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.
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.