Tight Fit – Ear & Drum Session 151

A little bit of old mixed in with a lot of new this time around as we take a deep dive into the Liquid sound of D&B. The old is courtesy of the mighty DKay who has been absent for way too long from the D&B scene. The good news is he has started producing again and will have new tunes coming soon! But until then I’ve slipped in his classics Planet Music, How Much Does it Take and Serenade as a reminder of just how good this guy is in terms of melodic D&B.

In terms of new stuff Larigold’s Rhodes driven Swing the Waves is a perfect intro track to kick us off. Calibre is back so I had to slip in Makes Me, Funny Games and Self from his new Shelflife compilation. Other tunes of note are Atlantic Connection’s sing-a-long track Fathom, Tokyo Prose’s colab with Nether – Tremble and a smasher from Lewis James in the form of Your Love is a Power.

Tight Fit – 1hr+ of Liquid Lushness

Larigold – Swing the Waves
Calibre – Makes Me
Atlantic Connection – Fathom (feat. Faith)
Calibre – Funny Games
Readsenes & Lono – Losing
Nuvertal – Faith
Seba & Manos – Etheral
DKay – Planet Music
Calibre – Self
Tokyo Prose – Tremble (feat. Nether)
Arcatype – Narrative (feat. Riya)
Nevler – Soul Space
Alim Perez & Halo – Rollcage
DKay – How Much Does It Take
LM1 & Kharm – Inversion
Dan Guidance – I’m So In Love
Lewis James feat. DanDansK – You Love Is A Power
DKay – Serenade
SpectraSoul – Say What Midnight Mix (feat. Made Lane)
Villem & McCleo feat. Leo Wood – Let It Breathe
Logistics – Lotus Flower

Call the Ambience: Pulmonary Massage – Ear & Drum Session 150

Back once again with a chilled out D&B selection leaning heavily on the sounds of Synkro and Stillhead who have been in heavy rotation at the Ear & Drum ranch. Big ups have to go to Amoss, Etherwood and Bop who all have fresh LPs and EPs out and well worth tracking down.

This is a perfect weekend and morning after selection designed to relax and take you on a journey. No hard edges here, just smooth beats and purring b-lines to massage the mind, body and soul.

Call The Ambience: Pulmonary Massage – 1hr+ of Chill & Bass

Bop – Untitled Pattern 48
Synkro & Manos – Shoreline
Stillhead – After Sundown
Lapalux – Without You
Oliver Yorke – Ryoan-Ji
Sieren – U8
Sunchase – When We Are Alone
Synkro & Manos – In My Arms
Stillhead – Bittersweet
Blocks & Escher – Gulls
Amoss – Souza
Stillhead – Dwelling
Synkro – Midnight Sun
Blueprint – Cascade
Massive Attack – Teardrop (Stillhead Remix)
Ehterwood – Surrendered
Etherwood – In the Wind
Synkro – Vanishing Point
Synkro & Manos – Lost HEre
Amoss – Quiet Weekend
Logistics – C.Lone
Amoss – The Last Journey Home

The Down Low: Session 042

Back on the Down Low with a mix dedicated to one of electronic music’s best kept secrets Synkro. This man’s ability to lock in a groove and still keep a laid back vibe is second to none and I heartily suggest you track down some of his amazing music.

This mix is definitely for laying back and chillaxing to, so perfect for the weekend and after hours cru. I love all the stuff in here, but if I had to call out some tracks Synkro’s – Look at Yourself is a slice of house perfection, Future Sounds of London’s – Cascade remixed by Odyssia treats a classic with the respect it deserves and Photo’s – Totem is a dance floor monster while still staying relaxed in vibe. A very neat trick.

I hope you get as much out of listening to this one as I did mixing it. It is possibly my favourite Down Low Session so far so kick back and enjoy the ride.

Down Low: Session 042 – 1.5hrs of Chill

Synkro – Don’t Know
DBridge – Digital Dread
Dustmite & Kuru – Kare
Blinding – Breath Out
Varg – Red Line II (127 Satra C) feat Yung Lean
COMODO – Golden (Himalia Dream)
Synkro – Look at Yourself
Future Sounds of London – Cascade (Odyssia Edit)
Rowl – Mi Love
Joy Orbison – Wet Look
Elkona – Your Love
Stillhead – Spirit Remains
Vacant – Serenity
Trashbat – Takaramachi
Bassnectar – Other Worlds (feat. Dorfex Bos)
Photo – Totem
Flume – Say it (SG Lewis Remix)
Om Unit – Despite It All
Calibre – The Spirit
Jacques Green – Afterglow
RL Grime – Scylia
Chase & Status feat. Noveli – NRG

Breaking Bad – Ear & Drum Session 149

The harder side of D&B has taken an interesting turn lately with lots of artists looking back to move forward. Producers such as Blocks & Escher, Forrest Drive West and Bladerunner are all using sounds from back in the day and putting an fresh twist on them with modern day production techniques. Needless to say this is great news for older headz such as myself.

