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Get the best new drum 'n' bass from around the world in one playlist
Tune into the best breakout drum 'n' bass artists, tracks, labels and mixes from across the globe.
By Dave Jenkins
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What began in inner-city clubs and raves around the UK more than 25 years ago has long since become a global phenomenon. Today, drum 'n' bass is a worldwide movement.
Each territory comes with its own culture, musical flavours, artists and labels. Whether it's jump-up drum 'n' bass from Belgium, neurofunk from The Netherlands, liquid drum 'n' bass from North America, or any other shade and style in between, the international drum 'n' bass landscape has never been healthier.
Listen to and follow our regularly updated Spotify playlist for the best new drum 'n' bass tracks from across the world and then read on to learn more about the artists behind some of the standout additions.
Check out our Around The World In Drum 'n' Bass playlist below:

GLXY & DRS – She Sings For Me

GLXY's highly anticipated debut LP, Research & Development (out now on Shogun Audio) flexes between shades of soul and introspection, and documents exactly where the South Coast UK duo are at right now. Check out their new Choice Mix for Red Bull Radio, too, featuring Visionobi on the mic.

Dutta – The Trooper

Manchester murker Dutta’s been on a monster roll since launching his label, Informal, in December 2019. Weaving between raucous jump-up energy and moodier rollers, every release offers variety and comes with a raffish, unkempt funk guarantee. April has been especially ripe for Dutta jams, as releases on Informal and Nicky Blackmarket's Kartoons have both recently dropped.

Quadrant, Iris – This Is Not Normal

Seattle power duo Leigh Quadrant and Karen Iris deal strictly in powerful, skin-meltingly tech rollers and their latest release for Klute's Commercial Suicide is no exception. The whole Form Constant EP is recommended, but it's the techno-like arpeggio and ghostly vocals that make the fittingly titled This Is Not Normal stand-out the most. Concentrated 3am rave juice.
Seattle drum 'n' bass music duo Leigh Quadrant and Karen Iris.
Quadrant, Iris

Mako – Flip It

Mako’s debut solo album on Metalheadz is an exploration of the essence of true drum 'n' bass. Tension, emotion, attention to detail, the art of surprise and superb drum craft. From the toxic halftime wastelands of Flip It to the unhurried, dreamy psychedelics of Holding You, Oeuvre is yet another Metalheadz LP keeper.

Urbandawn – Together Again (I Pray)

From last year's smash Home Together to this month's poignant Together Again, once again Sao Paulo polymath Urbandawn manages to blend every style into one power-punch of a tune. Belting soulful vocals and hooks, neuro basslines, dancefloor welly and delicate guitar playing of his own, Urbandawn fuses flavours at a Michelin level.

Label: Unchained

China's boundary-blending Unchained imprint has been spotless in its sonic assault of late. The label's Year Of The Rat compilation was a huge statement of intent earlier this year and they've followed it up with a chop-rattling EP from New York's Doctor Jeep.
Lenzman curated his own room at Red Bull Music presents Refractions.
Lenzman

Remix: Lenzman – In My Mind ft IAMDDB (Break Remix)

No one does soul quite like The North Quarter bossman Lenzman and no one does grizzly, savage-but-smooth roller quite like Break. Add to this the powerful vocals of Manchester singer IAMDDB and this jam is tailor-made.

Label: Vandal Records

Toulouse is to the French D'n'B scene more or less what Bristol is to the UK scene – an outpost with a style and sound of its own. Based out of Toulouse, Vandal celebrate their 50th release this month with a killer compilation album featuring Amoss, Phentix & Nymfo, Revan & Hadley and Zero T.

Bensely – Secrets Ft Sarah Carmosino (Flite Remix)

A highlight from Canadian artist Bensley’s exceptional second album, Muskoka, the '80s synth-funk flavoured Secrets gets a crucial roughhousing from North American man of the moment, Flite. This won't stay secret for very long.
Estonian/Lithuanian drum 'n' bass duo Mean Teeth playing live.
Mean Teeth

Mean Teeth

Estonian and Lithuanian duo Mean Teeth have delivered the final chapter of their album Bring Back The Funk. An exercise in classic rough-round-the-edges neurofunk and bulldozer grooves, it's the latest in a whole string of recent operations on labels such as Korsakov, Lost, Kill Tomorrow and neuro mothership C4C, Cause4Concern's pioneering label. The track Tough Business is especially hard-hitting. A collaboration with both C4C members, it features the voice of the sorely missed Optiv, who passed away earlier this year.
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