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Tru Jungle & Phat Playaz – Ear & Drum Sessions 131 & 132

Welcome to the Ear & Drum’s first double post representing the influential and legendary sound of DJ Hype’s and his seminal label Tru Playaz.

Few labels, if any, have had as many anthems and hits as Tru Playaz. With a roster of incredible production talent like Zinc, Pascal, Swift and DJ Hype himself Playaz owned jungle and jump up through the 90s.

Tru Jungle looks at Hype and Playaz Jungle output from 92-96 and Phat Playaz continues on from 97-00 and is more of a Jump Up selection. These are straight up good times tunes made to get your head nodding and your feet moving and if you don’t recognise any of these tunes then you probably missed the 90s altogether.

6 Million Ways to Die, Rrroll the Beats, The Chopper, We Must Unite, Going Out for the Loot – DJ Hype was on fire during the early days of Jungle not just as a producer but as one of the scenes best DJs as well. Add to that his teaming up with Pascal & Zinc to form the Ganja Kru and you get jungle hit after hit.

Tru Jungle – 1hr of Tru Playaz Jungle Classics

DJ Hype – Weird Energy (Hells Bells Mix)
Uncle 22 – 6 Million Ways to Die (DJ Hype Remix)
DJ Hype – Dreams
Fallen Angels – Hello Lover (DJ Hype Remix)
DJ Hype – Mash Up the Place
DJ Hype – Dawn of the Fever
Hardware – Lix
Hardware – Dreamin’ of You
DJ Hype – Rrroll the Beats
DJ Hype – Rrroll the Beats Remix
DJ Hype – The Chopper (Jonny Jungle Remix)
Ganja Kru – Going Out for the Loot
DJ Hype – We Must Unite
Rude Boy Monty – Steppa’s Anthem (Linerz Mix)
Pascal – Tru Grit
Ganja Kru – Computerised Cops (Pascal’s Mix)
Hmp – Runin’s (Origin Unknown Remix)
P-Funk – Skinz
P-Funk – P-Funk Era
DJ Zinc – The Source

These days Jump Up is a dirty word to most D&B lovers, but back in the day it was THE premier dance floor filler and Tru Playaz were the kings of the dance. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing tunes like Peace, Love and Unity, Super Sharp Shooter, Reach Out or the insanely catchy Fugees bootleg Fugees or Not.

This isn’t music to sit back and stroke your beard to. These are leave your beer on the bar as you tear through the crowd to jump around on the floor like a mad fish tunes. Straight up pure fun and phat bouncing b-lines.

Phat Playaz – 1hr of Tru Playaz Jump Up Anthems

DJ Hype – True Playa’z Anthem
Yankee B – Mucho Dinero (Ganja Kru Remix)
Dope Skills – 6 Million Ways (Remix 1)
DJ Zinc – Toothbrush
DJ Hype – Peace, Love and Unity (feat MC Fats)
Freestyles – Musically Dope (Ganja Kru Remix)
Pascal – Favours
Ganja Kru – Magic
Ganja Kru feat. Rude Boy Monty – Gone are the Days
P-Funk – P-Funk Era (Zinc Remix)
Ganja Kru – Plague that Never Ends
DJ Hype – Only One Life (Ganja Kru Remix)
DJ Zinc feat. MC GQ – Bring the Dancer
DJ Hype – Closer to God
DJ Swift – 2nd Strike
DJ Zinc – Fugees or Not
DJ Zinc – Reach Out (Remix)
DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter (Short & Sharp Mix)
Tribe of Issachar (feat. Peter Bouncer) – Junglist (DJ Zinc Remix)

Partisan Support – Ear & Drum Session 125

Partisan Recordings are one of the forgotten heroes of D&B labels. Only exisiting between 1998-99, the quality of their output and exceptional artist roster put them right up there with Metalheadz and Moving Shadow.

Artists such as Foul Play, Future Engineers, Perfect Combination, Justice, Total Science and Underwolves released some of their best work on the label. Plus remixes by the likes of Matrix, Omni Trio, Dom & Roland and Flytronix (to name a few), meant that Partisan had some of the hottest D&B talent at the time.

It’s taken me decades to track down enough of their releases to put together this mix, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did piecing it together.

