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Deadly Deep Dubs – Ear & Drum Session 153

The deeper side of D&B has been on fire this year with big LPs and EPs dropping left, right and centre. And it’s looking like it isn’t going to slow down anytime soon with artists like Bop, Oliver Yorke, Alix Perez, Bungle and Kid Drama all dropping quality releases over the past few months.

A special shout out to Sunchase’s return to D&B with a the very deep and catchy Slap. And to Halogenix and Bungle for their VIP mixes of Blej and Cocooned. Both tunes being some of the most heavily played tracks of the year and deftly reworked to keep the original vibe while adding something new.

This will be my final mix for the year except for a special treat closer towards Christmas. Keep you ear to the underground for that.


Deadly Deep Dubs – 1.5hrs of Deep D&B

Acid Lab – Solstice
Bop – Untitled Pattern 48
Calibre – Jacob
Touchy Subject – Sky Larkin (Lewis James Remix)
Humanature – Heart & Soul feat Dub Signalz
Last Life – The Worst Awakening
Lewis James – Judo
Oliver Yorke – The Chamber
Sunchase – Slap
Vilem & McLeod – Simply Red
Halogenix – Blej VIP
Alix Perez & Halogenix – Rollcage
Seba – Island Dub
Kid Drama – Moments in Lust
Nothing – Blushing Flower
Bungle – Cocooned VIP
Homemade Weapons & Last Life – Lahar
Antogonist – Below
Hobzee & Zyon Base – Red Letter
Alix Perez – Slink
Foreign Concept – Kimersdon
Silent Tape – Blackhole
Torn – Unjustified Expectations
Silent Tape – Blackhole (tease)

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]

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)

The Ear & Drum recognised in the Top 40 D&B Blogs

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Ear & Drum so it was a very nice surprise to receive an email recently from feedspot.com informing me that the blog made it to #29 in their Top 40 D&B Blogs.

Most of you know I run this blog solo and simply do it for the love of the music, but it is always nice to get a little recognition. 🙂 They even gave me a wee virtual medal. 😛

Thanks to everyone for their support down the years and here’s to the next 10 years.

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Internal Eyes – Ear & Drum Session 140

2017 was a great year for Liquid & D&B in general. Liquid D&B seemed to split out into different sub-genres with there being a distinct harder, ravier (is that even a word?) and a far more relaxed sound. This mix focuses on the more chilled out end of the spectrum.

Keep an ear out for Chimpo’s sing-a-long ode to a by-gone era 1996, the mighty Seba who pops up in various different collaborations including with German ambient legend Ulrich Schnauss on the hilariously titled Snöflingor plas an extra big shout to Mitekiss who features heavily on here and who really came into his own in 2017.

Welcome to 2018 and here’s hoping it is your year.

Internal Eye – 1hr of Laid Back Liquid D&B

Mitekiss – Who’s There (feat. Jerome Thomas & Mr Porter)
L-Side feat. MC Fava – Moonshine
Etherwood feat. Anile – Bear’s Breeches
Jazz Juice – Detroit (DJ Lee ’97 Remix)
Alaska & Seba – Be With You
Paul SG – That Moment
Chimpo – 1996
FD – Ambra (Calibre Remix)
Actraiser – Soul Priestess (Instrumental)
Alix Perez – Missing Pieces (feat. Javeon)
Alaska & Seba – Sandpoint
Okee – Planet Blue
Alexvnder & Critical Event – Let It Show
Technimatic – Hold On A While (Alix Perez Remix)
Seba & Ulrich Schnauss – Snöflingor
Mitekiss – Empire (feat. Mr Porter)
Aquasion – Respect The Game
Mitekiss – Some People

The Down Low: Session 039

Here’s a housey little number to keep you going in the lead up to Christmas.

Big ups to Phil Karen for capturing the late night vibes of public transport in Last Train to Melbourne. The Stanton Warriors & Tony Quattro get the UFO Project remix treatment to one of my favourite tunes of the year Get Low, Bonobo’s – Kerala does what Bonobo do best and Calibre’s – Grow proves that some of the best house is made by D&B producers.

Get up, get down and enjoy.

