05/08/2019: “Love Has Gone” by Netsky

Netsky is one of the biggest stars to come out of modern drum & bass, and he has mainly done it without sacrificing too much authenticity. Of course, a song like this is very different from his liquid productions; it’s much more pop focused, with a catchy vocal hook and solid gold riff!

But nevertheless, the dancefloor potential is strong. The song retains the energy D’n’B is known for, delivering a fearsome low end kick. The main riff is a starry siren call, hitting each note boldly as the quick notes of the string synth faintly play in the background. There’s a vibrophone-esque synth in the middle too, creating a serene pause.

The vocal sample which the song is loosely constructed around is from the smooth 1976 R’n’B track “Love Ballad”, by L.T.D. In Netsky’s hands, the sample becomes a powerful, searing cry.

The song was released in 2012 on Hospital records, and did well in his native Belgium, the Netherlands, and the U.K. It appeared on his aptly named second album, 2.