Category Archives: Deep D&B

Ear & Drum: Sessions 245, 246 & 247 – New Year’s Special Selection

For a genre that is declared dead every couple of years, D&B is healthier than ever with a whole new generation discovering the 90s and the OGs still pushing limits of what music can do. To celebrate this, and the fact that 2023 is just around the corner, I’ve put together three mixes that sum up everything that I thought was great in D&B in 2022.

Mix one is dedicated to the Soulful side of things. DRS, LSB, Dogger & Mindstate, GLXY, Heron Flow, Calibre and many more made music this year that reached beyond the generic Liquid category and brought a soul and pathos to their music that is absolutely mesmerizing.

Soul Side ’22 – 1hr+ of Soulful D&B from 2022

DRS & Monroe – Kiss & Tell
LSB – Endless
Dogger & Mindstate feat. DRS – TMWFTE
Random Movement – How Many Ways
DuoScience – Edge
Issue Cross & Wilkinson – Used to This
Impartial – Flowstate
HEFT – Timeline
HEFT – Promise
LSB – Bell Tune
Muffler – Water Piano Ambient
GLXY – Dreamers
The Sauce – BST Vibes
A-Sides & MC Fats – Never Yesterday
Seba – Public Beauty
Intake – Closing
Dawn Wall – Judgement
Dawn Wall – Fears
DRS & Dogger feat. Mindstate – Wake You Up
Wilkinson & iiola – Close Your Eyes
Heron Flow – Serpentine
Dynamite MC feat. Bop x Subwave – Into
LSB – Renaissance Song
GLXY – New Day
DRS & Document One – Can’t Explain
Particle – Drivin’ Me Crazy
Alix Perez & Verbz – Stay the Same
Redeyes & Fox – Wait Ting
Bungle – Forms
Workforce – Forever
Lensman & Echo Brown – Nokia Days
Fox feat. Swing Ting – Day One (Lenzman Remix)
Alix Perez – Wairua
DRS & LSB – Sweet Love
High Contrast – Return of Forever (Came & Krooked & Mefjus Remix)
Dogger & Mindstate feat. Liam Bailey – Broken Home (Calibre Remix)

Mix two is all about the deep, the dark and the heavy. Blocks & Escher, T>I, Buunshin, Dub Phizix, Conrad Subs, NC-17, Acid_Lab and many more tore the absolute roof off this year with BIG tunes and even bigger basslines. Labels like Metalheadz and Critical Music continued to blazer a trail, but even better was all the smaller imprints that popped up and smacked it this year.

Dark Side ’22 – 1hr+ of Deep, Dark & Heavy D&B from 2022

Soul Intent – Infrared Shadow
Seba & Digital – Love Story
Seba & Oilskin – The Future
Latyn – Dust & Ages (Silence Groove Remix)
Mako – The Both of Us
Buunshin & Idle Days – I’m Okay
Voyager – Aurora (Remix)
Fishy & Freeboard – Cause I Miss You
NC-17 & Dunk – New Jack Hustler
Dub Phizix – Demon Seed
Calibre – Verstat
Slay feat. Chimpo & SL8R – Dis One
Heron Flow – Raging Sea
Foreign Concept – China Plate
Technimatic & Komatic – Make Me Feel
Heron Flow – Serpentine
Echo 1 – Shifting Sounds
Acid_Lab – Imagine the Future (Art Cubic Remix)
Beeson & Dynamite MC – ‘Til 4am
Advisory – End Credits
Grey Code – Illiad
Dub Phizix – Item
aBLe – Still There
Script – Set up the Set (DLR’s Clash VIP)
Conrad Subs – Temple
T>I – Outboard
Dub Phizix – Come On
NC-17 – State of Grace
Audioholic – Bottlerockets
Blocks & Escher – This One
FX909 – Now (Half Step Mix)
Emz & Sam Bingo – Don’t Stress
NC-17 – Ghost Song

Last, but no where near least is the 160bpm genre that took over in 2022. Slowing things down and bringing back that original rave sound was THE best musical surprise for me in ’22. Artists like J Majik, Chimpo and ASC have always been there, but it was Fracture who really brought the 160bpm sound alive with his incredible 0860 Mix Tape release. Capturing the 90s pirate radio vibe, this release proved you can look back and still keep a modern production ethic. And I only hope that this is the beginning of more music like this!