Partisan Support – 1hr of Partisan Recordings

Foul Play – Destiny (feat. Shereen)
K.M.C. – Space Echo
Future Engineers – Life Support
Banaczech – Ipcress File
Foul Play – Risk (feat. Shereen)
Future Engineers – Life Support (Neil Trix Remix)
Justice – Mauve Flow (Matrix Remix)
Jazz Cartel – Contact
Future Engineers – Simulations
Foul Play – Synthetic Bitch (Omni Tri Remix)
Future Engineers – Cerulean Seas
System 4 – Black Cell
Free4orm – D-Fusion Pt.3
Future Engineers – Closed Circuit
Underwolves – Redeemer

Headz Will Roll – Ear & Drum Session 116

Metalheadz have done more to shape Drum & Bass than just about any other record label. Goldie’s label pretty much nailed it from their first release in 1995 and just kept on bringing the goods. The ability to maintain a unique Metalheadz sound whilst constantly innovating has seen them outlast just about all of their rivals from back in the day.

That innovation continues today with artists like Om Unit, Lenzman and Artificial Intelligence all releasing albums that pushing Drum & Bass in new directions whilst keeping the integrity of the Metalheadz sound intact.

This is a selection of newer Headz material that travels from the melodic and beautiful to the dark and intense future sound the label has always pushed. To Goldie and all those who have contributed to Metalheadz down the years, respect.

Headz Will Roll – 1.5hrs of Metalheadz

Artificial Intelligence – Scrolls (feat. Dawn Wall)
Lenzman – Golden Age (feat. Steo)
Om Unit – The Hand
Grooverider – The Avenger
Mikal – When the Wind Changes
SB81 – Negatives
SCar – Free Fall (feat. Artificial Intelligence)
Artificial Intelligence – Pass the Buck (feat. DRS)
Lenzman – My Tearz (Ulterior Motive Remix)
Lenzman – Lazy Dub (Zero T Remix)
Lenzman – Move & Focus (Submorphics Remix)
Halogenix – All Blue (feat. Cleveland Watkiss)
Lenzman – Starz (LSB Remix)
Om Unit – Touching Down (feat. Cleveland Watkiss)
Om Unit – Grey Skies Over Chicago
Artificial Intelligence – Time Out
Goldie – Broken Man (Halogenix Remix)
Halogenix – Beyond the Bounds
Klute – Westernize
Mikal – At the Controls (feat. Xtrah)
Scar – Return to Swerve
Artificial Intelligence – What You Had (Lenzman Remix)
Artificial Intelligence – Justify (feat. Terri Walker)
Lenzman – Got My Mind Made Up
Lenzman – Just Can’t Take (dBridge Remix)
Scar – Runaway
Artificial Intelligence – Fallen (feat. Dawn Wall)
Mako – Te Gap (feat. Fields)
Om Unit – Layers
Digital & Spirit – Mosquito
Halogenix – Paper Sword
Lenzman – Golden Age (Full Vocal Mix)
Om Unit – Parallel

Shadow Wax 7: 1996 Chilled Intelligence Part 2 – Ear & Drum Session 84

The next installment of the Shadow Wax series sees 1996 era EZ Rollers, Flytronix, JMJ & Ritchie, PFM, Omni Trio, Blame, Aquasky & Carlito all in a single mix. Quality tunes made by quality producers from D&B’s best quality era.

Shadow Wax 7: 1996 Chilled Intelligence – 1hr of Moving Shadow

EZ Rollers – Droppin’ Science Pt2 (EZ Remix)
Flytronix & JMJ – In Too Deep
Universal – Altitude
PFM – Language of Love
JMJ – Gravitational Pull
Omni Trio – The Elemental
JMJ & Ritchie – True Colours
Omni Trio – Trippin’ on Broken Beats (Carlito Mix)
Omni Trio – Soul of Darkness (Promenade 96 Rollout)
PFM – The Eleventh Hour
Omni Trio – Serpent Navigators
Blame – Neptune
Aquasky – Tranquility (Big Bud Remix)
Carlito – Cascade
Omni Trio – Who Are You? (Aquasky Remix)

Hyper Critical – Ear & Drum Session 83

It’s been a long time since I’ve done an all label mix here on the the Ear & Drum, but I figured it was high time to give one of my favourite labels a spin. Ever since their original releases Critical Recordings has always been on of those labels you could rely on to put out interesting and well produced music. Brainchild of the ever present Kasra, the label’s exceptional quality control and cutting edge producer roster has seen it become one of D&B true modern day success stories. Even when vinyl labels were dropping like flies a few years back, Critical has managed to not only survive but grow stronger in the face of adversity.

