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 – 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)
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Heading back out into deeper waters with this mix of moody and minimal sounds. D&B is all about setting a mood, so this seems fitting for the times.
The whole thing starts and finishes with Dom & Roland who’s latest album, Lost in the Moment, is a much deeper and pensive affair than his usual style. Other standouts are Dub Phizix & Strategy making a return with their signature sound on Deh, new comer Jolliffe with Time Please and Creep in the Dark and Breakbeat luminary Decline going back to his D&B roots with Crossover.
I’d like to send a thought and prayer out to all those currently in the war zone that is the USA. Stay safe, be the change you want to see and know things are always darkest just before the dawn. #blacklivesmatter
Dom & Roland – State of the Art Oliver York – Treasured Entire – Taura Moresounds – Flocon T>I – Foot Drop Dub Phizix & Strategy – Deh Atlantic Connection – Gravity Dom & Roland – Binary Star Jolliffe – Time Please (feat. Jake Blake) Contact Lost – Vector Jolliffe – Creep in the Dark (feat. Ad-Apt) Adred feat. Robert Manos – Flesh Wounds Fetus – Dirty Air Rockwell – Vent Decline – Crossover Adred – Sci-Fi Acid_Lab – Instinct Dom & Roland – A Broken Heart
Part three of my Flight 96 series where I pull out some rare and lesser heard tunes from D&B golden era of 1996. This time around we’re heading into pure D&B territory. In 96′ D&B was only just starting to come together as its own genre, with jungle and hardcore still being played at the same parties and raves.
In this mix we have some lesser heard remixes of classics like Goldie’s ‘Angel’ (also called Saint Angel) twisted by Peshay in his Back From Nam Remix or Skylab’s The Trip amazing rework by Roni Size!
We also have a heap of tunes that either didn’t get a full release or were very limited in release from some of the scenes biggest names like Omni Trio, T.Power and Source Direct. Plus a bunch of producers I’d never heard of like Vert, Paolo and Scissor Hands. This one is going to be quite the ride.
Vert – Hole Tone Java Hyper-On Experience – Disturbance (Tango Remix) Goldie – Angel (Peshay Back From Nam Remix) Boymerang – Blue Notes L Double & Younghead – New Style Paolo – Vinyl Frontier Roni Size & Represent – Natural Thing Plug – Snapping Fuss Skylab – The Trip (Roni Size Remix) Spring Heel Jack – Galapagos II MC Fats – Don’t Take the Shit Johnnie Blaze – Strumming Dubs (VIP Mix) Scissor Hands – Dirty Call Skycutter – Independence Day Source Direct – Call & Response Underground Beat Movement – Check Dis T.Power – Tama Trafalgar – Radio Macho (Adrenalin Dub) Omni Trio – Red Rain
This is part two of my deep dive into obscure and rarer track from 1996. Last time we looked at Intelligent D&B and this is on a similar tip. While a lot of these tunes could be considered Intelligent, I think of them as even more chilled out.
Artists such as T-Power, B.L.I.M. and Kid Loops had their own take on the Intelligent sound that was less jazz focused and chopped up drum edits and more soulful cruising and laid back. Perfect for a couch session or recovery after the party is over.
Gangster Sound feat Mrs B – Paradise (Dangerous Mix)
Lunar Funk – Spacewalk
United Future Organisation – Loud Minority (Alex Reece Remix)
Kid Loops vs Cool Breeze – Shift Then Return
Universal Love – Deeply (Ryder’s Dream 128 Mix)
T-Power – The Inti Raymi (Remix)
B.L.I.M. – Jeamland
Herb E – Light (Darwin Mix)
Jodeci – Feenin’ (LTJ Bukem Remix)
Kid Loops vs Cool Breeze – The Valley
Kid Loops – Digital Breakdown
Kid Loops vs Cool Breeze – Five Seven Five Seven
Dave Wallace – Expressions Part 2
Mr Psyche – The Drop
One last mix for the decade before we dive head-first into the 20s.
It really doesn’t seem that long ago that Photek’s ‘Into the 90s’ was released, so to be here 30 years later is pretty crazy. Thank you to everyone who has listened in at the Ear & Drum during the past 10 years and here’s hoping the next 10 years (or even just the next) treats you better than the last.
If I could wish for anything in the new year it is for people to do more listening. Not just to music, but in general. I think the last decade has been dedicated to the self absorbed masses shouting out there opinions without giving anyone else’s opinion a second thought. You can’t form a proper opinion without listening to the other side of the argument, so sit down, shut up and just listen.
Here is to less shouting and more listening in 2020.
Bop – Waterfall
Kimyan Law – Luba
Document One – Holy Moly
Bladerunner – Breathe
Alix Perez – Trinity
Sunchase – Karabi
Seba – Curved Boundaries
Seba – In Your Arms Again
DRS & Need For Mirrors – Bobby
Came & Krooked – Black & White (Kimyan Law Remix)
Kimyan Law – White Moth Anthem
Bop – Memories
Hiddenwave – Visualise
Smote – Just Come In
Hiddenwave – Nior
Workforce – Your Moves
Rainforest – Horde
Hiddenwave – Hold Me
Two Fingers – You Ain’t Down
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)
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