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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.

Drum And Bass Blogs

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

Where’s the new mixes?

Some of the more frequent visitors may have notice the mixes have dried up lately.

I haven’t given up on the blog.

I am currently waiting to be connected to the NBN (National Broadband Network) here in Oz. For some unexplained reason it now takes 3 months to be connected to the internet instead of a week due to the new fiber optic infrastructure.

A first world problem I know, but I promise I’ll be back bigger and better in the new year with more mixes and an improvement in the provision of D&B and Bass Music related news and free tunes.

In the meantime you can find my some recent Down Low Sessions at pfradio.com under my Low Profile alias.

Hold tight and have a Merry Christmas.

Tide Turning – Ear & Drum Session 74

Another new mix up this time focusing on the harder and deeper side of things. Kicking things off with Marcus Intalex – The Guillotine, a track destined to kick off many a set in the future. J Majik & Wickaman manage to remain on form, this time with the help of SunddenDef on their colab Hologram and Seba returns to rotation with his uber deep roller Nightraider. The half step revolution continues with Jubei doing a Marka with his track Say Nothin’ and the originators Dub Phizix prove it wasn’t just a fluke with their follow half stepping monster Never Been.


Tide Turning – 1hr of new Deep D&B for 2012

Marcus Intalex – The Guillotine
Submotion Orchestra – All Yours (S.P.Y Remix)
J Majik & Wickaman vs SunddenDef – Hologram
Komatic, Technicolour & Jayma – Stay
Loxy & Resound – Metro
SpectraSoul – Light In The Dark feat. Terry Walker
Seba – Nightrider
Jubei feat. Flowdan – Say Nothin
Able Danger – Asteria
Dub Phizix feat. Fox – Never Been
Logistics – 2999 (Wherever You Go)
Kodo – Affirmative Action
Hybrid Minds – Drifting
Duoscience & Scott Allen – Astral Travel
Bungle feat. Ayah Marar – The Siren (Bladerunner Rollers Remix)

Free Alex Reece track for download: Phasion – Insight

Phasion – Insight

Those lovely people from Creative Wax are giving away this unrelease piece of history from on of D&Bs founding fathers. The press release reads…

Here’s an unreleased track by brothers Alex and Oscar Reece, circa 1999. The track features Pevin Everett on vocals and was part on an EP that never quite made it out the lab…enjoy

Can’t say fairer than that now can you. Go get it. 🙂

Last Gasp – Ear & Drum Session 57

Well summer has wrapped up for another year in the Nothern Hemisphere which means most the big festivals has once again come and gone. It also means festival season is about to hit down under. I wouldn’t describe this as strictly a festival set, but it is the closest I’ll ever come to playing the ‘big tunes’ from the festival season. It is also the first long form mix I’ve done in quite a while, as I figured I may as well get it all out of my system in one big hit.

So if you are missing the summer just gone, or looking forward to the oncoming season this is the mix for you. 🙂

Last Gasp – 2hrs of 2011 Summer Tunes

Fostec – Future Motion
Sundancer – Hold On
Flaco – Thunder
London Elektricity – Invisible Worlds (B Complex Remix)
Subsense & Defence – Road 2 Zyon
Friction – Someone (Feat. Mclean) (The Prototypes Remix)
London Elektricity – The Plan That Cannot Fail (Logistics Remix)
Physics – Party Starter
Getz – Keep On Loving Me
Calibre – Hummer
Marco Del Horno ft Emi Green – This Town is Ours (S.P.Y Remix)
Feint – My Sunset
Calibre – Touch Me
Metrik – More Than Words
London Elektricity – Elektricity Will Keep Me Warm (S.P.Y Remix)
London Elektricity – Yikes! (Lung Remix)
Metrik – T1000
Bungle – The Siren
S.P.Y – By Your Side (Logistiics Remix)
Eveson – Marley VIP
BCee – Glitter Balls
Genotype – Bass Fight
The Prototypes – Evolution (feat. Darison)
Friction – Flip The Page
Electrosoul System – Aquatique
Command Strange – Shine
Templecloud – One Big Family (Dexcell’s 7am Remix)
Bass Divison – Good Thoughts Good Things
London Elektricity – U Gottah Be Crazy (Enei Remix)
Naibu – Use of Weapons
ICR – Love, Hate and Between
ShockOne feat. Phetsta – Crucify Me (Part 1 Extended DnB Mix)
ShockOne – Polygon (Dirtyphonics Remix)