Having seen such producers as Vectorburn, Mathematics, Ill Skillz, Calibre, Breakage, Chris SU, Bungle, Silent Witness, Icicle, Spectrasoul, Break, Rockwell, Stray, Sabre & Enei all put out quality tracks on the label, their stable list reads like a who’s who of modern D&B production. This mix covers the last 2 years of output from the label, but if your are interested in catching up on the back catalogue then I strongly suggest you look into purchasing their recently released Critical X compilation which celebrates the best releases from the past ten years.

Hyper Critical – 1hr of Critical Recordings

Rockwell – Underpass
Sabre, Stray & Halogenix – Oblique
Seba & Paradox – The Light
Bladerunner – Back to the Jungle
Enei & MC DRS – Obsession (Foreign Concept Remix)
Enei feat. Eastcolours – 2012
Enei feat. Kemo – Saligia
Kasra & Enei – So Real
Dub Phizix feat. Fox – Never Been
Calibre – Smooth Baby
Sabre & Riya – Injustice
Foreign Concept & Riya – Affliction
Enei & MC DRS – Obsession
Kasra & Jubei – the Rift
Lenzman – More Than I Can Take (Enei Remix)

Shadow Wax 6: 1996 Chilled Intelligence Part 1 – Ear & Drum Session 72

The sixth installment in the retrospective Shadow Wax series looks at the chilled out vibes from 1996. No one could touch Moving Shadow during this era of sublime melodies and blissful beats. Artists like PFM, Flytronix, Wax Doctor, Dave Wallace, EZ Rollers and Unit 1 read like a who’s who of top Intelligent D&B producers.

For me these are some of the finest musical moments in Drum & Bass that still sound just as fresh today as when they were made. ’96 truly was a golden era for this sound, so if you like you beats chilled and smooth I suggest you kick back and enjoy the ride.

Shadow Wax 1996: Chilled Intelligence Part 1 – 1hr+ of Chilled out Moving Shadow

PFM – Cruising Detroit
Teqniq – Razzmatazz
Fytronix – The Rhode Tune
Mastermind – The Essence
Hoax – Meltdown
Essence of Aura – So This Is Love ’96
Neil Trix – Revolution
JMJ & Flytronix – Delusions
Wax Doctor – Cool Breeze
Unit 1 – Atlantic Drama
Dave Wallace – Flight
Dave Wallace – Waves
EZ Rollers – The Morning After
Hoax – Pipe Dreams
EZ Rollers – Vintage Moments
Vext – Visions

Shadow Wax Vol.5: 1996 Hard Intelligence – Ear & Drum Session 66

Coming on strong with mu favourite era of Moving Shadow, 1996. The amount of tunes Moving Shadow released in 1996 was astounding, and even more incredible was the diversity and quality the label kept up during this time. This mix looks at the harder end of the Intelligent sound which was a precursor to the Jazz & Bass sound Shadow would specialise in a little later down the track.

EZ Rollers & Aquasky were the two main stays of this sound and Walk This Land turned out to be THE defining tune going on to be remixed a million times and featuring in the sound track for the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. At the same time some of Shadows more chilled artists were having a go at the hard sound with Omni Trio’s – Rhythm Methods and Dave Wallace – Expressions Part 1 getting a remix from Tango as prime examples.

Basically you can’t wrong with any of the Moving Shadow tunes from 1996, sp strap yourself in for some intricate drum work, wicked breaks and some sweet melody.

Shadow Wax Vol.5: Hard Intelligence – 1hr of 1996 Moving Shadow

EZ Rollers – Bad Up
Kudos – Horizontal Movements
EZ Rollers – Sunset Phobia
EZ Rollers – Walk the Land
Aquasky – Kauna
JMJ & Ritchie – Illicit Groove
JMJ & Ritchie – Universal Horn Remix
Dave Wallace – Expressions Part 1 (Tango Remix)
Omni Trio – Rhythm Methods
Technical Itch – Can’t You See (Funky Technicians Remix)
Foul Play – Karma Part 1
Omni Trio – Astral Phase
Aquasky – Nylon Roadster
EZ – Rollers – Rolled Into 1 (Photek Remix)

Shadow Wax Vol.4: Moving Shadow 94-95 – Ear & Drum Session 59

Another in the continuing Shadow Wax series of mixes looking at the legendary Moving Shadow label. This one covers off the same era as Shadow Wax Vol.3 but takes the pressure up by focusing on the harder tunes from the label. Some of these are darkside, some are hard steppers and a lot are heavier remixes of the intelligent released Moving Shadow had out at the time.