Deep, dark and dirty a lot of the tunes in this mix feature this new take on old styles with deadly impact. If you are a fan the original Metalheadz sound this will definitely appeal.

Breaking Bad – 1hr of Heavy D&B

Blocks & Escher – Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Amoss – Flat Spots
Mantra – Nocturne
1991 – Jungle Cats
Forest Drive West – Last Day
Lakeway – Lock Off
Double O – Shuffling on Zion’s Bus
Digital & Repsonse – Silver Lining (Seba Remix)
Seba – War on Music (feat. MC Blackeye)
Amoss – Timedrops
Ahmad & Akinsa – Delsusions
Digital & John B – You & Me
Sully – Armour (Digital Remix)
Nucleus – Raw Delux
Bladerunner – The Test
Amoss – Century Seven
Theory – Rasafari
OX7GEN – Trinity

Down Stream – Ear & Drum Session 148

Get a little Liquid into your life this weekend with a mix of new tunes from across the globe.

First up we have Why We Are Here from Sunchase, an artist who dropped off the map in the last few years. This guy knows how to roll and I am so glad he has come back with some killer new material. Other notables are Calibre, one of the best remixers in the scene today, putting his spin on the music of Blu Mar Ten and SpectrSoul. Plus new tunes from Atlantic Connection, 1991 & Matt Wilson and the recently departed Marcus Intalex. You may have left us, but your music lives on.

A special shout goes out to Logisitics and his track The Light Without which has THE best vocal hook I’ve heard in a D&B tune this year.

Down Stream – 1hr of fresh Liquid Beats

Sunchase – Why We Are Here
Changing Faces, In:Most & Dale Male – Composure
Aperio – Sunrize
Blu Mar Ten – Keep It Together (Calibre Remix)
Logistics – The Light Without (feat. Salt Ashes)
Blu Mar Ten – Fall From Grace (Technimatic Remix)
Random Movement – We Blew It
Cammand Strange, Satl & Pouyah – Life
SpectraSoul – Burst (Calibre Remix)
Andrimedik – Losing Myself
SpectraSoul – Remember Me
OX7GEN – Trinity
Blueprint & Drum Force 1 – Clue
Sunchase – So Sweet
Total Science – Not Again
A.Fruit – Tender Love
Duoscience – Corcovado
1991 & Matt Wilson – The Epiphany
Marcus Intalex – Roller 170
Logistics – Lotus Flower
Atlantic Connection – Changes
SpectraSoul – Say What (Midnight Mix)
Sunchase – Why We Are Here [Tease]

Tender – Ear & Drum Session 147

Bringing you a bit if a mixed bag this time around. A lot of the tunes here are from the exceptional New Blood 018 compilation from Medschool. For those that don’t know, New Blood is an annual release of fresh talent and unheard of producers and this years release was the best in a looong time so I had to throw down a mix to celebrate.

We have some Trap stye D&B on Tender Love by the oddly named A. Fruit, UK Grime inspired Who Run Tingz by Trigga & Chimpo and whole host of deeper beats from the likes of Amoss, Martsman and Dom & Roland.

Tender – 1hr of Fresh Beats

A. Fruit – Tender Love
SQUASH! – One!
OX7GEN – Trinity
Marcus Intalex – Ninety One
Martsman – Krine
Dom & Roland – A Broken Heart
Amoss – Flat Spots
Koherant – Low Key
Digital – Space Funk (Om Unit Remix)
Trigga & Chimpo – Who Run Tingz
Martsman – Kickoff
Blocks & Escher – Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Dexcell – Without You (Anile Remix)
Amoss – Timedrops
Enei & Kasra – 1000
A. Fruit – Tender Love (Tease)

The Down Low: Session 041

Back with another session of greatness from the lower BPMs of house, techno and breaks. This one is an eclectic mix of deeper tracks until the end when things pick up into a more floor orientated affair.

Keep an ear out for the Ghost Remix of Chimpo’s DidDieDoDat?, Wave Racers rejig of Flume’s Never Be Like You and the huge b-line of Deekline’s Flute Ting.

