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Juno Recommends Drum & Bass Best of 2020

Juno Recommends Drum & Bass

Juno Recommends Drum & Bass

Juno Recommends Drum & Bass Best of 2020
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Cat: ITX 018. Rel: 14 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Love In The Jungle (5:49)
  2. The Crawlers (5:56)
  3. Ridge Racer Revolution (6:26)
  4. No Fxxxing Soul (5:33)
Review: The brilliantly dark world of breakbeats and stripped back techno that Illian Tape call their own gets that bit richer with this new EP from Pessimist. It kicks off with some rugged jungle rides that are coloured by bird calls, wood block hits and booming bass before 'The Crawlers' is a flurry of snares and hi hats that tie your mind and body in knots. The excellent 'Ridge Racer Revolution' is a hardcore track that never lets up, with flailing hits and hundred mile and hour breaks all demanding you dance. The closer is a dystopian cut of unresolved loops ad frazzled bass that lurches back and forth and traps you right where it wants you. Thrilling stuff.
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 in stock $12.50
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Cat: DDD 08T. Rel: 13 Apr 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Can't Punish Me (6:41)
  2. Can't Punish Me (Dubplate mix) (5:41)
Review: Let's dance! One of Dom & Roland's most brazenly funky tracks turns 20 this year and he's given it a cheeky limited press 1-up. With its crucial sample craft, oceanic waves of breakbeats and 1.21 gigawatt bass shreds, "Can't Punish Me" is still an absolute weapon two decades later. As is the previously unreleased dubplate version that gives the track a whole new suit of drum armour and much more dramatic and fleeting use of the sample. What do you live for?
 in stock $11.10
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Cat: SECOPS 031. Rel: 27 Apr 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Chebourashka (6:04)
  2. Lviv (5:57)
 in stock $11.10
4
Cat: SIG 027. Rel: 21 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Falls To You VIP (6:05)
  2. End Of Meaning (5:16)
Review: Northern Ireland's Dominick Martin, or Calibre, to the drum & bass buying public, has a reputation for bringing new angles on this well-worn sound and these two new sides of vinyl are no exceptions. The VIP version of Falls To You sees his crisp, irresistible beats doing their magic but the piano, reflective vocal and minimal electronic flourishes lend this roller a spooky, eerie quality. The flip track End of Meaning has a slightly warmer, more optimistic vibe but is still reflective, the vocals being sent through echoey dub effects for maximum atmospherics. Definitely ploughing his own furrow, as ever, Calibre demonstrates here why those in the know will always check what he's up to.
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 in stock $10.81
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Cat: LOVELY 001. Rel: 15 Jun 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Lovely (5:40)
  2. Blue Wine (5:16)
  3. Just Vibe With It (5:20)
  4. You Know How To (5:43)
Review: There's no details on the identity about the "mystery artist" behind this brilliant EP on Fokuz Recordings, which may have something to do with the cheeky - but utterly brilliant - drum and bass rework of a Phylis Hyman disco classic nestling at the end of side two ("You Know How To"). While that has "future festival anthem" written all over it, there's plenty to set the pulse racing elsewhere on the EP, not least the string-laden poignance of liquid opener "Lovely" and the tougher, wobble bass-propelled goodness that is "Blue Wine". The EP's other cut, a scratch-happy fusion of modern R&B and classic D&B, is also rather good.
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out of stock $11.10
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Cat: SIG 026. Rel: 21 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
  1. White Horses (5:18)
  2. Living For (5:44)
Review: Calibre aka Dominick Martin pairs up with DRS, each taking one side of this 12" and each more than holding their own. Martin continues his current obsession with the pure sound of the real piano, a powerful antidote to the more synthetic sounds we're more used to hearing in the genre. Add a supreme male vocal in plaintive mood,. declaring "I've been looking for love in all the wrong places" and you've got something that really stand out of the crowd. Living For by DRS is more of straight anthem, with reggae influences and a hip-hop vocal giving it a proper lighters-in-the-air atmosphere, its conscious lyrics very much echoing the mood of Britain in 2020. Two very different tracks, for sure, but this package is strong in its diversity.