Not much else to say really. Amazing music, from amazing artists on one of D&B most amazing labels. Win, win & win.

Shadow Wax Vol.4: Moving Shadow 94-95 – 1hr of hardstep, darkside and heavy remixes

DJ Pulse – Voyager
Mick James – Nice & Deep
DJ Crystal – King of the Beats
D’Cruze – Lonely
Renegade feat. Ray Keith – Something I feel
JMJ & Ritchie – Universal Horn (J.Majik Remix)
Foul Play – Beats Track
Flex & Fats – Somebody
Renegade – Terrorist
Foul Play – Re-Open Your Mind 95
Omni Trio – Living For The Future (FBD Project VIP Mix)
Foul Play – Cutting Loose (Remix)
Omni Trio – Shadowplay
Dead Dred – Dred Bass (Origin Unknown Remix)
Foul Play – The Stepper
DJ Pulse – Stay Calm (Foul Play Remix)
Foul Play – Ignorance
Omni Trio – Soul Promenade (Nookie Remix)
Omni Trio – Mainline (95 Lick)

Shadow Wax Vol.3: Moving Shadow 94-95 – Ear & Drum Session 56

Part 3 of my Moving Shadow retrospectives, this time looking at the Intelligent sound from 1994-95. EZ Rollers, DJ Pulse, JMJ & Ritchie and, in particular, Omni Trio were absolutely on fire. The complexity of the beats and the melodies layered over the top of them are some of the best from that era, and if you love the Amen break as much as I do then you’re in for a treat.

Shadow Wax Vol.3 – 1hr+ of Moving Shadow Intelligence from 94-95

EZ Rollers – Rolled Into One
Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play VIP Mix)
Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Rob’s Reconstruction Mix)
DJ Pulse – Return Voyage (Pulse & Stretch Remix)
JMJ & Ritchie – Free La Funk
JMJ & Ritchie – Free La Funk (PFM Remix)
DJ Pulse – Let You In
Omni Trio – Nu Grooves ’94
Blame & Justice – Anthemia
Foul Play – Artificial Intelligence
Omni Trio – Together
Omni Trio – Rollin’ Heights (More Strings Attached Mix)
Foul Play – Music Is The Key (Omni Trio Remix)
Omni Trio – Soul Prominade
Omni Trio – Soul Freestyle
omni Trio – Ghost Rider
Cloud Nine – Blissful Ignorance
Foul Play – Being With You (Hopa & Bones Remix)
JMJ & Ritchie – Universal Horn

Shadow Wax Vol.2: Moving Shadow 91-93 – Ear & Drum Session 51

Part 2 of the on-going Shadow Wax series looking at all things Moving Shadow. This mix lifts the BPM a little one the first installment as we head into the 160bpm+ zone.

Amazing producers as you would expect with JMJ & Ritchie (aka EZ Rollers), Blame, Mixrace, D’Cruze, Omni Trio and a whole host more making an appearance. I’ve tried to slip in some lesser known tracks and rare remixes to keep it interesting, but it’s a Moving Shadow mix so you know it is all good.

Hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did mixing it.

Shadow Wax Vol.2: Moving Shadow 91-93 – More hardcore from the Moving Shadow vaults

JMJ & Ritchie – Hall Of Mirrors (Omni Trio Mirror Image Mix)
Blame – A21
Mixrace – Mixrace Outta Hand
D’Cruze – Want You Now (DJ SS & E.Q. Remix)
JMJ & Ritchie – Case Re-Opened (Deep Blue Brought To Trial Mix)
Joint – The Joint
Omni Trio – Thru The Vibe (2 On 1 Mix)
Higher Sense – Cold Fresh Air
Hyper On Experience – Lord of Null Lines
Blame – This Piano Track (2 Bad Mice Remix)
Foul Play – Finest Illusion (Legal Mix)
Foul Play – Open Your Mind
Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play Remix)
Hyper-On Experience – Lords Of The Null-Lines (Foul Play Remix)
Hyper-On Experience – Thunder Grip
Hyper-On Experience – Disturbance (Tango Remix)
Deep Blue – The Helicopter Tune
Omni Trio – Feel Good (Original In Demand Mix)
Boogie Times Tribe Feat. Q Bass – Real Hardcore