The womp is back! Excel (and friends) drop some heavy weapons on us to kick off our new year laden with rolling beats, furious reeses, and, yes, some glorious wobble bass. ‘Apocalypse’ kicks off this EP with one screeching reese and the dry vocal line ‘in the end, everything dies.’ Magnificent!  ‘Believe’ delivers a passionate female vocal backed with some heavy modern jungle vibes and a glitched climbing bass line that will live long in the memory. The six track EP continues to offer killer track after killer track best rinsed through your speakers ever so loudly!


Souped Up Records bring us the latest offering from Russian heavyweights, Teddy Killers. This three track celebration of DNB offloads some heavy jungle skanks with vocals supplied by the inimitable Spyda and is pure killer. Once the hoo ha of Baddadan has settled, this is sure to become a 2024 monster on the dancefloor. Rouan takes lead vocal on the infectious ‘Smoke’ before we’re left gasping for breathe with the heavy, heavy ‘Gun’. Kiss, kiss! Bang! Bang!

The return of the potty mouth…

Nitrous D, unleashed his notorious ‘The Prisoner’ single on the world in early 2023. We caught up with the potty-mouthed rapper in his home (somewhere near Bristol).

FS: How’s it going bro?

ND: ‘Good man, just been working on some new tracks, so kinda busy’.

FS: Since your first release, you’ve got quite a name for yourself. I hear you’re particularly hitting things up stateside?

ND: ‘Well, yeah. I guess. It’s kind of a spiritual home for me guy. I was raised on hip hop, like listening to Tupac, and NWA and then when I discover Immortal Technique, I thought, that’s soooo me! I just went with my instincts, bought a home studio setup and started making beats. I’ve spent the last few years learning how to play keys and bass and pretty much did the whole thing myself on my first release.’

FS: That’s quite some tune you’ve got, but weren’t you afraid that it would just be seen as attention seeking with all the bad language?’

ND: ‘Fuck no! This worlds a shitty a place guy. Women get mistreated, Black people get mistreated. Fuck it, we all get mistreated. What am I gonna do? Write some Ed Sheehan kinda vibe? I want to scream about this shit from the rooftops, not wear a cardigan and smile like a freak all over the place’.

(Full Send take no responsibility for comments made about other artists).

FS: So what’s in the pipeline?

ND: Well I’m finishing off an EP, but I hope to keep on pushing and complete an album by the summer. After that I need to find some bro’s to hit the road with this shit’.

FS: Well best of luck ‘guy.’


Prolific Austrian producer, Hertenfels talks about DNB, Love and life...

Hailing from Austria, Hertenfels is quickly becoming one of the most prolific producers around the world. His unique take on electronic dance music is inspiring, urgent and driven. He uses an EDM template, but deconstructs and reassembles it in his own unique, hybrid style. Full Send spoke to him recently to discuss his meteoric rise…

FS: When did you first become interested in electronic dance music and what drew you in?

H: The first time I recognized electronic music was when I got a vinyl sampler with “Kraftwerk – Autobahn” on it. It was around 1990, and there was this monotone, repetitive sound that was somehow boring but also interesting. I didn’t really like it at this time. Things changed when I heard “The Prodigy” for the first time in 1992. I still was a Metal head at this time, but I opened my mind. My slogan “Metal is the only good music” changed into “Music Is The Key.”

FS: Was there one significant event in your life that made you realize that producing DNB music was what you really wanted to do?

H: In fact, I wanted to become a Metal Singer or guitar Player in a Trash or Black Metal Band, but my missing music education and scrappy voice hindered me. I then became very interested in electronic music production in the late ’90s but had no budget or mentor to do so. It was around 2014 when my interest and the technical possibilities began to work hand in hand. I always had drum and bass on my radar, but at the time, it turned out to be the one genre where I could combine hard, fast, and dirty vibes with sweet melodies and soulful vibes. It felt right, so I started to learn how to do it at the age of 38. It was a crossroad in my life, and I am more than happy about my choice.


FS: When you’re in the studio, what is your creative process like? Do you go in with a specific idea in mind or do you simply get in the space and create what comes naturally?

H: What I love most about music production is the fact that there is no right or wrong, as long as the result can make someone happy. When I sit down in my studio, I follow my mood. Sometimes I sit down with a blank project and think about a working title for 20 minutes or longer before I make the first sound. Sometimes I start with a loop or with finding a melody on the MIDI keyboard, and if nothing works, I take an Amen Break and begin to build something around it. This short drum break has become my (not so) secret weapon when I have a lack of inspiration.

FS: What’s your go to studio equipment? Analogue or digital?

H: I am interested in analogue gear and extend my equipment with it whenever I find something interesting, but in the end, I am a digital producer just using analog gear to polish the sound. If I had to choose only one piece of hardware, it would be one of the fantastic multi-controllers like NI Maschine, Ableton Push, etc. I like when it’s compact and powerful.

FS: What makes you so prolific?

