1. Danny Byrd – Roll The Drums (Hospital Records)
D&B pioneer Danny Byrd is back with his first album in five years with Atomic Funk. The 15-track album is filled with funky dance floor rollers that pays tributes to the jungle foundation of his early discography. “Roll The Drums” is a certified sub shaker bringing a fierce bassline and thundering percussion over gruff vocal samples.
2. Seba – No One Dies (Inperspective Recordings)
Seba returns to the drum-driven label Inperspective with two funky percussive tunes. “No One Dies” harkens back to an earlier time in Seba’s catalogue. A simple, effective amen rinse out with atmospherics that lend themselves to a dystopian sci-fi soundtrack that is truly sublime.
3. Break – ‘Keepin It Raw’ (Symmetry Recordings)
As Bristol-based Symmetry label boss Break builds up to the release of his fifth studio album Another Way, he unleashes the first album sampler. “Keepin’ It Raw” rolls hard over crisp drums and low slung basslines.
4. Friction – Ultrafunk feat. Metrik (Elevate)
D&B heavyweight DJ/producer and tastemaker Friction has finally delivered his debut album Connections on his Elevate imprint. The album packs 12 tracks of drum ‘n’ bass winners across the full spectrum of styles. “Ultrafunk,” a collaboration with Metrik, is a techy roller that thrashes and glides over bubbling basslines and funked out samples.
5. Kid Drama – Architect (Metalheadz)
Kid Drama delivers Enforcer, a four-track EP for the classic Metalheadz label, which sits nicely in their expansive catalog. The second track, “Architect,” is a hard hitting D&B tune that slaps and twists over lush pads and ethereal soundscapes.
6. DJ Fresh – Shots (Feat. Jakes) (Flite Remix) (Breakbeat Kaos)
“Shots” is the first single taken from the forthcoming compilation album Junglesound: Revenge Of The Bass – 15 Years Of Breakbeat Kaos. The upcoming compilation features over 20 of the most memorable moments in the label’s history including some exclusive tunes like this upfront remix by Flite.
7. Kiril – Reload (Critical Music)
Italian D&B producer Kiril makes his debut on Critical Music’s “Systems” series. “Reload” kicks off the four-track EP with some heavy hammer-time D&B with touches of neurofunk minimalism stripping it down to its core.
8. Bop – Untitled Pattern 63 (Med School)
Bop releases his final installment of his Untitled Pattern chronicles. The trilogy ends with an experimental set of techno infused microfunk drum & bass. “Untitled Pattern 63” is a garage-tinged D&B track with elements of hip-hop beats, techno tones, and a dash of dub.
9. David Carbone – Shadows (Bs1)
David Carbone resurrects his BS1 label after a decade. “Shadows,” the second release since its return, provides a sleek sunset vibe. The original version is a delicate slice of melancholic vocal D&B alongside the remix treatment from Hospital Records’ Royalston and a bonus ambient mix on the full release.
10. Matrix & Futurebound – Believe (Viper Recordings)
Combining flawless production with strong male vocals that add to the track’s intrinsic charm, “Believe” is set to be a favorite amongst the drum and bass circuit. Formidable, poignant, and bewitching, “Believe” highlights Matrix & Futurebound’s ability to master a vast array of different sounds over an impressive career that is anything but stagnant.
Ryan Romana is part of KOOP’s electronic music show DPX Hi-Test, which airs every Friday night at 7pm CT on http://koop.org. He is based in Austin, TX, where you can find him mountain biking or checking out new music.