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
It’s been a while since I’ve dropped a Down Low and this one is an eclectic mix of house, techno, breaks and even a trance classic in the form of Vapour Space’s – Gravitational Arch of 10. A tune which used to absolutely melt my mind on the dance floor back in the early 90s. Laurent Garnier has described it as the perfect Trance track and who am I to argue.
As with most Down Low Sessions, I’ve slotted in a few D&B artists takes on the lower BPMs and this one sees Sub Focus, Goldie, Photek and Joy Orbison all contribute 130bpm masterpieces to the vibe.
If you like pure electronic music I’m pretty confident you’ll love this, so enjoy.
Sepalcure – The Warning Numa Crew – BMX Sub Focus – Out the Blue (Laidback Luke Remix) DJ Technique – My Definition (Lee Coombs Acid House Remix) Stanton Warriors & Tony Quatro feat. Eva Lazarus – Get Low (Infrakt Remix) GLXY – The LP Track Vapour Space – Gravitational Arch of 10 Goldie – Inner City Life (Binary State Remix) Bob Sinclair – Save Our Soul (BT’s Re-edit) DJ Converso – Erris Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (DF’s Attention Vocal Mix) Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You (Extended Version) Billon feat. Maxine Ashley – Special (CamelPhat Remix) Photek & Pinch – M25fm Acid Metrick – Uppercut Joy Orbison – Off Season Stanton Warriors & Tony Quatro feat. Eva Lazarus – Get Low (UFO Project Remix)
Been an absolute age since I’ve dropped a Down Low Session and I am super excited about this one. A collaboration between William C. and myself, the selection duties fell to William. I then programmed the tunes into a workable order and let the music mix itself.
Flying by the seat of my pants, I didn’t want to listen to any of these tracks in their entirety. Instead, I just did some simple track marking and then dealt with any surprises as they came along. The result is a Deep House / Techno set William described as ‘Funny, witty, funkily playful – just full of emotion and brimming with happiness.’
First Born – Hey Mr (Tambourine Man) Paco Osuna – Let’s Dream Soul Boy – Harmonica Metro Area – Parton Candy Black Strobe – Nazi Trance Fuck Off (James Holden Remix) ILS – No Soul Marcella – Stabbing Sally Goldfrap – Train Superstars of Rock – Up All Night [Won’t Make the Gym] (Salt City Vocal Remix) Winx – You Are the One Piemont – Carbonat Greed feat. Lesley – Strange World (Lemon 8 Remix) Beanfield – Tides [C’s Movement #1] (Carl Craig Remix) Morgan PAge & Gregory Shiff feat. Astrid Suyanto – All I Know Yves Larock – Rise Up (Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Ramero’s Bambossa Mix)