Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

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  1. InReach

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    2013 was without a doubt a big year for drum and bass… I think it’s fair to say trends in the commercial music industry are cyclical, and 2013 saw a clear revival of drum and bass in the charts. Wilkinson got a place in the top 10 with ‘Afterglow’ and Rudimental reached number one in the singles and albums charts. I will be honest and say that certain commercial strands of the genre, for example, the likes of Hospital Records who continued on their path of pristinely packaged drum and bass, their releases for the large part tantamount to a dnb equivalent of house music’s David Guetta aren’t really our thing over at In-Reach. Neither are releases on the somewhat cheesy and infinitely predictable side of things. I’d also like to illustrate, without identifying the culprits, that in 2013 some of the larger labels leaned dangerously close to what I’d consider ‘dnb boyband’ material with their choice of press shots. Harsh words aside however, despite facing the presumptuous ‘you’re one of those’ glares (by ‘one of those’ I mean the ones that like jump-up or the ultra polished, synth heavy Ibiza dnb sound) whenever illustrating my passion for the genre, I think the success of drum and bass in the mainstream is perhaps a wider reflection of heightened interest all round, and if this is something that’s going to get more people through the ‘gateway to the good stuff’ then why not?

    Beyond the strict confines of commercialism and out with the mainstream limelight is where we at In-Reach believe the genre has been at its finest. Undoubtedly a year in which underground drum and bass has thrived, once again, 2013 saw a group of producers, DJ’s, Promoters and labels that through their dedication and passion for the genre continued to push drum and bass in innovative, imaginative and truly pioneering directions. We felt it only right to relive 2013 and highlight what we at In-Reach believe were the biggest events, the stand out tunes and most memorable moments in drum and bass!

    January – March ......

    Read more here: http://in-reach.co.uk/reach-look-back-2013/

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    Fallen.GeMiNi 3rd rate banger merchant

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    Nice read!
     
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    spelling police..

     
  4. InReach

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    You have no idea how many times this was read over! Always one slips through the net! Thanks for the heads up bro!
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    yeah, good comparison. they're a dead label now, shame cause I love some stuff on hospital (nu:tone's back of beyond lp especially). that last high contrast album was the nail in the coffin for me...
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

    2013 was without a doubt the worst year for drum and bass…

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    I agree they used to smash it but now its just comical
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

    Clearly listening to the wrong stuff ;)
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk


    HAHAHAH

    JHUMP APP FTW
     
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    med school is fucking killing it at the moment

    also c&k lp, the spy album and the nu:tone album were pretty good
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

    That's just a case of bad taste. 2013 was an incredible year for dnb. So many fresh sounds and styles. It was one of the first years that wasn't just about updates of the past. I think it was an important year for the growth of 170 music.
     
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    It's quite obvious! Look at the DNB awards for a little clue ;)
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk


    Its was an incredible year for dnb in the charts. As for updates of the past no it was all about VIP's last year.

    an important year for the growth of 170 music who you kidding?
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

    Dags if you could kindly refrain from boring people over and over with your negative views on dnb (and maybe acquire a better taste in music) that would be splendid old chap
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

    What charts?

    Maybe it was a bad year for the jump up and neuro guys? That's not my thing so I have no clue.

    It was an important year because people that actually make tunes that were inspired by influences outside of dnb gained a following. Dnb has always been plagued by being inbred. Producers like Stray, Machinedrum and Ruffhouse are fresher than the vast majority of new producers over the last 20 years. You think anybody would have backed or paid attention to Fredric Robinson or Om Unit in 2005?
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

    Not really.

    And its not all negative. There's a couple of good tracks coming out.


    Pop charts.

    Why do you say jump up? Like that's ALL I listen to!
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

    And you complain about DnB not being underground?

    Seems like you need to pay less attention to the charts and radio you supposedly hate?

    Also stop trolling.
     
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    If we talking underground dubstep is more underground than dnb now...

    DUBSTEP.

    Stop feeding the troll then x
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

    all your credibility has just evaporated after that comment. stop going through the charts and criticizing those few artists that have actually made it and start scanning through the underground dnb releases that are not in the charts that you clearly have no knowledge of. who knows there may be something you like

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    just out of interest, which dubstep artists would you consider underground?
     
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    Re: Drum & Bass highlights of 2013 - In-Reach.co.uk

    sorry for stupid comments.
     
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    This is why Drum & Bass cant have nice things
     
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