Review – Metalheadz Podcast

So we all now Metalheadz are one of, if not, THE biggest label(s) in Drum & Bass, and we all know Goldie’s fearsome reputation for being a hard man and all round grumpy c**t. Well get ready to have that reputation torn in tatters as you listen to Metalheadz Podcast #2.

There is the usual top notch upfront music that you would expect, but what took me by complete surprise is the good time being had by Goldie, Heist, Nick and Chris post Swerve and obviously post a few lemon sherbets. I’ve heard a lot of radio shows and podcasts in my time, but none that have actually made me squirt redbull through my nose on the fit bird sitting next to me on the train.

This whole thing is hilarious from start to finish and took me back to doing graveyard shifts on RTRfm mashed up with me mates in the 90’s. If you really want to hear what D&B is truly about, I suggest you subscribe to the Headz podcasts now while #2 is still available because it is THE best time you will hear on radio.

Big up the Metalheadz for not running a serious and dull podcasting session and for letting us in on one of their big nights out. I wasn’t at the final night of Swerve at the End, but when I listen to this I feel like I almost was. Respect.

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Boomish – Ear & Drum Session 5

This is the last mix for the 2008 overviews.

Although I am not known for playing rinse out sets these day, I do still like a good bitch-slapper when I hear one. So this mix is mainly comprised of harder and heavier stuff I grabbed during 2008.

Metalheadz came back with a vengeance this year with some BIG albums. Samurai Music, Covert Operations and, as always, Renegade Hardware kept the pedal to the metal. The return to form for Seba and Dom & Roland, plus the continuing development of Martsman and Telemetric meant that 2008 had plenty of huge tracks with which to mash dem down.

The mix itself is a bit all over the place – starting out with some dub step inspired numbers and then dipping into the realms of drumfunk and amen. Then I take it back down in the deep again and when we resurface I pretty much do it to you in the ear hole.

 

Boomish – 2hrs of 2008’s heavy hitters

Panda – Epilogue
Logistics – Shanghai Skyline
Hive & Tech Itch – Detox
Martsman – Sir Gordon Jumpmeister III
ASC – Offworld Tides Pt II
B. Fuse – Big Space
Seba – Blaze & Fade Out
Seba – Forever
Theory – Aurora Flash
Seba & Krazy – Finola
Bachelors of Science – Immortal (Alaska Remix)
Apex – The Yearning VIP
Mandelayev – Utikiyy
Ian Brown – Illegal Attacks (Rufige Kru Remix)
D-Bridge – Desire Line
Goldie – Letting Go
Martsman – Halow
Dom & Roland – Electric Smile
Theory – Question Mark
Trei & Dose – The Other Part of Me
Klute – Divinity
Shy FX – Bambaata (Break Remix)
Loxy & Munk – Genocide
Break – Headz Up
Keaton & Hive – The Plague (Hive Remix)
D.Kay & Lee – Extazzy
D.Kay & Lee – Wax’d (D.Kay Remix)
Telemetric – The Bane
Panda – Leaving Amsterdam

Rolling Deep – Jungletrain Session 175

ChaNinja has been in touch and asked for a couple of sets to get him through the work day. The first one up is this set I put together in March 2008 for the mighty jungletrain.net

This one for the lovers of the deep rollers.

The dubbed out deep sounds of artists like Amit and Breakage has given D&B a breath of fresh air in the last couple of years. Characterised by stripped back beats and cavernous b-lines, the slow groove that these choons roll out gives them a momentum that is unlike any other genre in D&B.

 

Rolling Deep – 1hr of the Deep, Dark & Moody

Fanu – Dream Of Something Gone
Breakage – Clarendon
Camo & Krooked – Play It!
Amit – Immortal
Fanu – Two Drummers
Breakage – Losing Track
Sabaruko – Latency
Logistics – Shanghai Skyline
Amit – Roots
Logistics – Cold World
Fanu – From Afterlife She Speaks
D.Kay & Kasra – Spider
Amit – Swastika
Klute – 174 BPM
Amit – MK Ultra

Sunday’s Child – Jungletrain Session 179

I put this mix together in April 2008. It starts off chilled and deep with tracks from artists like Mutt & Naibu, and just keeps on building until it is at full force with tracks from Telemetric and Stakka & K-Tee.

This one is for ChaNinja. 🙂

 

Sunday’s Child – 1hr of pure build

Breakage – Cooper
Naibu – It Took a Long Time
Naibu – Pacific
Mutt – Kush Talk
Logistics – No Words
Gex – My Sadness (Club Mix)
Mistabishi – She Lied
Utah Saints – Something Good (High Contrast Remix)
Yousef & Carl Cox – I Want You [Forever] (Marky & A-Sides Remix)
Matrix & Futurebound – Womb
Theory – Aurora Flash
Overturn – Shinobi (Electrosoul System Remix)
Telemetrik – Cosmos
Stakka & Skynet – Altitude (Dom & Roland Remix)

All Klute and No Klute Makes Klute a Klutey Klute

Klute. Without a doubt one of my all time favourite producers. He can produce anything from 120bpm ambient pieces all the way through to a 180bpm dance floor tear outs. But no matter what style and sound, it always sounds quality and it always sounds like Klute.

