Muttly Much? – Jungletrain Session 176

Hailing from Canada, Mutt blazes a trail with his unique sound. His melodic and soulful style is second to none in D&B today.

For me Mutt was the best new comer to D&B for 2006-7. His sense of melody, stripped back beats and soulful vocals make his sound relaxed and easy on the ear. But when it comes to rolling it out, he heads into a dubby dance hall style that gets the floor moving proper. I can’t say enough about him really. :fanboy: 

This mix is for him and anyone who loves his sound.

 

Muttly Much? – 1hr of Mr Mutt

Mutt – Strangers
Mutt – Trying Measures
Mutt – Lately
Mutt – Hot Lick Squeeze
Mutt – Kush Talk
Mutt – Come to Terms
Mutt – Nice As Me
Mutt – Advance Money
Mutt – Same As You Feel
Mutt – Crazy
Mutt – Hands Free
Mutt – Draw on Me
Mutt & Paul T – Hips, Thighs and Alibis
Mutt & Apeture – New Jazz Lick
Mutt – Dublites (D-Bridge Remix)
Mutt & Perpetuum – November
Mutt & Redeyes – Virtue
Mutt – Credence

Flight 174: Perth to Amsterdam – Jungletrain Session 174

This one is going out to Steve who brought me back a copy of Reality Checkpoint from Japan way before it got released in Australia.

As you can see a lot of Logistic’s album ends up in this mix, and rightly so. Reality Checkpoint was for me on of the top 3 LPs of last year so if you haven’t checked it out go and get yourself a copy. Most the other artists in this mix are pretty low key and obtuse, so it is worth grabbing just to hear some tracks from guys I hadn’t heard of at the time, or since, for that matter.

The mix is awesome for traveling, so if you have a long trip coming up, load it up and float away with it.

 
Flight 174 – 1hr of Inflight Entertainment

Logistics – Back Where We Started
Logistics – Trying Times
Logistics – No Words
Agent Alvin – Super Highway
Logistics – Slow Motion
Makoto & T-Ak – Voyager
Camo – Morning Sun
Camo & Krooked – Play it!
Logistics – Cold World
Logistics – Shanghai Skyline
Dissident – Escapism
Critical – Ellement
Morebeat – Goodnight feat. Gabanna
Spirit – 1471
Demo & Cease – Ladies Night VIP

Instra Mental – Jungletrain Session 156

First up this mix has nothing to do with the D&B outfit Instramental. In fact at the time of mixing I had never heard of them. What this mix does contain is loads of instrumental D&B that has a harder edge to it. So if you like melodic D&B that still maintains something of the mentalist about it then you’ll probably like this mix.

Big ups to ChaNinja again on the requesting of this one.

 

Instra Mental – 1hr of mental & melodic music

High Contrast – If We Ever
Chup – Through The Sky (Mistadool Remix)
CLS & Wax – Primal Rage
Fanu – Siren Song
Fanu – Two Drummers
State of Mind – Dune
Desimal – After Life
Starski – Magic
Komatic – Visicous (Floor Mix)
Spiritech – Make Me Feel
B Cee & Amaning – The Great Deflate
Noisia & Mayhem – Moonway Renegade
Subsonic – Communicate

5am Again – Jungletrain Session 192

ChaNinja was chasing this request, so this one is going out to him. Cha if you are reading this, I am slowly getting through the others you requested. You’ve even caused me to re-catalogue my entire mix collection.

This mix was originally done with a ‘back to mine’ vibe in mind. Calibre’s – Overflow LP and D-Bridges – Gemini Principle LP feature heavily, plus a swag of other great chillers. 

 

5am Again – 1hr of early morning beats.

Calibre – Overeaction
Calibre – Shine
Jonathan Baker – Cotton Candy
The Green Man – Hong Kong Niights
D-Bridge – Blush Response
D-Bridge – The Question
Clipse feat Pharrell – Mr Me Too (Atlantic Connection Mix)
Anakin – Sky Purple, Yellow & Red
Kabatko & TRG – Crazy Moments
Kahluah – Play It
Calibre – Into the Groove
London Elektricity – Southeastern Dream
Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing (Atlantic Connection Mix)
Anakin – Falling
Sil ID & Cybass – The Time We’ve Got Left

Tru To Form – Ear & Drum Session 7

One of the labels I have invested the most time & money into down the years is True Playaz. DJs Hype, Pascal & Zinc between them amassed a huge amount of THE best Jump Up tunes between 1995 to 2002. Whether united as the Ganja Kru, or producing under their separate identities, the Tru Playaz label always represented firing beats, funky riffs, hip-hop samples and always mashed together with a phat Jump Up bass line.

Their massive output over this time is amazing considering how high they kept the quality of the music. Albums like Still Smoking, Real Vibes and Playaz4Real offered great value because they always contained way more hits than misses on them, and the string of great EPs on True Playaz is too long to list here.

I think Jump Up today has lost it a bit. Making the as track loud and noisy as possible seems more important that making it funky, and the fun and the good vibe seems to be lacking. But during the golden age of Jump Up, this label really did live up to it’s name and was a True Playa.

