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)
I have always been a huge fan of Teebee’s early works on Certificate 18 and later on his own Subtitles imprint. Teebee recently went on a remastering rampage on his entire back catalogue of early LPs, EPs and 12″s all of which can be found on his Subtitle’s Bandcamp – https://subtitlesmusic.bandcamp.com/
To say I was pleased is an understatement. I pretty much own most of these tracks on vinyl already, but was more than happy to pony up again for the digital remasters because there is just so much great music in this man’s back catalogue. From singalong R&B bootlegs to dark, brooding techstep monsters one thing Teebee’s early work has is serious funk.
If you are feeling any of the tunes you hear in this mix please do the right thing and purchase them for yourself. They are cheaper than ever and have never sounded so good.
Another tasty liquid roller featuring some artists I’ve been meaning to call out for awhile now.
First up Workforce AKA Jack Stevens is one half of Spectrasoul and has been absolutely killing it lately. His track ‘Your Moves’ of the EP of the same name is in my top 5 tracks of last year. Secondly, FX909 who has been making quality liquid D&B for almost 20 years has also been on fire of late. And last but least, Monrroe the Cheltenham based producer who’s track ‘You Got Me’ has been stuck in my head ever since it came out.
And an extra shout out to Calibre for finally releasing his remix of London Grammar’s – If You Wait. And wait we did, for two bloody years and it was still totally worth it.
Workforce – Your Moves
Monrroe – Everywhere I Go
Dawn Wall – Take Control
Koherent & Charli Brix – Voices
Monrroe & Alexa Harvey – You Got Me
Enei – Get Closer (feat. Charlie Brix)
Dawn Wall – I Should Have Been There
FX909 – Undefined
FX909 – Ultra Thin
Peshay & VSY – Infinity
Etherwood – See The Sky (feat. Thomas Oliver)
London Grammar – If You Wait (Long Enough You’ll Get The Calibre Remix)
Natural Forces – Alone
Dawn Wall – Legends
T:Base – Is It True
Document One & Cimone – Newborn
Workforce – Fragments
Henry Fonda – Musical Soldiers
Dawn Wall – Birdmask
Workforce – Your Moves (Tease)
Sending this one out to the roasters, this is a deep, atmospheric and ballsy mix of beats sitting around the 130bpm mark. Even though it has some growl to it, it is still all chill.
In typical Down Low style the genres are eclectic with dubstep, trip-hop, bass, house and electronica all thrown in. Even the eras are mixed up with a lot of contemporary tunes and a few from as far back as 1996.
I got a chance to listen back on this during a recent flight and it is perfect traveling music. So if you have a journey coming up over the holidays you could do worse than loading this one up and letting it take you there.
Dave DK – We Mix at Six Clap! Clap! – Ode to the Pleiades (Photay Remix) Brian Cid – Dissolved In You Nuage – Electricity Roy Davis Jr. – Chicago Heights D’Cruise – Sega Rally (Trip Hop Mix) Aved & Artemenko Valentyn – Natail Synkro – Images Goldie, James Davidson & Subjective – Re-Entry Goldie, James Davidson & Subjective – Inkolelo Terranova – Tell Me Why (feat. Stereo MCs) Deadmau5 & Scene of Action – Hurricane (Offaaiah Remix) Distorted Beauty – Pearls of the Night Subandrio – Mein Sohn EANP – Stamp Booka Shade – Understanding Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Wind Down (Outro Mix)
Inspired by the tougher sounds of Blue Note era Metalheadz, this mix proves that not all hard D&B needs to be mid-range bass lines, high pitched snares and screeching synths to make an impact.
The classic heavy sound seems to be making a serious comeback lately and is moving forward by looking back to the golden era of the sound. Fixate’s – Ripgroove remix being a perfect example of a classic reworked for modern day sound systems and listening. Other’s such as Brazilian producer Bungle, D&B super group Kings of the Rollers and new kid on the block Pasha Solecci are following suit bringing a new production techniques to the OG sound with devastating effect.
Well it’s been about as long as I’ve ever gone without posting a mix so I am looong over due. Luckily I have something pretty special up my sleeve with a deeper style mix of tunes designed to pick you up and take you away.
New tunes from Seba & Manos, Acid_Lab, Kid Drama & Om Unit, Bungle along with a whole heap more amazing new tracks. Special shout out to the mighty Mitekiss who’s sublime track Lie Awake has been on rotation pretty much ever since it came out in our house. It is one of those tracks that ticks just about every box for me in terms of what makes D&B great.
Hope you feeling what’s on offer and I promise the next one will come a little sooner than this one did. 😉
Figures – The Void
Seba & Manos – Said & Done
I Wannabe – Drive
Alb – Major Deep
Acid_Lab – Radiate
Ekva – Edge
Mitekiss feat. Degs – Lie Awake
Touchy Subject – Sky Larkin (Lewis James RMX)
Electrosoul System – Blinded Justice
Decline – Blue Flame
Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 2
I Wannabe – So Excited
Chords & NoRules – Choas
Acid_Lab – Belfast Blues
Jaskin & Uneven – Ancient
Electrosoul System – Temper
Bungle – Cocooned VIP
Gerra & Stone – Feels Like
Paladoin – Friday
Facing Jinx & Peta Oneir – Meet You There (dBridge Remix)
Liquid D&B is turning into something a little more mature (for want of a better word) and modern lately and I like it. Led by artists such as Lenzman (check out his Enzo Tape mixes), Technimatic and new kids on the block Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey the sound is more soulful, the lyrics more thoughtful and the vibe smoother than Liquid’s previous iterations.
