Chase & Status, Noisia, Phace, SpectraSoul, Camo & Krooked, Sub Focus, Dimension, Hybrid Minds, InsideInfo Mefjus, Kyrist, Brookes Brothers, Kove, Mohican Sun and many more of drum & bass and jungle’s most respected artists feature on Drum & Bass Arena’s super-sized three-part annual album Drum & Bass Arena 2019.
60 tracks deep, seven exclusives high, a million tonnes heavy; Drum & Bass Arena 2019 leaves no stone unturned in its unapologetic celebration of the genre, documenting the scene’s rude health across all its many sub-genres. It lands at another vibrant time for the genre… Drum & bass is now regularly hogging (and topping) the Beatport overall Top 10 and some of the biggest official Spotify and Apple Music playlists; the genre’s number one DJ Andy C became the first solo DJ to sell out Wembley Arena last November; Chase & Status’s gulliest jungle in years (Program) is being played on daytime radio; Adele is joking about her next album being D&B.
The genre has once again hit a sweet spot in the cycles… All generations working together, all substyles fusing and experimenting, the underground and overground are complementing each other; as the genre nears 30 years old it’s in the happiest and healthiest state it’s been in years. Young enough to give few f**ks and have many of its OG pioneers still active and relevant, old enough to know its shit and still be progressive and exciting enough to attract some of the sharpest young producer minds, the genre’s never sounded and felt as exciting or as unified as it does right now.
Drum&BassArena 2019 captures this moment in time perfectly with a precision curated collection of recent rollers, bangers, bubblers, hurters and wounders from across the scene’s fertile landscape – including the likes of SpectraSoul – Untitled Horn, LSB – Potshot, Bladerunner’s remix of Brookes Brothers – Every Minute, Camo & Krooked – Atlas and Sub Focus & Dimension’s Best Tune 2018 award-winning Desire – and an on-point selection of exclusives from a host of exciting names both established and new generation. The unstoppable Friction-endorsed Kanine gives us his deepest cut yet with “What I Said”. Bou & Simula’s do-no-wrong reputation continues with the spacey steps of Lifeline. Brookes Brothers continue their rich vein of form with the deliriously deep In The Moment. Kove lays the hammer down with the floor-shredding Bearclaw. Philth & Becca Jane Grey get all dreamy and emotive on Somewhere. Kyrist darks out everyone in a 10 mile radius with “Get Nasty”. For good measure we also have the long-awaited VIP of A.M.C & Turno’s 2018 club-smasher “Alliance”. A track that’s been on dubplate demand since last summer.
Alongside their annual awards and D&BTV broadcasts, Drum & Bass Arena’s yearly spring-released albums are one of the brand’s longest-standing traditions. In the past previous editions have sold more copies than any other drum & bass compilation… And they always capture the scene in its most demonstrative, innovative and united. Drum & Bass Arena 2019 is no exception. 23 years deep and the genre’s longest-standing brand continues to document, support and applaud drum & bass at the highest and most passionate level possible. And with a new-look TV-style D&BTV series just launched, three Drum & Bass Arena BBQs spanning Birmingham, Brighton and London and stage takeovers at Outlook and South beats Festivals, the album marks the start of another busy summer for Drum&Bass Arena. The party starts here…