LONDON, December 1st 2017 - Dubstep: no other genre in the history of electronic music has experienced the same volatile trajectory. From phenomenal highs that influenced the entire electronic music landscape to dirty word lows that caused many inspired minds to leave the scene, the genre has endured a ride as wild as its own sonic characteristics…
Yet, throughout these highs and lows, UKF has been there. Supporting it passionately with its YouTube uploads, releases, global events and committed editorial support. Unashamedly celebrating every swaggering halftime beat and loin-girding bass dynamic since 2009; no other UK brand has been as consistently committed to the genre as UKF this decade, come rain or shine.
UKF’s seventh dubstep annual, ‘UKF Dubstep 2017’ is testament to this support. Not just with a series of exceptional exclusive tracks but musically and texturally, the album represents and reminds you just how exciting dubstep is in the right hands. Accelerating away from the mainstream radar for several years has been the best thing that could possibly happen to dubstep, the genre has gone back to its roots to galvanise a new range of sounds, ideas, influences and styles, a refreshed energy and a new generation of young innovative talents all finding their own signature and sound… Something that’s sound that’s tangible with every single one of the 22 tracks on the album right from the breath-taking opening exclusive from KillSonik.
A cinematic slab of string-struck drama that sits at an unapologetic 7+ minutes, ‘Never Dream Of Dying’ is the act’s first original solo piece since 2013 and sets the moody for the slew of sizzling, seismic sounds that follow. This includes other on-point tracks that won’t be available on any other album: the sweet-touched garage influence and conscious message of Axel Boy’s ‘Days Gone’, the spine-rippling positivity of Mark The Beast’s ‘Silence’, the cloud-leaping fairy tale waviness of Siskiyou’s ‘When The Tide Comes’ and the obscene hair-raiser ‘Hydra’ by Gentlemens Club, an act who epitomise the healthy, fizzy and boundless state dubstep is in right about now and have taken the world by storm.
But the exclusives only tell part of the story; the entire mix hits with an excitement and energy from across the board: Noisia’s own sense-blurring take on their iconic ‘Tommy’s Theme’, Moody Good’s brittle, toxic sound design on his remix of ‘Get Deaded’, Virtual Riot’s elasticated electro euphoria on ‘Throwback’, the grime power of Ivory & Virus Syndicate’s summer smash ’93 Style’, Oliverse’s 2010-flavoured bouncy bass take on Tchami’s ‘After Life’. We could be here listing every possible bass-bursting highlight but that would be spoiling the surprise when you press play.
No other genre has experienced the same volatile trajectory as dubstep. Then again, no other genre hits, stimulates and satisfies the dance with the same physical affect as dubstep. And 2017 has been a remarkable year for this. ‘UKF Dubstep 2017’ is out now and available on all download and streaming platforms. Enjoy…
UKF Dubstep 2017
01 KillSonik - Never Dream Of Dying *
02 Noisia - Tommy's Theme (Noisia's 'Outer Edges' Remix)
03 Tchami feat. Stacey Barthe - After Life (Oliverse Remix)
04 Myro & BAR9 - Take Me Up
05 Dodge & Fuski - Comeback
06 Gentlemens Club – Hydra *
07 The Others - Stranger Things
08 Ivory feat. Virus Syndicate - 93 Style
09 Axel Boy - Days Gone *
10 Noisia - Get Deaded (Moody Good Remix)
11 Borgore - Big Bad
12 KillaGraham - Arisen
13 Virtual Riot - Throwback
14 Koven - Lasting, Part II
15 Delta Heavy – Kaleidoscope (Ray Volpe Remix)
16 Siskiyou - When The Tide Comes *
17 Sorrow - Want U Back
18 Mark The Beast – Silence *
19 Seven Lions feat. KARRA - Silent Skies
20 Dubloadz feat. Anuka - Life Goes On
21 Dion Timmer feat. Tima Dee - Till I Make It
22 Flux Pavilion feat. Cammie Robinson - Pull The Trigger
* Exclusive to UKF Dubstep 2017.
