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Renegade Riddims: Des McMahon


Known for his intense energy and meticulous production style, Des McMahon has made a lasting impact in the world of dark Drum & Bass. Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Philadelphia, McMahon’s musical journey was sparked by a deep love for all things sonic, guiding him into the deep, shadowy realms of Drum & Bass.

His music catalogue, featuring releases on renowned labels such as Play Me Records, Viper Recordings, and Craze‘s Slow Roast Records, showcases his unwavering commitment to pushing sonic boundaries. Respected by industry heavyweights like NOISIA, Prolix, Rene LaVice, and Zeds Dead, McMahon’s work underlines his influence on the evolution of dark drum and bass.

But it’s not just in the studio where McMahon shines. His live performances are electrifying displays of power and precision, captivating audiences with a blend of raw energy and finesse. A key player in the East Coast Drum & Bass scene, he has left an indelible mark on venues like Liaison Room in Philadelphia, Webster Hall in New York City, as well as major festivals including EDC Las Vegas, Nocturnal Wonderland, and Moonrise Festival.

As we move into 2024, Des McMahon remains at the forefront of dark Drum & Bass, constantly pushing the boundaries with his blend of raw passion and refined production skills. His dedication is palpable in every track and show, solidifying his position as a driving force in shaping the genre’s future.

Today Des joins us on our Renegade Riddims, something I’m very excited about! I’ve supported Des for the last few years and his productions are always on point! The mix features music from artists such as himself, Alix Perez, Arkaik, Koax, Break, Lens, Kasra, Unglued, DLR, Kyrist and loads more!

Check out the mix below and download it for free here!

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Sum up this mix in 10 words…

Dark rollers and steppers that tick all of the boxes

What’s your personal favourite track on it?

Tough question to answer as they all serve their own purposes, but I’d probably have to go with “Tinnies & Ciggies” by Amoss because I’ve been playing that tune for almost 5 years now.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?

Technicality and a thorough knowledge of my music collection.

Tell us about your next release.

My next release happens to be my debut album, “Ethos,” which will be out on June 7thvia Reid Speed and Alex Rosson’s Play Me Records.

What have you got coming up? 

Other than the album, I have a handful of very exciting shows throughout the U.S. this summer. I’m specifically excited to return to LA this summer and am making my first appearance in San Francisco this July.

When was the last time you actually raved?

Probably in 2022 when Doc Scott and Ant TC1 played in my hometown of Philadelphia.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?

Thank you to everyone who’s supported all the singles and gigs this year! Make sure to say hi if you ever see me in the rave.


1. Des McMahon – Red Line Rhythm
2. Leks & Kalane – Diesel
3. Data 3 – String Theory
4. Des McMahon – Slow Burn
5. Rift – Blinded
6. NIK P – Graveyard Shift
7. Alix Perez – CRL
8. Arkaik – Mr Slinky
9. Klippee – Guac
10. Omen – Glass Dunes
11. CLB – Superstition
12. Des McMahon – ID
14. Molecular & Arkaik – Break The Habit
15. Koax – Pillow Scream
16. Operate & Wingz – Make Me Feel
17. Molecular – Retro Funk
18. RMS & Aaron Payne – Kanjiru
19. Geostatic – Thin Line
20. Kolectiv & HLZ – VTC
21. Creatures & Philth – Sensai
22. Des McMahon – Hard Truth
23. Des McMahon – Under The El
24. Kyrist – Arroyo
25. Des McMahon – Tilted
26. SMG & VISLA – The Voice
27. Break – Overstayed
28. DLR – Danja
29. ABLE – The Depths
30. Unglued – Ichnusa
31. Ill Truth – Ocular
32. Molecular & Lavance – Next Level
33. Amoss – Stay Hungry
34. Clearance – Diggin’ In Pockets
35. Sylph – What U Do
36. Des McMahon – Epitaph
37. Des McMahon – Red Eyes
38. Breakage – Style
39. Amoss – Tinnies & Ciggies
40. Kasra – Die 4 It
41. Bungle – Mutant
42. Lens – Gun Point


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