Various - This Is Drum + Bass (mixed by High Contrast + London Elektricity)
Drum ‘n’ bass has recently seen something of a popular resurgence, perhaps in no small part due to Pendulum selling it to the rock and indie crowd. As the saying goes, "If it's good enough for Zane Lowe..." This Is Drum + Bass features one disc mixed by High Contrast and one by London Elektricity (two of the scenes' big acts) and is rather more purist. The only obvious concession to rock fans is a remix of an Enter Shikari track.
While the sole thing non d’n’b heads are likely to recognise on High Contrast’s disc is the vocal from Empire of the Sun’s 'We Are The People', London Elektricity’s disc is liberally sprinkled with remixes of dance hits. Wiley’s ‘Wearing My Rolex’, Deadmau5's ‘I Remember’ and David Guetta’s 'When Love Takes Over' (prised from Guetta’s ruinous hands, Kelly Rowland’s vocal works pretty well), can all be found here and it's fair to say this CD is the more accessible of the two.
Otherwise, both cast a wide net over the genre’s various strands - from hard and fast to the more atmospheric, chilled variety to the sort of ravey jungle sound that will have you checking you’re not stuck in 1992. London Elektricity even finds a bit of space for d’n’b’s hipper, allegedly k-fuelled brother: dubstep. Caspa’s remix of 'Where’s My Money', with the emphasis on the BASS, is the sonic equivalent of going ten rounds with the school bully and is fairly typical of what the kids are wobbling around to these days. Listen out also for Subwave's Stars Get Down, the house-y vocal making it a potential floorfiller.
There are occasional dull passages across the two discs, but fans of drum 'n' bass' dynamic noise are unlikely to regret adding this compilation to their collection.