Coming off a groundbreaking 2013, it’s no surprise that the neurofunk prodigy Mefjus makes it into our top 15 this year. The Austrian producer has graced several labels since hitting the scene, but now makes Critical Music his permanent home. His track Suicide Bassline is pressurized madness, combining a heavily modulated mid-bass with dissonant sound effects. Of equal quality is the tune’s provocative video, whose disturbing images pair well with the track’s gripping sound design. Pick up Suicide Bassline right now on Beatport.
Metrik had a monumental 2014 all centering around the release of his debut album on Hospital Records, Universal Language. From features across just about every BBC radio channel to his extensive European album tour, the year was all about Metrik’s first long player. The London native was also nominated five times for the Drum & Bass Arena Awards and landed two tunes on the soundtrack for Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport Horizon 2 video game. His track Want My Love received massive support from the entire Hospital camp and beyond, and brought a musically sophisticated yet minimalistic sound to the D&B landscape this year. Pick up Want My Love and the rest of the Universal Language album right here on Beatport.
This year, Playaz alumni DJ Hazard delivered what was quite possibly the rudest tune of his career. No one will argue that the D&B veteran has notched quite a few club bangers across many celebrated labels such as Formation, Ganja, and of course Playaz Recordings, but this year’s Bricks Don’t Roll tune was a dancefloor grenade. Arguably his nastiest track since Death March, the tune features a hovering mid-bassline with enough low-end to levitate a drink right off the bar top. Head over to Beatport to check out the entire Bricks Don’t Roll EP.
Pick your poison–Pale Blue Dot or Don’t Let Me Go was going to make it onto this chart at a minimum. Both tunes were very well-received this year, proving the consistent nature of The Prototypes’ output. Released on Viper Recordings, Don’t Let Me Go is an uplifting tune featuring a remarkable vocal from Amy Pearson and one of the most irresistible melodies of the entire year. Both Pale Blue Dot and Don’t Let Me Go come ahead of the Brighton boys’ forthcoming album City of Gold, which is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of 2015. Make sure to check out the video for Don’t Let Me Go and pick up the single and big remixes here at Beatport.
Wilkinson has D&B in a headlock at the moment and it doesn’t appear as if he will be releasing it anytime soon. Growing his presence in the frenetic genre year over year, 2014 saw the RAM Records artist remix for the likes of Gorgon City, release originals on Virgin EMI, and play everywhere from Privilege Ibiza to Escape From Wonderland in California. With what was perhaps his biggest remix to date, the Londoner retooled Ed Sheeran’s Sing into one of 2014’s most intense D&B workouts.
Dub Phizix and Strategy linked up again for one of the biggest club tunes this year with Buffalo Charge. It was only two years ago that the two prodigious producers collaborated on the gritty Marka–a huge tune in its own right that bears resemblance to Buffalo Charge in both style and composition. As good as Buffalo Charge is musically, the video for the tune is equally massive and pushes the envelope of creativity for electronic music at large. Click here to pick up Buffalo Charge from Beatport.
Championed by the mighty V Recordings, Dr Meaker has been trailblazing D&B’s live scene since capturing the spotlight with 2012’s Fighter. While the Bristol outfit has been around since 2004, Fighter instantly catapulted them onto the radar of the scene’s biggest figures. Chosen as one of the groups to watch right here on LessThan3, Dr Meaker has enjoyed heavy support from BBC Radio and have even had the privilege of performing live at Red Bull Studios in London. Right Back is a feel good tune, replete with horn stabs and soulful vocals from Kosheen’s own Sian Evans. Pick up the Right Back right here on Beatport.
Logistics was another artist that dropped an LP in 2014, but also stayed busy on the remix front with tracks for Above & Beyond, The Writers Block, and Fred V & Grafix, to name a few. His album Polyphony was certainly one of D&B’s high points this year, with one of its tunes called As Sure As Sunrise getting major attention from the DJ circuit. The Hospital Records artist combined a muted organ motif with a heavy bassline and the result was absolutely magical. Make sure to check out this entire album right here on Beatport–one of the year’s best works.
