Call the Ambience 7: Deep Sleep Therapy – Ear & Drum Session 105

Perfect for the weekend, this mix of the chilled out and laid back will make surfing the couch a dream. I’m not even sure if a lot of these tracks can be classified as D&B. But they all share a wonderful ambient style and certainly blend together beautifully.

Slide on your headphones, close your eyes and drift off into deep sleep therapy territory.

Call the Ambience 7: Deep Sleep Therapy – 1hr of Ambient D&B

Cern – Don’t Leave Me
MAV – Time & Space (LM1 Remix)
José Raúl – Cala Den Serra
Seba – Painted Sky (DFRNT Remix)
Implex & Julia Marks – 1000 Years (Pryzma Remix)
Afterlife – A Little Bit of Love
Mobility – Sunrays Through Rain
DFRNT – Dark Blue
Atlantic Connection – Sirens Song
Krone – Microcosmos
Andre Donaldz – Soft Landing
Andrew Cash – The Sound of Eternity
DFRNT – Everything
Bite My A – A Lonley Place
MAV – A Journey Through Skylines (But Sweet Dreams) (Microspacefunk Bop Remix)
Thriftworks – Pad FUKKK
Twicey – J6
Mistabishi – The Howling Void Where Your Soul Should Be

Liquid(n)ation – Ear & Drum Session 104

Liquid [lik-wid]
adjective
1. having the consistency of a liquid.
2. (of a sound) clear, pure, and flowing; harmonious.
noun
1. A subgenre of drum and bass. While it uses similar basslines and bar layouts to other styles, it contains fewer bar-oriented samples and more instrumental layers (both synthesized and natural), harmonies, melodies and ambiance, producing a sentimental atmosphere directed at home listeners as well as nightclub and rave audiences. Music genres such as jazz, soul and sometimes blues have a pivotal influence on liquid funk.

Liquid(n)ation – 1hr+ of Liquid D&B
Calibre – Make Me Feel Alright
T Base – Digital Future
Silence Groove – Bass Police
Karma – Silhouettes
Billion feat. Maxine Ashley – Special (Nu:Tone Remix)
S.P.Y – Perth Sunset
CLS – Baltic Air
Nelver – Nightwalker VIP
Will Miles – Dream to Be
Unreal – Just One Night
Intelligent Manners – Everyday is the Same
dRamatic – Diamond in the Rough
Nelver – Black & White
Nelver & Camargo – Aurora
Calibre – Sagan
Soul Cube & Rowpieces – Wake Up
PLK – Her Side
Nelver – Nibiru
Cern – Those Left Behind feat. Hydro
Semi Sense – Fast Days
Silence Groove – Northern Groove
Neo – All the Love (Chris SU Remix)
Mindstorm – Think of the Future
ActRaiser – Full Moon
Nelver – Shadows
Parhelia – The End of the Introduction
Avizura – Blue Sky

Drum Struck – Ear & Drum Session 103

Percussive Drum & Bass has come a long way since the pots and pans style abstraction pioneered by the likes of Polar, Paradox and Equinox. These days some serious polish is going into the production plus the addition of some groove that makes it, dare I say it, almost danceable.

For me OM Unit is blazing this trail and his Inversion LP on Metalheadz was one of THE albums of the year across any genre. But there are many others following hot on his heels including some giant names such as Calibre, S.P.Y and Marcus Intalex all pushing their sound into territories unknown.

This mix may not be for all tastes, but if you are up for some challenging listening then dive right in.

Drum Struck – 1hr of Percussive D&B

OM Unit – Parallel
S.P.Y – Twilight Zone
Calibre – Eschaton feat. MC DRS
Nebula – Blackout
Digital, Spirit & Response – Different Style
Dub Phizix – Bounce
Liz-E – Need You
S.P.Y – Lost Orbit
Ulterior Motive – Inta-National
Marcus Intalex – These Days
Mefjus- Continuous
Ulterior Motive – Stay
ArQer & Realtime – Derpetroid
OM Unit – Touching Down
The Invaders – Burning Book
Vromm – F Plex
Goldie – My Little India
Icicle & Mefjus – Isolation
S.P.Y – Frozen

The Down Low: Sessions 23 & 24

Catching you up on the last two Down Low Sessions for 2014.

