Ear & Drum Session: 178 – Ozone

Heading back out into deeper waters with this mix of moody and minimal sounds. D&B is all about setting a mood, so this seems fitting for the times.

The whole thing starts and finishes with Dom & Roland who’s latest album, Lost in the Moment, is a much deeper and pensive affair than his usual style. Other standouts are Dub Phizix & Strategy making a return with their signature sound on Deh, new comer Jolliffe with Time Please and Creep in the Dark and Breakbeat luminary Decline going back to his D&B roots with Crossover.

I’d like to send a thought and prayer out to all those currently in the war zone that is the USA. Stay safe, be the change you want to see and know things are always darkest just before the dawn. #blacklivesmatter

Ozone – 1hr of Deep D&B

Dom & Roland – State of the Art
Oliver York – Treasured
Entire – Taura
Moresounds – Flocon
T>I – Foot Drop
Dub Phizix & Strategy – Deh
Atlantic Connection – Gravity
Dom & Roland – Binary Star
Jolliffe – Time Please (feat. Jake Blake)
Contact Lost – Vector
Jolliffe – Creep in the Dark (feat. Ad-Apt)
Adred feat. Robert Manos – Flesh Wounds
Fetus – Dirty Air
Rockwell – Vent
Decline – Crossover
Adred – Sci-Fi
Acid_Lab – Instinct
Dom & Roland – A Broken Heart

Ear & Drum Session: 177 – Another Giant Leap

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Part two of a series focusing on classic 2-Step and Techstep tracks from back in the day. This time we’re heading into the late 90s early 00s sound with such luminaries as Boymerang, Reprezent, Nasty Habits, Ed Rush & Nico, Jonny L and more!

This really is a who’s who of the turn of the millennium 2-step sound. This mix is designed to keep you bouncing around the house until it’s safe to go outside again. Enjoy!

Another Giant Leap – 1hr+ of 2-Step Classic

Boymerang – Soul Beat Runner
Ink – Ice Age
Outfit – New York
Dillinja – Hard Noise
The JB – Say What (The Blind Man)
Reprezent – Share the Fall (Grooverider’s Jeep Style Mix)
Phobia – Clean Break
Scorpio – Trouble
DJ Krust – Warhead
Nasty Habits – Prototyped
Ed Rush & Nico – The Force is Electric
Ed Rush & Nico – What’s Up (Alternative Mix)
Desired State – Invasion
Jonny L – Moving Thru Air
Future Forces Inc. – Point of Origin
Technical Itch – The Dreamer (Future Forces Remix)
Flatliner & DJ Freedom – Deeper Levels (Remix)
Marcus Intalex & ST Files – How You Make Me Feel

Ear & Drum Session: 176 – Fluent

I built this mix around The Vanguard Project’s self titled debut LP which has so many great tunes on it that I simply couldn’t resist. Spearhead label boss, BCee and Villem’s collaborative project has yielded a bunch of great music down the years and this LP with 12 new tracks and 14 older cuts is living proof just how fruitful the team up has been.

On top of this we have some smashing remixes like Monrroe’s take on BCee’s – Little Bird, Bop’s twist on Come Together by Camo & Krooked and Pacific’s cheeky bootleg of Blinding Lights by The Weeknd. I also thought I’d throw in J Majik’s classic Love is Not a Game just for kicks.

Fluent – 1hr of Liquid D&B

BCee – Little Bird (Monrroe Remix)
FX909 – Stay Focus
The Vanguard Project – Stitches (feat. Jemimah Read)
Level 2 – Conquest VIP
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights (Pacific Remix)
Camo & Krooked – Come Together (Bop Remix)
Submorphics – Luminosity
The Vanguard Project – All this Time
Carlito & Addiction – Hellas
Edlan, Djah & Smote – Heathen (Give Me More)
The Vanguard Project – Driftwood
Low:r – Social Mania (feat. Sixar)
The Vanguard Project – All That I Need (feat. Pat Fulgoni)
Villem, McLeod & MC Fats – Perfect Solution (Black Barrel Remix)
Soul Connection – Smooth N Groove
Jay Dubz – Lily Louisa
The Vanguard Project – Everyday is Stolen (feat. DRS)
The Vanguard Project – U MAKE ME FEEL
Dexel & Charli Brix – Speechless
J Majik – Love is Not a Game (Original Radio Edit)

Ear & Drum Session: 175 – Flight Nine Six Dash Seven

Part three of my Flight 96 series where I pull out some rare and lesser heard tunes from D&B golden era of 1996. This time around we’re heading into pure D&B territory. In 96′ D&B was only just starting to come together as its own genre, with jungle and hardcore still being played at the same parties and raves.

In this mix we have some lesser heard remixes of classics like Goldie’s ‘Angel’ (also called Saint Angel) twisted by Peshay in his Back From Nam Remix or Skylab’s The Trip amazing rework by Roni Size!