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Cat: UKJ 003. Rel: 06 Jul 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Simply Dread - "This Ain't Back In The Day" (5:45)
  2. Omen Breaks - "Don Teifion" (6:22)
  3. Supa Ape - "Leviathan" (5:07)
  4. Junglord - "Pabst Blue Ribbon" (5:14)
Review: UK Jungle Records continues to set a fine standard with its third EP. It's a various artist affair that kicks off with Simply Dread's old school roller, complete with summery flute lines and old school vocals that bring good time vibes. Omen Breaks then grabs you by the synapses and runs with you down a darkened rabbit hole on "Don Teifion" and Supa Ape brings more celestial and soulful vibes on his widescreen gem "Leviathan". Junglord closes down with "Pabst Blue Ribbon", which is hard hitting and intense.
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Cat: NHS 368EP. Rel: 02 Dec 19
Drum And Bass
  1. Teardrops (4:47)
  2. Space Warp (4:57)
  3. Don't Wake Me Up (4:47)
  4. The Touch (3:51)
Review: Russian donny deepsmiths Bop and Subwave team up for the first post-Med School (RIP) signing to Hospital and it's a bit of a special one. A full showcase of styles, it gives us much more than you'd ever expect from either individual. "Teardrops" is a glistening oceanic steppy, all spiralling, cosmic and sensual in all the right places, "Space Warp" is the dancefloor bomb of the package with its swooping droning bassline, "Don't Wake Me Up" takes us into shoegazing, head-tickling indie dance territory while "The Touch" closes on a sexy UKG tip that none of us would expect from the duo. What an impressive debut collaborative EP statement, we can't wait to hear what's next.
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 in stock $15.07
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Cat: VIBEZ 93005. Rel: 16 Mar 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Voluminous (7:07)
  2. I Feel (6:03)
  3. Prototype (5:38)
  4. Homage (5:39)
 in stock $10.81
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Cat: FOKUZ 103. Rel: 24 Aug 20
Drum And Bass
  1. 1995 (5:15)
  2. Mellow Yellow (5:17)
  3. Groovy Movie (5:19)
  4. 100 Nights (5:14)
 in stock $10.52
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Cat: META 76. Rel: 27 Jan 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Nine Strings (4:47)
  2. Eyes (4:28)
Review: Cor blimey governor, this'll put lead in your pencil. Radio 1 broadcaster and all-round badman Rene LaVice teams up with early 2000s donny hitmakers Future Cut for this incredible EP on Metalheadz. "Nine Strings" is pure breakbeat venom. Thunderous bass, grizzly funk and severe amounts of evil in all the right spaces and places, this is real grown up stuff right here. "Eyes" on the B carries just as much weight and horsepower but comes with just a smidgeon of deep dream soul.
 in stock $9.95
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  1. SPY & London Elektricity - "Find Another Fool" (feat Liane Carroll) (5:46)
  2. Bop, Subwave & Degs - "The Shade" (3:52)
  3. Makoto & Urbandawn - "Magic Eyes" (feat Mc Conrad) (4:42)
  4. Mitekiss & Whiney - "Broken Bones" (feat Ruth Royall) (5:15)
  5. Fred V & Logistics - "You Keep Me High" (4:32)
  6. Keeno & Polaris - "Leviathan" (5:42)
Review: Hitting a remarkable 400 releases in their catalogue, the mighty Hospital Records enlist a whole spectrum of high grade link-ups to celebrate. First up is the bossman London Elektricity and Hozzy heavyweight S.P.Y on the prowling, purring 'Find Another Fool'. They're joined by Subwave, Bop and Degs on the cosmic soul vibe 'The Shade' before Makoto and Urbandawn get all hairy and ravey on the walloping Conrad-featured 'Magic Eyes'. Rounding up the EP comes the jazzy vocal yearns of 'Broken Bones' from Mitekiss and Whiney, Fred V and Loggy on a planet-bounding bruise-up with 'You Keep Me High' before Keeno and Polaris close the EP with skin-rippling operatic anthemia. Here's to another 400.
