Drum & bass seems to be experiencing a healthy resurgence. And before you yell something like "Drum & bass never went anywhere!" I'd just like for you to hear me out. While the genre's been causing neck-breaking dismemberment for almost two decades, the last year has seen some interesting crossovers.
Brostep dude Rusko is apparently playing exclusively high tempos on tour, while Skrillex's recent album standout, a collaboration with Chance the Rapper, is littered with smooth drum and bass vibes. Hell, even house head Duke Dumont recruited legend High Contrast to remix his summery single "I Got You." Then there's Rudimental's "Waiting All Night," which reached #1 on the UK single chart in less than a year ago (it's probably old news across the pond, but in the US we're stilling singing this in the shower).
But today's mix from Critical Sound honcho Kasra isn't the byproduct of pop opportunism or bandwagon jumping—this dude is a seasoned producer and label manager who knows drum & bass like a tenured professor. This mix is jammed with the genre's best offerings and features icons like Calibre, Chase & Status, Noisia and Etherwood. If you're a D&B OG who's been skanking for a decade then this one's for you, and if you're a newly converted listener then it's time to get educated. Big up!
Chase & Status - Blk & Blu (Calibre Remix) [MTA]
D Bridge X Alix Perez - If You [Exit]
Calibre - Archive [Metalheadz]
Sub Focus - Closer (Ivy Lab Remix)
Icicle & Nymfo - Franky Mountain [Ram]
Frea4nc - Tellurian [Samurai]
Digital & Spirit - Creeper [Metalheadz]
Noisia - Crank [Vision]
Emperor - SMPL [Critical]
Enei - Get Down Low [Critical]
Machinedrum - Back Seat Ho [Ninjatune]
Foreign Concept - Make Meals [Critical]
Om Unit - Timelines [Metalheadz]
Bladerunner - Back To The Jungle VIP [Critical]
Enei & MC DRS - Goliath [Critical]
Friction & KTee - Set It Off (Icicle Remix) [Shogun Audio]
Mefjus & Inside Info - Repentance [Critical]
Phace - Cold Champagne [Neosignal]
Fierce, D Bridge, Break & Nico - Galleon [Quarantine]
Etherwood - Hold Your Breath (Spectrasoul Remix) [Med School]