Category Archives: Chill Out

The Down Low: Session 051

Another lower tempo chillout mix for those who prefer things a little less hectic. Kicking things off with a tune I’ve listened to for over 20 years, 030’s – Midnight in Europe optimises all that is great about early 90s after hours style tunes.

There are some classics like Chicane’s – Offshore, Orbital’s – Attached and Sunscreen’s – Love U More in the form of the relaxed Slam Mix mixed in with some modern day melters such as Calibre’s – Sand Promise, Synkro’s amazing Empty Walls and Time, plus Joy Orbison’s – Born Slipping. And all wrapped up with one trances best tunes of all time Vapourspace’s early rave classic Gravitational Arch of 10.

Sending this out to Fortune Cookie and anyone else who like couch tunes with a bit of break beat mixed in.

The Down Low: Session 051- 1.5hrs of 140bpm Chillout

030 – Midnight in Europe
Trevino – Sorrow
Grain – Ocean
Calibre – Sand Promise
Synkro – Empty Walls
Chicane – Offshore
Mark Ryder – Satellite
Bonobo – Cirrus
Joy Orbison – Born Slipping
Clearlight & Owl – White Mountain
Sunscreen – Love U More (Slam Mix)
The Sunkings – Galapagos
Brian Harden – Wizdom
Synkro – Time
Orbital – Attached
Synthetix – The Tao of Dub
Mulios – Argentine Dawn
God Within – Raincry (Spiritual Thirst)
Irresistible Force – Lotus Position
Vapourspace – Gravitational Arch of 10

The Down Low: Session 050

I’d been scratching my head about what to do to make the 50th Down Low Session special, and also have had a real hankering recently to listen to all the old chill out stuff that originally pulled me into electronic music. One massive CD buying spree later and here we are with a mix of some of the most laid back tunes of an era.

Covering everything from Trance, Techno, House, Acid Jazz and Dub there are some absolutely incredible music in this mix including from such luminaries as Moby, Orbital, Massive Attack, D’Cruise and of course LTJ Bukem. Happy 50th!

The Down Low: Session 050 – 1.5hrs of Chill Out and Ambient

Alien Mutation & Cyberix – I Had a Hallucination
Aphratec – Quebec
W – Redheadedstepchild (Symbiosis Remix)
Initial Research – System Procedure
Massive Attack – Three
Unlimited Dream Co. – Feel Like I’m Falling
D’Cruise – Sega Rally (Trip Hop Mix)
Juan Hansen – Hiding Sun
LTJ Bukem – Moodswings
Moby – Move (Volume Remix)
The Sunkings – Galapagos
Electronic Brain – The Future
X-Pulsion – Ninety Two
The Fluid – The Man With Three Heads
Orbital – Attached (Tease)
Black Noise – Black Noise
Synthetix – The Tao of Dub
LunaSol – Butterfly
LTJ Bukem – Cosmic Interlude
Mulios – Argentine Dream
Erkka – Talk to the Hand
Deep Space Network – Eleven Bars

Ear & Drum Session: 211 – Often Mist

Back again on the soulful D&B tip once again. It’s starting to look like this is becoming a movement within a movement, with liquid splitting out into dance floor movers and the more chilled, soulful sound.

A lot of the artists pushing this sound seem to be relatively new and coming through on labels such as Celsius, Fokuz and Spearhead. That being said, there are always some reliable regulars like FX909, GLXY and Pola & Bryson who also regularly touch on the soulful side.

An excited and extra big shout goes out to Voyager who has returned to his D&B roots and blessed us with some recent out put that is just as solid as his original releases from back in the day.

Often Mist – 1hr of Soulful D&B

Neuron – Sound of Water
Setting Sun – Walk:r
John B & Digital – Time Goes by
FX909 – Fly Away
Inadhertz, Felix Raymon & Jamal Dilmen – Too Much
Alpha Rhythm – Subarctic Signal VIP
GLXY – Sweet Lows (feat. Rhi)
Chimpo – Keep U Round (feat. Salo)
Voltage & Bulgarian Goddess – Endless Dreaming (Voltage VIP)
Submorphics – Let it Shine (feat. Satl & Veda Black)
Walk:r feat. Riya – Paragon
Lally & Aaliyah Esprit – Hustlin’
Macca, Liz Contreras & Critical Event – Snow
Citra – Snow
Akuratyde – Evergreen
Pola & Bryson – Under (feat. Lauren Archer)
Fox & Satl – Sunshine Blues (feat. KSR)
Voyager – Kokoro

The Down Low: Session 047

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.

The Down Low: Session 47 – 1hr of House, Techno, Breaks & Trance Classics

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)

Ear & Drum Session: 190 – Laid Back

Chilled out Drum & Bass has hit another level in 2020 with artists like BCee, LSB, Redeyes and Etherwood blazing the trail. And vocal talents such as KSR, Charlotte Haining and Leo Wood backing them up in fine fashion. Even though these beats are laid back, they still manage to put a spring in your step and work the floor.