We also have a heap of tunes that either didn’t get a full release or were very limited in release from some of the scenes biggest names like Omni Trio, T.Power and Source Direct. Plus a bunch of producers I’d never heard of like Vert, Paolo and Scissor Hands. This one is going to be quite the ride.

Flight Nine Six Dash Seven – 1.5hrs of Obscure 96′ Drum & Bass

Vert – Hole Tone Java
Hyper-On Experience – Disturbance (Tango Remix)
Goldie – Angel (Peshay Back From Nam Remix)
Boymerang – Blue Notes
L Double & Younghead – New Style
Paolo – Vinyl Frontier
Roni Size & Represent – Natural Thing
Plug – Snapping Fuss
Skylab – The Trip (Roni Size Remix)
Spring Heel Jack – Galapagos II
MC Fats – Don’t Take the Shit
Johnnie Blaze – Strumming Dubs (VIP Mix)
Scissor Hands – Dirty Call
Skycutter – Independence Day
Source Direct – Call & Response
Underground Beat Movement – Check Dis
T.Power – Tama
Trafalgar – Radio Macho (Adrenalin Dub)
Omni Trio – Red Rain

Ear & Drum Session: 174 – Soul Solution

Liquid D&B is on an absolute roll at the moment with beautiful tunes being dropped week aft6er week by some of the scenes most talented producers. This mix focuses around one of liquid’s brightest, Furney and his new Night Life LP on Soul Deep Exclusives. I first came across Furney back in 2008 when he was collaborating with Utah Jazz and he has gone on to produce an envious catalogue of music at a rate most producers can’t match.

Also in the mix is the sampler for GLXY’s much anticipated Research & Development LP, She Sings for Me with MC of the moment DRS. Plus new drops from Ear & Drum favourites Etherwood, Mitekiss and Nu:Tone.

Soul Solution – 1hr of Fresh Liquid

GLXY – She Sings for Me feat. DRS
Furney – Dreams & Wishes
Furney – West Central Street
The Upbeats & Shapeshifter – Aotea
Toez – The World’s End
Submorphics – Daydreaming feat. Big Brooklyn Red
London Grammar – If You Wait (Long Enough You’ll Get the Calibre Remix)
Furney – Alone
Nu:Tone – The Moment feat. Lea Lea
Levite – Free Bird
DRS & Dynamite MC – Fix It All feat. London Elektricity
Mitekiss – Something Real feat. Ruth Corey
Rowpieces – New Crib (Rough Version)
Soul Connection – Smooth & Groove
Toez – Ecstasy Music
BCee & Leo Wood – Sincerely Yours (Whiney Remix)
Jay Dubs – Lily Lousia
Etherwood – American Fruity
GLXY – She Sings for Me feat. DRS (Tease)

Ear & Drum Session: 173 – True Sound

Hard times call for hard tunes and this mix is full of new heavy hitters designed to make you pogo around your lounge room.

Shouts to Kings of the Rollers, Work Force and all the other producers keeping me sane during the lock down. Special shout out to Thermal and Boredome from DOA for the free tunes. keep up the great work.

True Sound – 1hr of Hard & Heavy Hitting D&B

Naibu – Use of Weapons (Fracture & Neptune Astrophonica Remix)
Rene LeVive & Future Cut – Deeandbee
L Plus – The Planet
Boredome – Rush Hour
Survey – Far Gone
Seba & Jr Vallo – Wasabi
DLR feat. M-zine & Scepticz – Still Alive
Madcap – B-Boy
Klute – Broadside
Rene LeVive & Future Cut – Eyes
Jaybee, Dave Owen & D-Lo – SXSW (VIP)
Ed:it – Generally Speaking
Hybrid Minds feat. Charlotte Haining – Higher Love (Particle Remix)
Kings of the Rollers – You Got Me (S.P.Y. Remix)
Acid_Lab – Life
FD – Blue Sky Research
Ed:it – the Limit
Digital & Need for Mirrors – Deadline (Need for Mirrors Remix)
Work Force – So Good

The Down Low: Session 045

We’re turning down the BPMs and kicking back with another Down Low Session. This blend is a mixture of old favourites I’ve already given an airing to in previous Down Lows and new tunes I’ve recently picked up.

Highlights on the favourite’s side are Tipper’s amazing chilled-out tune Virga, the Kirsty MacColl classic Walking Down Madison and Andrew Cash’s ecstatic The Sound of Eternity. And on the newer side we have Frank Chianese super smooth One Drop in the Ocean and Kid Loops & Cool Breeze – Code of the Goddam Streets. This actually an older track but it is new to me.

