It’s hard to believe that we’re just over a month off being half way through 2015!
What’s not so hard to believe is that the year has been rather kind to fans of bass music so far, with a vast ocean of standout releases keeping our plates thoroughly stacked with delicious beats. It’s the work of the record labels that makes sure we’re being fed the tasties, though. So, with that in mind, here are just five of the many labels killing it these past five months…
Andy C’s Ram Records have straight up outdone themselves this year with a string of stellar releases that just keeps coming and coming. From taking the label’s sound in a new direction with Bensley’s diverse Next Generation album, to releasing one of the most sought after D&B tracks ever with Culture Shock’s City Lights via Mind Vortex’s massive Against The Grain EP – 2015 has already been a belter for Ram so far. There’s still plenty more to come later in the year too with DC Breaks and Calyx & Teebee both deep in the run up to their new albums. Now’s the time to get hyped…
Another titan of the drum and bass scene – Critical Music have been behind some of the year’s freshest releases yet. Kicking off the year with Sam Binga’s oh so fresh Nuh Chat EP and following it with forward-thinking, razor-edge excursions from Current Value, Ivy Lab and Emperor, it’s been a busy five months for Kasra’s imprint. With a Posij addition to their Binary series coming next week, Critical aren’t letting up one bit as we dig deeper into the year.
Terrorhythm have continued to prove they’re one of the most forward thinking labels in the game with a giant-sized handful of consistently great releases from names such as GANZ, Laetho and KRNE. Not to mention they’ve been handing out some great free tracks in the form of their ‘Elements’ series. Please, you’re all too generous, chaps.
Disciple Records are hitting the scene like a machine right now. From bossman Dodge & Fuski’s fiery Distress Signal to some seriously filthy EP releases from Barely Alive, Virtual Riot and more – Disciple Recordings have quickly risen to become one of the top labels for fans of music at 140bpm. Get an earful of these…
Mad Decent have been churning out pure quality all the way through the year, with a diverse catalogue of notable releases including Daktyl’s dreamy debut album Cyclical, Ricky Remedy’s gigantic Control EP – and Major Lazer’s latest hit with DJ Snake – Lean On. With a vast array of up acts like these and plenty more such as Jauz, Wiwek and Grandtheft – Mad Decent are speeding ahead of the game like an unstoppable freight train.