Hot on the heels of his monster “Shadow King” collab with Jaguar Skills in celebration of Viper Recordings’ 100th release, Viper label head and all-around bassbin boss Futurebound continues to crush on all fronts, whether he’s in the studio or behind the decks. Known for his ability to get the dancefloor jumping by smashing his way through old-school and new-school tunes alike, the narrative that Futurebound weaves in DJ mode is an experience that has to be witnessed in order to be truly understood.
With rumors of a follow-up to last year’s Bassrush 1.0 compilation album due to be launched in time for EDC Las Vegas next month, we thought we’d tap the dancefloor don himself for a glimpse into his favorite old-school drum & bass classics all DJs should consider mashing into the mix.
Dillinja “Hard Noize” (Test Recordings, 1998)
It’s so hard to pick just one classic from the bass master but I’ve gone with “Hard Noize.” The mix on this still wipes the floor with some of today’s new tracks, and considering this track was made in 1998 that is pretty fucking incredible and a testament to this man’s powers.
Bad Company UK “Planet Dust” (Prototype, 2001)
Another classic that rarely leaves the set. Even though it’s 15 years old, when the reece line switches in, [this tune] feels fresh as a daisy to the new gen. Some of Bad Company’s tracks were so groundbreaking and fresh. The ideas and elements in their music were just next level, and this is one of their standouts.
DJ Hazard “It’s A Secret” (Playaz, 2012)
This guy is another anthem machine and I know most people would say “Mr. Happy” is Hazard’s biggest track, but “It’s A Secret” is the one for me. When that lead switches in, the dancefloor becomes a football crowd singing their favorite chant.
Ed Rush & Optical “Chubrub” (Virus, 2009)
One of my favorite go-to tracks from this legendary duo. No sing-along lead lines on this, just a monotonous, hypnotic acid line that is guaranteed to get the heads stomping out.
Ram Trilogy “Milky Way” (Ram, 2002)
Another killer track that rarely leaves the set. These boys have been responsible for some of the biggest tracks in drum & bass history. I love the coolness in execution of this record and the pace and the movement of the bass action is sheer class.