2022 has picked up where 2021 left off in terms of solid Liquid D&B tunes coming out left, right and center. With regulars such as Furney, Tokyo Prose and Alix Perez joined by a new school of melodic producers such as Khramer, Styke and Echomatics in bringing the goods.
There is a little bit of something for everyone in this mix with Dynamite MC feat. Bop x Subwave’s – Into and Fox’s – Paper Weights providing some vocal depth. Furney’s – El Aqua and Styke’s – Apollo lets the music do the talking, while Dan Guidance’s – Freedom of Expression and HEFT’s – Promise bringing some deft drum work and bass heft.
Khramer – Far Away Furney – El Aqua Random Movement – How Many Ways Styke – Apollo HEFT – Promise Echomatics – By Your Side Etherwood – Spaces Tokyo Prose – Still Life Flaco – Star Search Dynamite MC feat. Bop x Subwave – Into Duoscience – Facing… Dan Guidance – Freedom of Expression Fishy – Solar Transit Chimpo & Salo – I Don’t Care Fox feat. Swing Ting – Day Ones (Lenzman Remix) Far – If You Want Pola & Bryson – Inder (Feat. Lauren Archer) HumanNature – Stories Alix Perez – Desanka Brainwork – Adrift Fox – Paper Weights (Feat. DRS & Calibre)
This is the first mix of the new year to feature actual 2022 tracks in it. It’s a pumping little Liquid number featuring some of the genre’s best including KSR, DRS & Need for Mirrors, Seba, Mystific and S.P.Y. Extra big push for Furney and his new LP ‘Under Below’ which is an absolute belter and for the return of NZ favourite live D&B sons (and daughters) Shapeshifter and their new album ‘Rituals’.
HLZ – Orbit MNML & Brainwork – Miracle Shapeshifter – Lightspeed Mystific – Pieces of My Life Collette Warren, DJ Marky & Tyler Daley – One Exception (Pola & Bryson Remix) KSR – Life, Money Degs – Unwritten Seba – Public Beauty Furney – Lunar Tunes Furney & Lady Emz – Travel in a Day DRS feat. Need for Mirrors – Running Back Bungle – Forms FLM – One Time (Euphorics Remix) Hiraeth – A Time When HLZ – How I Feel S.P.Y – Dream Fragments Flowrain, Pulsaar & Devon – Blue (Decon Remix) Furney – Bengo Mystific – Space Cadet Subrix – Direction Particle – Fall 2 Fast
2021 was the year of the vocal as far as Liquid and Soulful D&B was concerned. MCs like DRS, Fox and Cleveland Watkiss took full control, while the ever popular female vocalists like Emily Harkness, Lauren Archer and Jenna G kept the vibe sweet and soulful.
That being said some older heads like John B & Digital, Pola & Bryson and Calibre proved that you don’t need a vocal to nail that smooth, rolling vibe that only Liquid D&B can provide. All up 2021 was the year that the blues tinged soulful sound proved to be just as solid as some the harder genres out there.
Mitekiss, Milo Merah & RWST – City Angels DRS feat. Mindstate – Never Made It John B & Digital – Time Goes By Invadhertz, Felix Raymon & Jamal Dilmen Alix Perez & Liam Bailey – Moving On (Break Remix) KSR – Life, Money Alix Perez feat. Even Everett & Spectrasoul – Forsaken (Calibre Remix) Command Strange & MC Fava – Never Let Go GLXY – Sweet Lows (feat. Rhi) Seba – Sweet Magnolia (feat Jenna G) London Elektricity – The Plan That Cannot Fail (10YR Rework) Chimpo – Keep U Round (feat. Salo) Seba & Emily Harkness – True LSB & DRS – Umbrellas (GLXY Remix) Mitekiss – Rain (Falling Down) Inja – Smile More Unknown Artist – Sweetest Taboo Satl – Beautiful Struggle (feat. DRS) Duoscience – Praise Lally & Aailyah Esprit – Hustling’ LSB & DRS – Stop the World (Lenzman Remix) DRS & Need for Mirrors – Running Back Macca, Loz Contreras & Critical Event – Snow LSB & DRS – Rise & Fall (Tokyo Prose Remix) Technimatic & Riya – When the Dawn Breaks Pola & Bryson & Solch – Neverend Pola & Bryson – Under (feat. Lauren Archer) Fox – Paper Weights (feat DRS & Calibre) Mineral – Silent Promises Lady Blackbird – Collage (Calibre Remix) Operator Unknown & Leo Wood – Who Inja – Pressure (feat. Cleveland Watkiss)
Latin for ‘Where do you march?’ Quo Vadis is a journey into some of the standout Liquid tunes that have come out towards the end of 2021. Featuring some of the genre’s best production talent including Redeyes, Monty, KSR, Atlantic Connection, Jubei, Dogger & Mindstate, Alix Perez & Liam Bailey, BCee & Darrison, plus a whole swag more. This mix will definitely take you places.
