Best Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Breakbeat Artists, Albums & Tracks

Recommendations for this list are welcome!

Drum & Bass is a genre of electronic music based around a prominent snare on every second beat, around which you have an irregular pattern of kicks. This is called a ‘broken beat’. The most common broken beat is kick–snare—–kick-snare which sounds like bom–tak—bom-tak. Layered on top you have ‘broken bass’ which has high frequency components unlike the bass you normally hear in say hip-hop or rap which only has low frequencies. This kind of bass is formed by multiple saw waves slightly out of sync with each other. At the end of this is list I’ve copy-pasted a really useful guide to D&B that I found elsewhere on the internet.
BPM Range: 160 – 200

Big Beat is the sound best described as the soundtracks to action movies. The best example would be Overseer – Supermoves which can be heard in the bank heist scene in the beginning of the movie ‘Snatch’.
BPM Range: 120 – 155

Jungle is real rave music, with soul and warmth. Prominent elements are hoovers, furious breakbeats, happy breakdowns with “PLUR” vocals and MCs.
BPM Range: 120 – 155

Industrial and Hardcore can vary widely in composition because they are so experimental, what stands out is liberal use of distortion, particularly in the bass drum. Hardcore is known for its ~200 bpm distorted bass drum. Besides the distortion there will be fast drumlines, broken bass, odd vocal samples etc. Some Industrial also gets rather trance-ey and is called Electronic Body Music (EBM).
BPM Range: About 135 for Industrial, 170 to 250 for Hardcore.

Dubstep – The simplest way to understand Dubstep is it’s Drum & Bass at half speed, and the snares are pitched down to make them heavier. The bass also tends to wobble and have extreme pitches changes. This tends to sound silly at points, hence the ‘brostep‘ sub-genre. Dubstep also has a particular but rare knack for spaced-out, dreamy tracks.
BPM Range: 70 to 120.

Psystep” is used for want of a better word. Though a more expressive name would be better. “Doofstep”? “Trippercore”?