There cannot be a 2014 chart without TC on it. The Bristol producer had a watershed year, notching several remixes and an original mix that were all chart-worthy. From his rolling remix of Jess Glynne’s Right Here, his floor-shaking remix of Wilkinson’s Dirty Love and his remix of Javeon’s Intoxicated, to his most recent original mix Everything For A Reason, everything TC touched this year turned to gold. However, it was his unexpected, intelligent remix of Intoxicated that couldn’t be ignored. The bassline here is simply irresistible. Pick up TC’s remix of Intoxicated right here on iTunes.
Aside from remixing the biggest artists, releasing tracks on the most popular labels, and getting millions of plays on every streaming platform, Netsky is just your average D&B artist. One of the few producers that has releases on Sony/Epic, Hospital, OWSLA, Viper, and Playaz, among many others, it was his anthemic Running Low that landed on the upper-echelon of our chart. Beth Ditto of The Gossip’s emotive vocals combined with piercing synth stabs make for one of this year’s most unforgettable tunes. Pick up Running Low right here on Beatport.
It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Andy C is one of D&B’s most heralded producers because of his DJing talent. After all, the man wins “Best DJ" award from Drum & Bass Arena year after year, and is regarded by many of EDM’s top DJs to be the world’s best. For the uninitiated, it was Andy C and Shimon’s original production Body Rock that brought newfound publicity to D&B over a decade ago, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see Andy C and Fiora’s Heartbeat Loud at the #5 spot. While the original mix is nothing short of amazing, it’s Andy’s VIP retooling that delivers enough low-end to keep the bass-heads bouncing well into the morning hours. Pick it up on Beatport.
Arguably one of the most underrated producers in all of electronic music, Fracture has gifted D&B fans with a throwback tune that will have ravers smiling from ear-to-ear. Loving Touch is a tried and true formula: 808s, Reese bassline, chopped up break, ravey vocal, all conjured into an infectious rhythm. Part of a stellar four-track EP, Loving Touch is a shining example of how to bring back the magic of yesteryear’s D&B/jungle with a contemporary polish. Easily the most surprising track of 2014. Head over to Beatport to check out Fracture’s masterwork on Exit Records.
With Nu:Tone’s fourth album Future History fresh off the press from Hospital Records, Nu:Tone has certainly had a banner year in 2014. Future History is a brilliant sonic adventure, exploring different tempos and styles throughout. However, it was Nu:Tone’s remix of Billon’s Special from earlier this year that proved to be one of 2014’s most innovative tunes. With a slightly dissonant lead synth and an entrancing sub-bass, this track is incredibly original and clearly demonstrates Nu:Tone’s deft remixing ability. Pick up the Special remix right here on Beatport.
Wilkinson’s Dirty Love was everywhere–in every playlist, mixed set, festival, and radio station. Making it onto our chart for the last two years in a row, the RAM producer is simply on fire and shows why with this ubiquitous dancefloor workout. Dirty Love’s bouncing bassline and sexy vocal from Talay Riley made it nearly impossible to resist the groove of this 2014 anthem, and it certainly didn’t help that TC’s remix did just as much damage on the club circuit. When D&B fans think back to 2014, Dirty Love will certainly be part of those thoughts. Grab it on Beatport.
Sitting at over 100 million plays on YouTube, 1.1 million plays on SoundCloud, and notching the #1 spot on the UK Singles chart, it’s pretty safe to say that there was a clear #1 for this year’s chart. Featuring a sample from Kanye West’s Bound 2, Sigma’s Nobody To Love is the epitome of summertime music with its uplifting piano progression, energetic bassline, and enrapturing vocal. There is much to be said about a D&B tune’s merits when it surpasses the likes of Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams, and John Legend on the Singles chart. Special congratulations go out to Sigma and 3beat for an amazing tune! Be sure check out the amazing video and pick up Nobody to Love right here on Beatport.