November is an upbeat little number with House roots and a smattering of Deep Techno and Hip-Hop thrown in for good measure. Featuring tracks from Dan Sieg’s – A Sense of Wonder LP and Apollinia’s – Tour á Tour LP, both of which are well worth a listen if you like this style of music.

December is dedicated to the dance floor destroyers with a giant dose of Trap, Bass and Grime courtesy of artists like Spenda C, DES and RL Grime. Too much bass is never enough.

You might also notice the yellow speaker skull image has been retired. I figured it was high time to reflect Hobart in the artwork and drop in skylines from around the local area for you to enjoy while you listen to the future sounds.

The Down Low: Session 23

Dan Sieg – Welcome to the Alley
Apollonia – Un Vrai Portugais
Apollonia – Sona
Rushmore – Paladium
Ratchet Traxxx – The Server Room
Dark Sky – Rainkist (Trevino’s Heartbeat Remix)
Hélder Russo – Secrets feat. Jorge Calado (Reprise)
Dan Sieg – A Sense of Wonder
AI – Paradox (Half Space Remix)
Stereotype – Rise & Fall
Apollonia – The Benshee
Dan Sieg – Iris
Ludic – Mmm Container I Love You
Hélder Russo – Freak Love
Thriftworks – Thriftologists Interlude
Nudge – Last Midnight
Numa Crew – BMX

The Down Low: Session 24

Melé – Learn 2 Love
Bingo Players – Rattle (Spenda C Remixxx)
RL Grime – Scylia
Moska – Sound Off
High Contrast & Clare Mcguire – Who’s Loving You (Part 1)
Kamikaze Space Program – Radio
DES – Madness
Sam Paganini – Toxic
Artificial Intelligence – Paradox
DES – Rebirth
DES – Rebirth (Lazy Flow & Mo Laudi Connected Remix)
Fred V & Grafix Feat. Etjerwood – Forest Fires (Taiki Nulight Remix)
Spenda C & Etcietc! – In Da Bank
RL Grime Feat. Boyz Noize – Danger
Cooly G – Narst
DJ Butcher – $werve (Spenda C Bmore Remix)
Rae Sremmurd – No Flex Zone (Noy Remix)
Rushmore – She Wants

The Depths – Ear & Drum Session 102

Strap on the tanks and come for a dive into the deeper side of D&B with me. We’ve got some Drumfunk, Minimal, Half-Beat, Dub and a little bit of Liquid to smooth it all out – oh and a some quality grime-style lyrics courtesy of Kool Keith, Fixate and Skittles.

Tune in, turn up (the bass) and chill out as we plumb the depths.

The Depths – 1.5hrs of Deep Drum & Bass

Rainforest – Dopamine Paradise
Snug – Ascension
Skyweep – Wisdom Goddess
Earl Grey – Bob Dub
Calculon & Austin Speed – Get Murked (Deft Remix)
OM Unit – the War
Nu:Tone – Metaphor 6000 (Feat. Kool Kieth)
Machine Code – Requiem (Huron Remix)
Mobility – Fully Interlocking (Feat. Dana)
Bungle – Lights
Mauoq – Dream On (Stunna Kingston Dream Dub Remix)
Abiotic & Wallwerk – Polar Lights
Chimpo – Haymaker
Chimpo – Bun it (Feat Fixate)
Icicle – Problem (Feat. Skittles)
Thriftworks – Pad FUKKK
Goldie – My Little India
OM UNit – The Crossing
Airstrike & Blak – Karma (Mercury Remix)
Blu Mar Ten – Thin Air (Kid Drama Remix)
Skyweep – Everytime (Feat. Natalie Williams)
PLK – Her Side
Synkro – Transient
Dexta & Mauoq – Time Patrol
Vromm – Fields of Vengence

Change of Atmosphere – Ear & Drum Session 101

Back in 1996 LTJ Bukem was king. His brand of atmospheric (some called it Intelligent) D&B was uplifting dance floors everywhere and his Logical Progression LP was on rotation in almost every pub, cafe and bar. The combination of rapid fire syncopated beats couples with melody and atmospheric pads was pure magic.