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LONDON, December 1st 2017 - Something’s happening in drum & bass. Something that hasn’t happened in years… A groundswell of collaboration, cross-pollination, and boundary breaking. For the first time in a long time the walls between the genre’s famous extensive list of subgenres have crumbled and artists have been felt free to fuse, experiment and mix-up any style they see fit.
From dynamic, eclectic line-ups at the genre’s leading festivals such as Let It Roll to DJ Fresh and Simon Bassline Smith’s recent I Love D&B initiative via the myriad of new artist-based labels launching, there’s a singular sense of unity and energy in the scene right now both from the artists and the fans alike as record crowds are attending drum & bass focussed festivals. DJ Hazard even stated on UKF.com that he’s never witnessed parties as exciting and as they’ve been in 2017.
Naturally that energy is reflected throughout ‘UKF Drum & Bass 2017’. Available in stores and on streaming services today, the 23-track shellshock session runs the entire 170 gamut taking in some of the genre’s most exciting sonic scenery from crisp soulful feels to turbine bass drama via pristine elasticated bassline funk.
‘UKF Drum & Bass 2017’ also features four cuts that can’t be found anywhere else: Soul soldiers Hybrid Minds continue their deep dominance with the beautiful ‘Solitude’. Featuring the disarming dulcets of ‘Phoenix’ collaborator Alex Harley, it’s the first new original from the London duo since their acclaimed album ‘Elements’ earlier this year. Dig deeper to hit ‘Progression’, an evocative orchestral amen showdown from Flite, one of the most exciting new drum & bass artists to emerge from the burgeoning American scene; hugely respected young writer Memtrix delivers the perfect balance of gnarly bass, wily drama and sudden sharp shock of delicate vocals in the form of ‘Numb Eye’ while the slippery bluesy funk and sublime sunset feels of ‘Second Nature’ come from the hotly tipped newcomers Hillsdom, an exciting new act who made their debut in the genre earlier this year on the new talent championing imprint Pilot.
Elsewhere Keynote cuts come from across the spectrum as the truest titans and most innovative newcomers share this unique, year-defining space. From Andy C to 1991, Noisia to GLXY, Friction to T & Sugah via Wilkinson, Delta Heavy, Camo & Krooked, Dimension and this year’s runaway house-to-D&B conversion success story My Nu Leng, ‘UKF Drum & Bass 2017’ is supercharged with some of the most influential and provocative names who have soundtracked our year… Be it direct on the UKF channels, through our headphones, on our car stereos and, most importantly, at some of the best parties the genre has enjoyed in years.
From heavyweight halftime to dizzying disco to shoe-throwingly toxic basslines via delicate soul; something is happening in drum & bass right now, the walls between the genre’s famous extensive list of subgenres have crumbled and the future’s looking even more exciting… ‘UKF Drum & Bass 2017’ is a snapshot of this exciting transition point.
UKF Drum & Bass 2017
01 Wilkinson & Dimension - Rush
02 1991 - Mayk Yu Myne?
03 Loadstar - I Need The Night
04 Friction feat. Doctor - Mad In The Jungle
05 Memro – Altitude (Maduk Remix)
06 Delta Heavy - Kaleidoscope
07 Pegboard Nerds - Speed of Light (Andy C Remix)
08 Koven - Figure
09 T & Sugah feat. MVE - Sleepless
10 Aero Chord & Anuka – Incomplete (Muzzy Remix)
11 Dimension - Black Church
12 Flite - Progression
13 Hillsdom feat. Sally Watts - Second Nature
14 GLXY feat. James Robb - Proposition
15 Hybrid Minds feat. Alexa Harley - Solitude
16 Camo & Krooked & Mefjus - Mandala
17 1991 - Kabuki
18 Joe Ford & Document One - Care For Me
19 Memtrix - Numb Eye
20 InsideInfo feat. Fable - Glimpse
21 My Nu Leng & Friction - Jigsaw
22 What So Not - Divide & Conquer (Noisia Remix)
23 The Prototypes feat. Mad Hed City - Levelz
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