Archive for the ‘ 2011 ’ Category

11: The Best of 2011 – Ear & Drum Sessions 63 & 64

These are my picks for the best tracks of 2011. I split the mixes into two because there was definitely two sorts of flavours going on. Part 1 looks at the deeper side and Part 2 is more melodic and liquid based.

I hope 2012 is good to you and that we see more tracks as good as, or better, than these see a release in 2012. Happy New Year to you and yours.

11: Part 1 – The Best Deep D&B of 2011

N4m3 – Make Your Soul Open For The Road On Imagination
Nusense & NC-17 – Dirty
Dub Phyzics & Skeptikal – Marka (feat. Strategy)
Ill Skills & S.P.Y – This is Why
Calibre – Smooth Baby
Lynx feat. Sense MC – 9 Muses
London Elektricity – U Gottah B Crazy (Enei Remix)
Dub FX – Flow (Ill Skillz Remix)
Lenzman – Masquerade (Die, Interface & William Cartwright Remix)
Legion – Both Sides (feat. Adam White)
Icicle feat. SP MC – Dreadnaught
J Majik & Wickaman – Ritual
J Majik & Wickaman – Old HEadz
Rockwell – 4U

11: Part 1 – The Best Melodic & Liquid D&B of 2011

Marcus Intalex – Meltdown 2012 (feat. Calibre)
June Miller – Isis
Brookes Brothers – Tare You Down
Friction – Someone (Feat. Mclean) (The Prototypes Remix)
BCee & S.P.Y – Is Anybody Out There? (Friction & K-Tee Remix)
London Elektricity – The Plan That Cannot Fail
Panic Girl – Hide and Seek (Duo Infernale Remix)
Seba & Paradox – The Light (feat. Kirsty Hawshaw)
Anile – Change of Direction
Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Nu:Tone Remix)
DJ Marky & S.P.Y – Mystic Sunset
Marco Del Horno feat. Emi Green
Nu:Tone – The First Time (feat. Natalie Williams)
Calibre – Touch Me
BCee – So Right (feat. Darrison)
Bungle feat. Ayah Marar – The Siren

Slippery Surface – Ear & Drum Session 62

My last mix of the year as far as covering new tunes is concerned. So many great tracks in this set, confirming once again that 2011 has been a great year for D&B.

Ones to look out for are Mistabishi’s ‘Scene And Not Heard’ fresh of his Trip LP, Lynx – 9 Muses takes an almost Sage Francis style approach and Dub Phizix & Skeptical’s ‘Marka’ is just plain dirty D&B at it’s best.

Big up to all those who have been following during the year and here’s to more good D&B in 2012. Respect, Peace, Love and Unity to all.

Slippery Surface – 1hr+ of the last new tunes for 2011

S.I.N & Mutated Forms – Talk to Me
Dom & Roland – Coast 2 Coast
Mistabishi – Scene And Not Heard
Robert Manos – Trouble
ATP – For The Soul (SoulTec Remix)
Nuage, THRN & Anile – Don’t Exist (Anile Remix)
Adele – Rolling Deep (Nu:Tone Remix)
Loxy & Skeptical – Engage
Dub FX – Flow (Ill Skillz Remix)
Lynx feat. Sense MC – 9 Muses
Calibre – Smooth Baby
Consequence – Oden
Tokyo Prose & Phil Tangent – Parity
BCee – So Right (feat. Darrison)
Kasra & Jubie – The Rift
Dub Phizix & Skeptical – Marka (feat. Strategy)
ASC – Never Enough
Loxy & Resound – Conqueror X
Parallel & Tim Reaper – The Bird Tune

Deep Blues – Ear & Drum Session 61

2011 seems to be the year deep drum & bass has really come of age. I’ve always loved the deeper side of D&B but up until now it has always been sidelined by faster, louder and more furious forms of the music. Artists such as Bop, Oak, ASC, Rokwell, Lynx and the pioneering dBridge have really brought the genre to the fore and in the process made some beautiful music.

