It has been another colossal year for Drum & Bass with groundbreaking music coming out every week from a plethora of supremely talented and accomplished artists across the globe.
2019 has seen arguably the most anticipated jungle/drum & bass album of all time along with some cutting-edge music from the up and coming artists in the scene.
To celebrate the year of some stunning music, we decided to give you our favourite Drum & Bass releases so far, in no particular order.
Top Drum And Bass Songs 2019
1. Sub Focus & Wilkinson – Illuminate
We start with one of the most anticipated tunes from two of the biggest names in the Drum & Bass scene. Loaded with silky synth work along with sublime vocals and emotive breakdowns, “Illuminate” is an infectious dance floor banger from Sub Focus and Wilkinson for their first offering as a collaboration.
2. Satl – Bravehearts (ft. Dan Stezo)
“Bravehearts” by the Polish sensation, Satl remained to be a dub for the best part of 2017, 2018 and 2019. Finally, in May 2019, this track saw the light of day on SunAndBass. Featuring Satl’s signature dubb-y textures along with Dan Stezo-fronted fire-tongue magnificence, “Bravehearts” is the perfect set starter.
3. Anile – Constant Reminder (ft. DRS)
One of the finest purveyors of emotional songwriting and crisp production teamed up with DRS for this gorgeous soul-melter which features Anile’s unique style with the ever-reliable DRS on vocal duty. The full EP will be out soon on LSB’s Footnotes imprint but Anile has already given us a glimpse of what we can expect from his forthcoming release.
4. J Majik – Serenity
One of the youngest members to have signed up for the legendary Metalheadz imprint back in 1994, J Majik is arguably one of the finest veterans of the scene. After delivering numerous bonafide classics like “Your Sound”, “Jim Kutta” and “Arabian Knights, the eclectic producer hadn’t released a full album for over 20 years. “Full Circle” which was released in May 2019, is J Majik’s first full album release after two decades and “Serenity” which is a dazzling tribute to the famous Good Looking Records sounds, is our favourite from the album.
5. Sub Focus – Solar System
Probably one of the biggest releases of 2019 so far, if not the biggest. “Solar System” has Sub Focus DNA written all over it. To sum up this banger, we found just the right statement in the YouTube comments section; “This is what area 51 has really been hiding from us”. Absolutely, Sven Blake.
6. Edlan x Djah – Fragile
Part of Integral Records’ “Glow” series which aims to showcase some of the best forthcoming talents in the scene, Dutch prodigy, Edlan released “Fragile” with his Dutch compatriot, Djah. The tune is the ideal release you would expect from Artificial Intelligence’s Integral Records; Wipsy, featherweight, and ambient.
7. Camo & Krooked – Loa
The ingenious Austrian Duo returned to Hospital Records, after nearly 2 years after the release of their highly successful album, Mosaik. “Loa” follows the unique style of Drum and bass Camo & Krooked have championed over the years. The tune is inspired by the roots of Haiti combined with the duo’s forward-thinking Drum & Bass swing.
8. UK Apache with Shy FX – Original Nuttah 25 (Chase & Status Remix ft. Irah)
It’s hard to believe that the genre’s most iconic tune is 25 years old and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Original Nuttah”, Chase & Status along with Irah delivered an absolute scorcher. Yet again, Chase & Status reminded us why they are the most celebrated producer’s in the scene by giving a fitting tribute to a timeless classic.
9. Aries – Herbsmoke (Benny Page Remix)
For those who don’t know, Aries is an absolute legend of the Jungle scene who’s spent 20+ years on the road, released 100+ tracks, collaborated with every soundman and pushed the Jungle sound to its absolute limits. For Aries’ third and final part of the Aries ”Jungle Style” remix project, Benny Page gave his own take of “Herbsmoke” and flipped the tune on its head by turning it into a proper dance floor banger.
10. Ill Truth & Satl – In Your Soul ft. Charli Brix (Lenzman Remix)
Packed with crispy drums and shimmering synths, the master of soulful melodies delivered a gorgeous re-work of Ill Truth’s “In Your Soul”. The remix encapsulates Lenzman’s style perfectly; distinctive, pulsating and emotional.
11. Halogenix – Gaslight
We would rather not utter a word. Listen and get bulldozed by this gigantic wall of sound!!
12. Makoto – Kosa (feat. Keeno)
One of the founders of the Drum & Bass culture in Japan, Makoto delivered a surreal 15 track album featuring some high-profile names in the scene, while giving us on an emotional overdrive with ‘Tomodachi Sessions’. The album is certainly one of the top 3 Drum & Bass albums of 2019 and we can barely get ourselves over Makoto’s work with Keeno. Med School Music’ orchestral maverick teamed up with the Japanese veteran for “Kosa”; which in our opinion is Makoto’s best work till date.
13. Walk:r – Wallflower
Part of Spearhead Records’ “Spearhead 100” Compilation which features artists like Calibre, Bcee, Technimatic and Utah Jazz, Walk:r’s “Wallflower” stands tall. An artist who is steadily developing a reputation for his expansive style of Drum &Bass has proved it yet again with a slice of silky, smooth and emotional piece of Liquid Drum & Bass.
14. Benny L & Inja – Vanta Blackin
“Vanta Blackin” along with Inja is a sonic statement which is packed with marauding reese bass pressure, gushing pads, skippy hi-hats and funky little double kicks from the man on the moment, Benny L. Another contender for the tune of the year, Vanta Blackin is arguably Benny L’s darkest drum & bass offering to date.
15. Chase & Status – Program Ft. Irah
It is only fair that Chase & Status feature twice on our list; for one simple reason, “RTRN II JUNGLE”. Never in the history of the genre was an album anticipated and hyped as the trio’s ground-breaking RTRN II JUNGLE” album. It was incredibly difficult to pick a favourite from the album but after a lot of contemplation, we decided to go with “Program” which takes us back to the Champion Sound era of the genre. Certified Dancefloor demolisher.
16. Alix Perez – Trinity
A late entry in our list but that’s Alix Perez for you. Every release the Belgian maestro makes is special and pioneering. “Trinity” as you would expect from an Alix Perez release is another dubb-y low-end butchery from Mr. Perez.
17. Skeptical – Musket
We will never understand the flack “Musket” received for being too Jump Up-y. This tune absolutely bangs and it’s Skeptical’s most diverse release in our opinion. “Musket” is a jaunty peak-time banger with a cheeky buzz on it. Signature Skeptical murky business.
18. Need For Mirrors – Lambo
Let’s be honest, No one is making Drum & Bass like Need For Mirrors at the moment and if you are an ardent follower of Drum & Bass, you would know that “Lambo” has been a staple in every other set across Europe. The tune is a perfect crossover of Drum & Bass and Techno packed in the most futuristic style by the V Recordings extraordinaire.
19. Dimension – If You Want To
Any Drum & Bass top tracks list would be incomplete without a Dimension release. To give you a glimpse of the amount of damage this tune can do, head over to THIS link and fast forward it to 10.30. And yes, thank us later.
20. Grafix – Acid Generation
It was extremely hard to fathom the separation of Fred V & Grafix because of the memories the duo gave us over the years. However, they have more than compensated for the split and they have absolutely bossed it with their solo releases. This tune is Grafix’s first release as a solo artist after the split and the outcome is a certified dancefloor banger. The tune is an acid-techno inspired banger that takes us back to the sound of rave culture back in the late 80s.
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