Redeyes, Monty and KSR – Almond Carlito – About You Atlantic Connection – In You Eyes Jubei, Dogger & Mindstate – Time Travel feat. Chunky Alix Perez & Liam Bailey – Moving On (Break Remix) Hyroglifics – Waiting Inja – Reaching Out feat. Charlotte Haining Alcemist – Us (Pola & Bryson Remix) Midnight Sounds – Bring it Back (Klute Remix) Sarah Rebdauh – Staticky (Klute Remix) Sustance – Rumours Sub:liminal, Minos & Cardia – Future Lines Rafau Etamski – Tears of the Sun BCee & Darrison – So Right (LSB Remix) Foreign BEggers & Laville – Reveal (Alix Perez Remix) Atlantic Connection – A New Dawn QZB & Gardna – Landline EN:VY – Forget the World High Contrast – Return of Forever (Klute Remix)
More liquid beats this time featuring a good slab of D&B’s friendliest MC Inja’s new LP ‘Smile & Wave’. This album came out of the blue for me, and had so many great tracks on it I’m still rinsing them months after release.
Another big surprise was Metalheadz alumni Scar coming out with some beautifully melodic pieces on his Why EP. Known far more for tough futuristic beats and cavernous b-lines, Scar’s Falling Down and All I See are liquid, but with a rawness that is impossible not to like.
Much love to Seba too for his outstanding Fokuz All Stars Pt.3 release featuring Second Path and the divine Mystic Magnolia, Pola & Bryson for their killer tracks Neverend and Under and Disrupta for his tasty new Changes EP.
Disrupta & DRS – Changes Disrupta – Play it Cool Scar & Ella Sopp – Falling Down Gest – Shame Scar – All I See Seba & JR Vailo – Second Path Command Strange & MC Fava – Never Let Go Inja & Charlotte Haining – Reach Out Seba & Jenna G – Sweet Magnolia Duoscience – Facing… Inja – Smile More Sub:liminal, Minos & Cardia – Future Lines Inja – Stranger Walk:r & Riya – Paragon Technimatic & Riya – When the Dawn Breaks L.A.O.S. – Begin Again (DJ Edit) Pola & Bryson & Solch – Neverend Random Movement – I stayed Around (Lenzman Reinterpretation) Pola & Bryson & Lauren Archer – Under HumaNature – Stories Inja & Cleveland Watkiss) – Pressure
Reaching back to August for this soulful mix of D&B. This style is really kicking off and the quality of the beats and vocals is only getting better and better.
Artists like Inja with their Smile & Wave LP are forging a style of D&B that not only sounds amazing, but tackles deeper issues than just getting busted up on the weekend and coming down. Tracks like Inja’s Pressure are still sing-a-long good times, but the subject matter of solo parenting are deep and really get you thinking.
Shouts out the one like Seba feat Jenna G too for their stunning tune Sweet Magnolia, which is definitely in my top 5 tracks for 2021, as is Lally & Aaliyah Esprit – Hustlin’. This is just beautiful music than makes my soul soar. Even those these tunes aren’t the absolute latest drops, there is plenty in here to get you singing, smiling and thinking all at the same time.