This is music you can dance, chill or even sing along to. It’s versatility makes it perfect radio D&B that can be played at anytime night or day.
Balmy & Heft – Night With You
Lenzman – Misty
Monty & Alix Perez – Good To Me
DuoScience & T:Base – Rescue
Technimatic – True Believer
Technimatic – Recurring Dream
Joakulm – Random Jam
Sikey & Speedwagon – Without You
Whiney (feat. Kenno & Pippa Violets) – Spheres (Polaris Remix)
Solotek & Thiago Pery – Lose Control
High Contrast – If We Ever (Unglued Remix)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – So So
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Love is the Law
Lenzman – Food (feat. Konny Kon)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Rebels
Flaco & Calculon – Rooftop Romance
Ash:Ram, Charli Brix & Walk:r – All I Need (Ash:Ram Remix)
Lenzman – Over You
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Broken Home
London Elektricity – Just One Second (Apex Remix)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Broken Home (Tease)
Heading heavily into Dub Techno territory, this mix of laid back, slower beats has some cool surprises thrown in such as the Peverelist Remix of the Jonny L classic Piper and Sunscreem’s – Love You More.
Things do get slightly hectic with Vital Techniques remix of Decline’s breaks banger I Don’t Smoke & Hype M8 by MindOfADragon. Also big shouts to Goldie & James Davidson for their Subjective side project and their amazing and thoughtful new LP – Act One – Music for Inanimate Objects
My second mix sourcing from the ‘Is this the most beautiful D&B tune ever?’ thread on DOA features some amazingly soulful D&B tunes from the year 2000 onward. It’s been amazing fun having a bunch of like minded people program a mix for me as a lot of these tunes I have never put into a mix.
The production roster reads like a who’s who of D&B featuring legendary artists such as Omni Trio, Marcus Intalex (RIP), Klute, Calibre plus Alaska & Seba just to mention a few. Some of these tracks never made it to digital, so I had to dig deep into my vinyl collection to complete the track list.
I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did mixing this special dedication to the beauty that is D&B music.
Omni Trio – Higher Ground
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur – Garden (Calibre Remix)
Marcus Intalex – Airborne
Calibre – Mirage
Alaska & Seba – Back from Eternity
Switch & Icicle – Ur In My Head
Calibre – Trying To Remember
Klute – Hell Hath No Fury
Mako – Held You In My Arms
Tokyo Prose – Saving Grace
Brookes Brothers – Daybreak (feat. Tasha Baxter)
SpectraSoul – Lost Disciple
Fanu – Siren Song
Voyager – Apollo
Blu Mar Ten – Believe Me
Villem & McLeod feat. Leo Wood – Let It Breathe
Phraction – Should Have Known
Klute – Part of Me
Seba – Blaze and Fade Out
Alix Perez & SpectraSoul – Synergy
Marcus Intalex – Refreshed
Zero T – Refusal feat. Steo (Calibe Remix)
Naibu – Wrong
In 2001 I heard a Marcus Intalex and ST Files remix of 4 Hero’s – 9 By 9 and it pretty much changed my life. I’d always liked the Liquid D&B sound, but this was the track that made fall head over heals in love with it. Melodic with a great vocal, but with a tough beat and chugging bassline that just got under your skin. Judging by the reaction every time I played this track, I wasn’t the only one who felt it.
The sudden and unexpected death of Marcus Intalex in 2018 shocked everybody in the scene. Marcus was one of the greats with an enviable back catalogue of fantastic music, but more than that he was just a really great guy. Always encouraging to new producers and with a keen ear for fresh talent his Soul:R and Revolve:R labels were and still are some of D&B finest.
It’s taken me a long time to get around to this mix as so many other DJs who knew Marcus better than I were all dropping sets dedicated to him I felt like there wasn’t much more I could add. Instead of an all Intalex set (of which there are many), I figured I’d play tunes that I was either introduced to through Marcus or that just reminded me of his style. I also decided to focus on the early 2000s as this was when I was hearing him play out the most and what I remember as Marcus Intalex at his absolute finest.
To Mr Marcus Intalex. You were a top producer, a top DJ and most of all a top bloke. I hope you are somewhere brocking out and having a fine old time.
Danny Byrd – Changes (Calibre Remix) Logistics – Together Tony Coleman – Synthetic Logistics – West Country Marcus Intalex – Temperance 4 Hero – 9 By 9 (M.I.S.T. Full Vocal Mix) M.I.S.T. – Lover Tomahawk – Until Dawn Marcus Intalex – Airborne DJ Kalm & Citizen – Mirage feat. Adam M Klute – Phone Call (Matrix Remix) Sonic – Right Now DJ Marky & XRS – Closer Calibre – Its… Bachelors of Science – Song for Lovers (Lynx Remix) Rogue Soul – Be With You (DJ Marky & S.P.Y Remix) D.Kay & DJ Lee – Touch M.I.S.T. & DJ Marky & XRS – Sunshine (Touch Me) Nu:Tone – Millie’s Theme D.Kay – Balearic Dream DJ Marky & XRS – Real Good Cyantific – Neon Skyline M.I.S.T. & High Contrast – 3am Twisted Individual – Gimp Mask (DJ Marky & S.P.Y Remix)