The Down Low: Session 45 – 1hr of chilled out breaks and beats

Slacker – A Million Dreams
Talaboman – Safe Changes
Tipper – Virga
Slam – Irritant
Delectatio – Moving Around
Frank Chianese – One Drop in the Ocean
Aquarius – Clue to a Mystery
Afterlife – A Little Bit of Love
Kevin Di Serna & Graziano Raffa – System Era
Kirsty MacColl – Walking Down Madison
Kid Loops & Cool Breeze – Code of the Goddam Streets
Andre Donaldz – Soft Landing
Andrew Cash – The Sound of Eternity
Rowpieces – Just 4 Love feat. Kryptomedic
Eissi – Lonely
Denote – Impressive
Lyth – Nirvana

Ear & Drum Session: 172 – Flight Nine Six Two

This is part two of my deep dive into obscure and rarer track from 1996. Last time we looked at Intelligent D&B and this is on a similar tip. While a lot of these tunes could be considered Intelligent, I think of them as even more chilled out.

Artists such as T-Power, B.L.I.M. and Kid Loops had their own take on the Intelligent sound that was less jazz focused and chopped up drum edits and more soulful cruising and laid back. Perfect for a couch session or recovery after the party is over.

Flight Nine Six Two – 1hr of Chilled out D&B from 1996

Gangster Sound feat Mrs B – Paradise (Dangerous Mix)
Lunar Funk – Spacewalk
United Future Organisation – Loud Minority (Alex Reece Remix)
Kid Loops vs Cool Breeze – Shift Then Return
Universal Love – Deeply (Ryder’s Dream 128 Mix)
T-Power – The Inti Raymi (Remix)
B.L.I.M. – Jeamland
Herb E – Light (Darwin Mix)
Jodeci – Feenin’ (LTJ Bukem Remix)
Kid Loops vs Cool Breeze – The Valley
Kid Loops – Digital Breakdown
Kid Loops vs Cool Breeze – Five Seven Five Seven
Dave Wallace – Expressions Part 2
Mr Psyche – The Drop

Ear & Drum Session: 171 – Atmospheric Glow

There’s been a quiet revolution going on in the world of atmospheric D&B. A lot of producers have been putting the modern day D&B sounds aside and returning to the the golden atmospheric era of the mid 90s.

J. Majik released his aptly named Full Circle album chock full of retro sounds from the 90s. Producers such as Total Science, Dave Wallace, Seba and Blu Mar Ten have also gone back to their roots releasing lush, deep atmospheric beats reminiscent of the days of Bukem and Logical Progression.

This collection of atmospheric tracks is an encapsulation of all that is great within the sub-genre and well worth a listen if you enjoy swirling melodies and majestic vocals over repecharge beats and tight amen edits.

Atmospheric Glow – 1hr of Atmospheric D&B

G-Force – Proximity (Furney 2019 Clean Up)
Okee – Earth Sky
Duoscience – Eternity
Total Science – Winds of Change
Dave Wallace – Lose Control
J. Majik – The Lost Tribe
Seba – Ryu-ki
R1C0 – Mission
Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 1
Blu Mar Ten – Sandstorm
Dave Wallace – Echos of Speed
Okee – The Invisible Limits
Kyhu – Time Lapse

Ear & Drum Session: 170 – Flight Nine Six One

Welcome to a new series of mixes based around lesser known tracks from the 1996 golden era of D&B.

Those that know me, know I love ’96 era of music. It was the time when I was first getting into D&B, and I have spent decades collecting D&B and other music from around this era. These tracks are mainly sourced from obscure CD compilations, with the odd recent re-release and original vinyl thrown in for good measure.

The aim of this series is to dig up tracks you’ve never heard before. So I’d love it of people could comment on what tracks are new to them. Mainly I’ve gone for rare and obscure remixes combined with a bunch of B-sides and CD only releases.

Being a series this is only part one of the journey, and if people are feeling it I might look into some other years from back in the day. Again let me know in the comments.

Flight Nine Six One – 1.5hrs of Rare & Obscure D&B from 1996

Drum and Bass – Intelligence (Inst Mix)
Hidden Agenda – Vindication
4 Hero – Universal Love
Cloud Nine – Teach Me To Fly
DJ Pulse – Planet Funk
Just Intelligence – Trip Out (Intelligent Mix)
The Dominion – London Nights (Ryder’s Dream No. 102 Mix)
Jonny L – Sam
Ryders Project 1 – Heidi’s Dream (Ryder’s Dream No. 100 Mix)
Alex Reece – Feel the Sunshine (Pulse Mix)
Dave Wallace – Expressions Part 1
Galliano – Slack Hands (Aquasky Remix)
Frame – Spirit of the Sun (Aquasky Remix)
Gangster Sound – What’s Going On (Jazz Mix)
Aquasky – Sea Monkey
Best Boy Electric – Dawning
David Holmes – Gone (PFM Mix)
Aphrodite – Q-Flutes
Tamsin – Innocence
Cloud Nine – The Ultimate Seduction
Abstract Truth – Get Another Plan (Rob Playford Remix)