Back in 2003 I did a mix called ‘All Klute and No Klute Make Klute a Klutey Klute’ which turned out to be my most downloaded set of all time. In 2007 I did a second part using a lot of the newer Klute tracks. I am waiting for a new album from the man before I put together part three.

But until that time, here is parts one & two for all those that asked.

PS. I have added an extra Klute mix to the bottom of the list. It is all those weird little bonus tracks you get on CDs that you don’t get on vinyl all mixed into an hour long set. Worth checking out if you are a Klute fan. 😉

 

All Klute and No Klute Makes Klute a Klutey Klute – Part One

Song Seller
Take a Breath [snippet]
Galaxian
Candy Ass
Ether
Traffico
I Minder
Problem Reaction
Return Of Forever [Klute Remix] – High Contrast
Jam the Box
Revenge [Klute Remix] – Juju
Dawn of Reason
Ambient Hell
Glue Sniffer
Evo Sniffer
Take a Breath

 

All Klute and No Klute Makes Klute a Klutey Klute – Part Tute

Klute – Property is Theft
Klute – Never Never
Klute – Our Leader
Klute – We’re All Dying
Klute – Hell Hath No Fury
Klute – Don’t Want To Be Alone
Klute – The Struggle
Invincible – Mean Streets (Klute Remix)
Klute – Come Back To Me
Klute – Most People Are Dicks
Klute – 174 BPM
Klute – Rosemary
Klute – We Control The Vertical
Tactile – The Mist (Klute Remix)

The Bonus Mix

So it recently came to my attention that all the Klute LPs come with bonus tracks if you get the CD…

…having bought all the albums on vinyl I was missing over 50 tracks by the great man that I never even knew existed!

So a quick trip to Amazon and I sorted myself out with what has to be some of the best bonus material I’ve ever heard. A lot of the tracks were downbeat/breaks in nature, but there was enough D&B in amongst it for me to throw down an hours worth of deep and abstract Klutey goodness.

Everyone knows I am a complete Klute fanbwoy, and I know there are many others out there like me. So if you like what you hear in this mix, may I suggest you buy some of Klute’s albums on CD and suprise yourself, because this really is only scratching the surface.

 

Moments Lost – Klute Bonus Tracks Mix

Klute – No Return
Klute – Three Of Us
Klute – Second Skin
Klute – Never Ending
Klute – Losing You (with Calibre)
Klute – Acid Rain
Klute – Oshima
Klute – Escape Let Go
Klute – Flight 720
Klute – Arrival
Klute – Shirtless
Klute – Annihilation
Klute – 6 Days
Klute – Troiler
Klute – Why We Fight

Defunk – Ear & Drum Session 4

This is mix number 2 of 3 for the 2008 overviews.

This one concentrates mainly on the pumped up Liquid Funk sound of labels like Horizons, Westbay and Hospital. It’s has that liquid vibe, but with some serious dance floor pump behind it and when the bass fires up it means business.

Recommended playing volume: Max

 

Defunk – 2hrs of the chunky and the funky

Atlantic Connection – Interlude To LA
Altair – Collateral
SpectraSoul – Alibi
Jonny L – Oh Yeah
Makoto & T-Ak – Voyager
Bachelors of Science – Strings Track (Apex Remix)
Nu:Tone – Balaclava
Logistics – Slow Motion
London Elektricity – Southeastern Dream
Bachelors of Science – Song for Lovers
Tyler Srtaub – Walk With You
Mutt – Era’s
Equinox – Love They Brother (Breakage – Dub Thy Brother Remix)
Kahluah Funk feat. MC Chevy – Play It
R0b0t Redford & Micael Sauer – Missing Out
High Contrast – The Ghost of Jungles Past
Solar Empire – Dynamic
Blue Sonix feat. Michael Moult – Luv Me (Logistics Remix)
Mistabishi – She Lied
ICR – Overtime
Logistics – Intervention
Nu:Tone – System (Matrix & Futurebound Remix)
DJ Clart – Avenue
Nu:Tone feat. Brookes Brothers – Gold Rush
Nero feat. Alana – Solid Air
Influx UK – Show Em’ What You Got
Mistabishi – No Matter What
Shebuzz – In Infinity
Atlantic Connection – Outro to Paradise

Chillax – Ear & Drum Session 3

It’s that time of year again when I hit the decks and try to knock up 6 hours worth of the best D&B tracks for that year. This is part 1 of 3 and comprises of the best 2 hours of the deeper and chilled side of D&B.

