After nearly four years, Netsky has finally released his third album – and was the wait worth it or what? 3 features 12 songs, all of which show just how far he’s come since his almost exclusively Liquid Drum and Bass debut album back in 2010 – even though he experimented a lot with more generic (yet high quality) music on his second album, on 3 he’s taken that experimentation and perfected it in his own style.
About half the songs are unique and original Drum and Bass, all of which have distinct vibes. Rio (the first single off the album) is a prime example of this, sounding like it could have come straight out of Rio. Go 2 is incredible, mixing a little bit of Funk with incredibly catchy vocals and then dropping a fresh DnB beat on top about halfway through. If any song just works on 3, it’s Go 2.
The other genres that Netsky tries his hand at across the album are Breakbeat, Funk and Trap, with a notable example being the combination of Funk and Breakbeat in TNT. Forget What You Look Like (the most recent single) is Trap that could still fit nicely on the radio, managing to be moody but still have an atmospheric drop and heartfelt vocals.
Even though quite a few songs on the album are wild cards, one of the most popular is the closer, Higher – a collaboration with Jauz. It’s Bass House, with a sound design that has to be heard to be believed. It’s been out for a while already, so if you haven’t heard it give it a listen, and if you have then listen to it again anyway.
Given that I’ve hand picked nearly half of the album to praise it’s easy to tell that 3 is a collection of music that should be added to your library (or at least given a listen through), so make sure to do that here. Get on it!