It’s my birthday tomorrow and so this week I’m shamelessly throwing back to my favourite song of all time. Blood Sugar was the first original song that Pendulum released after their debut album, Hold Your Colour (which went on to become the highest-selling Drum and Bass album of all time), and it became so popular that they re-released the album to include the song on it. The simple reason that it’s so damn good is the earworm hook that never gets old, even though the song is 8 years old itself. The dramatic tones at the end of every second bar, along with the bass and beat, add to the melody and make it that much better.
The vocals at the beginning of the song in the non-album version initially pump you up for the drop, and then make you laugh in time for you to go crazy for the beat and hook. The album version doesn’t have the vocals and has live drums, bass and guitars instead, along with a sudden relaxing mid-section and understated lead synth right at the end that tops off the song perfectly. The only bad thing about Blood Sugar is that it’s very hard to find a high-quality version. The album version’s volume changes randomly and different layers have volumes that don’t sound correct too, whereas the non-album version is often just poor sound quality. Nonetheless, it’s still a fantastic song and it’s been unchallenged as my personal favourite for years on end. Listen to both versions below and relive a classic DnB tune.