A force to be reckoned with Gydra has been dominating the drum and bass scene in 2019 annihilating dance floors with a full calendar of events as well as consistently manifesting some of the most brutal tunes we’ve had the pleasure to hear this year; nothing less than we’ve come to expect from this devious dnb duo. With releases across major labels such as Eatbrain, Neuropunk Records, C4C Recordings, Korsakov Music and Blackout Music NL to name a few it’s clear to see why Gydra is an essential staple when it comes to shaping the sound of Neurofunk drum and bass. Let’s take a look at what Gydra has been working on this year.
C4C Recordings dropped the 20 Years LP to kick off the year including Gydra’s “Bass Must Go On” – a bouncy, brutal banger that brings thick neurofunk basslines paired with pulsing upbeat rhythms to shake the dance floor to bits.
Bes’ Neuropunk Records released the Teddy Killerz vs Gydra ‘Miles High EP’ in February; a brutal blend of neurofunk madness from the masterminds behind the label. With colorful compositions, dangerously heavy drums, funky brass accompaniments and big bad drops it’s a killer combination when the individual artistry collides. Included on this EP: “Miles High” Gydra vs Teddy Killerz, Gydra “No Kidding” and “Person” from Teddy Killerz.
As part of the ‘Descend Remixes Part 1’ Gydra supplied an extra HEAVY remix on Pythius & Gridlok’s “Sound Barrier” released on Blackout Music NL this spring. Brutal breaks and extra thick basslines it’s a perfect smash up on the original and hypes up the mix.
Pairing up with IHR to build the hype for Let It Roll Festival Gydra collaborated on “Caliban” released on Let It Roll Recordings in April. A mysterious intro that snapped into a funky, grungy, bouncy number with monster basslines, creative flow, interesting change ups, colorful breaks and rolls “Caliban” was a brilliant combination of talent creating a bad ass summer banger primed to smash the Shredder Stage at the main event.
A collection of the best 100 tracks going back to the inception of the label in 2007 featured three classics from Gydra highlighting “7 Circles” with Mailky, “Dystopia” and “Progressive” with Tobax all included on ‘ Bad Taste 100’ from Bad Taste Recordings.
More fire from Neuropunk Records, ‘Keep On’, showcased tracks from Receptor and Gydra including “Manifest” featuring MC Messy laying down a temperamental verse built to a devious drop keeping the mix flowing over groovy basslines and “Keep On” from Gydra VS Receptor delivering a dangerously heavy neurofunk banger bursting with energy and massive futuristic sounds. A bonus Teddy Killerz Remix of “Keep On” added an extra brutal selection to the arsenal.
Part of ‘Dub Elements and Friends Part 2’ Gydra laid down the summertime heat on “Firing Pin” with Dub Elements for DEM Recordings. Read the complete review here.
Neuropunk Records maintained a consistent flow of successful releases this year bringing fresh flavor to the drum and bass world. ‘Neuropunk Forge 1’ was a massive LP including Gydra’s VIP of “Samurai” by Fatloaf; an authentically dark and melodramatic composition carrying a smooth and hypnotic vibe for a heavy mix.
Tobax savagely remixed Gydra’s “Beatdown” into something extra fierce as part of the ‘Blur Effect EP’on C4C Recordings.
In October Korsakov Music released The Korsakov Compilations including Gydra’s “Verse Tonijn” which I covered on Best Drum and Bass here.
Gydra’s latest Release “Lava Run” on Eatbrain has been forcing its way up the Beatport Drum and Bass chart furiously. Full of energy this one is upbeat with fierce bass, steady rhythm, massive breaks and wild effects. “Lava Run” is ready to engulf the dance floor in insanity. Buy your copy here.
Hot off the tables THE FAT 11 Mixed by Bes!! Just released today this is a massive mix of Neuropunk fire!!
Listen to Gydra absolutely smash the Eatbrain Podcast 102!
Check out Gydra live! This was recorded at Neuropunk Festival 12.10.19.
2019 has been a massive success for Gydra packed full of new releases, retakes on classics, Bes’ involvement running Neuropunk Records, the duo smashing sets all around, consistently pumping out fire mixes and then some. This is great momentum to slingshot Gydra full force into 2020. Here at Best Drum and Bass we can’t wait to see what’s next!