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out of stock $14.22
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Cat: META 84. Rel: 09 Mar 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Sting Blade (4:13)
  2. Nymfo & Martyn - "What's Happening?" (5:09)
  3. No Choice (4:55)
Review: Oh gosh. Last spotted on the mothership label in 2015 on Mikal's "Where They At" EP, Danger Dutchman Nymfo returns to Metalheadz with his first full EP for the label. It's every bit as heavy and badass as you'd hope it to be. "Sting Blade" rolls out with a skinny-fit break and a bassline so flabby and bulbous it folds over the edges. It's backed by two more monoliths; "What's Happening" sees fellow Dutchy Martyn join the action with just a touch of classic Blue Note style jazziness. Finally, "No Choice" settles the matter on some 23rd century twisted Optical style funk. Easily one of Nymfo's finest moments so far (which is saying something).
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Cat: SECOPS 032. Rel: 07 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Reflect (feat Robert Manos) (6:19)
  2. Reflect (instrumental) (6:19)
Review: With a collaborative history dating back to 2005, few producer/vocalist combos in drum and bass hit the spot as consistently as Seba and Robert Manos. Both enhancing what each other bring to the track, Seba never compromises on the emotional range and weight of his production yet always leaves more than enough space for the vocal house legend. 'Reflect' is a perfect example as Manos weaves between the fluctuating bassline and sudden breakbeat flurries creating a perfect balance of pure space and total soul. Delivered on red vinyl and complete with an instrumental, this Secret Operation won't be secret for too long.
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 in stock $11.37
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Cat: CPU 01011010. Rel: 21 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
  1. I Wish (6:16)
  2. Acid Science (6:53)
  3. Estrogen Attitude (4:31)
  4. We Could Disappear (5:16)
 in stock $9.09
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Cat: DISDUB 014. Rel: 16 Mar 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Phase, Grey Code & DRS - "Still Drowning" (4:39)
  2. Phase & Nymfo - "Duvel" (Grey Code's Trappist remix) (4:33)
  3. Grey Code - "Finest Gold" (Phase's Roughest Silver remix) (5:20)
 in stock $14.22
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Cat: FOKUZ 102. Rel: 03 Aug 20
Drum And Bass
  1. I Said You Heard (5:21)
  2. DOND (5:21)
  3. Caught In A Trap (instrumental) (4:51)
  4. (Couldn't Find Love) Without You (4:56)
 in stock $10.81
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Cat: FOKUZ 100. Rel: 24 Feb 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Heathen (Give Me More) (Djah Heathen remix) (3:33)
  2. Forgotten Basement (4:40)
  3. The Way Of Time (feat Bazil MC & Smote) (4:54)
  4. Get Through (4:31)
 in stock $10.81
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Cat: NHSCS 12EP. Rel: 14 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Nu:Tone - "Missing Link" (5:38)
  2. Danny Byrd - "Gold Rush" (feat Brookes Brothers) (6:27)
  3. Logistics - "Jungle Music" (4:49)
  4. Commix - "Bear Music" (6:12)
Review: There is one Hospital that you always want to visit, and that is the one overseen by these drum & bass legends. For the 12th instalment of their Classic Symptoms series they dive deep into the vaults to unearth four gems from the 2006 to 2009 era. Nu:Tone gets the appointment underway with the retells roller that is 'Missing Link' before things get super sweet with the liquid flow and soul drenched vocals of 'Gold Rush' feat Brookes Brothers by Danny Byrd. Logistics goes for a drilling old school beat with classic samples and heady vibes and closing things out is Commix, whose stripped back and shadowy stepper 'Bear Music' sounds as crucial now as it ever did.
