5 labels keeping d’n’b cutting edge in 2017

Music Discussion | Mar 16, 2017

  1. monkey phantom

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    zeroec Pigs in space

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    Spearhead ? Really ?
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    monkey phantom

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    of course, "it specialises in clipped, stepping beats, warm bass tones and vocal melodies with an occasional diversion to the dark side." :badteeth:
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    Soul Beat Runna

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    My thoughts exactly, they're a solid liquid label but I don't think they're cutting edge. All the other labels deserve to be in that list though. Surprised Cosmic Bridge isn't in there.
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  5. Transient Energy Paranoid Android

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    It's a Red Bull article. Lucky it's not Ram, Hospital & Playaz
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    zeroec Pigs in space

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    Probably too "in-between" for a real DnB label.
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    Statto

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    cutting edge dnb in 2017 doesn't exist
    still some good music around, but cutting edge.... nah
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    zeroec Pigs in space

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    I guess its safe to say: when theres DnB, some of it must be cutting edge (compared to the rest)

    Personally i think Spearhead is too generic. Exit too special, Astrophonica too much on its own trip, 31 too much Scotty's existential crisis, and Critical....errr...no idea....the last thing i bought on Critical was two years ago...

    Metalheadz and Warm Communications try to be cutting edge, and sometimes it works.
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  9. Noise-Signal Diphallic Dude

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    Actually the Red Bull academy articles and videos are really ligit. They interview artists like MF Doom and Moodymann
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    RIvalP

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    Critical have been pants for at least a couple of years now.
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  12. mehta

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    haven't really kept up, really? maybe you have extra-discerning taste, all dnb sounds a bit silly to me
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    RIvalP

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    Then why are you posting in a dnb forum?

    Last releases I rated on Critical was the Ruffhouse & Clarity bits...
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  14. inversion They Take My DogTags

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    Villem & Mcleod, The vanguard project, Dexcell all putting out great stuff on spearhead. And their club nights are probably the only i really enjoy these days
  15. Nobody better for constant output than Playaz imo. I buy virtually everything they release.
    But I do agree with most of the labels you mentioned.
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    zeroec Pigs in space

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    Like these guys for their Utopia connection and The Traveller on Metalheadz with Villem was nice, but there's no way these guys are cutting edge.
    How is anything they have put out, cutting edge ? Good production does not equal cutting edge.
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    ED209

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    Think dnb is about as cutting edge as any music. Can't think of anything more cutting edge, except some super extreme experimental Shit that I don't even know exists
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  18. zeroec Pigs in space

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    Whats the definition of cutting edge then ?
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    ED209

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    Don't know the be honest. Nothing sounds like the future to me more than good dnb
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    zeroec Pigs in space

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    wikipedia says:

    Cutting edge or The Cutting Edge may refer to:
    • State of the art, the highest level of development, as of a device, technique, or scientific field

    Cambridge dictionary says:

    the most modern stage of development in a particular type of work or activity
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    AUDITOR

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    No such thing as cutting edge anymore DnB has divided itself into a set of well defined sub genres which you either fit into or you don't .
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  22. zeroec Pigs in space

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    im pretty sure from a technical point of view, DnB is still cutting edge. But when it comes to originality, vision or expression, its a pale shadow of its former self.
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    mistabishi INACTIVE ACCOUNT

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    Generic middle-aged metronome muzak for braindead club djs that hasn't changed in 10 years where no one is involved with the current wave of cutting edge tech. Yeh. Cutting edge m8.
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  24. ED209

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    What's a more cutting edge music?
  25. mistabishi INACTIVE ACCOUNT

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    People like Roly Porter and other electro acoustic people, people like Exile and all the people developing apps, plugins, hardware, modelling algos, etc. That is where cutting edge music is happening.
  26. ED209

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  27. zeroec Pigs in space

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    More advanced technology does not equal better music. Thats like saying you need a "better" high tech guitar to develop the rock music genre.
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    ED209

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    I know your post wasn't directed at me, and I agree with you 100%, but advanced technology with fundamental music skills really could lead to something good
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  29. mistabishi INACTIVE ACCOUNT

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    The article is about the cutting edge. Dnb scene is nowhere to be seen on it, apart from as a demo preset.
  30. zeroec Pigs in space

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    Yeah possibly. Maybe like 80ies music progressed with the advent of cheaper synthesizers.

    But i think music suffers from lack of vision. Theres nothing these very technical people want to express other than their skills with the tools.
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