The Down Low: Session 041 – 1hr of Techno, House & Breaks

Direct – Too Far Away
Daisuke Hinata – Huellas
Sokora – ACT4
Pessimist – Peter Hitchens
Detroit Pulse Machine – Polygraph
Dune – Boomerang (Quivver’s Boom Q Dub)
Sam KDC – Canon Law
Chimpo – DidDieDoDat? (Ghost Remix)
Gesaffestein – Duel
Acid Metrick – Uppercut
Spec X – Change
Electrosoul System – I Luv It
Several Definitions – Don’t Stop to Fall (Short Mix)
Pessimist – Inner Circle]
Flume – Never Be Like You (Wave Racer Remix)
Flume – Like Water (Jacques Greene Remix)
Deekline – Flute Ting (feat. Rtkal)

Dawn Breaks – Ear & Drum Session 146

Every now and then you do a mix where everything just goes right. This is one of those.

Inspired by the sounds from Etherwood’s incredibly beautiful LP In Stillness this is a melodic mix in which I’ve tried to program D&B songs, not just tracks. In Stillness is a rare beast in that most of the tunes on it are actual songs that just happen to be D&B too. Wonderful instrumentation, thoughtful lyrics and a musicality sorely missing in a lot of today’s dance music.

Shouts to Mohican Sun for the Cold Earth EP on Integral Recordings which is rapidly becoming a must have label for me. And to the Hospital/Medschool crew Bop, Subwave and Logisitics for keeping it real after all these years.

Dawn Breaks – 1hr of Liquid Lushness

Mohican Sun – Don’t Wait
Alekay – Love
Etherwood – Bears Breechers feat. Anile
Etherwood – Three Eagles
Mohican Sun – Living This Way
Fred V & Graphics – Hurricanes (Wild Love) Keeno Remix
Mohican Sun – Calgary
Bop x Subwave – Clair De Lune
Etherwood – In Stillness
The Vanguard Project – Is This Love
Alekay – Turbulence feat. Motive
Eschaton – Fallen Angel
Etherwood – Climbing
Etherwood – – A Hundred Oceans feat. Feels
Rafau Etamski – Need You
Silence Groove – Air Up There (Silence Groove Remix)
Etherwood – Surrendered
Artificial Intelligence – 1000 Souls
Logistics – Lotus Flower (Radio Edit)

Rudebwoy – Ear & Drum Session 145

Heavier D&B has been having a resurgence lately with labels like Metalheadz, Critical and Tech Itch Recordings all pumping out some quality darker beats.

Blocks & Escher’s heavily anticipated Something Blue LP contains the years first big anthem in Something Borrowed, Something Blue while the mysterious Brakken collaboration output has born fruit on their very first release.

A special shout to Trigga & Chimpo who’s massive Who Run Tingz track I finish off with. I’ve been hunting this tune for the last 12 months thinking it was new and only to realise it came out about 3-4 years back. 😛

If you like your beats hard you’ll love this, if you unsure give it a go and who knows you might just grow to love it as much as I do.

Rudebwoy – 1hr of Hard D&B

Blocks & Escher – Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Brakken – Rat
Lowriderz & Electrosoul System – Face Off
1991 – Jungle Cats
Ulterior Motive – Step Change
Soul intent – Give You Back
Synth Ethics – Cloudbreak
Chase & Status – Tribes
Surreal – Change the Program
Andy Skopes & Mr Joseph – Call to Arms
Technimatic – Night Vision VIP
Goldie – I Adore You (Total Science Remix)
Alibi & Command Strange – Skyline VIP
Brakken – Blue River
End.User – Stillness (Re-Edit)
Mohican Sun – Sprialled
Alibi & Command Strange – Ahead of Me VIP
Trigga & Chimpo – Who Run Tingz

The Down Low: Session 40

The Down Low Sessions return after a brief hiatus. This time were heading into 120bpm territory across techno, house, breaks and bass.

There are some absolute crackers in here including Aussie wonder kid Flume with a Kölsch remix of his tune Take a Chance, Infrakt’s remix of Stanton Warrior’s & Tony Quatro’s massive Get Low and a cheeky remix of Moby’s classic Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad.

Slow it down and get low.

The Down Low: Session 40 – 1hr of 120bpm beats

Pessimist – Paian
Detroit Pulse Machine – Polygraph
Flume – Take a Chance (Kölsch Remix)
Several Definitions – Target Topic
Stanton Warrior & Tony Quatro – Get Low (Infrakt Remix)
Hot Since 82 – Chasing
Redeckt – Drama (Rafael Cerato Remix)
Robert Babicz – Soul Fire
SoKool – You Did It
Several Definitions – Over You
Several Definitions – Don’t Stop to Fall (Short Edit)
Several Definitions – Learn to Feel (Short Edit)
Pachanga Boys – Times
Treisor Luke – Retrocess
Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Enrico Sangiuliano Remix)
Darius Syrossian – What is Life
Yousef – How Did I Get Here
Space Motion & Siguiente Tecnología – Clap
Satoshi Fumi – Torino (Satoshi Fumi Ambient Mix)