Netsky

Published on February 22nd, 2011

In comparison to many newer subgenres, drum and bass has been around for a relatively long time. It initially developed in the late 1980s in the UK, drawing inspiration from the hardcore breakbeat and acid rave scenes at the time. As the influences of reggae and dub became more prominent, the drum and bass began to take on an urban sound, which was heavily influenced by ragga and dancehall music as well as hip-hop. This reggae/dancehall-influenced sound is most commonly associated with the term jungle. While drum and bass admittedly isn’t for everyone, this by no means makes it irrelevant. There are a slew of producers who are incorporating DnB sounds into more mainstream electro. One of these artists is Netsky, who is keeping the future jungle vibes alive with the emergence of dubstep into the mainstream’s consciousness.

Hailing from Belgium, Netsky (aka Boris Daenen) is currently signed to Hospital Records, which is home to some of the genre’s best. While a variety of drum and bass artists have made the transition to dubstep, few albums have stood out. Netsky is the exception here, as his eponymous release caught the attention of the entire dance music world, bringing a unique and soulful twist to drum and bass.

To top off an already successful 2010, Netsky released a BBC Essential mix that was widely considered to be one of the years best. His distinct take on liquid funk is exemplified as he seamlessly mixes tracks and fuses ambient sounds, creating a sound that is all his own. The mix begins with a very hectic Junglist vibe, then transitions into a more relaxed drum and bass sound with his remix of DJ Die & Interface’s “Bright Lights.” He touches on a bit of dubstep with the Dirtyphonics remix of “Warp,” and then ends the mix with a second dose of pulsating future jungle sounds.

Netsky is currently on tour in the UK, with dates in the US and Canada to follow in March.  You can check out his schedule here, and have a listen to some of our favorite tracks below.

Pirate Bay – Netsky

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Iron Heart – Netsky

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Secret Agent – Netsky

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Black & Blue (Netsky Remix) – Miike Snow

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