Albums

Compilations

Mixes

Tracks

  • 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse – We Are The Future (Jungle)
  • Acidrockers – Inside (Psystep)
  • Akasha – Brown Sugar (PFM Cosmic Journey Mix) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5lj7Q5kDtU
  • Axi – Mayan Temple (Goastep) – Goa Trance infused DnB. So good.
  • B-Complex – Acid Trip (Neurofunk)
  • Bad Company – China Cup (Techstep)
  • Bassnectar – Here We Go (Dubstep)
  • Big Mistake & DJ Rx feat. Pastor Skinström – Worm (Psy Jump Up) – Wasn’t sure about this one, but its a real fun jumpup track with some psy sprinkled on top.
  • Black Sun Empire – Arrakis (DnB)
  • Black Sun Empire – Breach (DnB) – This is my favourite DnB track, it has melodies and rhythms which will leave you humming all day and drumloops which perfectly complement the rhythms.
  • Breakage – Losing Track (Dub)
  • Budoka – It Hurtz (IDB) – An amazing combination of Johnny Cash singing and relaxed D&B. So chill
  • Chase & Status – No Problem
  • Calyx & Teebee – The Divide (Neurofunk)
  • Calyx & Teebee feat. MC Verse – Dual Processed (Neurofunk)
  • Caracal – Elements (Ambient Dubstep) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZTu0nVYDRg
  • Carl Cox – Phuture 2000 (both Deepsky and Hybrid remixes) (Acid Breaks)
  • Chemical Brothers – Loops of Fury (Big Beat)
  • Chemical Brothers – Leave Home (Big Beat)
  • Counterstrike – Maniac (Techstep)
  • Counterstrike – Draco (DnB)
  • Cowboy INC ft James Rejoice – Aural Body (Intelligent D&B) – Gentle synths lull you into wonderland.
  • Crispy – Predator (Cyberoptics Remix) (Dubstep)
  • Crystal Method – Blowout (Acid Breaks)
  • Cubanate – Hinterland (Industrial)
  • Cybernetika – Devoid of Gravity (Psystep)
  • Dark Sky – Leave (IDB)
  • Deadcrow – Nothing (Trap)
  • Declan Flynn – Bahatu (Ethnic Breaks)
  • Desimal – Afterlife – As someone said, like golden sunrays breaking through dark clouds.
  • Desimal – Circle of Nine (Techstep)
  • Digitalis – Loop Garou (Psy Breaks)
  • Digitalis – Yab-Yum Soul (Psy Breaks)
  • DJ Crystl – Crystlize (Intelligent Jungle)
  • DFRNT – Dark Spaces (Experimental/Dub) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLmnI207EyQ
  • DJ Dance – Death by Stereo (Mix 3) (Breakcore/Hardcore)
  • DJ XS – Rock (Neurofunk)
  • Doctor P – Sweet Shop (Dubstep)
  • Dodge & Fuski – Side 2 Side (IDB)
  • Dom & Roland – Thunder (Techstep)
  • Dom & Roland – City (Techstep)
  • Dom & Roland – Parasite (Techstep)
  • Dub Phizix & Skeptical Feat. Strategy – Marka (Dub)
  • Ebony Dubsters – Ra (Original Sin Remix) (Neurofunk)
  • Eat Static – Peristalsis (Industrial/Rhythmic Noise)
  • Ed Rush & Optical – Chubrub
  • Ed Rush & Optical – Space Monkey – This track is an absolute monster.
  • Ed Solo – Age of Dub – Recommended listening once a day. A dub take on the classic proto-trance hit “Age of Love”.
  • Eprom – Bubble (Original Mix)
  • Eprom – Shoplifter
  • Eprom – TWERKUL8
  • Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Noisia Remix) (Jump-Up)
  • Fatboy Slim – Acid 8000 (Acid)
  • Fatboy Slim – Right Here Right Now (Breaks)
  • Fluke – Atom Bomb (Breakbeat)
  • Flux Pavilion – I Can’t Stop
  • Foreign Beggars – Contact (Noisia Remix) (Dubstep)
  • Foreign Beggars feat. Noisia – No Holds Barred (Excision Remix) (Dubstep)
  • Fracture & Neptune – Time Will Tell (IDB)
  • Go Hiyama – Concrete Advance (Dead Sound And Videohead Remix) (Industrial) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvgr9MdZnzw
  • Hybrid – Finished Symphony (Break Trance)
  • IMF – Mission Impossible Theme (Breaks)
  • Imminent Starvation – Ire (Industrial Noise)
  • Karsh Kale – The Longing (Ethnic Breaks)
  • Klute – 174 B.P.M.
  • Klute – Shirtless
  • Klute – Pissed Jeans
  • Konflict – System Bleed (Techstep)
  • Leon Switch – Subway (Techstep) – The rumbling sub-bass justifies it’s presence here.
  • Leon Switch & Cryptic Minds – Mind Speed (Techstep)
  • Mahisha – Mahisha-Empire (Acid DnB)
  • Mahisha – Cyber Guru (Acid DnB)
  • Mahisha – Dishoom (Goastep)
  • Mala – Changes (Dubstep)
  • Mellow Sonic – Abyss (Cybernetika Remix) – What a track! Twisted acid riffs and massive breakbeats, eerie psychedelic strings and rippling pads.
  • Moby – James Bond Theme (Breaks)
  • Modern Moves – Regret (Techstep)
  • Muffler – Embrace (DnB – Trancestep)
  • Nam Shub of Enki meets Kiki.ILL – _Clickher (Psystep)
  • Nightbreed – Pack of Wolves (Pendulum Remix) (Neurofunk)
  • NiT GriT – Prituri Se Planinata (NiT GriT Remix)
  • NiT GriT – Let Me Die
  • NiT GriT – Abandoned (Sloth Logic Remix)
  • NiT GriT – Lupin – All these tracks are from the NiT GriT album.
  • Noisia – Brainstitch (Neurofunk)
  • Noisia – End Game (Darkstep)
  • Noisia & Mayhem ft. KRS One – Exodus (Neurofunk) – You need to watch the video to get this track.
  • Noisia – Monster (Neurofunk)
  • Noisia – Stigma (Neurofunk)
  • Noisia & Teebee – Lost Cause – What a track. The eerie buildup and then the insane drop. Make sure you max out the volume.
  • Nphect & Dizplay – White Russian (Neurofunk) – If you like this ‘un, check out the rest of the Beautiful Bytes album. The album is great, I’m on the fence on whether its just good enough to make the list. Thing is all the tracks are rather similar. Love the effortless beats though.
  • Ophidian & Ruffneck – So Many Sacrifices (Hardcore)
  • Orbital – Technologique (Big Beat)
  • Overseer – Supermoves (Big Beat)
  • Pendulum – Masochist (Jump-Up)
  • Peshay – Catch it (Jungle)
  • Phace – Psycho (Techstep)
  • Phutureprimitive – Rapid Cognition (Psychedelic Dubstep) – From the Kinetic album. The album is good, but the tracks sound the same, so I only included the one I liked the best.
  • Pish Posh feat MC Posi D – The Beech Master
  • PFM – The Western (Original) (IDB)
  • PFM feat. MC Conrad – The Western (Logical Progression Vol. 1 Version) (IDB)
  • Prodigy – Voodoo People (Big Beat)
  • Ragnarok Online ST – Retro Metro (Symphonic Breaks)
  • Raiden – Fallin (Trancestep)
  • Raserblade – Scorpion (Jump Up)
  • Savant – Siren feat. Ninur (Dubstep)
  • Shakta – Loup Garou (Psybreaks) – Loup Garou is French for werewolf.
  • Shakta – Yab-Yum Soul (Psybreaks)
  • Shimon – The Shadow Knows (Dirtyphonics Remix) (Jump-Up) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IFNjLmYjZU
  • Skynet – Catherine Wheel (DnB)
  • Stakka & Skynet – Global Report (DnB – Techstep)
  • Sub Focus – Scarecrow (DnB)
  • Spor – Darkfunk (Dark Ambient influenced by Neurofunk) – Yesss! Spor made some dark ambient-ish stuff!
  • Spor – Haywire (Neurofunk)
  • Spor – Knock You Down
  • Sloz n Crone – Pow (Jungle)
  • Stranjah – Assassinz (IDB/Neurofunk)
  • Technical Itch – Contaminate (DnB)
  • Technical Itch – Hex (Gein remix) (Techstep)
  • Technical Itch ft. MC Jakes – Retribution (Audio RMX) (Techstep)
  • Technical Itch – The Legend (Evol Intent Remix) (Acid DnB)
  • Techno Syndrome – The Immortals (Mortal Kombat OST) (Breaks/EBM)
  • Teebee – Daywalker (Dark IDB) – From the same EP, sparse well crafted atmospheres.
  • Teebee – Gathering of Developers (Dark IDB)
  • Teebee – Quiet Moment (DnB) – Perfect vocals. Just perfect with the broken beats and bass.
  • Telemetrik – RUR (Neurofunk)
  • The Qemists – Stompbox (Spor Mix) (DnB)
  • The Militia – You and I know (DnB)
  • The Upbeats – Fill Me In (DnB)
  • The Upbeats feat. Evol Intent and Ewun – Smash (DnB)
  • The Upbeats and State of Mind – Earth (DnB)
  • Ultrabear – Bear Trap (Excision Remix) (Dubstep) – And one day I found a track with enough bass.
  • Unknown Error – The Yearning (Trancestep)
  • Unknown Error – Shadows (Trancestep)
  • Vex’d – Thunder (Dubstep)
  • V.I.V.E.K – C My Vision (Dubstep)
  • Volor Flex – You In Me www.youtube.com/watch?v=04IWUnBj-h4 (Dubstep)
  • Wickaman & Hoodlum – Na Fool Me Again
  • Yoshida Brothers – Storm (TM Mix)

