With his pedigree securely embedded in drum & bass history, Bailey is one of those DJs that needs no introduction. Having been recruited by Goldie during the mid-‘90s as resident at the now legendary Metalheadz Sessions, Bailey’s role as a tastemaker led him to a celebrated, decade-long position as an influential radio host for BBC Radio 1Xtra, while his Intabeats brand lives on to this day through his Soul In Motion club night, world tours, and a Serato endorsement.
Building on his reputation for breaking both new artists and new anthems, Bailey takes a look back and shares his top five classic drum bass picks.
It’s good to remind people that D&B has its sexy side too.
Alex Reece “Pulp Fiction” (Metalheadz, 1995)
Believe it or not I didn’t like this tune when it first came out. Later I realized how unique its simplicity and smoothness was. It’s the perfect track to break the monotony of a night of ear-bashing beats.
Dillinja “I Wanna Know” (FFRR, 2000)
Everything I like about jungle and drum & bass is in this track, from the vocal, melody, stabs, bassline, drum pattern, and amen break. I love it. The second drop is deadly on a big sound system.
Capone “Friday” (Hardleaders, 1998)
This one is more of a DJ tool than a track to listen to at home. It has a jungly feel to the bassline with a simple drumbeat which is what makes it fit well into sets years later. It’s simple, effective and still able to cut though in this era of loudness wars.
Shy FX “Plastic Soul” (Bingo Beats, 2005)
I use this one is my wild card sometimes when I’m DJing. It resets things back to musicality that can get overlooked during a night of hyper beats. It’s good to remind people that D&B has its sexy side too.
Noisia “Block Control” (VIP)
If I want to out and out destroy people, I pull this one out. No description needed other than IT KILLS!