Review: RAM Record Annual 2015

In Drum & Bass by Joe Ponting

Review: RAM Record Annual 2015

‘Tis the season for end-of-year lists, and they’re coming thick and fast from all angles. But Ram Records are better placed than most in the music scene to deliver a round-up of 2014 tunes, mainly because they’ve had another stellar year of releases. Here’s their annual playlist, which is also being released as a compilation album complete with an album mix from Frankee.

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Essential tracks like ‘Dirty Love’ from Wilkinson and Delta Heavy’s stomping ‘Reborn’ stand alongside Legion and Logam’s expansive roller ‘House of Cards’, put out on Ram’s sister label-cum-counterpart Program. There is also an airing for Jaguar Skills’ first foray into d&b production in the shape of ‘Lust’, a collaboration with Chords, who has seen his own star rise considerably in 2014. Dare we believe that the prospect of an Andy C b2b Jaguar Skills set in 2015 is on the cards?!

Elsewhere we’re treated to a hat-trick of new and exclusive tracks in the form of ‘Diamond Light’ by LoKo & Chords, Mind Vortex’s ‘Hotbox VIP’ and ‘L.I.E.S’ by Gerra & Stone. Special mentions must also go to the inch-perfect liquid of ‘Sovereign’ by Chroma and Loadstar’s blissful ‘Stepped Outside’, but as anyone with half an ear in the d&b scene will know, Ram lives and dies by its dance floor-shaking bangers.

The playlist is riddled with them, from Frankee’s pounding neuro-tinged interpretation of a spaceship taking off (‘Gully’) to Rene LaVice’s thrilling ‘Where My Ladies At’ and the chaotic ‘Stampede’ by Audio.