VARIOUS ARTISTS - DRUM&BASS ARENA 2019 (CD)
(DRUM & BASS ARENA)
RELEASED 28TH JUNE 2019 - TRIPLE CD.
OVERVIEW: Chase & Status, Noisia, Phace, SpectraSoul, Camo & Krooked,
Sub Focus, Dimension, Hybrid Minds, InsideInfo Mefjus, Kyrist, Brookes
Brothers, Kove, Mohican Sun and many more of drum & bass and jungle’s
most respected artists feature on Drum&BassArena’s super-sized
three-part annual album Drum&BassArena 2019.
60 tracks deep, seven exclusives high, a million tonnes heavy;
Drum&BassArena 2019 leaves no stone unturned in its unapologetic
celebration of the genre, documenting the scene’s rude health across
all its many subgenres.
It lands at another vibrant time for the genre… Drum & bass is now
regularly hogging (and topping) the Beatport overall Top 10 and some of
the biggest official Spotify and Apple Music playlists; the genre’s
number one DJ Andy C became the first solo DJ to sell out Wembley Arena
last November; Chase & Status’s gulliest jungle in years (Program) is
being played on daytime radio; Adele is joking about her next album
being D&B. The genre has once again hit a sweet spot in the cycles…
All generations working together, all substyles fusing and
experimenting, the underground and overground are complementing each
other; as the genre nears 30 years old it’s in the happiest and
healthiest state it’s been in years. Young enough to give few f**ks
and have many of its OG pioneers still active and relevant, old enough
to know its shit and still be progressive and exciting enough to attract
some of the sharpest young producer minds, the genre’s never sounded
and felt as exciting or as unified as it does right now.
Drum&BassArena 2019 captures this moment in time perfectly with a
precision curated collection of recent rollers, bangers, bubblers,
hurters and wounders from across the scene’s fertile landscape –
including the likes of SpectraSoul - Untitled Horn, LSB - Potshot,
Bladerunner’s remix of Brookes Brothers - Every Minute, Camo & Krooked
- Atlas and Sub Focus & Dimension’s Best Tune 2018 award-winning
Desire – and an on-point selection of exclusives from a host of
exciting names both established and new generation.
The unstoppable Friction-endorsed Kanine gives us his deepest cut yet
with What I Said. Bou & Simula’s do-no-wrong reputation continues with
the spacey steps of Lifeline. Brookes Brothers continue their rich vein
of form with the deliriously deep In The Moment. Kove lays the hammer
down with the floor-shredding Bearclaw. Philth & Becca Jane Grey get all
dreamy and emotive on Somewhere. Kyrist darks out everyone in a 10 mile
radius with Get Nasty. For good measure we also have the long-awaited
VIP of A.M.C & Turno’s 2018 club-smasher Alliance. A track that’s
been on dubplate demand since last summer.
Alongside their annual awards and D&BTV broadcasts, Drum&BassArena’s
yearly spring-released albums are one of the brand’s longest-standing
traditions. In the past previous editions have sold more copies than any
other drum & bass compilation… And they always capture the scene in
its most demonstrative, innovative and united. Drum&BassArena 2019 is no
exception. 23 years deep and the genre’s longest-standing brand
continues to document, support and applaud drum & bass at the highest
and most passionate level possible.
And with a new-look TV-style D&BTV series just launched, three
Drum&BassArena BBQs spanning Birmingham, Brighton and London and stage
takeovers at Outlook and Southbeats Festivals, the album marks the start
of another busy summer for Drum&BassArena. The party starts here…
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