We’re back with another incredible drum & bass round-up! May was a huge month for DnB, with releases from familiar faces as well as some newcomers that are now on […]
We’re back with another incredible drum & bass round-up! May was a huge month for DnB, with releases from familiar faces as well as some newcomers that are now on our radar. We heard some great albums from some of our favorite names as well as beautiful singles and collaborations. Check out our top five DnB tracks from the month of May!
1. Blossom – About You
Kicking off this month’s top five is “About You”, a soul-cleansing banger from bass house queen Blossom. The London-born, Arizona-raised producer has leveled up over the last couple of years with quite a diverse discography. This is Blossom’s first liquid drum & bass track and we are a HUGE fan. The track features deep, rich reese bass lines, engaging melodies, and dreamy vocals from Blossom herself! While this is her first drum & bass release since December, Blossom has been a real champion of the genre via her consistent Twitch streams, introducing her fans to new sounds and artists.
2. Justin Hawkes – Heartleap
Up next in our top five round-up is Justin Hawkes, who released one of the feel-good songs of the year in “Heartleap”. This track features that Cymatics sample that we’ve known and loved ever since Trippie Redd dropped “Miss The Rage”. Justin’s utilization of this sample in a drum & bass framework blew us away. Similarly to Blossom’s track, this song also features vocals from the artist. Justin’s lyricism and voice are on full display and really highlight just how all-encompassing many of these artists are. This is the perfect song for your summer playlist.
3. Dimension – DJ Turn It Up
Next up, we have one of the most highly-anticipated dance floor anthems to come out in 2023. Dimension’s “DJ Turn It Up” was rinsed into oblivion during the drum & bass all-star’s recent North American tour alongside Sub Focus, 1991, and Culture Shock, with fans begging for an official release. Every time this song has been dropped during a set, you can feel the energy on the dance floor shift to another level. Expect to hear this banger in a lot of future sets from your favorite drum & bass artists. Let us know in the comments if you were able to catch a Dimension set earlier this spring!
4. Fred V – Homesick (feat. Lottie Jones)
Speaking of legends who recently completed a North American tour, Fred V enters the top five round-up with a blissfully powerful tune in “Homesick” featuring angelic vocals from Lottie Jones. Out now on Hospital Records, this track will instantly generate some goosebumps. The South London-based label is home to Fred V, as well as other huge names like Netsky, Camo & Krooked, High Contrast, Grafix, London Elektricity, and several others. Fred V joined fellow hit-makers Danny Byrd and Whiney on the Hospitality North American Tour, which made a number of stops in the US and Canada throughout March. Let us know in the comments if you caught this tour!
5. Sustance & Visages – Moments (feat. Phoebe Freya)
Rounding out May’s top five is a breathtaking collab from Sustance’s new Perceived Connections album that recently dropped on Shogun Audio. Sustance teamed up with our favorite four-man powerhouse Visages and vocalist Phoebe Freya to bring fans “Moments”. The bass lines in this track really hit you right in your core and complement Sustance’s ethereal soundscapes. These artists’ styles blend together perfectly on this one. Make sure to check out the rest of this album! It features a wide range of sounds and styles, with several other collabs featuring names like Pola & Bryson, Strategy, and Duskee.
This is also Visages’ second time being featured on the monthly round-up, and for good reason. These guys simply do not miss. They also released a collab with fellow Toulouse standout Trail on 1985 Music earlier in May titled “Misty Blue”, which was the first single from Trail’s debut Resident EP that actually just dropped today on the Alix Perez-backed label.
Which was your favorite of the five bangers spotlighted? Let us know down below in the comments and let us know your favorite tracks from May on our socials.