Fast forward to 2014 and the atmospheric sound is starting to have a resurgence. I’m not sure it’s a deliberate movement the way it was in 96′, as I’m not finding EPs or LPs dedicated to it, but single tracks are popping up everywhere in amongst the amen heavy drumfunk and melodic liquid on labels like Celsius, Subtle Audio and Offworld Recordings.

I’ve spent most of the year keeping a folder aside just for these types of tracks. Knowing that eventually I’ll have enough to throw down a decent set of uplifting beats and swelling rhythms. And that time is now.

Change of Atmosphere – 1hr+ of Atmospheric D&B

Nebula – Encounter (VIP)
Actraiser – Strange New World
S.P.Y & Total Science – Double Trouble
Will Miles – Falling
Tim Cant – Fusion Chillout
Calibre & Marcus Intalex Feat. Fox – Something Heavy
Tremah – Trouble Shooter
Dave Webber – Drifter
Enjoy – Safe for a Mistake
Parhelia – Moon Machine
Roygreen & Protone Feat. Monologue & Lameduza – Through The Alps (Survival Remix)
Airstrike & Blak – Karma
L-Side – Tomorrow Never Dies
Anile – Voidrants
Anile – To Live Without
Eveson – Tempest
Tim Cant – Ultra Generic
Blade – Universal Rhythm
Furney – Tear in the Rain
Jam Theives – Distant Lover

One Hundred – Ear & Drum Session 100

I started this blog almost 6 years to the day as a way of getting my love of Drum & Bass music out to the world. Since then I’ve uploaded 99 exclusive Ear & Drum mixes and countless archives of older mixes that pre-dated this blog. I don’t do it for money and have kept advertising away. Having never produced, I figured the best I could do was promote other peoples music I love through my mixes. The reason I do this is for the love of a music that over the past 20 years has given me so much pleasure that I feel I owe it something. I have to give something back to all those producers who toil away in their studios, making next to no money and awesome music.

In the last six years The Ear & Drum has had over 75,000 views and over 22,000 mixes downloaded. The most popular being the very first mix I posted featuring PFM which has had just over 700 downloads. This is my 100th mix for the Ear & Drum and as a way of doing something special I put together 100 of my favourite tunes from the past two years. It’s over five hours long. It will take you ages to download. But I can guarantee you it’ll be worth it.

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported, and who still supports, the Ear & Drum and Drum & Bass music. I read every comment and every time someone thanks me for a mix I feel like it’s been worth it. An extra big thanks to ChaNinja, William, Jonathan (How about that gig in Berlin next year?), CyKosis, DNR, Paige, Stelf and Jedi John (Glad you’re mixing again mate.) who have regularly commented and supported me down the years. And an even bigger thanks to Raps, Mike, Cob and the Peligra Kru who showed me just what a powerful medium the net can be for spreading the gospel and getting mixes out there.

