Archive for the ‘ 2016 ’ Category

The Down Low: Session 32

It’s been the longest time since I’ve flexed my bass music chops, so as comeback I’ve put together something a little special. These are some of my all time bass, hip-hop and house favourites with a little Beebs thrown in for good measure.

I know, I know, if you had told me I would like a Justin Bieber tune I would have punched you in the face. But hey, 2016 has been a weird a year and if anyone can make Beebs sound it’s Diplo.

I can with certainty say this will be my last Down Low Session for the year, so enjoy it and I hope you keep listing in 2017.

1hr of Bass, Hip-Hop & Heavy House

Urban Trip – Sept
Dustmite & Kuru – Kare
DFRNT – Tripped (Synkro Remix)
Kromostar & Jay 5ive – Try Harder
Scribe – Not Many
Scribe – Not Many (The Remix)
Clubroot – Whistles & Horns
Photek & Kuru – Fountainhead (DJ Kicks Remix)
Clubroot – Orbiting
Sepalcure – Taking You Back
Trashbat – Takaramachi
Vital & Hubb – The Art of Alone (Cross the Out Remix)
Irregular Expression – Shoshin
London Grammar – Strong
Spacedrome – 3am
Photek – Totem
Skillex & Diplo – Where Are Ü Now (feat. Beebs)
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
Actraiser – Solstice

Snow Peaks – Ear & Drum Session 122

It’s been a great year for chilled out liquid D&B which, in my humble opinion, has over taken it’s more upbeat form. Leading the charge are the likes of Lenzman, Alix Perez and Calibre, but the big surprise this year has been the emergence and dominance of Dawn Wall. Their silky smooth take on liquid is something special and as the triple play at the start of this mix will tell you their tunes go together like an absolute dream.

I’m not sure if I’ll get another mix in before the end of the year. So if I don’t, enjoy this one and have a great silly season. Peace.

Snow Peaks – 1hr+ of Chilled Liquid D&B

Chromatic – Smile
Dawn Wall – I See You
Dawn Wall – Kythera
Dawn Wall – Lose Face
Lenzman – Golden Age (feat. Steo)
Mindmapper & Silvahfonk – One Step Closer
Zed Bias – Driftin’ (feat. Zoe Violet)
Actraiser – Solutions (feat. Oscar Michael)
Dawn Wall – Spears
Mindmapper, Silvahfonk & Madcap – Up ‘N’ Smoke (Madcap VIP)
Mikal – When the Wind Changes
Dawn Wall – Saigon Blaze
Alex Perez feat. Even Everett & SpectraSoul – Forsaken (Calibre Remix)
Intelligent Manners – Everyday is the Same
Etherwood – Souvenirs (feat. Zara Kershaw)
Alex Perez – Had I Known
Alex Perez & Ivy Lab – The Last Night
Change of Pace – Innocent
Lenzman – Got My Mind Made Up
Rainforest – Flow (feat. Lu Angel)
Enea – Nightwalk
Impish – With You (Calibre Remix)
Mitekiss – Duck (Scott Allen Master)
Lenzman – The Worst
Dawn Wall – Between the Sheets (feat. Artificial Intelligence)

The Drift – Ear & Drum Session 121

If you asked people to name their favourite D&B albums invariably LTJ Bukem’s Logical Progression pops up. The heavily melodic atmospheric sound is as endearing today as it was when it first came out, and it lives on though labels such as Omni Music and Candence Recordings.

This mix focuses on THAT sound and, in particular, the artists Rainforest and Aural Imbalance. I stumbled upon Rainforest by complete accident, but one listen and I had to track down everything he had written. He’s simply that good.

Aural Imbalance has been producing atmospheric D&B since 1998 and runs Cadence Recordings which is an off shoot of Deep Space Recordings. Both labels focus their sound on the original 1996 Good Looking / Looking Good sound. And it is no surprise he has an early release on 720º, an offshoot of Bukem’s main labels.

If you want to know where atmospheric D&B is today, or just miss the Logical Progression sound, then you could do a lot worse than giving this a listen. Enjoy.

