Warehouse raiders, The Rinse has returned with a massive salvo of new drum & bass for the week. This week’s episode is brimming with music from D&B vets like Wilkinson, Wickaman, DJ Sly, and Break, to name a few. Without further ado, let’s dive in!
Wilkinson feat. Shannon Saunders – Breathe (Original Mix) [RAM]
For a limited time, RAM Records’ star producer Wilkinson made his most recent tune Breathe available for free on his website as a ‘thank you’ to his fans. For those that missed it, the tune is now available for purchase and is definitely worth the price of admission. Breathe sees rising UK songstress Shannon Saunders belt out an irresistible vocal on top of a legato bassline and muted lead. The tune is also accompanied by an uplifting music video that can be seen here.
Homemade Weapons – Mileena (MVP Mix) [Samurai Music]
Burgeoning Baltimore native Homemade Weapons just dropped an off-kilter, bass opus titled Clarion Call and it delivers a huge serving of low frequencies and fresh rhythms. One of the EP’s high points is the MVP mix of Mileena–a horror-tinged, bass frenzy built around a relentless kick drum and metallic percussion hits. Make sure to check out the original mix of Mileena for a subtler take, which is also featured on the EP.
Submorphics – Outer Mission (Original Mix) [SGN:LTD]
San Francisco-based producer Submorphics made serious noise last year with his smooth roller Long Been Gone on Shogun Audio sister-label, SGN:LTD. Now, the producer returns with another release on SGN:LTD titled The Devine–a four-track EP with typical soulful vibes and frenetic rhythms Submorphics is so great at crafting. The EP brings along a notable cast including Jenna G and T.R.A.C., but also shines with the featureless productions such as Outer Mission. Perhaps taking its name for the area of San Francisco, Outer Mission glides along with a thick pad, resonant pad and vocal steeped in delay.
Friske – Down (Original Mix) [Metalheadz Platinum]
Londoner Friske just released a pressurized, six-track EP on Metalheadz sister label, Metalheadz Platinum–and all six tracks are spectacular. Ant TC1 and TLR render a ruthless remix for the EP’s lead off track, but it’s the rolling salvo Down that gets the spotlight on this week’s episode of The Rinse. Down’s chesty bass and syncopated break are essential ingredients for sparking a dancefloor fire.
Riya feat. Break – I Don’t Need (Original Mix) [Spearhead]
Delivering perhaps one the year’s biggest D&B albums, Riya has simply been an unstoppable force in 2015. Her album, titled Sublimation, comes by way of Spearhead Records, and showcases production from a bevy of artists including Total Science, Enei, and Emperor. Just one of the album’s stellar 14 tracks, I Don’t Need features production from Break, who brings Riya’s sultry voice together with head-knocking breaks and vintage Reese bass.
Mob Tactics feat. Joell Fender – Neon Gold (Original Mix) [Viper]
Mob Tactics have made a name for themselves across some of the biggest labels in the scene like RAM, Playaz, and and MTA, among others. Now, the duo has signed exclusively to Viper Recordings and just dropped their label debut, Neon Gold. The tune features a plucked lead, heavily filtered bassline, and UK vocalist Joell Fender’s inimitable voice.
Wickaman & Maverick – The Break Goes On (Original Mix) [Jungle Strikes]
Industry staples Wickaman & Maverick deliver a ragga-inflected gem with their new tune, The Break Goes On. A sample from Sonny & Cher’s The Beat Goes On, brings nostalgia to what is otherwise a dancefloor-ready stormer, and the classic break sample combined with a pizzicato lead make for a highly accessible, late-night experience.
DJ Sly feat. Pretty P – Hands Up (Original Mix) [Higher Stakes]
Out via Dj Sly’s own Higher Stakes Recordings, DJ Sly and Pretty P’s upfront Hands Up is the lead-off track to DJ Sly’s new, seven-track EP, Breaking the Rules. A biting lead and a soothing R&B vocal makes Hands Up a peak-time rollercoaster.