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out of stock $15.35
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Cat: EBTG 011V. Rel: 11 May 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Five Fathoms (6:23)
  2. Low Tide Of The Night (4:43)
  3. Blame (6:16)
  4. Hatfield 1980 (5:09)
  5. Temperamental (5:17)
  6. Compression (7:10)
  7. Downhill Racer (3:50)
  8. Lullaby Of Clubland (5:29)
  9. No Difference (4:24)
  10. The Future Of The Future (7:55)
 in stock $25.01
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VARIOUS
Cat: SJRLP 452. Rel: 25 May 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Rhythm For Reasons - "The Smokers Rhythm" (5:22)
  2. Babylon Timewarp - "Durban Poison" (5:33)
  3. The Terrorist - "RK1" (6:31)
  4. DJ Dubplate - "Tings A Go On" (6:31)
  5. Leviticus - "Burial" (6:29)
  6. The Freaky - "Time & Age" (5:06)
  7. Trip One (Snowball remix) (6:20)
  8. DJ Krome & Mr Time - "Ganja Man" (5:54)
  9. New Vision - "Way Of Life" (6:22)
  10. DJ Dubplate - "Original Rubadubstyle" (4:42)
  11. Hi Fi Power - "Chill Out" (4:52)
  12. Nu Jacks - "House Sensation" (5:56)
Review: Those interested in the roots of UK bass music have been well-served of late, with a number of books and compilations focusing on the first wave of British dance music in the late 80s and early 90s. Soul Jazz's latest compilation is a superb addition to this growing list. It showcases music made in the post-bleep and early breakbeat hardcore period, where basslines got bigger, drum breaks faster, and ragga influences started to come to the fore. The selections are on-point throughout from the dub-wise rave rush of Babylon Timewarp's "Durban Poison" and the bleep-and-breaks-meets-proto-jungle shuffle of DJ Dubplate's "Tings A Go On", to the rave-rap goodness of The Freaky's "Time & Age" and the heavily edited darkcore/early jungle insanity that is Krome & Time's terrific "Ganja Man". In a word: essential.
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 in stock $26.72
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Cat: SIGCD 015. Rel: 11 May 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Things Like This
  2. Years
  3. Latin 2000
  4. Pillow Dub
  5. Guide You Through
  6. Puppet
  7. Trouble
  8. Crazy For You
  9. The Goat
  10. One Drop
  11. Sense Soiree
  12. Be Beautiful
  13. When Sunday Goes
 in stock $13.36
23
Cat: BGM 001. Rel: 20 Jan 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Re-Utopia (3:13)
  2. Green District (2:00)
  3. Retail Commune (2:02)
  4. Aquascape (3:11)
  5. An Impossible Condo (2:07)
  6. Inorganic Streams (2:07)
  7. Translucently Happy (3:29)
  8. Healing Kurage (2:33)
  9. Oxygen Lounge (3:15)
  10. Anodyne Industries (2:48)
  11. Blobject Of Desire (2:26)
  12. Last Century Modern (2:06)
  13. Closed Space (5:03)
  14. Subdivisions (2:40)
  15. Re-Identity (2:41)
Review: Montreal auteur Michael Silver's eighth studio album finally enjoys a vinyl version and it sounds all the better for it. His first drum & bass LP-length exploration, "Liquid Colours" nods back to the D&B's most virulent strains of the mid 90s. Think Good Looking, Moving Shadow, Ascendant Groove, the dreamy, cosmic sheen and loose, splashy drums are the perfect playground for CFCF's jazzy, contemplative and musical signature he's had since his debut album "Continent". Highlights include the twinkling Sao Paulo-destined samba of "Oxygen Lounge", the PFM-style star-gazing odyssey of "Closed Space" and the pure Creative Source flavours of "Aquascape". Dive deep.
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 in stock $17.92
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Cat: K7 074LPR. Rel: 11 May 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Primary Motive - "Venom" (6:36)
  2. Bill Riley - "Closing In" (6:08)
  3. Jonny L - "Uneasy" (5:18)
  4. John B - "Ole" (6:24)
  5. DJ Die - "Clear Skyz" (7:17)
  6. Absolute Zero & Subphonics - "The Code" (7:17)
  7. John B - "Pressure" (7:16)
  8. Dom & Roland - "Trauma" (5:35)
Review: Some 21 years after it first hit record stores, Kemistry & Storm's legendary "DJ Kicks" mix is back in record stores. Released a few months before Kemistry's tragic death in a freak road accident, it remains a timeless snapshot of drum & bass during the sound's formative first decade. This DJ-friendly vinyl edition gathers together some of the mix's most potent club cuts, with highlights including the weighty, mind-altering late night sleaziness of Jonny L's "Uneasy", the hot-stepping heaviness of DJ Die's Bristol D&B classic "Clear Skyz", the majestic mix of spacey electronics and low-end heat that is John B's breathless "Pressure" and the sweeping strings and filthy sub-bass of Dom + Roland's "Trauma".
