The roller is the most supreme of drum & bass styles. Jam packed with energy, fast paced drums and constantly grooving basslines, they are guaranteed to cause carnage on the dancefloor. Many artists have created blissful and bestial rollers alike across the full spectrum of drum & bass, from Doc Scott, High Contrast, Ray Keith, Netsky, Ed Rush & Optical, Calibre, DJ Die etc. The list goes on. Liquid funk, Neurofunk, TechStep and Jungle. The roller is present throughout all these sub-disciplines within D+B.
Now, after many years, there has risen to prominence a triage of roller royalty. Boldly claiming the highly sought after epithet of ‘King Of The Rollers’. Individually they are Serum, Bladerunner and Voltage but together they form a musical sum greater than their parts, forging a rolling renegade of drum & bass that is set to take the future of the genre by storm.
As seasoned veterans individually, they can all boast a handful accolades within the sphere of D+B. Serum is currently one of the genres hottest pieces of production real estate, cultivating his own sound in a way that many people aspire to, but few achieve. Voltage is one of the most prolific DJs in the drum & bass scene, particularly catering to the Jump Up crowd and is headlining shows up and down the country week in, week out. Last but not least is Bladerunner, a key figure for Ray Keith’s Dread Recordings and creator of serious tunes for a long, long time from across the full board of D+B.
Having played frequent B2B2B’s with one another they saw an opportunity to devise a fresh musical identity and seized it. Collaborative efforts in D+B are in no way a new concept. MIST:I:CAL, Scorpio, Teddy Killerz, Ram Trilogy and Urban Shakedown are all examples of separate producers joining forces for a combined musical venture. However this new triage is by far the most exciting new creation that has happened within the genre for some time. With each KOTR member bringing their unique flavours, yet without differing to such an extent, they have the potential to create the perfect rolling sonic entity. And we can’t fucking wait.
With a reputation as sterling as Hospitality In The Parks, given this new musical creation, we had to lunge at the chance to get these exemplary gentlemen to co-headline the Belgian D+B dons ‘Invaderz’ stage at this years festival. Having cemented itself as one of the UKs leading day parties, a leading line-up was required to keep the levels high, and what better way to than to employ the newly crowned rollings kings of D+B.
With Serum having recently launched his own ‘Souped Up’ records and Voltage & Bladerunner each set for a host of individual releases lined up in 2017, the future of the KOTR in terms of releases remains uncertain. Having released a Fabriclive mix which showcases a lot of the unsigned and forthcoming material, and a mix which premiered on Ninja Ninja, one thing we can be sure of is that the future is bright if you like your D+B up front, heavy and of course, rolling.
To make sure you don’t miss out on this terrific trifecta, make sure you get your ticket to Hospitality In The Park 2017 to witness the slickness these guys can deliver. They will be joined by other up front & jump up DJ’s including Guv, Turno & Dominator and Macky Gee on the epic Invaderz stage. Last year was incredible, this year will be better. Get involved!
Words by Ed Priest