Noisia have long been regarded as one of the most unique and distinctive acts to ever pass through the electronic music realm. Lately, we’ve seen the Dutch trio in the studio with Phace, cranking out productions like “Deep Down,” which came out at the end of 2018. Turns out they’ve also been at work on a new single: a drum ‘n’ bass-oriented piece with an uncommon time signature.
“The Hole Pt. 1” features an off-kilter beat that catches the listener’s ear from the start. Otherworldly sound effects filter in and out over the percussion, carrying the listener to other dimensions over the course of the song’s length. In the last minute of the song, dramatic orchestral elements are introduced, paving the way for “The Hole Pt. 2,” which will hopefully follow. As is always the case with Noisia’s music, pristine sound design is at the forefront of their productions, setting the bar high for aspiring artists who look up to them.
“[The Hole Pt. 1] is a song about a journey into the space inside yourself. A cathartic, claustrophobic journey of self-confrontation,” the trio said of the new song on their Patreon page, where fans can get the song early.
Night Bass has bestowed three brand new bass house hitters on listeners via the release of Night Bass London [UKF10]. Comprised of just three cuts, Night Bass London [UKF10] keeps it sonically short and sweet, but nevertheless makes every second count. The EP kicks off with the gravelly bass technics of opening number, the Static-supplied, “Phlegmatic Dogs.”
Moving forward, “Phlegmatic Dogs” gives way to Nightline‘s underground-inflected “Shift K3Y.” Layered atop a driving bassline, the chopped, looping vocal cuts add a groovy sense of grit to the dark house showing.
Corrupt shoulders closing duties with the Raas-assisted “I Don’t Care.” The airy, atmospheric tones that accent the song’s opening seconds lend a static-y appeal to the track, but as streamers will indubitably agree, of all the electronic elements that work in harmony on “I Don’t Care,” it’s the undulating bassline that reigns supreme in the constructive context of the EP inclusion.
AC Slater and Champion have released a bass house heater, “Diamonds,” from UKF‘s fourth Bass Culture project. With haunting underlings laying the frame for old-school house percussion elements, ad libs fly through the track into alarming anticipation. The hook comes in hot, with groovy bass synths bouncing to house rhythms.
In addition to his new single, AC Slater, also released a mix for Tiësto‘s CLUBLIFE podcast series. The mix can be found on the series’ SoundCloud page, as bass house heads will get their four-on-the-floor fix.
Drum & bass is in the air wherever UK producer, Feint, is found – his 2016 UKF Podcast not withstanding. The invigorating, female vocal-favoring, 45-minute segment is a technicolor whirlwind from all corners of the drum & bass spectrum, from deep liquid, to bouncy jump-up, to chaotic techstep. Feint packs a nostalgic punch in the melodic 99-track mix, with offerings from Pendulum, Sub Focus, Netsky, Metrik, and dozens of other masters of 160 BPM and above.
With releases on drum & bass authorities like Liquicity, Monstercat, and Subsphere, Feint’s smooth, melodic style has secured a spot on the the genre’s forefront.
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.
Dawn Wall’s music is perhaps the closest humanity will ever get to the perfect liquid drum and bass sounds. Time and again, this mysterious group has amazed listeners with their uncanny, almost otherworldly mastery of drum and bass music — a fact that is immediately apparent when listeners hear their music for the first time.
The unstoppable group now has another flawless single to add to their growing collection, titled “Never Say.” Everything about this smooth single screams ‘perfection,’ from the ethereal vocals to the tranquil beat and bass line— even the haunting guitar sample in that resides in the track’s murky background.