Laid Back – 1hr of Laid Back Beats

Redeyes feat. KSR – A Thousand Times
Askel & Elere – Shy
Hyroglifics – Best Of
Muffler – Snowflake VIP
Muffler – Black
Motiv – Overthinking
Mistrust feat. Leo Wood – Trickster
Scape – Spirit World (Soul Intents Spirit of Speed Remix)
Conrad Subs – Go It Alone
Reburf – Falling Apart
Mistrust – Only Ever You
The Upbeats & Shapeshifter – Uncharted (Workforce Remix)
T:Base – When I Fear (CSRV & TS Remix)
Charlotte Haining – Daydreamer (LSB Remix)
Emba, BCee & Philippa Hanna – Galaxy
BCee & Charlotte Haining – The Hills
BCee, Charlotte Haining & Etherwood – Little Bit Higher
Villem & Leo Wood – We Had a Song
Motiv – Reasons
Villem & Leo Wood – We Had a Song (Tease)

Ear & Drum Session: 186 – The Vibe

Harking back to the days of proper Atmospheric D&B this mix is a combination of stone cold, but lesser known, classics and modern day takes on the sound from the likes of Acid_Lab and Scape.

Featuring a lot of the early D&B best Atmospheric production talent such as DJ Pulse, Tango, DJ Harmony and Source Direct, I’ve tried to dig out remixes and different cuts of their classic tunes.

A BIG shout out to Andy Odysee and his imprint Odysee Recordings for keeping this sound alive in 2020 and for all the excellent mixes Andy himself has put together of this kind of stuff. It’s great that it is still being put out there for future generations to discover. Respect.

The Vibe – 1.5hrs of Atmospheric D&B

Tango – Revelations (Essence of Aura Remix)
Nasty Habits – Chillin Out (Deleted Mix)
Jazz Juice – Detroit (DJ Lee ’97 Remix)
DJ Pulse – New York
Sub Sequence – Drummin’ Space
DJ Harmony – Let Me In (Adam F Remix)
Harmony – What A House
Harmony & Xtreme – Watch This (Remix)
Dub Technicians – Icognito (Rollers Mix)
Scape – Spirit World (Soul Intents Spirit of Speed Remix)
Acid_Lab – Guess Who’s Back
Source Direct – Different Groove
The Dominion – Blue (Chapter 2 Remix)
Universal Love – Together (Ryder’s Dream 132 Mix)
Acetate – Ray of Sun
Forme – New Element
Austin – High Speed (Deep Down Mix)
The Dominion – Fusion (Rhyder’s Dream 103 Remix)
Photek – The Rain (Photek Remix)

Ear & Drum Session: 179 – Call the Ambience 15: ICU

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Number 15 in an ongoing series of Ambient D&B journeys. Featuring masters of the chill like Bop, Flowrain and Rainforest. Plus a few unexpected takes from artists better known for their heavier styles such as Sunchase, Elementz of Noize and Adred.

Ear & Drum Session: 179 – Call the Ambience 15: ICU

Bop – Waterfall
Dharma Kaya – Flux
Zero T & Beta 2 – Misdemeanour
Sunchase – Karabi
Elementz of Noize – In the Wake of an Avalanche
Flowrain & Simstah – Manaslu (Interlude)
Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 2
Klute – Highly Addictive
Adred – Before Your Eyes
Bop – Memories
Sofie Birch – Time Swim
Rainforest – Firefly Sanctuary
Hiddenwave – Visualise
Korsun – Dove
Lowbreaker – Free Your Mind
Elementz of Noize – Permafrost
Nasty Habits – Liquid Fingers (Goldie Remix)

The Down Low: Session 045

We’re turning down the BPMs and kicking back with another Down Low Session. This blend is a mixture of old favourites I’ve already given an airing to in previous Down Lows and new tunes I’ve recently picked up.

Highlights on the favourite’s side are Tipper’s amazing chilled-out tune Virga, the Kirsty MacColl classic Walking Down Madison and Andrew Cash’s ecstatic The Sound of Eternity. And on the newer side we have Frank Chianese super smooth One Drop in the Ocean and Kid Loops & Cool Breeze – Code of the Goddam Streets. This actually an older track but it is new to me.

The Down Low: Session 45 – 1hr of chilled out breaks and beats

Slacker – A Million Dreams
Talaboman – Safe Changes
Tipper – Virga
Slam – Irritant
Delectatio – Moving Around
Frank Chianese – One Drop in the Ocean
Aquarius – Clue to a Mystery
Afterlife – A Little Bit of Love
Kevin Di Serna & Graziano Raffa – System Era
Kirsty MacColl – Walking Down Madison
Kid Loops & Cool Breeze – Code of the Goddam Streets
Andre Donaldz – Soft Landing
Andrew Cash – The Sound of Eternity
Rowpieces – Just 4 Love feat. Kryptomedic
Eissi – Lonely
Denote – Impressive
Lyth – Nirvana

Ear & Drum Session: 172 – Flight Nine Six Two

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.

Flight Nine Six Two – 1hr of Chilled out D&B from 1996

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

The Down Low: Session 044

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.

Down Low Session: 044 – 1hr of Down Tempo

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)