The Down Low: Session 039 – 1hr of Deep House

Can Unsal – President
Daniele Casa – House of Space
Pessimist – Grit
FOTN – Sky Marching
Yousef – Come Home (Sarah Matterhorn Intro Remix)
Phil Karen – Last Train to Melbourne
Room 99 – Fever
Performative Mode – First Mode
Stanton Warriors & Tony Quattro – Get Low (UFO Project Remix)
Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler
Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix)
Bonobo – Kerala
Matt Minimal – Backlights (Tony DeClerque Remix)
Tube & Berger – When They Come
Calibre – Grow
Kolsch – Grey
Cardillo DJ – Monster

She Said – Ear & Drum Session 135

You know Liquid D&B has made it’s mark when Goldie starts releasing gorgeous melodic vocal driven tunes like I Adore You. There are so many beautiful tracks in this mix it hurts, helped in no small part by the release of new LPs by Mr Goldie and Irish liquid legend Calibre. There is also a very healthy supporting cast in the form Hybrid Minds, Artificial Intelligence and my new favourite Dawn Wall.

Not much else to say but enjoy this mix of lush liquid tunes. 🙂

She Said – 1hr of Liquid D&B

Hybrid Minds – Intro
Hybrid Minds – Touch (feat. Tiffani Juno)
Abi Ocia – Running (Mitekiss Bootle Remix)
Mystical Sound – Do You Love Me
Dawn Wall – Mantis
Calibre – Complain
Goldie – The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
Hybrid Minds – Brighter Day (feat. Charlotte Haining)
Macca & Loz Contreras – Against The Wall (FD Remix)
Calibre – No One Gets You
Goldie & Ulterior Motive – I Adore You (feat. Natalie Williams)
Artificial Intelligence – Reprisal
Brainwork & MNML – Trust
Dawn Wall – Twin Falls
Macca & Loz Contreras – Anything for You
Furney – Throw Your Weight Around
Goldie – Triangle
DJ Ransome – The Gift
Ownglow – Breathe (feat. Elle Vee & Disco’s Over)
Oddsoul – Midnight
Response – Tell Me

What’s that Patreon button doing there?

I’ve been DJing for the love of it for 20+ years and giving my mixes away for free online for well over a decade. I’ve been approached by advertisers to put ads on my site and I’ve always resisted as making money out of mixing other people’s music doesn’t sit well with me.

I am just the vessel through which their music flows.

Even though I’ve plowed enough money to buy a house into my music collection over the years, I never really thought about getting paid for something I got so much out of. Playing music always seemed like payment enough.

But, recently a few people have asked if I have a Patreon and seemed a bit disappointed I didn’t. Each one of them wanted to thank me personally for years of listening pleasure and so here I am…

I will keep on doing what I have always done and run The Ear & Drum as a 100% free site where I can share my love of music with others.

If you do wish to support me, know that I see you as a true patron and that your patronage means a lot to a guy who just lives to mix great music.

Thank you.

The Down Low: Session 034

Chilled out bass, techno and house are the order of the day with this downtempo mix.

A few personal highlights – Rainforest’s sublime Between Us, Lane 8’s The Great Divide with Are Scott on sultry vocals and the throw your hands in the air fun of Purple Disco Machine’s Where We Belong. But if I had to be honest, every tune is in here on their own merits and they are all great. 🙂

Download, lie down and unwind. Rewind.

The Down Low: Session 034 – 1hr+ of Downtempo Beats

Cern – What We Bring Upon Ourselves
Calibre – Sand Promise
Pete Saturn – Loophole #2 (Rhea)
Rainforest – Between Us
Pageant – Slow
Thriftworks – Scene Unseen feat. Rusitx
Joe Seven – Endings
Lane 8 – Cosi
Instra:Mental – Waterfalls
Jasper Byrne – Decade Dance
Jasper Byrne – Kill Streak
Purple Disco Machine – No Lips
Lane 8 feat. Are Scott – The Great Divide
Bicep – Just
Terranova – Tell Me Why (feat. Stereo MCs)
Naibu – 5 Pieces (feat. Makoto)
Lane 8 feat. Matthew Dear – Undercover
Purple Disco Machine – Where We Belong
Andhim – Horse Society
Dave DK – Nueva Cancion
Erkka – Talk to the Hand
Calibre – Limbo