Drum and bass is a relatively new music genre that spawned back in the 90s and is sometimes referred to as Jungle, though many today would agree that Jungle is actually its predecessor. Since I’m not one of those people who like to argue about origins and sub-genres I think we’ll just skip past the boring parts and go straight for the good stuff. By good stuff, I mean sweet drum and bass music courtesy of some of the best artists around. This top 10 is mostly based on personal preference so I’m sure not everyone will be happy with my picks, but I hope at least you will enjoy the 10 epic DnB songs found below.
10. State of Mind
State of Mind was formed by Patrick Hawkins and Stuart Maxwell, a dynamic duo from New Zealand that has been around for more than a decade now, or more specifically, since 2002. State of Mind are probably one of the best-known producers of drum and bass and have won numerous awards over the years. The duo’s latest studio album goes by the name “Eat the Rich” and was released in April of 2014 on Blackout Music. Down below you can listen to Black Raven, a track that can found on the said album and should receive more views if you ask me because it’s pretty damn great.
9. Tantrum Desire
Another duo, this time from London, Tantrum Desire has been active since 2004. Jay Faleye and Devin Smith are both DJs who have been making drum and bass music even before that, but it wasn’t until they formed Tantrum Desire that the two started to become known. The artists have released a new album called Diversified back in June and are also featured on the 15 Years of Technique Summer Selection Album so needless to say, the boys have plenty going on for themselves right now. Tantrum Desire has plenty of great songs on the new album, but I wanted to share with you something a bit older and more suitable to your electronic brain. Check it out:
8. Fred V & Grafix
Fred Vahrman and Josh “Grafix” Jackson both hail from the UK and are relatively new on the drum and bass scene. The guys only have a single studio album so far (Recognise, released last year under Hospital Records), but they have a number of other singles and remixes as well. Fred V & Grafix bring a unique sound to the table and you will surely hear more about them in the future. Just check out the song Games People Play from their EP “Googles” and you’ll easily come to realize why the duo deserves a place on this list.
7. Sub Focus
UK-born Nick Douwma, better known as Sub Focus has been producing drum and bass since 2003, however, his debut studio album (entitled Sub Focus) came much later in 2009. Since then, Douwma released only one more album called Torus, but he was able to keep himself busy with a great number of singles and collaborations. In addition, Sub Focus is also known for his great remixes and live performances. One of his most popular and easily recognizable tracks goes by the name Rock It and you can take a listen below.
6. DJ Fresh
Some might call DJ Fresh’s take on drum and bass a bit commercial, but despite that, the man manages to delight long-time fans of the genre and newbies alike every time he puts out a new song. Like many other drum and bass producers, DJ Fresh (Daniel Stein by his real name) is from the UK and has been delighting fans since the late 90s. Stein also dabbled quite a bit in house and dubstep, but as far as I’m concerned his best work can be heard in his DnB tracks, as commercial as they may be. DJ Fresh is definitely hot right now so make sure you keep an eye on him.
Mark Wilkinson hasn’t been around long on the drum and bass scene, but he already managed to make quite a name for himself in a relatively short amount of time. Yet another British artist, Wilkinson debuted in late 2010, however, it took him another three years to release his first full-fledged album entitled Lazers Not Included at RAM Records. If you don’t know him by name, then you most likely know him through some of his popular songs like Afterglow, Take You Higher, Heartbeat, or more recently, Breath. Speaking of Breath, check out the new music video below.
Manchester-based drum and bass producer and DJ Andy Isaac Hu, better known as Feint, was one of the first artists to release songs on Monstercat. Feint’s cup of tea is liquid DnB and he is incredibly talented at what he does. He is also quite prolific, having released a truckload of quality songs since he made his debut back in 2011. If you’ve never listed to Feint before I suggest you begin asap and you might as well start with his most popular Monstercat release, Snake Eyes.
3. Black Sun Empire
This is a group that likely needs no introduction, as they have been contributing to the growth of drum and bass for more than a decade now. The group was formed in the Netherlands back in the 90s by Micha Heyboer, Milan Heyboer and Rene Verdult. Unlike many of the other drum and bass artists on this list, Black Sun Empire aren’t too keen on uplifting, joyful songs and have instead opted for a darker style. Very few artists can pull off Neurofunk as good as Black Sun Empire so having them on this list was pretty much a no-brainer. Down below is a classic (and lengthy) BSE track that’s already pretty old by DnB standards, but don’t let its age fool you because it’s still very epic.
Sigma is yet another duo from the UK with several years of experience under its belt. Producers Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie have so far released multiple highly acclaimed singles, with a full-fledged album called Life scheduled to release later this year. You’ve probably already heard a number of their popular songs like Changing, Nobody to Love or their most recent hit Glitterball. Sure, Sigma likes to collaborate with various female artists in order to focus on the vocals more than anything else, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need when you want to put yourself in a good mood. If Sigma can’t lift your spirt I don’t know what can.
I know a lot of people will argue with my pick for number one, but whenever I think about drum and bass B-Complex is one of the first who pops to mind. Matúš Lenický (by his real name) hails from Slovakia and has started producing music back in the 90s when he was only 12. B-Complex dabbled in other types of electronic music at first, but once he started looking into drum and bass it seems like his interest for other genres faded for the most part, and who can blame him? Lenický may not be as well-known as some other producers, but those who do follow him are left in awe every time he releases a new song. In fact, B-Complex just recently released a few new singles and they are all pretty sweet, however, his best creation is probably still Beautiful Lies even after all these years.