Vibez Side ’22 – 1hr+ of 160bpm Vibes from 2022

Grey Code – Primrose
Coco Bryce – Dial M for Mayor
Fracture – Telepathy
The Vanguard Project & Jemima Read – Stitches (Coco Bryce Remix)
J Majik – Hold You (Lemon D Remix)
Fracture feat. Eastman – 0860
Kid Chameleon – Open Soul
Chimpo – Rig Doctor
Cryogenics – Haunted
IMANU & The Caracal Project feat. Josh Pan – La Fournaise
Adred – Before Your Eyes
Fracture – From the Very Top
Conman, Evasion & Mod:co – Lifestyle
Kid Chameleon – Syrup
Moakz – Distant Waves
Antony G – Lockdown
ASC – Black Rain
Mineral – Old School 2022
Fracture – First Aid Kit
D’Cruze – Sublime State

No matter if you are staying home, hitting the parties or somewhere in between there should be a sound here for everyone. Thanks for all the support in 2022 and big ups to Blick and Will for joining the Ear & Drum and bringing even more great music to the people. Happy New Year everyone and may 2023 be bigger and better for y’all.

Ear & Drum: Session 244 – Call the Ambience 17: Silent Night

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.

Call the Ambience 17: Silent Night

Kublai – Back Home
Rowpieces – 1st Love (Downtempo Remix)
Khramer – Far Away
Ink – Lost In Time
Muffler – Water Piano Ambient
Generic Meds – About Time (Remastered Remix)
Scar – Computerised Humanity
Shenji – Dreaming Mode
Synkro – Weakness (Akuratyde Remix)
Bop – Insight
Mineral feat. Resound – Spiritual 7
Syknro – Luminous
Synkro – Gagaku (Frederick Robinson Remix)
Fanu – Silent Resistance
Shenji – Old Memories
Easy – The Beginning
Flowanastasia & Stranjah – Face Yourself (Halftime Mix)
FX909 – Now (Half Step Mix)
Scar – Error

Ear & Drum: Session 243 – Bowled

Deep and rolling is the order of the day. This selection of minimalist and tech rollers hits just the right amount of heaviness and mood for me. A huge shout to Herron Flow for the Do 2 U EP on 31 Recordings. It’s one of the strongest EPs of the year for me, with every single track hitting home. Big up to Radders killer MC tune No Go and Slay feat. Chimpo & SL8R for the hype Dis One.

Bowled – 1hr of Deep Rolling D&B

Buunshin & Idea Days – I’m Okay
C:Critz – Panic
Radders – No Go
Dub Phizix – Blossom
I Am Legion – Choosing for You (Forbidden Society Remix)
Foreign Concept – China Plate
Siloh & Dan Structure – Swivel
Intake – Closing
Heron Flow – Swear Down
Heron Flow – Raging Sea
S.P.Y – Night Fury
Slay feat. Chimpo & SL8R – Dis One
Heron Flow – Serpentine
Conrad Subs – Heritage
Flipper – Nergal
Midik – The White Room
Moakz – A New Future (Mineral Remix)
Echomatics – Lost Focus
Date 3 – String Theory
Heron Flow – In Drag

Ear & Drum: Session 233 – Far Away

Rolling deep this time with a mixture of Half Step and Minimal monsters from the likes of Bop, Seba and FX909. The real star of the show here is Shinbu who’s self published stripped back tracks demonstrate that the deeper darker side of D&B is still going strong in 2022. Check his work out on his Bandcamp page.

Far Away – 1hr of Deep D&B

FX909 – Now (Half Step Mix)
Data 3 – String Theory
Shinbu – Ski
Om UNit – Aqua
Roho – Devise Law
A.T.5 – Witch Metal
Kintsuku – Absent
Echomatics – Pushing Back
Seba – Public Beauty
Bop – Space 2 Breath VIP
Quartz – Crescent Moon
Spinline – Return
Shinbu & Shoujin – Midnight Visit
Shinbu – Eka
Shinbu – Nightmarchers
Redders – No Go
Theoretical – Revival
Digital – Deadline (Dub Phizix Remix)
Khramer – Far Away

Ear& Drum: Session 220 – Call the Ambience 16: Vertigo

It’s been a long while between drinks for the Call the Ambience series, but we’re back better and more chilled than ever. Even thought the releases of this kind of music seem to be slowing down a little, the quality is still high when it does drop.