 

2hrs of Jump Up classics from the True masters

DJ Zinc – The Source
DJ Hype – True Playa’z Anthem
DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter (Short & Sharp Version)
DJ Zinc – Fugees or Not
Ganja Kru – Magic
Ganja Kru – Plague That Never Ends
Ganja Kru – Forbidden Fruit
DJ Nut Nut – The Finest
Ganja Kru – Science
DJ Hype – Closer To God
DJ Hype – Only One Life (Ganja Kru Remix)
DJ Hype – Musically Dope (Ganja Kru Remix)
Freestyles – Come Back
Pascal – P-Funk 2000
Freestyle – God Intendend
Ganja Kru – You Belong To Me
Pascal – Rollplay
DJ Red – Everything Has Changed (Remix)
Pascal – Keep It Real
Fellowship – Dark Flower Remedy
DJ Zinc – Casino Royal
DJ Hype – Help Me
DJ Hype – Dead A’s
DJ Zinc – Reach Out (Remix)
DJ Zinc – Ska
DJ Zinc – Pitcher
The Outfit – Cleancut
DJ Zinc – Freenote

Universal Joint – Ear & Drum Session 6

Welcome to the first proper mix of new tracks from me for 2009. This has a bit of everything, and as per usual we start off smooth and progress thru to the ruff stuff by the end. Most the tracks in here are 2009 releases and judging by the quality of the releases so far, it looks like D&B is in good shape for another year.

A lot of the tracks I’ve rinsed here are either unreleased, digital exclusives, or currently on white label. Having said this, I do start of with a classic atmospheric T-Power number and finish off with A Guy Called Gerald monologue at the end. Everything in-between is fresh as a daisy.

Big ups especially to Calculon, Austin Speed and the Rufige Kru for their free tracks in this mix. They are not in the mix because they are free, they are in there because they rock. Thanks a lot.

2009 – bring it on.

 

Universal Joint – The first of the crop for 2009

T-Power – Inversion Boots
Eveson – Machines
Calibre – Model Way
Mutt – It’s Pouring Once Again
NotioN – Only You
The Black Ghosts – It’s Your Touch (Calculon & Austin Speed Bootleg)
Naibu – The Shrine
Naibu – Opium Lady
Mistabishi – The Light’s Really Bad
Naibu – Fireflies
Mistabishi – Heaven’s Sake
Incident – Vacate
Wenca – My Dreamgirl
Klute – Trust Me
Lenzman – Lose You
Klute – Ashram
P.B.K. – Microburst (Infuzoria Remix)
Ian Brown – Illegal Attacks (Rufige Kru Remix)
Sketch – Promises
A Guy Called Gerald – The Universe

Underfire Storm – Jungletrain Session 133

Recently reformed as a label and still sounding good Underfire have had a massive influence on the scene ever since the Infantry EP hit hard and heavy. Stakka, Skynet and K-Tee are still big in the game and whilst everybody knows about the Clockwork LP my favourite release from this label is still the Blazing album.

When Blazin’ arrived no one had heard THAT sound before, but the Z-plane filter soon became a D&B favourite. Akai samplers fell out of favour and everybody was breaking their necks to get themselves an E-MU.

Find out what all the fuss was, and still is, about with this review of Underfire classics.

Underfire Storm – 1hr of Underfire badnesssss

Kraken – Illusions
Spy – Z-Plane
Kraken – Side Effects
Kraken – Meatball
Stakka & K-Tee – Synthesis
Profound Noise – Luminous
Hard Evidence – Mindfield
Kraken – Analogue Spikes
Spy – Vapour
Profound Noise – Synthesis RMX
Skynet & Stakka – Nu Level RMX
Stakka & Skynet – Clockwork
Stakka & Skynet – Timelines
Stakka & Skynet feat Friction – Altitude
Stakka & Skynet – Clockwork RMX
Stakka & Skynet feat K-Tee – So Confused

Earthlings – Jungletrain Session 199

Earth Records was Bukem’s off shoot label for rare-groove based music. Although a lot of the compilations that came out under the Earth banner didn’t have a lot of D&B on them, the D&B tracks they did have were amazing and sublime.

Bukem’s own Constellations with DRS on vocals sets the tone for the mix, but big back-in-the-day artists like Blame, Crystal, Addiction, Phunky Technicians & Doc Scott all make this a listening pleasure.

Don’t just stand there, chill out. 

Earthlings – 1hr of Earth Recordings

LTJ Bukem – Constellations
Pablo – Do What You Gotta Do
Appaloosa – Traveling
Blame – Revival
Intense – Flashback
Vincent – Scythe (Studio Mix)
DJ Crystal – Mind Games
DJ Addiction – Senses
PHD & The Funky Technicians – Above & Beyond
Words 2B Heard Meets Ad-Ill (Planet Invasion) – Con-Quest
Doc Scott – Tokyo Dawn

Step Off – Jungletrain Session 203

So back in the day all my mates were going mad for Jonny L, Photek and Grooverider – the really stripped back Step sound. I was moping about lamenting the death of the Amen break and funk sounds and wondering whether D&B was turning into just pure machine music.

The labels who kept me faithful during this period were S.O.U.R., No U-turn and Emotiv. They had the Tech-Step sound but brought with it such a heavy funk, loads of hip-hop samples and some smashing Amen steppers that still get me excited today.

I recently put up another Tech-Step set and some of the dogs pointed out that that wasn’t their idea of Tech-Step, so I am hoping this one might cover the other side of the sound that they had in mind.

If you like this sound I suggest you step up or step off.

 

Step Off – 1hr of True Tech-Step Tuffness

Code of Practice – Can We Change The Future (Sounds Of Life Remix)
Ed Rush – Check Me Out
Doc Scott – Machines
Technical Itch – The Dreamer
Rollers Instinct – Haze
T-Power & MK Ultra – The Mutant Remix (Rollers Instinct Remix)
Goldie – Manslaughter (Rider Proto 96 Mix)
Hydro – Tha’ Bomb Shit
Shapeshifter – Communicate With the World
Skyscraper – The Difference
Shapeshifter – Talkin’ Mad Shit
Micro-Burst – Punkmutha
Skyscraper – Liberty One
TC Islam & Alien 3 – Let the Bass Boom

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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