The Drift – 1hr of Atmospheric D&B

Blok One & Rainforest – Delusional
Blok One & Rainforest – 6am
Entomb – Primeval Forest (Aural Imbalance Sub Tropical Remix)
Okie – Project 15
O’clock – Time Stops
Ash Walker – Thunder (feat. Lord Laville)
Entama – Facet
Aural Imbalance & Voyager – Transmission Control
Deep Stealth – Project 15
Deep Stealth – Mystic Realms (Aural Imbalance Remix)
Aural Imbalance – Project 15
Intersolar – Soulshatter (Aural Imbalance Remix)
Deskai – Rest In Peace
Cryogenics – Coalsack
Blok One & Rainforest – Balcony View
Rainforest – Scar(s)
JCB – Project 15
Rainforest – Over The Years
Mitekiss – Dustmites

Eats the Soul – Ear & Drum Session 120

I’ve been missing in action.

For those wondering where the new mixes are I’ve been rudely interrupted by real life matters such as organising a wedding, getting married and work. But I am back and after the longest break from mixing since I took to the decks back in 96′ I’m glad to say I have an absolute belter for you.

This is a mixture of old and new thanks some my favourite producers, Rawtekk, ASC and TeeBee, remastering and re-releasing some of their classic old and unreleased tracks. But that’s not to say there isn’t some future classics in here either such as Deadcode’s infectious Ratatata, Tech Itch’s epic Souls of Impatience and the hard hitting Favela from a producer who is new to me Lavance.

I hope you dig the vibes and you won’t need to wait 4 months until the next mix. 😛

Eats the Soul – 1hr of Hard D&B

TeeBee – Let Go
Nasty Habits – Shadow Boxing (Om Unit VIP)
John B – Evolve (Alternative Intro Mix)
Gremlinz – Tactical Rail
Deadcode – Ratatata
Scar – Temptation (feat. Orkyd)
Paperclip – Afterdreamer
Technical Itch – Souls of Impatience
TeeBee – Snake Funk
Rawtekk – Inside Tekk (Reloaded)
Ed:it – Babylon Step
Scar – I’m Gone (feat. Naomi Prior – 3am Intro Mix)
Lavance – Favela
Mako – The Gap (feat. Fields)
TeeBee – Deceive
Digital & Spirit – Mosquito
DJ Krust – Cloaking Device (Fracture Remix)
Jay Drop – Insight
ASC – Automaton
Technimatic – Trigger Warning
Technimatic – The Stage (Interlude)

And? – Ear & Drum Session 119

So I’m not really sure what category or genre this mix falls into other than ‘awesome tunes that came out recently’.

There is some jungle inspired stuff thanks to Sam Binga and his partner in crime Om Unit, some techy minimalism from Alibi, Serum and Jonny L and some deep ambient weirdness from Rawtekk. Combine these with some sing-a-long vocal tracks from DJ SS and Random Movement and you have an eclectic snap shot of what is making D&B great at the moment.

I might not know what it is, but I know I like it. And I hope you do too.

And? – 1hr of Eclectic D&B

Sam Binga & Om Unit – Big Kev
Logisitics & Inja – Smoke Rings
Alibi – Hornet
Minto feat. Ellie – Start Over (DJ SS Remix)
Silence Groove – Slapper
Fawce feat. P Fine – Boiler Room VIP
Rawtekk – High
Barefoot – Darkling Sky (Facing Jinx Remix)
Seba – Piemo for B
Jaydrop – Insight
Random Movement – Same Old Feelings
Serum – Spices
Jonny L – Hallow
Chromatic – Impact
Nasty Habits – Shadow Boxing (Om UNit VIP)
Mixmaster Doc, Dave Shichman, Bernzilla & DJ SS – Personally Frankly
Seba & Method One – Silicone Nature
Derek Carr – Q
Seba – Fade to Red (feat. DRS & TrickyKid)
Naibu – Fireflies (Light Mix)
Rawtekk – My Love

Sebatical – Ear & Drum Session 118

Sebastian Ahrenberg AKA Seba first came to prominence on LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking label during the 90s. His deep atmospheric sound is unmistakably his own, and for me he is one of D&Bs great unsung heroes. Whether by himself, or teaming up with other technical producers like Paradox or Krazy, Seba has produced a back catalogue most producers simply can’t touch.

I haven’t done an all artist mix for the longest time, but if anyone is going to pull me back into playing a single producer’s work it is Seba. So deep, melodic and hypnotizing – his sound blends so effortlessly that it is a sheer joy to mix.

If you are fan of Seba’s work you’ll love this and if you are new to him, boy are you in for a treat. Enjoy.

