London’s Hottest Drum & Bass Raves: August

Since the early 90s Drum & Bass has trail blazed its way through the public consciousness, starting out in the underground before erupting into the world of dance music and beyond. There is no surprise that the genre has risen to the pinnacle of bass music – the raw energy and emotion can be hard to find elsewhere.  From the sounds of early Metalheadz to the new school of producers becoming increasingly apt at the synthesis of old Jungle era tropes with updated technology, in today’s Drum & Bass world there is something for everybody.


Like most dance music, especially the bassier strains, you cannot enjoy Drum & Bass to its maximum potential without being in a club (or festival) surrounded by like-minded ravers and a weighty sound system. It is music made for the dance floor, from the delicate and soulful sounds of Calibre to the frenetic and brutish sonics behind icons like DJ Hazard or DJ Hype, one things for certain – you’ll be hard pressed to stop yourself getting carried away.


One of the great things about Drum & Bass is how universal a genre it really is, go to most places on earth now and you will certainly be able to hear some kind of variant. Nonetheless, you absolutely cannot discount London’s critical position in all of this – if it was not for the capital city and its wealth of clubs the genre may not have been born. It was Fabio & Grooverider, for instance, accidentally playing a Hardcore track at 45rpm instead of 33 that is widely acknowledged as being the catalyst for Jungle and subsequently Drum & Bass.


With so many incredible nightlife destinations it is not surprising that London has had and continues to have a formative influence on the Drum & Bass scene. Historically clubs such as Fabric have spearheaded the genre’s movement, and now, whilst there have been multiple closures, new venues such as the monolithic Printworks have popped up. It all proves that London underground nightlife is a hard one to stifle. So, with this in mind let us answer the question: where can I find the best London Drum & Bass raves?


Jungle Mania, AudioPorn Records and Rewired at Fabric (23rd August)


Fabric are well known for their consistently stupendous multi-room line-ups that often seek to showcase a particular label or brand within each room, and this one is no different. Jungle Mania take care of Room One, a brand that has been an integral part of the UK’s underground music fabric since the early 90s. They are all about bringing back the original junglist energy that set London alight all those years ago, holding raves with typically huge line-ups that encompass the best of the old school. Here they have invited some of Jungle’s most integral names, such as Grooverider, Kenny Ken, Ray Keith and the Ragga Twins amongst others. Any fans of the genre should be licking their lips at this; it is an outrageous selection of DJs.


Over in Room Two Fabric have given the reins to the ever-developing AudioPorn Records label for a right old Drum & Bass rinse out to complement the Jungle in Room One. The biggest success story of the last few years headlines in Benny L, a man who has shot to international recognition in little over two years, in part due to his smash-hit remix of John Holt’s “Police In Helicopter”. Alongside him is label affiliate Shimon, as well as a TNA showcase that includes Nu Elementz, Grima and Azza. MCs Mr Traumatik, MC Fatman D, Pastry Maker and Deefa are also all on hand to ensure the vibes are set very high throughout. Elsewhere Room Three is dedicated to House music anthems, with Apollo 84 & Jack Dee headlining a bill that also includes Majesty, Jai Baisden and a whole lot more. Tickets start from as little as £10, an absolute bargain!


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Calibre XOYO Residency with Exit Records at XOYO (2nd August)


Calibre is one of the most respected producers in the entirety of the Drum & Bass world, so it was absolute pandemonium when he was announced as the next XOYO resident, with a breath-taking summer series of line-ups that encompass so many more genres than just Drum & Bass alone. The 2nd of August edition is probably the pick of the bunch, as the Northern Irish producer invites Exit Records down to showcase their forward-thinking and eclectic take on Drum & Bass. Label boss dBridge heads up proceedings alongside the ethereal Calibre, bringing with him the experimental approach to the genre that has been gaining plaudits for so many years. As owner of one of the biggest labels in the game you just know he is going to bring some serous heat to the London club’s dance floor.


Everybody’s favourite Mancunians Dub Phizix and Strategy have also been invited down, bringing their high energy and tribal take on Drum & Bass to XOYO. The chemistry between these two is off the chain at pretty much every show they play, with Dub Phizix supplying a constant supply of dance floor artillery as Strategy bounds around with enough energy to power the whole of the UK for at least a week. And this is even before their classic hit “Marka” gets played, afterwards it is complete anarchy. Jubei and SP:MC round things off in the main-room, with Zed Bias taking care of proceedings in the second room aptly named “Calibre’s Dub Lab”. There are only a handful of £25 tickets available, not much of a surprise when you consider the extent to this line-up.


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Dispatch Recordings w/ Ulterior Motive, Ant TC1 at E1 (9th August)


The iconic Drum & Bass label Dispatch Recordings takeover one of London’s newest warehouse spaces E1, for a night that showcases a wide range of sounds from within the genre. Label boss Ant TC1 heads up the bill, a man who has been responsible for one of the most influential Drum & Bass labels around, releasing music from a variety of highly respected artists such as Skeptical and Halogenix. You can be sure that this guy’s record bag is more than primed for this one, and his own productions testify to this as well. In particular the beautifully smooth Valley Groove produced in collaboration with Commix.


Elsewhere on the line-up are Drum & Bass titans Ulterior Motive. Strongly affiliated with the iconic Metalheadz label and well known for a slew of hits such as “I Adore You” together with the one and only Goldie, the duo are definitely not people to sleep on. Their 2013 debut album “The Fourth Wall” remains a benchmark for many producers to hit, and E1’s sound-system will be the perfect place to hear their immensely crisp productions. The takeover is completed by a host of other renowned names, of which Nymfo, Grey Code and Maximous are some of the most exciting. All of this on E1’s patented “Wall Of Sound” system? Doesn’t get much better than this, believe us…


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