Week 43: Essential Drum & Bass Releases [Oct 2014]

Kmag Presents resident NSD reviews his ten best D&B tracks right now…

TR Tactics – Cone / Time Slice [Addictive Behavior]
TR Tactics follow up their previous release on Addictive Behavior with two more heavyweight tracks. Cone is trademark darkness, hard hitting beats and bass but Time Slice is my pick of the pair. It’s an excellent neurofunk track and fully captures the funk and rolls it out with fire!

KeLA – Karma EP [Lifestyle]
Lifestyle have released some cracking tunes of late and KeLA’s Karma EP is no exception. Four excellent hard techy  tracks of which Brothers and Raprezent are the best of the bunch.


Bangta Rights – Armageddon / Babylon [Serotone]
Two dark rolling tracks here, Armageddon is a bar laden outing with plenty of bass to go with the bars, while Babylon edges towards the neuro side of things.

Critical Matter ft. Dirty Buziness – Angry Dogs/Keep on Moving [Bass in Darkness]
Angry Dogs is a filthy stepper affair and Keep On Moving is a heavy rolling track. Both these tracks are for those who prefer the harder sounds. Keep an eye for the next release from Bass in Darkness, fierce!

Aggressor Bunx – Hunter / Orbital [Druid]
Hunter is an absolute beast of a track, heavy and heaving along with fantastic bass. If you think that track is good, check the flip. Orbital is the most infectious tune I have heard in some time. Such a good vibe to compliment the heavy A-side. Aggressor Bunx and Druid = banging.

Various – Urban Survival Toolkit pt 1 [Future Sounds of Sofia]
This LP showcases Bulgaria’s D&B Talent. Artist’s such as COOH, L 33, Pandemic, Equivalent and Smartech have produced a really good album with plenty of great tunes, most of which are of a darker, neuro sound.

Subtension – AK47 / Leaving / Offset [Renegade Hardware]
Subtension’s outing on Renegade doesn’t disappoint. Hardware again coming with the beats for the heads. Title track AK47 is one bouncy track, doing damage in the dance. Both Leaving and Offset offer equally good forward-thinking drum & bass. Offset deserves special mention for being particularly strong, but AK47 is the best of the bunch.

Mefjus – Emulation LP Sampler [Critical]
This taster of Mefjus’ forthcoming LP is excellent. His album has to be one of the most anticipated of 2014 and these three tracks show why. Suicide Bassline, Signalz (I hate Mondays VIP) and the absolute monster that is Continuous.

Coppa ft Arianna Hamilton – Overtake [Comanche]
Coppa’s new label Comanche hits the ground running with Overtake. There are three great remixes in the release ranging from dancefloor, tearing and liquid. Raise Spirit bring the track to the masses while Livewire’s piano laden liquid remix is excellent. Callide & Intraspekt create a firing remix, tearing it up and leaving your face all contorted!

Voltage – Don’t Need Lovin’ EP [C.I.A]
Voltage has produced an accomplished EP featuring four excellent rolling tracks. From soulful to gritty, the tracks are all full of great basslines. However my stand-out track is Junk Yard Dog, an excellent dirty roller. Something for everyone on this EP.