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Brookes Brothers Vinyl Collection in 5 Records


One of the most respected production partnerships in Drum and Bass, Phil and Dan Brookes aka Brookes Brothers, have become a formidable force across the bass music scene. Known for their unique, soul and disco infused beats, the Brookes Brothers are one of the genres most accomplished production teams.

Following their breakout single, the Brookes Brothers worked on collaborations with a number of their peers and fellow producers. These artists are now some of the biggest names in the scene. They include Sub Focus, Culture Shock, Futurebound and Danny Byrd. Making the Brookes Brothers responsible for some of Drum and Bass’ best joint efforts in memory.

Here they each take us through their vinyl collections in 5 albums. There’s some monumental music in these selections.

Phil’s Selection:

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

Love the way each song flows seamlessly into the next, almost like a mixtape. So much classic MG material out there, but this has to be his masterpiece.

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Another obvious choice, but you just can’t beat Kind of Blue.

Stephen Sondheim – Sweeney Todd (Original Cast Recording)

This once played in my head for about a year!! Haunting, yet beautiful.

Sade – Love Deluxe

Sade have so many great albums, but this is my personal favourite.

Jazzanova – In Between

Just an incredible album. An underrated classic. The way this album blended organic and electronic really inspired our own music.

Dan’s Selection:

Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters

A mind-blowing combo of downtempo funk & jazz – one of my top albums of all time!

DJ Premier – New York Reality Check 101

A classic under-appreciated mixtape from Primo the legend. One of our most listened to vinyls – it’s scratched to shit! Includes a handful of classic overlooked gems!

Ahmad Jamal – The Awakening

One of my fave jazz pianists, I spent a lot of time as a teenager listening to this album! Thunderous piano playing, amazing original compositions & a unique level of harmonic and rhythmic creativity.

Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

The best R&B album of the last 25 years!

Radiohead – The Bends

A classic album from one of the best British bands of our youth, we both had this on repeat in ’95.

And there we have it! Some of the albums that have made an impact on Brookes Brothers lives over the years. I’ve really enjoyed listening to these and discovered some new music in the process.

Brookes Brothers continue their upwards journey with their new track ‘In The Moment’ ft. Amahla. It is one of the exclusive tracks on the new Drum&BassArena 2019 compilation which is out on 28th June and available to pre-order/buy here


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