Etherwood, dBridge and Atlantic Connection all contribute some wonderfully blissful music, as do 90s originators Alaska, Voyager and Bill Laswell. I’ve been trying to squeeze Laswell’s – El Hombre Invisible (for William S. Burroughs) into a set for years, and finally managed to pull it off here. This 15 minute journey is something else, and shows how formulaic modern day D&B has become.

Call the Ambience 16: Vertigo – 1hr+ of Ambient D&B

Seathasky – For Love & Science
Rowpieces – 1st Love (Downtempo Mix)
Zero T & Beta 2 – Misdemeanour
Mystic State feat. Congi – Too Late (Captivate Remix)
Shebuzz – We Bring You the Future
Alaska – Azarca (Synkro Remix)
Muffler – November (Lo-Fi Hip-Hop Mix)
Ky! – I See U (Made in Russia Remix)
Voyager – Meraki
Bill Laswell – El Hombre Invisible (for William S. Burroughs)
The Vanguard Project & Fred V feat. Riya – No Words (Chill Mix)
Shebuzz – 34th Street
Atlantic Connection – Threshold
dBridge – I Know
Etherwood – Water in Your Veins
Sultan & Shepard feat. The Cut – White Lies
Etherwood – I Will Wave to You

Ear & Drum Session: 218 – Marinade

Going a bit deeper and darker in this mix of new-ish tunes. 2021 has been a good year for harder styles, and even though there isn’t as much minimal techy stuff coming out there is still a decent selection of deep beats and darker cuts still being produced.

Probably the deepest and darkest of them in this selection is the Missive triple play close to the beginning. Cavernous bass and stripped back beats characterised Missives top quality Lithos EP which came out around the middle of this year. Other tunes to keep an ear out for are T>I’s The Locksmith and Let it Go which both shred, Foriegn Concepts ragga tinged Kultja and Zero T’s killer VIP reworking of Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth.

Extra big shout to Offish for providing the opener on this mix, his LP Garden of Eyes is full of deep, dark beats and well worth a listen over at his Bandcamp page. https://offish.bandcamp.com/album/garden-of-eyes

Marinade – 1hr of Deep & Dark D&B

Offish – Pareidolia [Intro]
Disrupta & J Select – Tequila
T>I – The Locksmith
Missive – 9Test
Missive – Denoument
Missive – Stadius
Last Life – Trial
DuoSciemce – Mismatched
Foriegn Concept – Kultja
Mystic State feat. Congi – Too Late (Captivate Remix)
Cynical Gene – Nucleus
Bop – Surfing the Anxiety Waves
Goldie vs J:Kenzo – Official Jah Roller
QZB & Rider Shafique – The Banker
Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth (Zero T VIP Remix)
VROMM feat. Rider Shafique – Level Up
Loma – Watches
Foreign Concept, Enei & Magugu – Sticks
T>I – Let It Go
Minimalist & Heklur – The Titan
QZB & Gardna – Landline
Mystic State – Whole Half
Enei – Ignit

Ear & Drum Session: 214 – PFM x 4Hero

Recently PFM and 4Hero have remastered versions of some of their classic tunes that defined an era. PFM in the form of a bunch of singles and 4Hero with the re-release of their seminal LPs 2 Pages and Jacob’s Optical Stairway.

So what happens when you take two of D&B’s greatest acts and blend them together? Great things, that’s what!

PFM x 4Hero – 1.5hrs of 90s atmospheric masterpieces

PFM – For All of Us
4Hero – Universal Love (Single Version)
4Hero – Universal Love (Internal Affairs Mix)
Jacob’s Optical Stairway – Majestic 12
Jacob’s Optical Stairway – Fragments of a Lost Language
PFM – Is the Only and the One (Unreleased Original Full Length Version)
Jacob’s Optical Stairway – The Naphosisous Wars
4Hero – One Final Hour
Jacob’s Optical Stairway – Solar Feelings
JMJ & Ritchie – Free La Funk (PFM Remix)
4Hero – Evacuation Plan
PFM – Bonus Track
PFM – Wash Over Me (Original Instrumental Version)
Jacob’s Optical Stairway – Jacob’s Optical Illusion
David Holmes – Gone (PFM Remix)
Force of Nature – Cool Spot (PFM Remix)
PFM – Dreams (Club Mix)

EAR & DRUM SESSION: 205 – Knee Deep

The deeper side of D&B seems to have slowed down a little in the last year or so, but what it has lacked in quantity it has made up in quality.

