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Essential Listening: Rudimental

Essential Listening: Rudimental

Stefan Gandhi | Features & Interviews

It would be hard to find someone in the UK who hasn’t come across the good vibes of English drum and bass band Rudimental, and with new tour dates on the horizon, we thought we would educate those of you who may be less familiar with the group in preparation of their shows across the UK. Consisting of Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith, the popular electronic quartet have quickly risen to fame since 2012 and have established themselves as a major international act that can easily hold a crowd’s attention at large shows across the globe.

After winning several awards including the Brit Award and MOBO Award for Best Album, as well as multiple Platinum awards for record sales in several countries including in the United Kingdom and Australia, Rudimental have released two critically-acclaimed albums over the years with anticipation of a third studio album titled Toast to our Differences expected in the near future as part of their upcoming tour plans. Collaborations over their previous works include iconic names from the likes of Emeli Sandé, Ella Eyre, John Newman, and many more.

With so many classics already in their repertoire, it was a difficult one to narrow this one down to five tracks, but we taken into account the band’s diverse approach to music production and believe the following singles best highlight the atmosphere fans can expect from attending a Rudimental show.

Feel the Love (feat. John Newman)
Featured before it’s official release back in 2012 on BBC Radio 1 by DJ Zane Lowe as the Hottest Record in the World, ‘Feel the Love’ was the real starting point of the band’s major success that brought about a new sound to the UK music scene that was different and exciting ahead of the summer festival season that year. Combining the use of electronic and live elements, the track was an instant hit with listeners around the world and boasts impressively debuting at number one on the UK Single Chart. With the unique vocals of John Newman, live trumpet solo, and upbeat drum and bass beats, it’s easy to understand even to this day why fans go wild for this track when it’s played live.

Bloodstream (feat. Ed Sheeran)
With writing credits including Ed Sheeran, Rudimental and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid and Gary Lightbody, and production by renowned record producer Rick Rubin, there was no way this a-team couldn’t deliver something extra special, and this track definitely doesn’t fall short of being one of the greats back in 2014. Whilst the original version of the singer-songwriter only peaked at number 60 in the UK Singles Chart, the remix by Rudimental - included on their second studio album, We the Generation - later that same year shot the alternative version of this single all the way up to the number two spot in the UK Singles Chart.

These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen)
With a lineup this good featuring on one track, the widespread audience from each artist brings no shock as to why this single peaked at number in the UK Single Chart, resulting in Rudimental’s third UK number one single, as well as hitting the top ten spot in other countries around Europe and the rest of the world. Wrote as a demo by Dan Caplen in 2016, the concept was developed and produced by Rudimental before reaching Macklemore and Jess Glynne in 2017 who were both excited to feature on the track. Fun fact: Jess Glynne became the British female artist with the most UK chart toppers in history when ‘These Days’ peaked at number one.



Never Let You Go (feat. Foy Vance)
Featuring the incredible vocal talents of Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance, ‘Never Let You Go’ was released as the second single from the band’s second studio album in 2015. With praise from industry professionals such as Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 who titled the track upon its release as her Hottest Record in the World, this underdog of a festival anthem reached the top ten within the UK Dance Singles Chart. With an interesting morality about colour and race that can often be found in the band’s visuals on the second album, the music video itself for this single was filmed across various locations around the world, including Morocco, Ukraine, Los Angeles and the United Kingdom. In true Rudimental style, this is definitely one of those songs that evokes crowd participation with the sing along parts.

Waiting All Night (feat. Ella Eyre)
Achieving the number one spot in the UK Singles Chart in 2013 and securing British Single of the Year at the Brit Awards 2014, this epic single featuring English singer Ella Eyre back in the early stages of her career was first broadcast to the public with a live performance from the group and singer for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and instantly became a hit with UK music listeners across the nation. The inspiring music video is based on the true story of Kurt Yaeger, a San Francisco-born BMX champion who experienced a major accident back in 2006 that left him as an amputee. Approached by the group after hearing his story, the video was shot that follows his journey through the hard times of being in the hospital to later making a full recovery and returning to his BMX passion.



Catch Rudimental for their headline tour at O2 Academy Leeds on Thursday 18th October, as well as O2 Apollo Manchester on Tuesday 23rd October.

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