as the previous one, but you can’t drink coffee all day now can you. The playlist is up after the jump but to give you an idea (and get some extra search results) there’s some dope in there from Benga, Broken Note, Skream, The Outside Agency (omg!) and Original Nuttah. Yeah. From Shy FX! Can’t go wrong there right?
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Here’s some more free mixes to end the year with, full of hard and fast beaty goodness, as usual.
Evol Intent put up a great 2011 overview set on their Facebook page. You have to “like” it to be able to download it, but for once I knew that I was going to really like it even before I heard it.
I tweeted this one already (so if you’re not following my feed yet, what are you waiting for?) but I thought I’d drop it here as well because it’s so good. Every now and then the lads from the Ad Noiseam label drop some freebie live sets on Friday like this latest ones from Enduser and Niveau Zero. Great stuff well worth spending some bandwidth and disk space on.
I hope you all had a great 2011, and may 2012 be even more awesome.
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I’ve got a few albums for you I bought this year, that are so good you should buy them too. So what do we have here? How about some hard-stepping drum’n'bass? Oh but that’s not all. It also has some, wait for it… dubstep influences! Or drumfunk, or whatever they call it these days.
Anyway, Peer to Peer Pressure by the duchies Eye-D and DJ Hidden is full of tunes with hard beats switching between tempo’s and genres making it one of the most original drum’n'bass/dark-electronic music albums I’ve heard in a while. When it comes to dnb they are certainly pushing the genre another notch up.
Not hectic enough for you that drum’n'bass stuff? How about turning up the tempo a notch or two, cut the breaks up into nice tiny slices and then stick them back together in a different order and use some non 4/4 patterns? Sounds good enough? Well, then you should check out the Frenchy called Ruby My Dear with his excellent Ginkgo album. Think bastard child of Venetian Snares and Mr. Oizo after a champagne orgy in the Moulin Rouge(*). If that doesn’t make sense (and it shouldn’t) you’ll just have to check out what it sounds like to find out.
This lad has released some equally sweet beats for free under the name of Doc Colibri btw.
(*) He’s French remember?
“What’s up with all the fast shit?” I hear you complain? Alright, here’s some good ear-dope to unwind after getting all souped up on the breakcore stylee. The first track I ever heard featuring Hecq was Spheres of Fury and it just blew me away. When I checked out his latest and debut album avenger, it did the very same thing. Calling this album dubstep would be insulting if you think of the typical wobbly bass-line stuff that gets pushed out by the ton these days. But this is a kick-ass album with tracks full of bass, growling and moaning synths, intricating chopped and stuttering beats which sounds quite dubsteppy at times. There, I’ve said it. But it’s a solid electronic piece of music here to stay.
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Time to share some links to awesome and free musical resources to charge those iPods and mp3 players with. Here’s what landed in my inbox recently or flew across my twitter stream.
- Cogent is celebrating the first birthday of his Slugplates dubstep label with the release of a free EP. The release contains 2 free tracks of which Karki Kid is definitely my favourite. If you’re digging this, check out this earlier dubstep set as well.
- Do you know Hexstatic? I saw this guy once at the Belgian Beach Rock festival on a Ninja Tune night and he blew my socks off. His tunes could be described as breakbeat electro with a good dose of humour mixed in. The live shows are very much about the combination of their beats and visual. Their latest Scan Me EP is freely downloadable so go and check them out to get a taste of those beats.
- Enough of the slow stuff? Well The DJ Producer has some more speedy beats for you at Soundcloud. If you’re feeling like blasting some of those industrial hardcore techno kicks through your speakers or earplugs, I recommend his DJ set from the Glade Festival. If you still wan the slow stuff however, he also has a retro electro set up for download. Not something you’d expect from this lad I’d say.
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