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Ear & Drum Session 156: Beautiful Music Pt.2

My second mix sourcing from the ‘Is this the most beautiful D&B tune ever?’ thread on DOA features some amazingly soulful D&B tunes from the year 2000 onward. It’s been amazing fun having a bunch of like minded people program a mix for me as a lot of these tunes I have never put into a mix.

The production roster reads like a who’s who of D&B featuring legendary artists such as Omni Trio, Marcus Intalex (RIP), Klute, Calibre plus Alaska & Seba just to mention a few. Some of these tracks never made it to digital, so I had to dig deep into my vinyl collection to complete the track list.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did mixing this special dedication to the beauty that is D&B music.

Beautiful Music Pt.2 – 1.5hrs of Beautiful D&B

Omni Trio – Higher Ground
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur – Garden (Calibre Remix)
Marcus Intalex – Airborne
Calibre – Mirage
Alaska & Seba – Back from Eternity
Switch & Icicle – Ur In My Head
Calibre – Trying To Remember
Klute – Hell Hath No Fury
Mako – Held You In My Arms
Tokyo Prose – Saving Grace
Brookes Brothers – Daybreak (feat. Tasha Baxter)
SpectraSoul – Lost Disciple
Fanu – Siren Song
Voyager – Apollo
Blu Mar Ten – Believe Me
Villem & McLeod feat. Leo Wood – Let It Breathe
Phraction – Should Have Known
Klute – Part of Me
Seba – Blaze and Fade Out
Alix Perez & SpectraSoul – Synergy
Marcus Intalex – Refreshed
Zero T – Refusal feat. Steo (Calibe Remix)
Naibu – Wrong

Ear & Drum Session 154: Pour One Out

In 2001 I heard a Marcus Intalex and ST Files remix of 4 Hero’s – 9 By 9 and it pretty much changed my life. I’d always liked the Liquid D&B sound, but this was the track that made fall head over heals in love with it. Melodic with a great vocal, but with a tough beat and chugging bassline that just got under your skin. Judging by the reaction every time I played this track, I wasn’t the only one who felt it.

The sudden and unexpected death of Marcus Intalex in 2018 shocked everybody in the scene. Marcus was one of the greats with an enviable back catalogue of fantastic music, but more than that he was just a really great guy. Always encouraging to new producers and with a keen ear for fresh talent his Soul:R and Revolve:R labels were and still are some of D&B finest.

It’s taken me a long time to get around to this mix as so many other DJs who knew Marcus better than I were all dropping sets dedicated to him I felt like there wasn’t much more I could add. Instead of an all Intalex set (of which there are many), I figured I’d play tunes that I was either introduced to through Marcus or that just reminded me of his style. I also decided to focus on the early 2000s as this was when I was hearing him play out the most and what I remember as Marcus Intalex at his absolute finest.

To Mr Marcus Intalex. You were a top producer, a top DJ and most of all a top bloke. I hope you are somewhere brocking out and having a fine old time.

Pour One Out – 1.5hrs of Tunes in Memory of Marcus Intalex

Danny Byrd – Changes (Calibre Remix)
Logistics – Together
Tony Coleman – Synthetic
Logistics – West Country
Marcus Intalex – Temperance
4 Hero – 9 By 9 (M.I.S.T. Full Vocal Mix)
M.I.S.T. – Lover
Tomahawk – Until Dawn
Marcus Intalex – Airborne
DJ Kalm & Citizen – Mirage feat. Adam M
Klute – Phone Call (Matrix Remix)
Sonic – Right Now
DJ Marky & XRS – Closer
Calibre – Its…
Bachelors of Science – Song for Lovers (Lynx Remix)
Rogue Soul – Be With You (DJ Marky & S.P.Y Remix)
D.Kay & DJ Lee – Touch
M.I.S.T. & DJ Marky & XRS – Sunshine (Touch Me)
Nu:Tone – Millie’s Theme
D.Kay – Balearic Dream
DJ Marky & XRS – Real Good
Cyantific – Neon Skyline
M.I.S.T. & High Contrast – 3am
Twisted Individual – Gimp Mask (DJ Marky & S.P.Y Remix)

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