D&B Diary

FOR 2015

This week we're taking a look at the most exciting and intriguing dnb albums due to come out in 2015.

This week we're taking a look at the most exciting and intriguing dnb albums due to come out in 2015

DLR – Seeing Sounds (Dispatch Recordings) (Out February 2015)

DLR, otherwise known as Jay, has had a phenomenal 2014 and his first solo album Seeing Sounds is due for release on Dispatch Recordings in early February. Since going solo after his acclaimed Method In The Madness  alongside Octane, he has forged a reputation as one of the most unique and talented producers in the scene. The 16-track LP will see DLR team up once more with Break on an incredible new track "Human Error", which can be heard below, and includes collaborations with Hydro and Fokus among others. The countdown begins...

DLR & Mako - [Untitled]  (Metalheadz)

As if one DLR album wasn’t enough, he has recently announced that a new collaborative album with Utopia head honcho, Mako, is in progress. The pair teamed up for DLR’s Your Mind EP earlier in the year on Metalheadz with two tracks riddled with gracefully crafted sounds. The pair are excelling beyond the reaches of drum & bass and we can only hope this one drops soon.

Check out the creative process behind DLR and Mako's Your Mind

SpectraSoul - [Untitled] (Shogun Audio)

It’s been over two and a half years since Dave & Jack released their debut LP Delay No More so it was refreshing to see the pair announce that the next album is almost complete back in October. Delay No More was the only album where I truly felt I was being taken on a musical journey. Each song on the LP had a deep-seated identity and still managed to fit the soulful, dark mould, that SpectraSoul have been known for after all these years. Shogun have a tendency to release two albums a year, and with Rockwell securely at the front of the queue I expect this one to drop at the tail end of next year...

There are an astonishing 135 tracks in this 5 minute minimix, find the tracklist on their Facebook

Skeptical - [Untitled]

Skeptical has been keeping a tight lid on any announcements of his debut album and it has been on the rumour mill for well over a year now. His Four:Fit EP on Soul:R, earlier in the year was a cocktail of awe-inspiring beats but it's still up for debate what label the LP will be released on. Aimed squarely at the dancefloor, his latest dub "Delusions" has been masterfully engineered. It can be heard in his set from D&BTV Presents Outlook Festival Drum & Bass Labels Showcase at Concrete, London. Worryingly, the fact that the video is dated as 10th May 2013 does make me question whether we will ever see this one in our record bags.... my fingers are firmly crossed.

"Delusions" drops at 6.30:

Ed Rush & Optical – Automaton (Virus)

Initially due for release in September of this year, the next installment in the Virus catalogue is surely ready to launch in early 2015. The unrelenting pair have teased a tracklist that will include 2011 dub "The Host", "Long-Stay", "No Cure", "Automaton", "Insurgent", "Dirt-Funk" and many more.

"The duo are currently working on their latest album a project which promises an eagerly awaited injection of that classic Virus future funk with a blend of today’s production techniques that will prove hard to resist." - Ed Rush Official

Spor - [Untitled]
 (Lifted Music)

The pie in the sky Spor album is surely due in 2015 and will be the first official release from Jon Gooch aka Feed Me’s drum & bass alter-ego since 2012. News of the yet-untitled album first emerged as a series of tweets from his Feed Me twitter account and can be seen below:

One to look out for is a collab with Phace entitled "Woodruf". It first appeared in mixes back in 2012 and has been gathering dust ever since: 


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Written by Barney Blackhurst

01 Dec 2014