A return to the infrequent Call the Ambience series, this mix features laid back beats from some the genres best. Some of the usual suspects are here such as Bop, Shenji and Synkro, with bits from his amazing Collected compilation. And then there are some surprises such as Noisia in their Muffler form with the beautiful Water Piano Ambient, and incredibly Scar on Metalheadz with a few piece from his deep The Road Loss Traveled EP.
I’ve been running this site for over a decade now. My original goal was to have a place to call my own where I could document great D&B and other forms of music I loved and wanted to share with the rest of the world.
I feel like I’ve achieved this goal well enough, but The Ear & Drum could always do more to further the cause. With this in mind I’m following through with a dream I’ve had for a year or two now, which is opening the site up to more DJs who share a similar passion for music that I do.
The only thing that stopped me from doing this sooner was finding like minded DJs who could keep the quality high and the music pure. I’m glad to say, this week I reached out to a DJ who has always been top notch with his mixes and selection. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to and out for whenever a new mix dropped.
Welcome DJ Blick to the Ear & Drum.
I’ve followed Blick for over 10 years and I’m yet to hear a dud Blick mix. His taste in music, set selection and mixing is incredible, and I’m beyond confident he’ll make the Ear & Drum even better than it is now. Please make him feel welcome and shower him with friendly comments when ever you feel he’s hit the musical spot for you.
If you do enjoy having more mixes and music away from the commercial streaming entities and would like to see more quality DJs contributing to the D&B archive that is the Ear & Drum, comment here and I’ll see if I can find a few more talented DJs to join.
Still waters run deep as this Liquid rinse out proves. Kicking off with an older tune from 2020 by Fishy & Peron, although if you close your eyes you’d swear it was Marcus Intalex. It is almost as if it was written to mix with S.P.Y’s – Need You from the amazing Together With Ukraine compilation. If you haven’t picked this up, you won’t find a better value release or a better cause to spend your pennies on.
Following Need You is Lenzman & Echo Brown’s – Nokia Days and Workforce’s incredible track Forever. Two more tunes proving that Liquid can have beauty and brawn in a single track. Other stand outs are Champagne feat. Miss Fudge – The Other Side, 11 East – Emotive Rinser and Bop’s VIP rework of Space 2 Breath. Although if I’m honest every tune in here is a winner to my ears.
I’m dedicating this mix to Phil Fortune Cookie for putting me onto Ascending Reality, the best intro tune I’ve come across in ages. Check out Phil’s own mix series Deep and Dreamy over on his Mix Cloud.
Fishy & Peron – Ascending Reality S.P.Y – Need You Lenzman – Nokia Days Workforce – Forever Particle – Fall 2 Fast HumanNature – Stories Champagne feat. Miss Fudge – The Other Side Redeyes – Moon River flowanastasia & Nympho – River Flows 11 East – Emotive Rinser Duoscience – Edge Issue Cross & Wilkinson – Used to This HEFT – Timeline Bop – Space 2 Breath VIP Wilkinson & Ilola – Close Your Eyes Jrumhand – Inside
2022 has picked up where 2021 left off in terms of solid Liquid D&B tunes coming out left, right and center. With regulars such as Furney, Tokyo Prose and Alix Perez joined by a new school of melodic producers such as Khramer, Styke and Echomatics in bringing the goods.
There is a little bit of something for everyone in this mix with Dynamite MC feat. Bop x Subwave’s – Into and Fox’s – Paper Weights providing some vocal depth. Furney’s – El Aqua and Styke’s – Apollo lets the music do the talking, while Dan Guidance’s – Freedom of Expression and HEFT’s – Promise bringing some deft drum work and bass heft.
Khramer – Far Away Furney – El Aqua Random Movement – How Many Ways Styke – Apollo HEFT – Promise Echomatics – By Your Side Etherwood – Spaces Tokyo Prose – Still Life Flaco – Star Search Dynamite MC feat. Bop x Subwave – Into Duoscience – Facing… Dan Guidance – Freedom of Expression Fishy – Solar Transit Chimpo & Salo – I Don’t Care Fox feat. Swing Ting – Day Ones (Lenzman Remix) Far – If You Want Pola & Bryson – Inder (Feat. Lauren Archer) HumanNature – Stories Alix Perez – Desanka Brainwork – Adrift Fox – Paper Weights (Feat. DRS & Calibre)
Heading into the golden era of the mid-90s for the 2nd installment of my Wax Doctor series. Since declaring this a three part series I’ve discovered a few more Wax Doctor tracks squirreled away in my vinyl collection under different names. So I’ll be adding a 4th mix to the series just for good measure.
A lot of these tracks are Wax Doctor collaborating with Alex Reece under the Jazz Juice and Unit 1 pseudonyms (later to become Fallen Angels), or as Bounty Killaz with Ashley Browne AKA DJ Pulse. There are definitely different moods to the sound depending on who the good Doctor teamed up with, Unit 1 being a lot tougher than the jazz inspired Jazz Juice for example. But in the end all of these tracks are pure quality and more than worthy of getting another spin.