Here’s to mix number 100 and hopefully another 100 more to come. :)

One Hundred – 5hrs+ of Amazing Music

Sub Focus – Twilight
Bungle – Aura
Furney – Charlotte’s Song
Sub Focus – Turn It Around Feat. Kele
Artificial Intelligence – War Horse Feat. MC DRS
Lenzman – Empty Promise
Lenzman – Empty Promise (Jubei Remix)
Mistabishi – Dark Pools
Rental – Paper Shuffler
Technimatic – Sheltered Storm
Nudge – Fair Question
Never – White Clouds
Total Science – See Your Face Feat. Riya
Fred V & Grafix – Clouds Cross Skies
Hybrid Minds – Meant To Be
Seba – Shades of Me & You
Seba – Never Let You Go (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
Bipolar – State of Play
Lenzman – My Tearz Feat. Steo
S.P.Y Feat. Total Science – Cold Harsh Air
Level 2 – Conquest VIP
Amoss – Bumbaclart
Technimatic – Intersection
Sunchase – Next Rhythm (Engage Remix)
Vadav – Karma
Rawtekk – Snowflakes (Ambient Version)
Karma – Lil Ghetto Boy (Alexus Remix)
Bachelors of Science – Beats Still Own the Rhythm
dBridge & Skeptical – Move Way
Facing Jinx – Time
Greyscale – Impossible Dream
Naibu – Fireflies (Light Mix)
Seba – Under the Sun
S.P.Y – You
dRamatic – Straight Talking
Nu:Logic – Morning Light
Nitri Feat. Grimm & Level 2 – Secrets
Command Strange & Malaky – Regrets
ST Files & Response – Nailbomb
Contra – Espanola
Technimatic – Mirror Image
Pharrell Williams – Happy (Makoto 170 Edit)
Sprinter – Suffocate
DuoScience – Neglect
Amit & Rani – I’ll Cut You Down
Hybris – Losing It
BCee – Think Twice
LTJ Bukem – Atlantis (Marky & S.P.Y Rework)
Seba Feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw – Nothing Can Replace
Break – Who We Are
The INsiders – Meltdown
PFM – This Must Be Love
Bachelors of Science Feat. Ben Soundscape & Kemo – Ainokea
Data – Vice
Nitri & Level 2 Feat. Grimm – Lies (Calibre Remix)
Nitri & Level 2 Feat. Grimm – Lies
Total Science Feat. Grimm – Another Time
Intelligent Manners – Move Me
Klute – Turnaround
Shrust – Cocoon
Seba – Can’t Describe
Mineral – Living the Dream (ESC & Subsense Remix)
Telmo A – Between Two Worlds (Phil Tangent Remix)
Actraiser – Future Encounters
Enei Feat. Eastcolours – 2012
Airstrike Feat. Allison Grey – Frozen
dBridge – Death of a Drum Machine
SJ Clart & Reza – The Chances (Vocal Version)
Keeno – As One
Paramount & Patricia Edwards – Angels
Breach – Jack (Calibre Remix)
Etherwood – Unfolding
Alix Perez Feat. Sam Wills – Annie’s Song
Sub Focus Feat. Alpines – Tidal Wave
Phil Tangent – Restitution
DLR & Script – Bue Room
HLZ, DJ Chef & MC Fats – Souljah (HLZ Remix)
Stray – LA Zoom
Tokyo Prose & Phil Tangent – Parity (Klute Remix)
Vilem & McLeod – Another Star
LTJ Bukem – Music (Technicolour Remix)
Nookie – The Eclipse (Furney Remix)
BCee – The Falls
SJ Marky & S.P.Y – Yellow Shoes (Calibre Remix)
Hybrid Minds – Why (Fourward Remix)
S.P.Y Feat. Jo-S – Future Tense
soulTec – I Hear You Knocking
Bcee – Captured In Time (Chris SU Remix)
CLS – One Month
Cyantific – Walking Away
High Contrast – Twilight’s Last Gleaming VIP
Lenzman – Broken Dreams (Makoto Remix)
Rowpieces – Cosmic Funk
Shuwa – Inversion
Alex Reece – It’s Alright
Frederic Robinson Feat. Stray – Bloom
Marcus Intalex – Riots
Om Unit – Grey Skies Over Chicago
Paperclip – Structure 15
Seba – Balance of Power

Low Profile – The Down Low: Sessions 019 – 022

All right Bass music lovers, it’s Down Low Sessions catch up time again taking us from July through to October of the monthly podcast. Get the latest November edition at pfradio.com. It’s the usual smattering of house, techno, chilled dubstep, trap, hip-hop and anything else that falls under the Bass genre that turned me on at the time.