Sebatical – 1.5hrs of Seba

Seba – Blaze and Fade Out
Seba – Keep Me Waiting
Seba & Paradox – Move On
Seba – Distance
Seba – Vanity
Seba – What’s You Fantasy
Seba – Nostalgia
Seba & Paradox – Last Goodbye
Seba – Shades of Me & You
Seba – Never Let You Go (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
Seba – Nightrider
Seba – Can’t Describe
Seba – Dangerous Days
Seba – Inside Yourself
Seba – Nothing Can Replace
Seba & Paradox – The Light
Seba – Steel
Seba – Piemo for B
Seba – Blanace of Power
Seba & Krazy – Finola
Seba & Paradox – Because

Sunk – Ear & Drum Session 117

Have a little deep drum & bass to sink into.

Loads of new tunes from the likes of Calibre, Om Unit and Dub Phizix, plus a few recent favourites from Metalheadz and Blu Mar Ten Music.

Kick back, close your eyes and let it sink on in.

Cheers to Rikki for the lovely shot of a Cottesloe sunset.

Sunk – 1hr of Deep D&B

Hydroglifics – Little Heart feat. Bogues
Calibre – Hold the Light
Break & MC Fats – Free Your Mind
Thesis & Anastasia – The Bridge
Aerostat Industry – Ocean of Money
Akuratyde – Time Left Behind (feat. Eusebeia)
Graphs – Sleep Recursive
Dub Phizix – Do One (feat. DRS)
Greazus & Subcorr – Safety First
Metro – Words & Ideas
Halogenix – All Blue (feat. Cleavland Watkiss)
Halogenix – Beyond the Bounds
Need for Mirrors – Ethos
Seba & Paradox – Because (feat. Robert Manos)
Lenzman – Golden Age (Full Vocal Mix)
Om Unit – Connector
Jaydrop – Insight
Om Unit – Spiritwerk
London Elektricity – Swivel (Beatless Mix)

The Down Low Sessions: 031

90 isn’t a beats per minute range I play in very often.

In fact it took me three years to find enough 90bpm tracks I liked to put into a single set. The bad news is it might be three years before I do something like this again. The good news, every tune in here is an absolute winner.

We’ve got downbeat, techno, hip-hop and electronica all on a chilled out tip and lightly blended. Perfect for a Sunday morning or as wash up music, as Armistead Maupin would have called it.

Relax, you’re in good hands.

The Down Low Sessions: 31 – 1hr of 90bpm Chill

Submotion Orchestra – All Night
Submerse – Thinking About You
José Raúl – Cala Den Sara
Slacker – A Million Dreams
Slam – Irritant
Brat Leeks – Domine
Jack Sparrow – The Chase (VIP)
Reamz – Modulus (D Operation Drop Remix)
Aquarius – Clue To A Mystery
Afterlife – A Little Bit of Love
DistantStarr – A Little Starr
Kirsty MacColl – Walking Down Madison
Andrew Cash – The Sound of Eternity
Jasper Burn – Miami
Daft Punk – End of the Line (Photek Remix)
Row pieces – Just 4 Love feat. Kryptonic
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Kiss the Sky

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

Fluid Saque – Ear & Drum Session 115

First mix of 2016 and we are heading into deeply fluid territory. Almost a who’s who of liquid D&B producing alumni, this mix rolls out so smooth you could almost slip on it. Perfect for a lazy weekend or a Sunday morning session, it’ll keep your head nodding and hips swaying.

Turn it up and rinse out.

Fluid Saque – 1hr+ of Liquid D&B

Hybrid Minds – Kismet
Mindmapper & Silvahfonk – One Step Close
Malay – Blue Monday
Anile – Not the Way (to Run)
Thesis & Anastasia – The Bridge
Mindmapper, Silvahfonk & Madcap – Up ‘N’ Smoke (Madcap VIP)
Michael – When the Wind Changes
Silence Groove – Dust Bowl
Calibre & Marcus Intalex – Something Heavy
Dave Webber – Drifter
Linesman – Move & Focus (Submorphics Remix)
Etherwood – Souvenirs
Lenzman – Starz (LSB Remix)
Silence Groove – Shine Through
Pluton & Skyer – Evening Streets
Skyhook – Music
Submorphics – The Devine
Ether wood – Light My Way Home
Head: Crab – U Got
A-Sides & Makoto – Jupiter
Impish – With You (Calibre Remix)
Turney – Just Can’t Give You Up
Hybrid Minds – Lifted