Like us, we’re sure the soundtrack to your drunken debauchery looks a little like this:
Song ft Future
Song sampling Future
But we’re here to let you know that a banger doesn’t always need Future (or any other rapper/singer, imagine!) to provide large doses of hype. Often a solo producer can pull off a banger without the need for any vocal assistant. Here’s an essential list of 11 instrumental bangers that you can sandwich in-between ‘Jumpman’ and ‘Fuck Up Some Commas’
Rustie – City Star
Honestly, we could’ve just made this list a link to Rustie’s debut Glass Swords and called it a day, as it’s essentially a 43-minute-long banger. However, it’s ‘City Star’ that stands out as the most obvious pick. Beginning with a deceptively calm intro, ‘City Star’ soon explodes into icy synth stabs that are often circled booming bass and skittery beats. ‘City Star’ certainly doesn’t need a vocalist when the instrumentation is constantly screaming that it’s a banger.
Hudson Mohawke – 100HM
Never has a track in a video game been as, if not more, immersive that the video game itself. Driving up the highway towards Dry Desert and Bone Country in an expensive sports car, ready to fuck shit up with an RPG while blasting ‘100HM’ by Hudson Mohawke really puts you in the driver’s seat. The maniacal Trevor-like laugh in the intro jumpstarts the track as it careers into menacing brass and detonated kicks, mirroring the explosive and destructive nature of what made GTA so fun.
To produce a track so in tune with the game that it should rightly be called the GTA theme song is to be expected from HudMo though, from his extensive catalogue of bangers, he clearly knows what he’s doing.
Geeneus – Old Skool 2 (Trends remix)
WOOOOIIIIIIIIII, revamped by Trends for bigman grime label/night Boxed’s imaginatively titled Boxed001, the latest from RinseFM godfather Geeneus takes us straight back to 2003, dubsteppy sound design and fucking hype, everything about this is a banger, from the PS1-centric samples to the mid 00’s dubstep influence.
Weighty, meditative basslines, tight kicks, crystalline synths and filthy fucking wubs are the order of the day on this one, perfect for having mystical communications with God in front of a fat soundsystem in a basement whilst horribly muntered.
Ryan Hemsworth – Slurring (Baauer Remix)
Baauer. Poor guy. He made a banger so big that it took over his life and threatened to throw his career into obscurity. His career should’ve started big and gone from strength to strength, but people, those detestable normie plebs, could not resist donning ridiculous costumes and dry humping everything in sight to the beat of ‘Harlem Shake’.
Baauer’s ability to make a banger was, and luckily still is, phenomenal. This remix of Ryan Hemsworth’s ‘Slurring’ is just one of the countless bangers Baauer has in his arsenal, proving that if you accidentally create a monster, your talent can carry you through – if you retain integrity and remain true to the banger.
Bandulu Gang – 4loko Riddim
Kicking off with that trademark bandulu big bass sound design and some dude from back in the day calling people a soundboy, is grime instrumental dons Bandulu Gang’s tribute to everyones favourite, now illegal caffeinated beverage. Because who doesn’t like getting horribly horribly pissed almost to a degree where we’re almost MD’d, an audial journey through the erratic, very often surreal world of being oaf yar tuhts on caffeinated alchohol. Not recommended for post four loko hangovers though, nothing except lying in bed and crying will sort that out.
Clam Casino – Crystals
Whoever put together the GTA5 soundtrack clearly had this list in mind when doing so, as ‘Crystals’ is the second banger from the game to make it here (featuring on indisputably the best radio station, FlyLo FM). There may be no Basedgod in sight, yet it’s still a phenomenal banger. In fact, without being tied to any particular vocalist, ‘Crystals’ is one of Clammy Clams finest and most detailed works, as his signature airy vocal samples are stalked by sinister bass hits and the bubbling synths are underpinned by industrial roars.
Faze Miyake – Take Off
When there’s barking dogs and murderous brass at the start of a grime track, you know Faze Miyake is about to leng it down. ‘Take Off’ is now a staple instrumental in grime alongside Sir Spyro’s remix of ‘Rhythm n Gash’ and Wiley’s ‘Morgue’, in a pantheon reserved for only the best instrumentals ever created in grime. So many MCs have tried to go over this and make it their own, but the strength of ‘Take Off’ ensures that all the wheel ups belong to Faze Miyake. It’s the kind of track that made grime producers as celebrated as the MCs, and why Faze can now make his own t-shirt and perfume line that looks (and probably smells) like success.
Spooky – Chevy R.I.P
Yet More from Rinse-centric bigmancore (instrumental hip hop is boring as fuck) Spooky shows everyone how to make ‘Chevy’ even better and be great at remixes in general. NO, IT CANNOT BE, AAUUUUUUHHH, this tune goes so fucking hard, harder than even the original, you can’t be expected not to want to punch/leng a man down in the middle of the dance slewdem don’t test etc after hearing. The fucking Tempa T vocal at the end(vocals technically being used as an instrument) is the icing on the skeng themed birthday cake.
Ryan Hemsworth – Weird Life
Ryan Hemsworth may be more at home in his cutesier world, whether he’s titling tracks with smiley face or smashing Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu together for a remix that hilariously works too well, however, Hemsworth still delivers on wondrous bangers.
‘Weird Life’ is one example, while obeying the banger laws of builds and drops, it’s somewhat structured like Hemsworth’s beloved pop music. It begins with a soundscape of weeping strings and curious synths, before luminous chimes signal the arrival lively beats that are drenched by colourful synths. While Hemsworth crafts a miniscule and peaceful bridge, it’s simply a breather before he goes hard at the cataclysmic finale.
Shlohmo – Ghosts, Part 2
Not a stereotypical banger with bumping 808s and erratic hi-hats, but every playlist needs balance. The king of cool Shlohmo provides a glimmering instrumental that dances between sophisticated glides and off-beat shuffles to create a rather antithetic chilled banger.
It’s the musical equivalent of lying on a trampoline on a summer evening with a joint in hand, surrounded by friends and cats.
Put it on at the end of your banger-filled night as a means of drifting away into a nice place away from drabness, debts and death. Those things suck, but ‘Ghosts, Part 2’ does not.
S.D. Laika – Great God Pan
Years ago this got panned by someone who shall remain nameless back when we were a shitty uni project publication (we’re now a shitty post-uni publication) for being too experimental. ‘Great God Pan’ stands out as probably the most straightforward track from 2014’s That’s Harakiri. Developing an almost Burial like melody gently positioned over walls of distorted, deep noise, almost bringing an abstract vocal, layered over the chaotic rhythm of the track. One to ponder and analyse to, no hype or big wubs, just layer upon layer of transcendental noise.
Nathan Butler, Connor Cass, Richard Lowe