As a quick overview number 19 is a smooth blend of house and 2-step with some crackers in there from ‘it’ band London Grammar and big beat heroes Basement Jaxx. Number 20 heads into deeper territory and is much more broken beats on a chilled out and ambient tip. Session 21 is chock full of bangers ranging from acid inspired rave, hard techno, trap and even a bit of dirty white boy hip-hop courtesy of Three Loco. And, last but not least, Session 22 is a trap, duke, footwork rinse out with the odd surprise thrown in there for good measure.

The variety is vast, the quality is excellent so dig deep and enjoy. :)

The Down Low: Session 019
London Grammar – Sight (Tourist Version)
Dusky – Lost In Tou (feat Janai)
Bassment Jaxx – Never Say Never (Mark Knight Remix)
London Grammar – Sight (Joshua James Remix)
Andrew Bayer & James Grant – Living
Dusky – Plastique
Axel Boman – It Starts With The Stomach
Dusky – Grain
Dusky – Silence Never Heard
Dusky – Stick by This
Martyn – Like That
Martyn – Forgiveness Step 2
Nuage – Unlock Down
Foxhen – Jailhouse Girl
Andrew Bayer – Counting the Points
Journeyman – Spend It All
We Need Cracks – Cers

The Down Low: Session 020
Nuage – Last Midnight
Urban Trip – Sept
Atlantic Connection – Broken Mirrors
B9 – Tackle Box
Amorce – Habits (Amorce Version)
Dusky – Mr Myagi
Synkro – Detachment
B9 – The Kayak Collection
Truth feat. Lelijveld – Recollections
Trashbat – Takaramachi
B9 – IMK
Atlantic Connection – Just Like (Peanut Butter)
Deekline – Deeper
Mak & Pasteman – Dirt Diggler
Gode – Lime Juice Cordial
B9 – Phoenix
Truth feat. Taso – Goodbye
Vasco Fortes – Like I Feel It

The Down Low: Session 021
Acre – Northern Sahdows
Moguai – ACIIID
Deekline – Sound of Music
Sleeper – Simulation Theory
Amcore – Habits (Amcore Version) Elmono – Baton Rogue (Colder Mix)
Three Loco – We are Lamas (feat. Diplo) Diplo & GTA – Boy oh Boy
Sleeper – Khenti Amentiu
Amit – Acid Trip
Ill Skills – One Last Tune
NickBee – Inspiration
Sleeper – Burn the Bridge
Diplo – Revolution (feat. Imanos, Faustix & Kai)
AFK, Spence and Omnoms – Go Go Ratchet Starkey – Stroll
Deekline & Specimen A – Don’t Smoke (Trap VIP)
Truth feat. Taso – Goodbye
Vasco Fortes – Like I Feel It

The Down Low: Session 022
Nuage – Simple story
Hot Chip – Look at Where We Are (Major Lazer Remix)
RL Grime – CliqCliq
DJ Earl & Sonic D – Stop Playin Wit Me
UZ – Trap Shit V13
Flosstrdamus – Rollup (Baauer Remix)
UZ – Trap Shit V13 (Click & Whistles Remix)
Rudimental – More than Anything
Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix)
Andrew Bayer – Nexus 6
DJ Fresh vs. Diplo feat. Dominique Young Unique – Earthquake
Lenzman – 1978 (Interlude)
DJ Earl – All the Weed
DJ Earl & Heavee – Smokin Grams
Darq E Freaker – Minger
Aqadrop – Yenom

All’s Well That Ends Well – Ear & Drum Session 99

Last mix in the double figures for the Ear & Drum Sessions, and it’s a little ripper. Full of melodic gems from the Liquid end of D&B – perfect sunny day tunes to get you bouncing.

