You have probably noticed there is a new Spotify playlist called ‘iluvdrumandbass‘ and it is vastly promoted by almost every label or artist at the scene. There is nothing else in my Facebook and Twitter feed from yesterday. What it is? Do you really need it? Who is behind?
I tried to find answers, but there is almost no detailed info on the internet. In general – all labels and artists came together to bring one unified playlist of D&B. Many tweeted – hundreds of labels, one playlist. Official info from Spotify:
‘Hundreds of players and labels have come together and committed to the concept from across the scene to bring you a place where the latest music is added daily by all the labels and artists you love…’
More info from DJ Mag:
‘Andy C — legendary DJ and owner of RAM Records — has joined a wealth of top artists and labels in creating a new drum & bass-only Spotify playlist.’
So far the best info can be found on DJ Fresh Facebook page (full post), abstract:
‘The concept emerged in October 2017 on a special message board originally set up to celebrate Grooverider’s birthday, with DJ Fresh sparking a conversation about the importance of adapting to and embracing streaming platforms. This line of thinking inspired Simon Bassline Smith to come up with the concept of a definitive drum & bass playlist for everyone’s music to feature on as soon as it’s released. A playlist with all forms of drum & bass from across the globe, self-organised by the scene itself and curated by the labels, with each label picking 1 track per week to be included.’
Right now there are 68 tracks in the playlist and about 10 000 followers. Tracks are generally from recent releases.
So we don’t really know who or how is curating this playlist. So far it looks little bit like some marketing activities of major D&B labels together with Spotify (why the playlist is only on Spotify?). But the support is huge from almost everybody.
I believe there are many similar playlists on Spotify full of good D&B (check Music Intelligence Playlist for 2017), but somehow this playlist received unified support accost the D&B scene. Time will show what is the real purpose of this playlist, how often it will be updated and if it is worthy to follow. At least this playlist will make D&B music more available to the masses, which is … actually good.
Check the iluvdrumandbass playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/iluvdrumandbass/playlist/1yRrivuEUTh5upqzeZOFBG