First Listen: Culture Shock wows in fiery new single, ‘Take Control’

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London drum & bass mastermind Culture Shock is at it again.

He’s closing out the first month of 2019 with his first release of the year: “Take Control.” The single marks the fifth entry in his Sequence Series on Andy C‘s RAM Records, trademarked with colorful geometric artwork. Clocking in at just under five minutes, “Take Control” kicks off at a cautious pace, leading in with vibrant female vocals. As the song progresses, it becomes clear that it’s building into something formidable, as computerized beeps and a gnawing wobble usher in a grinding drum & bass rhythm. “Take Control” fits in snugly with the rest of Culture Shock’s discography, kicking off what can only be another successful year.

2018 proved to be massive for the UK producer. He released a slew of exceptional originals and remixes, including an acclaimed remix of Camo & Krooked in March. In May, Culture Shock celebrated the release of FABRICLIVE 98 by teaming up with Dimension, Friction, and 1991 for an insane two-hour back-to-back set. His emotive June release, “There For You,” was dubbed Annie Mac‘s hottest record on BBC Radio 1 and later went on to soundtrack the London Fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

“Take Control” is out RAM Records on Feb. 8.

Benny L lands Beatport’s inaugural drum & bass No. 1

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Drum & bass continues to assert its dominance worldwide, most recently with the genre’s first-ever Beatport No. 1, courtesy of Benny L.

The Hospital Records artist’s hefty remix of John Holt’s reggae classic, “Police In Helicopter,” shot to the top of the Beatport ranks, knocking chart-topping house artists like Rebuke and ARTBAT out of the way to claim the No. 1 spot. This is a drum & bass milestone for the Beatport Top 100, which is typically dominated by assorted genres of house music.

“To see it at the top of the multi-genre chart on Beatport is truly amazing,” Benny L says of the track. “I never thought it would get this far.”

The drum & bass community likely saw this achievement coming, though. Benny L was recently named “Best Newcomer” at the recent Drum&BassArena Awards and has been on the rise through labels like Metalheadz and Audioporn Records.

The chart-topping remix is part of Hospital Records’ Sick Music 2019 compilation and came out January 11.

Andy C sells out 12,500-person Wembley arena in three days

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Drum & bass king Andy C has just made history.

The UK co-founder of RAM Records was announced as the first artist to host an all-night event at Wembley’s SSE Arena — and sold it out in just three days. The event, called “Andy C All Night Wembley,” will run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Nov. 17. With a capacity of 12,500, SSE Arena will be Andy C’s biggest show to date.

The event follows the producer’s wildly successful 13-week residency at XOYO, which sold out every night.

The producer enthusiastically posted about the event on his Instagram, saying “This one’s gonna be special! Let’s make history!”

Named best DJ at the Drum & Bass Awards earlier this year, Andy C has been making his mark on the dance music world for more than 20 years and is considered a pioneering force in the drum & bass genre.

H/T: Mixmag

Good Morning Mix: Dimension, Friction, Culture Shock, and 1991 go B2B in massive two-hour drum & bass mix

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As he gears up for the release of his debut FABRICLIVE mix, UK drum & bass savant Dimension is drumming up excitement in a big way. As if the stacked track list for the forthcoming mix isn’t enough, Dimension also recently tapped friends Friction, Culture Shock and 1991 for a nearly two-hour back-to-back rooftop set. Fans of drum & bass will find an impeccable blend of new twists and turns on classics in the lengthy compilation, along with a dynamic array of unreleased songs.

FABRICLIVE 98 is out May 25.

Watch the live video of the two-hour set on UKF‘s channel here.

Delta Heavy – I Need You

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After making their Monstercat debut in 2017, UK duo Delta Heavy are back with a feisty drum & bass heater, “I Need You.”