This mix doesn’t feature many of the artists mentioned above, instead it focuses on the new wave of artists who have picked up on the vibe and taken the sound in their own different directions. One to look out for are Furi Anger who has been lurking for quite a while now and is really forging his own sound, Blue Motion who normally run a liquid vibe but are equally adept at turning out the deeper tracks and of course Rockwell who 4U track is a prime example that this sound can be deep and uplifting at the same time.

Kick back, close your eyes and fall into the deep.

Deep Blues – 1hr of new Deep D&B

Freeloader – Mind Rhythm (Kreed Remix)
Furi Anga (When Our World Jaded) Seba Remix
nCamargo – Lucid Dreams
Blue Motion – Computer Love
Sobersoul – Threat
Rockwell – 4U
Calculon – Odessa
Hybris – Please Exist
Amoss – Astrodome
Getz – Keep on Loving Me
MC Fava & Blue Motion – Stay Forever
Blu Mar Ten – Sweet Little Supernova
Fade & Mono – Grilled
Morphy – Desert Dub
Mikal – Epic

Looking Up – Ear & Drum Session 60

A mix of the new this time around. If you like your beats uplifting, but without the cheese this should fit the bill.

So many good tunes hitting in the later months of 2011 it feels like D&B is having a real resurgence ATM. Blue Motion are doing big things in the liquid and deeper realms, Calibre has come back with a vengeance not to mention a good crop of new producers such as Moleman, Getz and Need for Mirrors. The future is looking bright. A special mention to Dub FX – Flow (Ill Skills Remix) in this mix which would have to be one of the most infectious tunes of the years for me.

Looking Up – 1hr of upfront & uplifting D&B from 2011

Blue Motion – Everywhere I Go
Moleman – Silver (Anthony Ash Remix)
Tali vs Shimon – Into the Deep
Muffler – Can You Feel It
Cyantific & Wilkinson – Get Into It
Trei & L.A.O.S. – The Light
Mav – Grace Light
Dub FX – Flow (Ill Skills Remix)
Getz – Keep On Loving Me
Need For Mirrors – Lofar
Toal Science – No Justice (Jubei Remix)
Marco Del Horno feat. Emi Green – This Town Is Ours (S.P.Y Vocal Remix)
Blu Mar Ten – Sweet Little Supernova
Calibre – Touch Me
Bungle feat. Ayah Marar – The Siren

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)

Call the Ambience, Again! – Ear & Drum Session 58

The last Call the Ambience set was such a pleasure to mix and got such a great response that I felt compelled to do another. I’ve road tested this one a train, a plane and a Balinese massage table and I can promise you it will relax you and take you to other places. Best listened to through the headphones for maximum effect.

Call the Ambience Again! – 1hr of Ambient Drum & Bass

Brookes Brothers – Outro
ASC – Citrus
Colla & Spar – U Know
Oak – Bedroom Community
Blue Motion – A Foggy Day
Blue Motion – Astronauts
Dominic Ridgway – Shadow Beats (Thorne Remix)
ICR – Such Unimportant Things like Us
London Elekticity – Fault Lines (Unquote’s Snowy Remix)
London Elekricity – Invisible Worlds (Bop Remix)
Morphy & Marginal – Old Thomas Dub
Blue Motion – When She Is Gone Stay
Fracture & Mark System – Closed Circuit
Marginal & Vendetta – Natural Selection
Terry Artovsky – Requiem For The Mankind
ASC – Polynormal
Technicolour – Permafrost
ASC & Bvdub – Symbol #2.4
Brookes Brothers – Outro

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)

Daybreaks – Ear & Drum Session 55

Seems like ages since I’ve thrown down a mix. This time around I bring you the best tracks for June and July in one handy set. So many big tunes in here I don’t know where to start.

High lights for me definitely are Marcus Intalex’s ‘Meltdown 2012’ which is such a great intro tune, obviously J Majik & Wickerman’s ‘Old Headz’ which everyone is going nuts over and Ill Skills & S.P.Y’s Detroit inspired ‘This is Why’. Honorable mentions got to L F Foe – I Won’t Be Alone, Wilkinson – Overdose and the dirty Lynx & Hellrazor – Epsilon 10.