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 in stock $28.43
25
Cat: NHS 363LP. Rel: 09 Mar 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Final View From The Rooftops (feat Cydnei B) (6:07)
  2. Build A Better World (feat Emer Dineen) (4:34)
  3. Possible Worlds (feat Inja) (6:24)
  4. The Prescription Is Love (6:07)
  5. Lonely Sirens (feat Elsa Esmeralda) (6:09)
  6. Kubrick's View (4:58)
  7. She Slowly Caught Fire (feat Bulgarian Goddess) (6:29)
  8. Time To Think (feat Inja & The Secretary-General) (4:47)
  9. I Wish You Could See It Too (feat Urbandawn) (6:30)
  10. Empty Seat At The Table (feat Whiney) (4:34)
  11. Never Trust A Hippy (5:04)
  12. Well That's A Switch (4:52)
  13. Funkopolis (4:33)
  14. Don't Give Up Now (feat Bulgarian Goddess) (6:09)
Review: Following its CD and digital download release last autumn, London Elektricity's fine new album - Tony Colman's eighth studio set - finally gets a vinyl release. For the uninitiated, "Building Better Worlds" builds (sorry) on the "big band" concept Colman unveiled at Hospitality In The Park in 2017, offering soaring, orchestrated tracks that take drum & bass to musically expansive new heights. There's barely a drum machine or sample in sight, while what electronic sounds that have been included are used sparingly. The results are undeniably impressive, with the assembled collective's warm and soulful tracks providing enjoyable listening throughout. It might raise a few eyebrows amongst jungle purists, but ignore the haters: this is a very fine album indeed.
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 in stock $22.74
26
Cat: MEDITATOR 020. Rel: 13 Jul 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Theory - "Deep" (5:08)
  2. The Meditator & DJ Ink - "Do 2 Meb" (6:27)
  3. Law & Kola Nut - "Your Love Is So" (5:27)
  4. Wetman - "Golden Teacher" (6:40)
Review: Following Lavery's crucial 019 comes this beautiful V/A from a range of exciting established names and fresh heads. Focussing on the deeper side of J Robinson's label, Theory takes the lead wirth a Goodlooking style deamy stepper, Robinson himself links with the one and only Ink for a stunning and sultry R&B flavoured breakbeat gem while on the flip Repertoire's Law & Kola Nut continue the soul vibes on "Your Love Is So True" before Wetman dries us of with pure science as "Golden Teacher" signs us out with rattling drums and deep breath vocals that totally live up to the Meditator name. Perfect summer sounds.
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 in stock $15.91
27
Cat: BMTLP 015. Rel: 09 Nov 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Culverhouse (7:03)
  2. Rapture (8:47)
  3. The Flower Gardens (5:40)
  4. Sehnsucht (5:41)
  5. Ferric (5:00)
  6. Selective Memory (7:25)
  7. Lorem Ipsum (5:35)
  8. Susurration (8:33)
  9. Thanks For Coming (9:03)
  10. Today Goodbye (6:16)
out of stock $25.30
28
Cat: FABRIC 206LP. Rel: 02 Nov 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Engage (4:01)
  2. Dead Dred - "Dred Bass" (5:55)
  3. Why (3:40)
  4. DJ Rap - "Intelligent Woman (On A Positive Vibe)" (feat Outlaw Candy) (5:03)
  5. Hardstep (4:41)
  6. Wax Doctor - "Heat" (7:15)
  7. Breathing (feat Bo Saris - Fabric VIP mix) (5:56)
  8. Rude & Deadly - "Give Me A Dubplate" (5:40)
Review: Having scaled the heights of global superstardom over the last decade, Chase & Status last year returned to their more roughneck D&B roots with RTRN II JUNGLE, their retro-futurist fourth studio album. Here they continue that trend via RTRN II FABRIC, their first contribution to the legendary London club's popular DJ mix series. Full to bursting with high-octane Amen breaks, bowel-bothering sub-bass, punchy rhythms and MC flows, the mix sees the long-serving twosome pack 44 killer jungle and D&B cuts old and new into just under 80, all-action minutes. As you'd expect, it's packed with exclusives too - not least a wealth of unreleased Chase & Status productions and 'VIP' dubplate versions. If you love jungle and D&B, you need it in your life.
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 in stock $25.01
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