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Drum&BassArena 2015: Out Now!

Drum&BassArena 2015: Out Now!

DRUM&BASSARENA

We’ve added another essential edition to our best-selling annual album series with the ultimate drum & bass document for 2015. Featuring 60 tracks, 13 exclusives, three massive CDs, and a vinyl version limited to 1000 pressings, we’re back with our longstanding annual spring collection. Once again, it leaves no sonic stone unturned.

Uniting the most important players in the game with consistency and clarity we’ve done our best to explore, embrace, represent and celebrate the entire spectrum of the scene, shedding light on all its many corners: – Heavyweight chart-topping influencers? Check: Sigma, DJ Fresh, Wilkinson, Chase & Status, The Prodigy, and Matrix & Futurebound… Unequivocal scene legends? Check: Calibre, LTJ Bukem, Calyx & TeeBee, Spor, TC, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Digital, Break, SpectraSoul… Super-sharp underground heroes? Check: Black Sun Empire, SCAR, Serum, Serial Killaz, Current Value, Eastcolors, L 33

Check the album megamix to get a taste of what to expect…

In the wake of Sigma scoring two massive UK number one hits, more D&B artists achieving daytime A-list playlist airwave action and more D&B artists representing on festival main stages around the globe, Drum&BassArena 2015 testifies the genre’s strength, size and influence in all directions. Not just in terms of context and success, but its stylistic elasticity too. At points super-soulful, understated and slick. At others electrifying enough to power a sleepless city, Drum&BassArena 2015 is a widescreen technicolour print that portrays the true breadth of drum & bass in a genuinely unique way as 13 of the tracks are 100 per cent exclusive to this album and have never been heard before.

The double gatefold double vinyl package, limited to 1000 pressings, features incredible specials from the likes of Total Science, Bladerunner, A.M.C & Six Blade, KG, L 33, Mark System and more. Yet another example of our dedication to all aspects of the scene – in this case, the mystical, hushed-toned holy grail that is the dubplate – the vinyl version is an early sign of the full album’s explosive content.

We went behind the scenes at TenEightSeven Mastering to see the process behind the production of the vinyl. Big ups to Beau Thomas and all in the studio for allowing us to film…

Few genres owe as much to vinyl as drum & bass jungle. A scene thrust to the very fringes of the forefront by wax, both technically and sonically, every blistering breakbeat, bruising bass and suckerpunch drop you experience within drum & bass exists because of the scene’s once-ruthless dedication to the dubplate.

Rewind to the mid 90s: the UK-born, globally renowned genre is a technological nuclear arms race as young pioneers such as Adam F, Andy C, Grooverider, Ed Rush & Optical, Fresh and many more elite D&B marksmen all swap tactics and battle weapons at London cutting houses. Big bad business behind closed doors, plates would pass hands on a need-to-know basis. Only the best tracks would command dubplate status and only the best of the best would continue to enjoy full releases months later. 19 years deep into the game, we continue to celebrate the scene with open-armed, and open-eared authority. No other album comes close to representing the entire genre.

Drum&BassArena 2015 is out now. Get it from our shop / iTunes / Amazon / BeatportGoogle Play / Spotify / HMV

Tracklist

CD1

1 Wilkinson feat. Talay Riley – Dirty Love (TC Remix)

2 Dimension – Love To Me

3 Maduk – How Could You

4 Matrix & Futurebound feat.Tanya Lacey – Don’t Look Back (Matrix & Futurebound Remix)

5 Rene Lavice – The Calling

6 Sigma feat. Paloma Faith – Changing (Sigma’s VIP Remix feat. Stylo G)

7 Chase & Status – International (Dimension Remix)

8 TC – The Countdown

9 T-Phonic – Cinematic

10 Serum VS Serial Killaz – Hold On

11 Voltage – How It Should Be Done

12 Liz-E – Need You

13 Bladerunner – Sequence

14 KG – Unbroken

15 Fourward – Foot Soldiers

16 Livewire & Soul Method – Hologram

17 Mindscape feat. Coppa – Most Wanted

18 D*Minds & Strikez – Blacker VIP

19 A.M.C & Six Blade – Posse

20 Recs – Afterlife

CD2

1 The Prodigy – Nasty (Spor Remix)

2 Dimension – Whip Slap

3 Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Spring Heel Jack

4 Spor – Aztec (Calyx & Teebee Remix)

5 BTK, Maztek & Optiv – Footprint

6 Tchami feat. Kaleem Taylor – Promesses (Calyx & TeeBee Remix)

7 Dub Motion – Buss It Up

8 Current Value – Dissonant

9 A-Cray – Diverted

10 Soul Intent – Rude Raver

11 Mortem – Midnight Analogs

12 Safire feat. Morph – Deep Architect

13 Zombie Cats feat. MC Kryptomedic – Life After Death

14 SCAR – Call It What You Want

15 Eastcolors – Could Be

16 Black Sun Empire & State of Mind feat. PNC – Until The World Ends

17 Heamy – Motion

18 L 33 – Jailbreak

19 Funk Effect – Devil Dance (Locuzzed Remix)

20 Black Sun Empire & State of Mind – Ego

CD3

1 DJ Fresh feat. Ella Eyre – Gravity (DJ Marky Remix)

2 Dusky – Yoohoo (LTJ Bukem Remix)

3 Eavesdrop feat. Keshia – Into The Sun

4 SpectraSoul – Always

5 Artificial Intelligence feat. Steo – Forgotten Truth

6 Future Prophecies – September (Maduk & Champion Remix)

7 Alix Perez feat. Peven Everett & SpectraSoul – Foresaken (Calibre Remix)

8 Ownglow – Gold

9 Vandera – Ring The Alarm (Instrumental Mix)

10 Phil Tangent feat. Steo – Bedouin

11 FD – Change Please

12 Vandera Feat. Alicia Romero – Make Believe

13 Philth & Collette Warren – Don’t Let Go

14 Paul T & Edward Oberon – I Still Love You

15 Mark System – It’s You

16 Ulterior Motive – Sideways

17 Total Science – BS9

18 Beta 2 & Zero T – Election

19 Break – Temptations

20 Digital – Death Wish

Vinyl Tracklist

A1: BTK, Maztek & Optiv – Footprint

A2: Dub Motion – Buss It Up

A3: Bladerunner – Dream Sequence

B1: Total Science – BS9

B2: A.M.C & Six Blade – Posse

B3: L 33 – Jailbreak

C1: Mark System – It’s You

C2: Mindscape Feat. Coppa – Most Wanted

C3: KG – Unbroken

D1: Funk Effect – Devil Dance (Locuzzed Remix)

D2: Zombie Cats Feat. MC Kryptomedic – Life After Death

D3: Livewire & Soul Method – Hologram

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Bosnian-born, Australian-raised melomaniac.

  • B. Clizzy              ͏

    I’m in love with it. (no creeps)

  • Djkriminal Bradleigh

    is this an unmixed cd.

    • Sheepherd

      The single tracks are mixed, I was very disappointed.
      Totally useless like that, the DNBA guys should model themselves on the Let It Roll Vol. 1.

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