2012-05-04T01:03:25+00:00 2012-05-04T01:05:35+00:00

Ble3k – "Into The Arch" (Allied Remix)

Drum and Bass. Before you turn away (Americans) hear me out. It's not an uncommon occurrence to hear people complain about Dubstep nowadays, and that's fine. Dubstep has deteriorated a good bit from what it once was. Yet, even more common is to see people quickly dismiss Drum and Bass (once again, in America) because "It's too fast" or "I can't get into it."

So riddle me this: Last year we witnessed much of America practically gyrate in orgasmic fashion to a collection of screeches and distorted puke noises that has been rightfully dubbed as 'Brostep,' which is simply a more hardcore and intense form of Dubstep. This is all good an well, I was one of you, and I still support the movement — it's just a matter of being sick of it. But then you throw on something with a faster tempo that is in essence, much more user friendly than Brostep, and people act like you just threw a cat in a blender. I can't figure this out — if anything, Americans should be embracing Drum and Bass. Our electronic scene is built around the drugs that fuel it, and Drum and Bass provides a consistent stream of energy that no other genre can touch. Let's take a moment and give it a chance again, shall we?

Allied. This forward thinking duo from the UK has a knack for causing chaos on the dance floor, and their most recent remix of Ble3k's track "Into the Arch" is no exception. Essentially, they've taken the track, packed it into a collection of .50 cal rounds and proceeded to riddle holes in their speaker system with the resulting product. The remix sets the tone from the get go, with no hesitation on cranking up the BPM's and dropping the scattergun kicks. Thought your Dubstep made your neighbors angry? Drop some Allied and watch them set fire to the mansion with a smile on your face.

Listen to the track below, and for pete's sake America, get over yourselves like I did and listen to some good ole' D&B. Erratic dancing is acceptable.

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Drum and Bass · Electronic


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  • As a Brit, I would say that DnB has totally stagnated over the past 5 years. In fact, I think that Dubstep – despite Brostep – is still more interesting a genre. Post-dubstep, Future Garage or whatever you like to call it is a genuine and welcome development. A development of that scale has not happened in DnB for a long time. I expect people thought Netsky was a revolution and that Liquid Funk styles were something fresh when, in fact, High Contrast was doing what Netsky did in 2009, in 2001.

    From my point of view, Drum & Bass is not going anywhere and you American chaps have nothing to gain from it at this stage in its life.

    Rory Matthews May 4, 2012 3:55 AM Reply
  • Drum n Bass is immense. It never really took off in England aside from the underground drugs fueled raves. They were epic, along with the likes of jungle..It's brilliant to see that likes of DJ Fresh doing things for DnB and succeeding in the UK charts. Danny Byrd? Been around for a while and will be one to look out for. RJ? RJ who?! Look up YouTube, RJ – 526 and you'll see DnB from the soul.

    As for Dubstep. I loved it. Note the past tense. The underground scene was brilliant, the initial input of mainstream Dubstep also good but, and a huge but, it's now shit. Everyone thinks that adding some oscillating noises and random noises is good music, it ain't. Those that don't appreciate music can't see past why it's now shit. For the simple fact they lack variety. They latch on to this new thing like a loverlorn puppy and suffocate it.

    Had it not been for the likes of Drum n Bass, Dubstep wouldn't even exist right now. Don't believe me? Add a few wobbles, some random noises of a fox being raped to a drum n bass outline and you'll have a Dubstep track.

    It's kind of like Hip-Hop, there was an era of absolute nostalgia inducing music which was tarnished by those artists in a make believe world warped by a world of OD'n on drugs and it ruined it. Only now is it becoming somewhat more respective with the likes of Lil' Jon and Chammill-whathisname is oh and that Superman That dude dying out of the music scene. Long live Nas, Jay-Z holding it down for the old school and maintaining longevity and QUALITY.

    As for those across the pond, all due respect but appreciate the music, when all you 8bit's decide you're now a DnB producer you'll ruin the genre with you're shit stick claiming it as epicness and the genre will once again die.

    Oh, need I mention Goldie is still hot as hell.



    Singhpin May 4, 2012 1:53 PM Reply
  • As an American, I must say that DnB has plays more of a significance than people may know.  Through years of being constantly hungry for new music to add to my collection, I found myself always on the search for new Liquid Funk. My old cubicle job had me constantly listening to Fabio and Grooverider's show on Radio 1, notepad ready in hand. While I know this is my own opinion, it is hard to not hear the genius behind people like Bukem, Calibre, Utah Jazz and Bachelors of Science.  
    I have organized a pick-up football league (yes, soccer) for the last 3 years here in southern California and I bring a stereo every week.  It is the DnB tracks that people are always asking me "who is this?  I like this!" 
    It is encouraging.  I think the best music comes out of the UK and agree with what this article said about Dubstep.  I've always found it interesting production wise, but I think something has gone wrong when you are hearing Dubstep Selena Gomez remixes.  It will be interesting to see what is next: Rory, you are right about Future Garage!  The whole Chillwave thing has pretty much come and gone… So, I guess we will all see.  I myself await the return of Deep House being appreciated for what it is and not being considered "Lounge" music.


    Dahlé May 16, 2012 11:31 AM Reply

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