Just thought I’d start up a little retrospective of 2007 thread. It be a touch too early but I got a few mins at work so thought why not.. This year has seen an influx of wicked new producers and in my opinion a sign that things are again on the up in terms of really good music in drum n bass. We have the dancefloor thing doing well, jump up is enormous right now. (god knows why…lol) . But also more importantly certain producers have begun to switch things up a bit and start thinking musically about dnb taking into consideration the depth and musicality in the music rather than just simply creating something to rinse out too, gaining the music a little bit of credibility and steering it away from the dark scary happy-hardcore shaped abyss. It was really nice to see the man like Goldie show he’s still one of the most prolific producers in the game by putting out a ridisculously sick album under his Ruffige Kru guise. Ive heard a few new tracks from his new artist album and they too are amazing! And the now, more than established leaders of the new(ish) skool High Contrast and Commix both killed it with phenomanol albums and consistently excellent pieces of music on Headz and Hospital..(the two best labels of 07??) As far as pushing things forward and really serious production went in 2008 it was all about Lynx, Break, Icicle, Atlantic Collection, Fierce, Commix, Goldie, Heist, Lomax, Calyx, Teebee (although I did find their album slightly over-hyped for what it was), Black Sun Empire, NoisiaTelemetrik, Sci Phi and High Contrast. Best night of the year had to be Hospital @ Heaven in Sept…particularly the Detonate room…heavy heavy heay! Bailey and Doc Scott killed it. Or Possible Break, Fierce and Randal at Black Swan Brsitol…..perfect music! To balance it out…. On a slightly negative tip..what the fuck happened to V / Chronic etc this year? Clipz put out some total tripe...And Ant Miles’ album was disappointingly unexciting. Worse night…probably have to say Random Concept at Bristol….too many MC’s too many crap short sets (how many tiomes can Game Over VIp get caned??)…no girls….Ended up leaving 3 hours in… Also really pissed off at the shit negative narrow minded reaction to the whole Pendulum thing……when will people learn eh? But overall wicked year! Next year will be better… Looking forward to Shock Out, Telemetrik album and the new Goldie album for a start as well as Die’s liquid label putting out some decent stuff.