Words by: Billy Ward

The 10 Best Bass Tracks, according to Zero

"The actual goats of drum 'n' bass in my opinion..."

Cutting his teeth in Brighton’s underground drum ‘n’ bass scene via local radio station Trickstar, DJ and producer Zero – real name Christian Williamson – has risen from obscurity to become one of the UK’s most exciting bass artists in the past few years. Since carving out his very own FX-driven approach to sound design and becoming a viral hit in New Zealand with a remix of Dizzee Rascal’s Bonkers, Williamson has rubbed shoulders with some of the scene’s biggest names such as Skepsis, Turno and Gentlemens Club.

Following the release of his ‘Let U Have It’ EP earlier in the summer, Dummy sat down with Zero to run through some of his favourite ever bass tracks: “These are some of the most consistent and unique producers in the scene right now for me,” says Zero. “I’ve selected a whole range of different styles, from stripped-back house beats to in your face bassline bangers; vibey jungle numbers to cut throat and clinical drum ‘n’ bass.”

1. Michael Sparks – ‘Slayer’

“An all out absolute weapon. Crazy sound design and tight production. Been a staple in my sets for a while now.”

2. Hot Goods – ‘Dance Machine’

“Proper bouncy little number from Brighton bad boy Hot Goods. Released through my own imprint BARCODES.”

3. Anti Up – ‘Chromatic’

“One of the biggest tunes this year for sure. Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo both been killing it for years. This one’s an anthem.”

4. Redlight & Elf Kid – ‘On Repeat’

“Brand new Redlight tune with Elf Kid is a proper vibe. Bouncy carnival energy with those classic Redlight rolling drums.”

5. Watch The Ride x Mia Archives – ‘Mash Up The Dance’

“Lovely link up this. Makes a lot of sense for all of these to jump on a track and it did not disappoint. Vibey little jungle number.”

6. Distinkt – ‘Gimme More’

“Great to see a new track out finally by Distinkt. Gone back to his roots with this one, with that gritty sound design and impeccable sampling.”

7. Mikey B – ‘Talk Too Much’

“Banging bassline belter from legend Mikey B. This guy is too consistent, whether it be bass or UK garage or drum ‘n’ bass.”

8. Annix – ‘Nocturnal’ feat. Elipsa

“The actual goats of drum ‘n’ bass in my opinion. This one is crazy. Floating euphoric vocals over a deep dark and punchy instrumental. Annix never fail to impress.”

9. Notion – ‘HOMIES’ (feat. April-Ess)

“As he keeps telling us, it really was an organ house summer this year. Immaculate vibes from Notion on this one, with a proper ear worm of a vocal to accompany.”

10. MPH – ‘Screamer’

“This ones been doing damage up and down the UK and all over the States too. Mad little banger from MPH. That main bass is deadly.”

Stream Zero’s ‘Let U Have It’ EP below:

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