Monday 14 Aug
25 Years of RAM Records: Our 10 Favourite Tracks
Monday 14 Aug
Since 1992 RAM Records have been at the forefront of DNB. Led by the enigmatic Andy C, they’ve been pushing the boundaries of the genre for a quarter of a century! On Saturday 28th October, RAM takeover Printworks London to continue their celebration of 25 Years in the industry. We’ve plucked 10 of our favourite tracks from their vaults: 5 from the underground and 5 which went on to do the business beyond the sphere of DNB.
RAMM004: Origin Unknown – Valley Of The Shadows
Going waaaay back – one of the very first releases on the label. When Andy C and Ant Miles worked together in the studio, they produced under this alias. Arguably the track which put RAM on the map. Spaced-out and futuristic, Andy still considers it some of his finest work. And if it still works for the big man, then it gets our seal of approval.
RAMMLP14D: Noisia – Deception
This track featured prominently on Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 5’ back in 2010 – and it’s still doing the damage now. The production trio from the Netherlands remain as relevant as ever with last year’s much-anticipated release of ‘Outer Edges’, so here’s a reminder of one of their finest works.
RAMM046: DJ Fresh – Big Love
Long before he was a household name and producing for pop-stars, Fresh was making bangers like this for RAM. A Morse-code-like beep punctuates the track, before an attitude-heavy female vocal leads us to the bassline. He doesn’t make them like this anymore. Though, we wish he would!
RAMM117: Culture Shock – Troglodyte
A track which simply rattles your body and leaves you breathless. Dark and ominous, and with more than a touch of techno influence. Those demonic probing questions, though. Christ. Enough to cause dancefloor meltdowns.
RAMM028: RAM Trilogy – Titan
Andy C claims he is still inundated with requests for this track to this day, which is testament to its longevity. When Andy, Ant & Shimon got in the studio together, the results spoke for themselves.
RAMM034: Andy C & Shimon – Body Rock
One of the most recognisable basslines in the history of electronic music, and one which spawned a thousand imitations. But it’s all the elements that build towards the drop that creates the energy: the brass, the Middle Eastern adlib, those off-kilter noises which disorient and then those fabled words: “this transmission has been terminated due to atmospheric interference”. Truly iconic.
RAMM168: Wilkinson – Half Light
Arriving alongside an incredibly poignant promo vid which focused on a group of teens partying amid the political backdrop of Northern Island, Half Life manages to encapsulate that moment of dancefloor euphoria. Leave your troubles and worries at the door. This is sheer unadulterated bliss.
RAMM093: Chase & Status – Blind Faith
A tour de force of a record. Any question as to whether Chase & Status could follow-up the success of their debut was quickly laid to rest with this track from their sophomore album, ‘No More Idols’ (2011). The end result is Blind Faith, where all ingredients come together in perfect harmony. Ragga-soul vocalist Liam Bailey – already a certified DNB heavyweight – plus that iconic Lolleatta Holloway ‘Love Sensation’ sample make this offering an all-time classic.
RAMM156: Sub Focus – Turn Back Time
Talking of commercial success, this track peaked at No.10 in the official UK charts. Turn Back Time can be seen as an example of a track which sat alongside other contemporary’s work, such as Nero and Magnetic in that it appealed to a wider audience. Pendulum had introduced a consumable version of Drum & Bass to the masses, and this was the second-wave of acts who had breached the charts. Still gold. Also notable for the little-known Todd Terry sample.
RAMM257: Camo & Krooked – Good Times, Bad Times
Bringing things bang up to date, this gem surfaced around the turn of the year on Camo & Krooked’s fourth studio album, Mosaik. Showcasing the softer-side of DNB, the Austrian duo prove that the genre isn’t all dancefloor lunacy. One to fade-out the end of the night, but no-less sublime.