Satl – Never Far Styke – Apollo BCee – A Little Too Much Science of Man – Never Without Seba feat Jenna G – Sweet Magnolia Sustance feat. Ruby Letitia – Rumours Satl feat. DRS – Beautiful Struggle Lally & Aaliyah Esprit – Hustlin’ Inja – Stranger Unglued feat. Singing Fats – Sardinian Sunrise Macca, Liz Contreras & Critical Event – Snow Acid_Lab – Rainy Fridays DJ SS & Azpect – Feeling Blessed (Soul Savage & Rosa G Mix) Solsan & Bazil MC – Follow Conspiracy – Metamorphosis Satl – Give Up Fox feat. DRS & Calibre – Paper Weights Inja feat Cleveland Watkiss – Pressure Satl & Tokyo Prose – Hazards
Liquid D&B continues its amazing run of quality and quantity in 2021 with scene stalwarts like BCee, Lenzman and Pola & Bryson rolling out euphoric tunes like it easy. Spoiler, it isn’t.
We’ve also got some OG producers in the mix such as the recently retired London Elektricity with his 10 year rework of the classic piano monster The Plan that Cannot Fail. Plus John B and Digital with their ode to Mr B’s anthem Up All Night called Time Goes By. It is different, but the DNA can definitely be heard with the rave stabs and those airy pads.
Big shout to Dan Guidance and Henry too for lending me the name for the mix with their tune Cloud Nine. Sit back, shut your eyes and let the music take you away.
Imo-Lu – Circle John B & Digital – Time Goes By BCee & Charlotte Haining – Remind Me (S.P.Y Remix) BCee & Charlotte Haining – History (Technimatic Remix) Ritual & Alpha Rhythm – Mote of Dust Volition – Save You Seba & JR Vallo – Second Path Furney – Boulevard Chimpo feat. Salo – Keep U Round London Elekricity – The Plan That Cannot Fail (10Y Rework) Anthony Kasper – Departure (Technimatic Remix) Eschaton – Sadhanna (Pagent Remix) Dan Guidance & Henry – Cloud 9 Duoscience – Praise Random Movement – I Stayed Around (Lenzman Reinterpretation) Technimatic & Riya – When the Dawn Breaks Macca & Liz Contreras – Always Yours (S.P.Y Remix) Pola & Bryson & Solch – Neverend Pola & Bryson – feat. Lauren Archer) – Under Elixr – Wanted You To Know Crash Comet – Feeling Monika & Akuratyde feat. Oktae – We Breath BCee – Captured in Time (DPR Remix)
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
Hitting up the soulful side of Liquid D&B again in this hour long excursion through some of the best melodic beats available right now.
GLXY has been creeping into my crate regularly of late. This duo has been rolling out beautiful tune after tune, and if you haven’t checked out their Research & Development LP I strongly suggest you get on it. Ritual is another who’s work on the Reach Out EP took me totally by surprise. With more hits than misses, this EP has no business being as amazingly strong as it is. And a big shout to Calibre (again) for his ridiculously lush remix of Lady Blackbird’s soul classic Collage. This one is in the running for tune of the year for me.
GLXY & [KSR] – Breathless Submorphics feat. Big Brooklyn Red – Daydreaming Vilem – One Track Mind The Upbeats & Shapeshifter – Aotea FX909 – Fly Away Redeyes feat. [KSR] – A Thousand Times GLXY – New Soul Ritual – Reach Out Ritual – Close Your Eyes Lenzman & Danny Sanchez – Gimmie a Sec GLXY feat. Rhi – Sweet Low Ritual – Currents Submorphics feat. Satl & Veda Black) – Let it Shine Ink & BTK – Triumph Erykah Badu – On & On (Silent Dust Remix) Pola & Bryson feat. Lauren Archer – Under Flo.Von & Tim Klein – No Better Sultan & Shepard feat. The Cut – White Lies (Keeno Remix) Lady Blackbird – Collage (Calibre Remix) BCee – Capture in Time (DPR Remix)
D&B has often been described as fast soul music and in this mix I’ll be leaning into that vibe. Kicking off with a cheeky bootleg of Soul’s of Mischief classic 93 Till Infinity and a remaster of Ink & J dub’s massive Feel Da Heat, the mix then settles into a soulful mix of new more laid back Liquid sounds.
You might notice I draw heavily from LSB & DRS’ new LP of remixed work from The Blue Hour – well worth checking out if you like their sound. And big shouts to Calibre for reworking Lady Blackbird ‘s brilliant and super soulful Collage. If you don’t know the 70s original I strongly suggest you seek it out.