Daybreaks – 1hr+ of the latest tracks for June & July

Marcus Intalex – Meltdown 2012 (feat. Calibre)
Brookes Brothers – Tears You Down
J Majik & Wickerman – Old Headz
InsideInfo – Honey Bee
Roger Sanchez & Far East Movement – 2gether (Cyantific & Wilkinson Remix)
Wilkinson – Every time
J Majik & Wickerman – Ritual
L F Foe – I Won’t Be Alone
Amit – 9 times (feat. Rani)
Devine Elements – Everlasting
Loadstar – BLVD
Kubiks & Sicko – Honeybee
DJ Marky & S.P.Y – Mystic Sunset
Ill Skills & S.P.Y – This is Why
DMT – Come To Me
Technicolour & Komatic – Changeling
Wilkinson – Overdose
Ink – World Turns (feat. Perpetuum)
Brookes Brothers – Daybreak (feat. Tasha Baxter)
Lynx & Hellrazor – Epsilon 10
Lenzman – Broken Dreams

Deep Down – Ear & Drum Session 54

It’s no secret I am a big fan of the deeper sounds of D&B, and as the music has evolved it seems more and more producers and heads are turning to the deep side. This batch of tunes is a good spread of what is great about the deep rolling sound at them moment.

Marcus Intalex deserves a special mention for his debut LP ’21’ as does Mr Jospeh with his ‘What a Lovely Time It Was’ LP also on debut. June Miller as always brings space and depth to the music, Eastcolors to has a very deft touch and Ill Skillz & S.P.Y provide my favourite track in this mix the Chicago tinged ‘This is Why’

Deep Down – 1hr of Deep D&B from 2011

June Miller – Isis
DJ Ded – Just Funk
Eastcolors – Taken
Chooga – I Remember All
Mr Joseph – Teardrop
Mr Joseph – Necessary
Fabels & Express – Safe in Orbit (Eastcolors Remix)
Synth Sense, Anile & Rose – Seeking You
Koto – The Intermission
Ill Skillz & S.P.Y – This is Why
Marcus Intalex – Celestial Navigation (Feat. S.P.Y)
Total Science & S.P.Y Feat. Kevin King – Past Lives
Blueprint – Lost Notes (Stunna’s Found Notes Remix)
Artificial Intelligence – Stand Alone
Lenzman – More Than I Can Take (Enei Remix)
Amit – Doomed Youth

Call the Ambience – Ear & Drum Session 53

Ambient D&B has come a long way in the past few years. Helped by it’s close neighbour Minimal, the deeper ambient sounds have come out from being hidden on the second CD of albums and the B-sides of records to being almost a genre within it’s own right. There are now labels devoted to this style of D&B and producers such as June Miller and Bop are getting the props they rightly deserve for writing beautiful but downbeat tunes.

This is a selection of the deepest most chilled tracks I could find in my collection. No dance floor frenzy with this one, just kick back and close your eyes as the music floats you away to another time and space.

Call the Ambience – 1hr+ of Ambient Drum & Bass from 2011

Amit – Dream Sequence
June Miller – Cave In
B Cloud – Flying in a Dream
Marc Atmost – Disappear
Kogyo – Time
Synkro – Open Arms
Subwave & Stop Thinking – Plastic Heart
Scuba – In_2
Amit – Lullaby For Yerma (feat. Rani)
Oleg Sirenko – Drops
SooSLiX – When the Ocean Sleeps
Bop – The Amazing Adventures of One Curious Pixel
Viktor Gradov – The Space Wanderer
Bop – Extraterrestrial Creatures Are Stealing You From Me From The Bedroom (ft. Bev Lee Harling)
Metrik – Ocean Drive
Technicolour – Permafrost
Pag – North
Bop – Irreversible
Bop – My Heart Is In a Freezer
Project-Scorpion – In Depths of Ocean