Ever since she burst onto the drum and bass scene with her debut release, “Protagonist”, on UKF, the UK-based producer and DJ known as MEL has continued to level up with impressive speed.

Nominated as the Best Newcomer in 2021 at the Drum&BassArena Awards, MEL has also earned the distinction of being the first female artist to break into the Best Track category. Even with her production prowess on lock, MEL’s skills behind the decks have been the driving force behind her rapid rise in the genre, no doubt propelled by her residencies at Data Transmission and Rough Tempo.

With support pouring in from the likes of Andy C, A.M.C, and Koven, MEL’s latest release, “Livewire“, on Viper Recordings proves that she’s here to stay and prepared to continue to crush things in the coming year. As we’re always keen to keep our eyes and ears on the pulse of the future of bass music in all of its forms, Bassrush is proud to present a sizzling mix from MEL to get a sense of just what kind of heavyweight sound she’s packing.

Live Wire is a warping slab of hard hitting, neuro mix with a squelchy, jump up influenced bassline. Highly distorted synths twist through the body of the track weaving their way through layers of punchy stop-start hats and a thick soundscape full of techy hits. The ominous breakdown, laden with modulated vocals barely gives us a chance to catch our breath before we’re thrown back into the intoxicatingly relentless mix. Not one for the faint hearted Live Wire is ready to spark some serious energy in the dance.

Check the mix below and lock in your copy of MEL’s “Livewire” on Viper Recordings here.