Freeloader: Smash Bros. keep Colorado drum and bass vital

Remember the halcyon days of the Colorado drum-and-bass scene, when DNB nights were plentiful, frequently rivaling trance as the top draw?

These days dubstep, a slower, more spacious evolution of drum and bass's frenetic sci-fi breakbeat sound, is siphoning off most of the love that used to get thrown to DNB nights, not to mention the DJs and producers. And electro has co-opted some of the brash timbres and raw bass sound that characterized the style and packaged it into easier-to-swallow, noob-friendly house tracks.

But that doesn't mean DNB is dead, not with acts like the Smash Bros. doing their damnedest to keep the flame alive.

The duo of Graham Wincott (aka Sharpshooter) and Ray Alston (aka Xplicit) started working together under the Smash Bros moniker out of a shared appreciation for drum and bass and a desire to not see it disappear from the scene.

Listening to the duo's latest promo mix, Smash Bros. 4, will make you wonder why it ever fell out of favor. It's a bouncy, head-bobbing mix full of dense, barely controlled musical chaos -- whiplash breaks, fierce bass and dirty synth timbres, topped off with the occasional dash of hip-hop and mixed to perfection.

You can listen and download it for free at the the Smash Bros. SoundCloud page, or via the embedded player below. If you like what you hear, check out their free weekly drum and bass night at Sutra (1109 Lincoln Street) called Here Comes Thursday.

SMASH BROS 4 MP3 by Smash Brothers

Track Listing: 1. M.O.P. - Ante Up [SKC, Munk & Falcon Remix] 2. Basement Jaxx Feat. Yo Majesty - Twerk [Sub Focus Remix] 3. Dirtyphonics- Glow 4. Camo & Krooked- Vampires 5. Trei & State of Mind- Thunder Biscuit 6. Camo & Crooked vs Body & Soul- The Reward 7. Brookes Bros.- Crackdown (Shock One Remix) 8. Rregula- Eyes Turn Black 9. DJ Wire- Horror Story 10. Original Sin- Bastard Killer 11. Drumsound & Bassline Smith- Breakdown [2009 Re-lick] 12. DC Breaks- Polar Bear 13. The Upbeats- Laser Crypt 14. Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Cape Fear [Tantrum Desire Remix] 15. Original Sin - 8 Figure Bass 16. Complex- Bring The Fyah 17. Raw Theory- Desert Strike 18. Sub Focus - Rock It 19. Tantrum Desire - Here They Come 20. Dirtyphonics - Teleportation 21. Raw Theory- British Steel 22. Original Sin - Therapy 23. Body and Soul- Authority 24. The Upbeats- Big Skeleton 25. DJ Hazard & Distorted Minds- Mr. Happy 26. Plan B- Stay Too Long [Pendulum Remix] 27. La Roux - In For The Kill [Subsonik Re-Edit] 28. Unique- Dubplate Style [Modified Motion Remix] 29. Future Prophecies- Dreadlock 30. Modified Motion & Faction - Don't Go 31. Adam F & Horx Feat. Redman- Shut The Lights Off [Adam F & Sigma RMX]

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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