The Year In Drum & Bass

With the inevitable falling out between electronic music artists and Soundcloud's ever-degrading platform, it became challenging throughout the year for me to keep up with Drum & Bass—a genre I have much affinity for—as my disillusionment with Soundcloud grew.

Nevertheless, Drum & Bass prevailed to excite me and more fans across the globe this year, spreading its influence into popular music (see "Pretty Sweet" off Frank Ocean's Blonde) and even itself, with some of its more prominent acts (Fred V & Grafix, Netsky, and Metrik) heading into sugary-sweet, "D'n'B pop" territory. Here are a few of my favorite Drum & Bass releases of 2016.


10 Favorite Drum & Bass Albums of 2016

 
 

10. LSB – Content

9. Maduk – Never Give Up

8. Krakota – Strange System

7. Audio – Beastmode

6. Urbandawn – Gothenburg Cluster

5. Noisia – Outer Edges

4. Fred V & Grafix – Oxygen

3. Keeno – Futurist

2. Annix – Forever

1. Metrik – LIFE/THRILLS


50 Favorite Drum & Bass Tracks & Remixes of 2016

50. Fred V & Grafix – Constellations

49. Fracture – Makin' Hype Tracks

48. 1991 – Sprites

47. deadmau5 – Strobe (Dimension Remix)

46. Pola & Bryson – My Detention (feat. Tayah Ettienne)

45. Culture Shock – Have It All (feat. Raphaella)

44. Hybrid Minds – Skeletons (feat. Grimm)

43. Indivision – In Vitro

42. Wilkinson – Sweet Lies (feat. Karen Harding)

41. Pola & Bryson – Things I Do

40. Trifonic – Lies (Nymfo Remix)

39. Phace – So Excited

38. Loadstar – Lifeline

37. Netsky – Stay Up With Me (feat. Arlissa)

36. Fred V & Grafix – Comb Funk

35. DJ Guv – Warning

34. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Catch Me Here (feat. Conor Maynard)

33. Noisia – Tentacles

32. Wilkinson – What

31. Maduk – The End (feat. Voicians)

30. Facing Jinx – Drifting (feat. Formik)

29. Cyantific – OutaTime

28. Metrik – How Far (feat. Romeo Testa)

27. Black Sun Empire & State of Mind – Thug

26. Philip George & Dragonette – Feel this Way (Fred V & Grafix Remix)

25. Nu:Logic – Watercolours

24. London Elektricity – Seven Days to Live feat. Emer Dineen (Frederic Robinson Remix)

23. Muzzy – Feeling Stronger feat. Charlotte Colley (Priority One & NCT Remix)

22. Hybrid Minds – Touch (feat. Tiffani Juno)

21. Etherwood – Falling out of Consciousness feat. Georgia Yates & Bev Lee Harling (Keeno Remix)

20. Metrik – Chasing Sunrise (feat. Elisabeth Troy)

19. Brookes Brothers – Good to Me (feat. Majesty)

18. Keeno – Perspective (feat. MC Fava)

17. Logistics – Take Me to Another World (feat. Stella Attar)

16. Metrik – Fatso

15. LSB – Missing You (feat. Tyler Daley & DRS)

14. Riton – Rinse & Repeat feat. Kah-lo (Rockwell Remix)

13. Decimal Bass – Work for Nothing

12. Fred V & Grafix – Rainbow Road

11. Ownglow – Not Like Me

10. Metrik – Hi!

9. High Contrast – Remind Me

8. Keeno – Lifeline (feat. Oscar Corney)

7. Logistics – Lost In U (feat. McLean)

6. Fred V & Grafix – Altitude (feat. Amy J. Pryce)

5. Ownglow – Angels Sing

4. The Erised – Pray (Bop Remix)

3. Urbandawn – Messiah Complex

2. Technimatic – Out of Reach (feat. Lucy Kitchen)

1. Metrik – Terminus