Feels like forever since I’ve dropped a Down Low session and this one is way down in terms of chillness. Dedicated to the Wish FM mixes from the late 90s, I’ve tried to capture the deep floaty breakbeat vibes of Wish FM whilst keeping a good variety of genres to reflect then and now.
As always I’ve tried to get a decent slab of D&B producers in the mix flexing their lower BPM styles. This time around we have Bukem, Kid Loops & Cool Breeze, PFM, Peshay, Resound, Hype and Machine Drum all rolling deep and down. With a special shout out to Heights of Abraham’s – The Cleric, which is one of the few tracks I’ve been able to track down from the Wish FM sets. The bass on this one is special.
Invisible Beyond – Inner Reverence LTJ Bukem – Moodswings Marcel feat Henriett – Lovesick No.1 Kid Loops & Cool Breeze – Code of the Goddam Streets Heights of Abraham – The Cleric PFM – By the Chapel (She’s Waiting There for Me) Kid Loops – I Can See What They Ain’t Looking At Dizzee Rascal, Steel Bangiez & Alicia Harley – Energy & Powers Peshay – The Real Thing (90 BPM Version) Resound – Terminal DJ Hype – Dead A’s Machine Drum – Believe In U Meeting Minds – Strong Nature
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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
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