A special mention has to got Makoto for his bootleg of Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’. Easily one of the best commercial tracks of the year, it only gets better after Makoto has given it an atmospheric rework. And best of all it is yours to download for free right here.

Other notables are Technimatic with his new ‘Desire Paths’ LP on Shogun Audio which is well worth a listen. Plus the good people at Fokuz Recordings with their ‘Crossroads EP’. There are only three tracks on it, but all three were strong enough to be included into the mix and include emerging artists I’d never heard of.

Enjoy number 99 and get ready for a special number 100.

All’s Well That Ends Well – 1hr of Liquid D&B

Bop – Lucid Dreaming (feat. Elsa Esmeralda)
Logisitcs – As Sure as Sunrise (Feat. Hugh Hardie)
Actuaries – Homeward Bound
Pharrell Williams – Happy (Makoto 170 Edit)
Technimatic – Night Vision
Technimatic – Perseverance
Bungle – You & Me (Villem Remix)
Anth M – Inner Moment (Oddsoul Remix)
Technimatic – Music Is Music
Pablo Nouvelle – You Don’t Understand (Calibre Remix)
Element Down & Laura Wadley – Electricity (Rune & Kaiza Remix)
Fullmetal, Kaiza & Rune – Crossroads
Shapeshifter – The Touch (Netsky Remix)
Keeno – As One (feat. Pat Fulgoni)
Vortex Involute – Closing Doors (Nelver Remix)
SubSid – So Hold On
Vaptor – Lay Down Your Soul (Rune & Kaiza Remix)

White Rabbit – Ear & Drum Session 98

Perfect for the return of the warmer weather here in Australia, this is a summery little number full of Liquid rollers and tunes to sing along to.

Big ups to Perth boy Greg Packer back on form with Danny Rhodes and his tune ‘Gone Away’. Another old favourite of mine who’s back producing the goods is Redeyes with his tracks ‘Reflections’ and the Lenzman colab ‘Thieves in the Night’.

Did someone say Lenzman? Really this mix belongs to him and his massive new LP out on Metalheadz. It’s a liquid lovers dream and easily in the top three D&B LPs to come out this year across any genre. Lenzman’s ear for a perfect melody and rolling b-line has always been spot on and it’s great to see him getting support from a label as big as Headz.

So that’s it. not much else to say other than turn it on, crank up the bass and enjoy some beautiful music.

White Rabbit – 1.5hr+ of Liquid Goodness

Greg Packer & Danny Rhodes – Prelude in G# Minor
Lenzman – Collapse
Greg Packer & Danny Rhodes – Gone Away
Lenzman & Redeyes – Theives In The Night (Technimatic Remix)
Break – Moving On
Sunny Crimea – Never Say Goodbye
Redeyes – Reflections
Actraiser – Twighlight Express
Contra – Espanola
Dose – Soul Food
Lenzman – Ever So Slightly (AI Remix)
Stereotype & Nelver – Evermore
Actraiser – Midnight Wanderers
Actraiser – Future Encounters
Eveson & MC Fats – Vignette
Lenzman – Starz (feat. Kevin King)
Lenzman – Paper Faces (feat. Martyna Baker)
Deeper Connection – So Deep
HLZ, DJ Chef & MC Fats – Souljah (HLZ Remix)
Lenzman – Always
Bipolar – Interlude
Lenzman – Just Can’t Take (feat. DRS)
Lenzman – Burner
Nelver – Full Sky
Phil Tangent – Remembrance
Technimatic & LSB – Rotary Motion (Calibre Remix)
Command Strange – Could Be Mine
Lenzman – It’s Yours (Interlude)
Utah Jazz – January Silence
CLS – One Month
Lenzman – Through My Eyes
S.P.Y – Dusty Fingers (feat. Diane Charlemagne)
Simplification & Nelver – My Love