 

I found a fairly enlightening guide to D’n’B here, which I’m copy-pasting…

Liquid funk:

Description:
This describes that light, summery side on dnb. Typically will be heavily influenced by jazz elements, hip hop elements, and perhaps infused with flavors from Jump Up and dub. Chances are if it makes you smile, or the vocals sound happy or upbeat, you’ll find it here.

Labels:
Hospital
Soul:R
Liquid V
Good Looking
Signature

Artists:
High Contrast
London Elektricity
Calibre
Marcus Intalex
DJ Marky
Nu:Tone
Logistics

Key Tracks:
Calibre – Drop It Down
DJ Marky and XRS – LK
Marcus Intalex and High Contrast – 3am

Jump up:

Description:
Makes you want to throw your arms around or start raving. Can often include cheesy vocals that are filtered with effects to lead into a drop that helps those pill heads go higher. Common features include a wobbling bass line, extreme build up for the drop, and in some cases a short synth. Generally defined as blatantly dancefloor friendly.

Labels:
Aphrodite
Back 2 Basics
Ram Records
Breakbeat Kaos
Ganja
Full Cycle
Bingo

Artists:
Aphrodite
Pendulum
Sub Focus
Baron
Dillinja
Adam F
DJ SS

Key Tracks:
Sub Focus – Swamp Thing
Dillinja – Twist Em Out
Ray Keith – Chopper (Shy FX remix)

Hard Step / Dark / Evil:

Description:
Open the Floodgates and wait for the hounds of hell to take your soul…. Defined by the blazing amounts of drum edits with a low heavy bassline…. Often vocals and heavy, distorted effects. The all out evil side of drum and bass.

Labels:
Renegade Hardware
Barcode
Freak
Tech Itch (Technical Freaks LP )
Penetration
Obscene
Violence
Human Imprint

Producers:
Dylan
Tech Itch
Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch
Limewax
Raiden
Eye-D
Loxy + Ink
Keaton
Evol Intent
Hive
Unknown Error

Key Tracks:
Dylan & B-Key – Slave To Life
Tech Itch – Pressure Drop
Pish Posh – Corrupt Cops (Evol Intent remix)
Limewax – 1/2 lb

Neuro Funk / Future Beat:
Deep rolling basslines with a more minimal approach to the breaks & synths. Probably the most mature sound of drum n bass. A very refined style, usually featuring a dark or deep feeling to the music, but also with an edge of funk. Typically features heavy sampling and many layered drum hits. Very technical production.

Labels:
No U-Turn
Metalheadz
Dsci4
Subtitles
Violence
Shadow Law
Lifted Music

Artists:
Ed Rush & Optical
Ryme Tyme
Dom & Roland

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