H: Am I? It always feels like the day is too short. The wish to learn, to make someone happy with my music, and this feeling I have when I make a final mixdown. That’s my fuel. I love to produce something out of my mind, I love the scene and the people I am able to work with. What should I say? Music is the Key.

FS: What artists have you been influenced by in the past and who inspires you today?

H: Camo & Krooked, Icicle, Goldie, Blame, LTJ Bukem, Ed Rush, DJ Hazard, The Doors, The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, Summoning, Manu Chao, Deichkind, and Seeed, Apoptygma Berzerk just to name a few. Overall, I am very open-minded for influences from all genres. What kind of music I like and enjoy only depends on the moment and setting.

FS: What do you think of the club scene now? Too many mobile phones?

H: I tapped into the local party and free party scene mid-’90s. I don’t want to miss a second, and there were tons of situations I would love to have on photo or video. But there were more situations better not to be saved for the future. I feel sorry for the folks who turn viral and feel bad about it.

Get out your phones to party and capture the vibe if you want, but respect others like they were in a virtual dark room.

FS: If you could choose one artist in the world to work with, who would it be and why?

H: In fact, two, Camo & Krooked. At the end, their album “Zeitgeist” was the reason for me to start producing. When I heard their fresh sound and found out they are two young boys from Austria with huge success worldwide, I was really blown away. At this time, I was searching for something to fill my soul. I tried around with video editing, social media, and other tech stuff with a chance to get creative but was only a lush music consumer, even if music was always my safe harbor. I just thought, when these boys can do it that well why not giving it a try. I started learning basics, tried some DAWs until I ended up with Ableton and found some kind of workflow. It really took long for me to get something together that does not sound like absolute bullshit, but from my first steps, I felt like this was the one thing I always missed in my life.

I drifted off a bit. But yeah, I respect C&K for their sound, quality, energy, and innovation, and I really hope to get a chance one time to work with Markus and Reini.

FS: How do you think Drum N Bass will develop in the future?

H: What I can say is it’s getting bigger and bigger. It will always have one foot into actual mainstream styles, but from my opinion, everything is possible from Country to Samba; nothing is safe from being adopted into drum and bass. Maybe Polka won’t make it, but I am open-minded if you like to prove me wrong. No matter if it’s innovative, you will find it somewhere within the spectrum of the scene.

H: What’s in the pipeline?

FS: Next up, a straightforward four to the floor techno track “Fake Acid” at the end of February, an ambient lo-fi tune, a dubstep/ragga/techno influenced collab EP with my mate Q.Lee, my collab tracks with Circle Red, and some original drum and bass tracks are planned to come this year. Hopefully, I will get done more; there are some months left before we step into 2025.

Fake Acid is released on 22nd February.

Festival time…

Parklife returns to Heaton Park, Manchester this June (8-9th) and promises to be one of the biggest yet. With International artists such as Becky Hill, Doja Cat, Hus, Disclosure and The Sugarbabes all lined up to lift our summer spirits. DNB stars like Bou, Eksman, Hedex and Wilkinson will keep the bass pounding and your feet skanking at one of this magazines favourite festivals in the UK. Get your tickets while they’re hot!


Over at our friends, Hospital Records, Camo and Krooked have dropped their 10th Anniversary remixes special edition from their seminal Zeitgeist album.

Featuring four pure fire bangers, ‘Aurora’, ‘Faith’, ‘Ruhepuls’ and “All Night’, there’s something for every dnb fan within these tight grooves.

With some glorious reeses, their trademark driven snare breaks and some classic vocal hooks to drive them along, you should head over to your favourite downloads platform and buy it now. Fuck that streaming shit!

An essential release for any drum and bass aficionado.

Keep rollin, rollin, rollin!


In combining the creative juices of Original Sin, Eksman and Lottie Jones, Crucast records have served up one monster of Mary Shelly proportions with this bass driven bounce-a-long stomper. Frozen offers up an almost summery slice of DNB that is bound to tear up the raves later in the year. Rinse this one through your speakers once and you’ll find yourself banging it on loop! You have been warned!

Dirty Dubstep anyone?

Hailing from Manchester, Cannibal Star are a three -piece band that merges the best of modern dubstep with rock music. Using guest vocalists on rotation keeps their sound fresh and alive.

‘Where’s the new world’ follows their Full Send debut, ‘Savage Sound’ with a banging two track release. We asked guitarist, John Dixon how their sound evolved?

‘It came from nowhere really. We’d been together for a few years knocking out indie rock music, but weren’t really getting anywhere. Last year we halted rehearsals and started to mess around with different sounds, using a synth for the first time and some loops which we’d never done before. It just kinda worked, so we just went for it.’

FS: Who would you say your influences are?

CS: ‘ I don’t really think about that kind of stuff. We listen to all sorts of music from Tool and Nine Inch nails through to Megadeth and Alice In Chains and a bit of New Order.’

FS: So what’s the plan for this year?

CS: I think we’ve missed out on the festival applications, cos we were busy writing new material, but if anyone’s reading and wants a shit hot, full on metal step whirlwind to blow through your festival, give us a shout!’

Where’s the new world is released on Full Send Music on 1st March 2024.