One of the most influential labels and driving forces in the past, present, and future of drum & bass, Ram Records, continues to celebrate its 25th year in existence with a whopping RAM25 album project that drives home just how epic the quarter century run has been for the esteemed label.
Launched in 1992 by Andy C and Ant Miles, the label has not only been there from the beginning but played an integral role in the ongoing evolution and development of the genre over the years. Aside from launching label boss Andy C into the stratosphere, the imprint has also become home to genre-defining names like Chase & Status, Sub Focus, and Wilkinson. From crossover vocal-driven anthems to underground warehouse vibes, the imprint has covered it all and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Featuring 25 original remastered classics from their legendary back catalogue and 17 remixes from the likes of Chase & Status, Killbox, DC Breaks, Frankee, Total Science, Metrik, and so many more, the RAM25 project is a testament to the ongoing power that the label still wields in the minds, hearts, and souls of the drum & bass faithful.
While the album is all killer with no filler, we’re amped to be bringing this epic remix of Shimon and Andy C’s classic “Night Flight” to the Bassrush fam below. Re-visioned by Shimon himself, the upgraded version of this classic channels the very best that the original kicked with some of that new-school flavor to keep it bubbling for those who weren’t there the first time around.
Centered on a classic breakbeat, the lift-off in the intro paves the way for a bubbling bassline and head-nodding groove that definitely has to be experienced on a massive system for the full chest-rattling effects to take hold. Once the tune proper starts kicking, it’s hard not to marvel at how a seemingly simple call-and-response between the layers packs an untouchable amount of soul. Spliced with that alien future funk that helped Ram earned its stripes, be sure to take your time digesting this one as, just like in the old days, you’ve got to keep it locked through the second drop when the breaks start getting chopped and bring on that next-level vibration to the proceedings.
Whether you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane with some flashback material or just want to get your groove on, this ill revision from Shimon has just what you need so check the beats below and keep your eyes and ears peeled for more previews from the soon-to-be-a-classic in its own right, RAM25 album out December 15.