I figure a good many of us probably have sore heads today, so this will ease you into 2009.

 

Chillax – 2hrs of the deeply chilled

Altiar – Reminisce
Calibre – Big Bang
Calibre – Shine
Sinistarr – How We Do 
Sinistarr – Colli Park
Mutt – It’s Pouring Once Again
Dirrrty B – Let’s Make Some Love
Breakage – Cooper
Commix, Nu:Tone & Logistics – Ghost Snare 
Kapsil – Numb
Naibu – It Took A Long Time
Calibre – Overreaction
D-Bridge feat. Instrumental – Blush Response 
Commix – Bear Music
D-Bridge – The Question
Well Being – Smoke Signal
D-Bridge – Mr Malcontent
Naibu feat. Artic – Pacific
ST Files – Moods
Stunna & Amaning – Mutual Life
Rob Sparks – Wildlife
Redeyes – Blue Note
High Contrast – If We Ever
KM & Paralyzah – Nega
Adele – Home Town Glory (High Contrast Remix)
Prim8 – Karma
Bachelors of Science – Hold On feat. Redeyes 
ICR – The Way it Goes
Utah Jazz – Atmosphere Intro

Good News – Jungletrain Session 184

This set goes back to May 2008 and was requested by Transient Energy who missed it the first time around.

So many good things going on in D&B at the moment…

Silbrfish, Naibu, LM1, Technicolour, Intersidereal, DJ Trax and Martsman are all proving that having a big name doesn’t have to hold you back when it comes to writing killer tracks.

This mix is for the studio heads just doing what they do.

 

Good News •• 1hr of New Beats

Silberfish – Morning Dew
Naibu – Pacific
Zero Tolerance – Goes Around
ICR & SDD – Striction
Naibu – It Took a Long Time
LM1 – Ambient Traveler
Lenzman – Caught Up (Nu:Tone Remix)
Electrosoul System – Textures
Technicolour – Good News Green
Intersidereal – Disturbed Balance
ICR – Overtime
Martsman – Halow
DJ Trax – Be Moved
DJ Trax – Do You Hear This

Paper Suit – Jungletrain Session 157

Theorie pointed out that he listens to this set on the regular, so I’ve decided it is worth putting into the request category so others might do the same. It’s a good set if you have a rave sensibility.

Going back to the warehouse days with this mix…

…lots of current producers showing their roots, plus some classic producers who have fallen by the wayside.

I like this mix for many reasons. Firstly it takes me back to the days when I was fully gurning and burning it up on dance floors. Secondly I wasn’t mixing any of this stuff at the time so it’s great to rinse choons so familiar to me that I haven’t played before. And last, but not least it is all digital quality so the tracks sound as good as they can. No ropey worn out 3 a side vinyl here, just pure sound quality.

So this is for those that remember, or for those that want to get to know.

 

Paper Suit – 1hr of 93/94 Rave & Junglism

Acen – Trip To The Moon (Part 3 – Kaleidoscopiklimax Mix)
Skanna – Heaven
Flat 47 – Hideaway
Omni Trio – Mainline (Techno Mix)
Skanna – Nightstalker
Omni Trio – Renegade Snares?Foul Play Remix?
Tango & Ratty – Tales from the Darkside
Invisible Men – The Beginning
Q-Bass – Funky Hardcore (DJ Hype Remix)
DJ S.O.L.O. – Darkage
Rhythm for Reasons – Music In Search of Light
Roni Size – Music Box (Original)
DJ Krust – Burning
DJ Crystal – Warp Drive
Fusion – Love For The World Pt. II
Higher Sense – Higher Sense

Sofa Beats – Jungletrain Session 143

Sea Monkey strikes again dredging up this mix from 2007. This one is designed as an after-party mix to massage your mind. Follow the instructions and you’ll be fine.

So it’s 5am and you’ve all just got home.

You don’t even remember inviting half these people?!?

You don’t care though, because the weird guy has a cute sister.

Is she giving me the vibe?

You’re still slightly spangled, but because you’ve been banging it all night, anything too heavy is going to do your head in.

What you do?

1. Put the kettle on
2. Hit the lounge
3. Roll a phatty. (optional)
4. Play this mix
5. Talk crap till bed time

This one’s for those that chill like that.

 

Sofa Beats – 1hr of Beats for the Lounge

Alix Perez & Sabre – Old Flame
Mutt – Just A Kind Of
Implex – The Shape of Time
Calibre – Bullets
Alix Perez & Sabre – Solitary Native
Calibre – Got a Thing
Alaska – Born Again
Mutt – Hot Lick Squeeze
Logistics – City Life
Electrosoul System – Moving in Transit
Calibre – Late Night Squeeze
Mutt – Butterscotch
Saburuko – Stellar
Pentagon – Summer of 73