Familiar names to the genre such as Calibre, Bungle and dBridge are still consistently rolling out quality stripped back tracks that perfectly loop. Best of all a healthy amount of new comers like VROMM, MKD, Ordure and Heron Flow have kept the vibe alive and run with it into deeper territories.

Respect to all the producers old and new keeping the sound fresh and fabulously deep.

Knee Deep – 1hr of Deep D&B Beats

Krust – It’s a Lot (Calibre Remix)
Dom & Adres – Limelight
Redders – No go
Muffler – Watchdog
Doctor Jeep & Rohaan – Unreal (Rohaan Remix)
Camo & Krooked, Mefjus & Sophie Lindinger – No Tomorrow (Tom Fisher Remix)
Bungle – Runaway
Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth (Zero T VIP Remix)
VROMM feat. Rider Shafique – Level Up
Kasra – I Don’t Know What the Future Brings
Andy Scopes & Madcap feat. Singing Fats – Trouble
MKD – Krill
dBridge – Tear in Vain
Ordure – Hold Me Close
Mystic State – Whole Half
Heron Flow – Compare Love

Ear & Drum: Session 196 – Brutalism

Part two of the holiday mixes focuses on the deeper side of D&B with new tunes from Fixate, T>I, Serum, Om Unit and Conrad Subs. While Minimal seems to have faded a little in 2020, a new more rolling take on the stripped back D&B sound has taken it place which I am totally there for.

Perfect for a late night couch session, this mix might go well with a drop of something stronger and a smoke.

Brutalism – 1.5hrs of Deep D&B

H20 – Dusted
Fixate – Focus
Oat – IntoTheSun
FX909 – Meltdown (Peyo Remix)
Degs feat. Pola & Bryson – Sleepless (Bladerunner Version)
Goldie – I Think of You (Digital & Spirit Remix)
H20 – Parasite
DJ Marky & Pola & Bryson – Run the Streets
Mistrust – Dreamer
T>I & Zombie Cats – Sidestep
Airglo & Stash the Groove Bug – Boom
Daniel Power – Upstream Colour
Hyroglifics – God Given
Russell Small – It Is What It Is (Bad Ass Disco) (Carl Cox DnB Remix)
Breakage – Valhalla
T95 & DRS – On Site
T>I & D*Minds – Pulling Teef
Serum & Kasra – Fade Out
Waeys – Ephemeral
Acuna – Back to the Brainstorm
Philip K Dick – Drips
Bop & Subway – Higher Dimension
Om Unit – Joyspark
Mystic State – Expectations
Shinbu – Sacrifice
Conrad Subs – Beyond This

Ear & Drum Session: 180 – Deep Dive

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.

Deep Dive – 2hrs of Teebee at his Finest

TeeBee – Kung Fu
TeeBee – Destiny
TeeBee – Space Age
TeeBee – White Venom
TeeBee – Lifeless
TeeBee – Two Faced
TeeBee – Only You
TeeBee vs. Brandy – You DOn’t Know Me (TeeBee Vocal Remix)
TeeBee – Forever Lost
TeeBee – Severed Dreams
TeeBee – Vengeance
TeeBee – Black Rain
TeeBee – Blue Rose (Chrisp & TeeBee’s Lynch’ed RMX)
TeeBee – Capable
TeeBee – Guilty
TeeBee – Gravity Distortion
TeeBee – Retrofunk
TeeBee – Warehouse
TeeBee vs. Future Prophecies – Let The Bass Kick
Calyx & TeeBee – The Quest
TeeBee – The Force 3
Cause4Concern – Luca (TeeBee Remix)
TeeBee – Frequencies
TeeBee – Deceive
Photek – Ni Ten Ichi Ryu (TeeBee Remix)
TeeBee – Human Reptile (Alternative Remix)
TeeBee – Let Go
TeeBee – Rave Alarm
TeeBee – State of Unrest
TeeBee – Silent Depths
TeeBee – Sunday Sessions
TeeBee – Dimensional Entity
Kraken – Side Effects (TeeBee Remix)