Viper Recordings continue to crush as they take a look back and anticipate the future with their highly anticipated Drum & Bass Annual 2018 compilation LP. Featuring 23 of Viper’s biggest cuts from the past year, alongside 11 new unreleased tracks, the Viper family goes all out in making sure the drum & bass masses are taken care of over the holidays with this untouchable selection.
From label stalwarts like Matrix & Futurebound, Brookes Brothers, InsideInfo, Cyantific, Koven, Mob Tactics, and Jaguar Skills, to fresh sounds from the likes of Murdock, BMotion, Turno, and Toronto Is Broken, the annual is a proper slice, not only of the imprint’s own continued impact on the scene, but on the ever-impressive evolution of drum & bass as a whole.
The very best aspect of annual compilations like this are the unreleased bits they offer as a glimpse into where we’re headed in the New Year. Viper doesn’t disappoint in this respect, as they lock in forward-looking exclusives from Dossa & Locuzzed, Hillsdom, Aktive, deverb, Octo Pi, Full Kontakt, Polygon, LUCA, Prestige, and Volatile Cycle & Barbarix.
Even with all that heavyweight competition, this one from Juno rises above the fray with his chest-thumping dancefloor thriller known as “Red Blocks.” From the percussive stomp and roll that builds the tension, to the tech-tinged atmosphere and hook, once this one hits the breakdown and spirals its way up to the drop proper, you know you’re in for a wild ride that Juno expertly unleashes at the breaking point.
As Juno tells us, “This track reminded me of my beginnings as a music producer. I really enjoyed making the tune and hope the listeners enjoys it just as much! Big thanks to the Insomniac crew for choosing this as the ‘Track of the Day,’ and much love and respect all the way from Spain!”
With the full compilation album out next week, you’re going to have to hold tight to blast this one in the comfort of your own home. For now, expect this one to get the crowd shaking when your favorite drum & bass selectors unleash this on the dancefloor at Countdown this weekend.
Available January 5 via Viper Recordings.
Buy Viper Recordings’ Drum & Bass Annual 2018 here.