“I Need You” showcases the pure power and energy behind Delta Heavy’s music. Despite its drum & bass classification, “I Need You” contains elements of heavy dubstep in the first drop, blasting the listener with a relentless pattern of wobbles and bass. Just after the halfway mark, the duo build up into pure drum & bass madness, dashing to the end of the track in fast-paced fury.

The pair have been making waves on the label since their October show-stopping collaboration with vocalist HOLLY, “Stay,” and its accompanying remix package, which was released in late January.

Ryan Browne brings the heat with drum & bass remix of Gryffin’s ‘Nobody Compares To You’

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After a year of successful remixes and originals, drummer/producer Ryan Browne is back in 2018 with a compelling remix of Gryffin‘s “Nobody Compares To You.”

Browne kicks off his take on Gryffin’s October hit with a drum-centered introduction that leads the listener to thinking his remix will be a rock-oriented configuration of the song. As the bridge approaches, it becomes clear that the track will take a different direction. He dives into a drum & bass drop, layered with energetic loops of Katie Pearlman’s vocals. Browne’s rock- and metal-influenced musical background peeks through between drum & bass patterns, making this remix a dynamic, fresh take on the original.

Browne’s remix is out as a part of Gryffin’s “Nobody Compares To You” remix package, which contains other reworks of the song by artists like Codeko, Kap Slap and more.

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UKF releases 2017 drum & bass compilation mix

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UKF rounded out 2017 with the release of a huge compilation mix of their hottest drum & bass tracks of the year, spanning 23 tracks of fast-paced ferocity.

Along with several of the label’s favorites of the year, the 31-minute compilation also contains four cuts that are exclusive to the mix: Hybrid Minds’ “Solitude,” Flite’s “Progression,” Memtrix‘s “Numb Eye,” and Hillsdom’s “Second Nature.” Listeners will find these jewels tucked in between standouts like Andy C‘s remix of Pegboard Nerds‘ “Speed of Light” and Camo & Krooked and Mefjus’ “Mandala,” making for a dynamic blend of all subgenres within the fast-paced world of drum & bass.

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Camo & Krooked – Good Times Bad Times (1991 Remix)

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British producer 1991 had an extremely solid 2017, releasing a wide selection of classy tunes ranging from traditional liquid drum & bass, while also showing off his versatility with the neurofunk heater.

Continuing his fine form from the previous year, 1991 recently dropped another high-calibre track, a remix of Camo & Krooked‘s “Good Times Bad Times.” Leaving the intro and vocals mostly untouched, 1991 has directed his efforts into converting Camo & Krooked’s silky original track into one that is quintessentially drum & bass — a fact that sees him swap out the original’s atmospheric bass drop for a more conventional dance floor-themed drop.


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Jauz – Feel the Volume (Ben Nicky Remix)

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“Feel The Volume” is undoubtedly one of the tracks that propelled Jauz into the forefront of the bass community. Despite being released in 2014, the track remains a favorite of remixers.

Ben Nicky has just released his take on “Feel the Volume,” and has completely transformed the drop and added psy elements to it. Ben Nicky commented on the remix.

“I was always a massive fan of the original and it was great fun putting a mad hard twist on this anthem. It’s also become one of my biggest tracks in my sets across the globe this year.”

Jauz has shown his support for the remix, and he even played it during his 2017 Tomorrowland set.

 

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Julian Calor – Run Away ft Maggie Szabo

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Julian Calor stands as one of Holland’s most talked about new producers, with a knack for producing technical, yet melodious EDM that far exceeds his years.  Still only 24, the Dutchman has already dropped a full-length album on Hardwell‘s Revealed Recordings and headlined various festivals worldwide.

His latest track, “Run Away,” is another clear testament to his colorful and vibrant yet refined style. With hypnotic vocals courtesy of the ever-soulful Maggie Szabo, “Run Away” is an enticing mix of progressive builds and classic anthemic drops. Eminenlty captivating, “Run Away” combines a healthy dose of Calor’s dancefloor expertise with the power and drive of dance music’s newest frontiers.

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