Wax Doctor – All I Need Jazz Juice – Detroit Jazz Juice – Jazz Juice Unit 1 – Untitled Unit 1 – Love Me DJ Pulse – Stay Calm (Bounty Killaz Remix) Jazz Juice – Move Your Body Wax Doctor – Step Bounty Killaz – Silent Voices Bounty Killaz – Do it Now! Bounty Killaz – Killa Instinct (Alex Reece Remix) Model 500 – I Wanna Be There (Wax Doctor Remix) Wax Doctor – Cool Breeze
This is the first mix of the new year to feature actual 2022 tracks in it. It’s a pumping little Liquid number featuring some of the genre’s best including KSR, DRS & Need for Mirrors, Seba, Mystific and S.P.Y. Extra big push for Furney and his new LP ‘Under Below’ which is an absolute belter and for the return of NZ favourite live D&B sons (and daughters) Shapeshifter and their new album ‘Rituals’.
HLZ – Orbit MNML & Brainwork – Miracle Shapeshifter – Lightspeed Mystific – Pieces of My Life Collette Warren, DJ Marky & Tyler Daley – One Exception (Pola & Bryson Remix) KSR – Life, Money Degs – Unwritten Seba – Public Beauty Furney – Lunar Tunes Furney & Lady Emz – Travel in a Day DRS feat. Need for Mirrors – Running Back Bungle – Forms FLM – One Time (Euphorics Remix) Hiraeth – A Time When HLZ – How I Feel S.P.Y – Dream Fragments Flowrain, Pulsaar & Devon – Blue (Decon Remix) Furney – Bengo Mystific – Space Cadet Subrix – Direction Particle – Fall 2 Fast
More liquid beats this time featuring a good slab of D&B’s friendliest MC Inja’s new LP ‘Smile & Wave’. This album came out of the blue for me, and had so many great tracks on it I’m still rinsing them months after release.
Another big surprise was Metalheadz alumni Scar coming out with some beautifully melodic pieces on his Why EP. Known far more for tough futuristic beats and cavernous b-lines, Scar’s Falling Down and All I See are liquid, but with a rawness that is impossible not to like.
Much love to Seba too for his outstanding Fokuz All Stars Pt.3 release featuring Second Path and the divine Mystic Magnolia, Pola & Bryson for their killer tracks Neverend and Under and Disrupta for his tasty new Changes EP.
Disrupta & DRS – Changes Disrupta – Play it Cool Scar & Ella Sopp – Falling Down Gest – Shame Scar – All I See Seba & JR Vailo – Second Path Command Strange & MC Fava – Never Let Go Inja & Charlotte Haining – Reach Out Seba & Jenna G – Sweet Magnolia Duoscience – Facing… Inja – Smile More Sub:liminal, Minos & Cardia – Future Lines Inja – Stranger Walk:r & Riya – Paragon Technimatic & Riya – When the Dawn Breaks L.A.O.S. – Begin Again (DJ Edit) Pola & Bryson & Solch – Neverend Random Movement – I stayed Around (Lenzman Reinterpretation) Pola & Bryson & Lauren Archer – Under HumaNature – Stories Inja & Cleveland Watkiss) – Pressure
Atmospheric D&B continues to go from strength to strength this year with artists like Acid_Lab, Seba, FX909 and Cryogenics & Eschaton knocking it out of the park. The fact PFM is re-releasing a bunch of classics doesn’t hurt either which is why this mix reflects the best of old and new Atmos tunes.
FX909 – Awake Acid_Lab – Paint Yourself PFM – Driftin On By Instruction Set – Forge La Funk (Ben Kai Remix) PFM – For Caron (Are You Ready) Seba feat. Jenna G – Sweet Magnolia Madcap – Fall Down PFM – This Must Be Love Cryogenics – Earth-80 PFM – Living Without You Forum – You Took It All Akuratyde – Evergreen Cryogenics & Eschaton – Blue Horizon Lil’ Louis & The Party – Clap Your Hands (PFM Remix) FX909 – Proud & Strong Random Movement – Sleazy Bitch (Ivy Lab Remix) Cryogenics – Cosmos PFM – Aspirations
Atmospheric D&B has come roaring back with some of the scenes finest going back to their roots and producing some absolutely beautiful Intelligent style D&B. ASC, Equinox, Voyager, Seba and even PFM have been elevating the sound to new levels.
Not to be left out, newer heads such as Jrumhand, Earl Grey and even Metalheadz wunderkind Kid Drama are keeping up, bringing their own take to the classic Amen driven sound.
Another liquid mix in a rolling style with some absolute belters thrown in. Starting off with Need for Mirrors – Without U, others such as Terror & Espa – Loaded Gun (BCee Remix) and Severity & Whiney – Broken Hearted (Whiney Remix) will have you singing along.
Also keep and ear out for new tracks from Marky, Alix Perez & Workforce, Need for Mirrors and the killer Zero T re-rub of Goldie and José James’ – Truth.
Need for Mirrors – Without U DJ Marky – 1992 Track Madcap – Hide Nelver – Our Time Physics – Looking Back Terror & Espa – Loaded Gun (BCee Remix) Rowpieces – Come On (Version 1) Alix Perez & Workforce – Distant Figures Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth (Zero T Remix) Koherent – Bliss BCee & Charlotte Haining feat. DRS – Love for the Fallen DJ Marky – Hunny Flaco & Glen E.Ston – What You Need Severity & Whiney – Broken Hearted (Whiney Remix) Need for Mirrors – Coco Nu:Tone – Sweeter Heron Flow – Compare Love