Category Archives: Liquid D&B

Ear & Drum Session: 217 – Strangers & Changes

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.

Strangers & Changes – 1hr of Liquid Drops

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

Ear & Drum Session: 216 – Outer Soul

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.

Outer Soul – 1hr of Soulful D&B

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

Ear & Drum Session: 213 – Cloud Nine

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.

Cloud Nine – 1.5hrs of Euphoric D&B

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)

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

Ear & Drum Session: 208 – Bright Nights

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.

Bright Nights – 1hr of Soulful D&B

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)

Ear & Drum Session: 207 – Soul Full

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.

Soul Full – 1.5hrs of Soulful D&B

Souls of Mischief – 93 Till Infinity Bootleg
Ink & J Dub – Feel Da Heat
BCee & Charlotte Haining – Remind Me (S.P.Y Remix)
Seba – So Beautiful
Silence Groove – Defined
LSB & DRS – Frozen (Calibre Remix)
GLXY & Rhi – Sweet Lows
Punctual & Nabhai – The Step (Pola & Bryson Remix)
LSB & DRS – Unbrellas (GLXY Remix)
Unknown Artist – Sweetest Taboo
Submorphics feat. Satl & Veda Black) – Let it Shine
Duo Science – Praise
Technimatic – Everlasting
Technimatic feat. Charlotte Haining – Still Miss You
Monrroe feat. Ruth Royall – Drowning
LSB & DRS – Rise & Fall (Tokyo Prose Remix)
Hugh Hardie feat. Zoe Kypri – Dream in Green
LSB & DRS – Stop the World (Lenzman Remix)
Koherent – Endless Haze
Nu:Tone – Sweeter
Linguistics feat. GLXY & Charlie Perry
Jay Dubz – Oasis of Life
Lady Blackbird – Collage (Calibre Remix)

Ear & Drum Session: 206 – Cruising Altitude

Some music is just made for traveling. I jammed this mix together a couple of hours before I jumped plane, knowing that I’d need some fresh tunes to get me through. It did the trick, as I sat looking out the window watching the clouds slide by it struck me that D&B really is the perfect travel music.

Shouts to the older headz contributing to this mix like Makoto, Nu:Tone, Sonic and Seba, 20+ years in the game and still pumping out quality tunes. And big ups to the new school coming through with their own take on the sound such as Anthony Kasper, Meanone, Satl and Koherent.

Cruising Altitude – 1hr of D&B to Move to.

Alix Perez feat Peven Everett & Spectrasoul – Forsaken (Calibre Remix)
Makoto & Pete Simpson – Spread Love
Sonic – Piano Anthem (S.P.Y Remix)
Seba – So Beautiful
Anthony Kasper – Depature (Technimatic Remix)
Seba & Emily Harkness – True
Unknown Artist – Sweetest Taboo
Andy Skopes & Madcap – Trouble feat. Singing Fats
Meanone – Twilight Spleen
Satl – Forward Thinking (Calibre Remix)
Koherent – Endless Haze
Nu:Tone – Sweeter
Nu:Tone – Girl on a Bike
Alix Perez feat. Liam Bailey – Loud & Proud
Mitekiss, Milo Merah & RSWT – City Angels
Lenzman – Caught Up (Terror Remix)
DRS feat. Mindscape – Never Made It
Colossus feat. Jess Ratcliffe & Echo Motion – Wake Up (When it Comes)
Need For Mirrors – Without You

EAR & DRUM SESSION: 204 – Flow Over Me

Liquid is on fire at the moment. I know that is an oxymoron, but it is the truth. Lenzman, HLZ, Calibre, Mitekiss and their contemporaries are killing it, all to the sound of DRS on vocals.

The combination of smooth deep bass lines, tight beats and great vocal hooks make the genre one of the best listening experiences around at the moment. Special shouts out to Silent Dust on the Erykah Badu On & On remix and Focus Recordings mysterious Unknown Artist for the Sade – Sweetest Taboo bootleg. Keep them coming.

Flow Over Me – 1hr of Liquid D&B

Erykah Badu – On & On (Silent Dust Remix)
Subis & Scott Allen – Chasing Dreams
Satl – Forward Thinking (Calibre Remix)
Secret Structures – December Sun
DRS feat. HMD & Redeyes – Cinnamon Roses
Unknown Artist – Sweetest Taboo
Mitekiss – Rain (Falling Down)
Airstrike & Silence Groove – Dav’s Hope
Leo Wood feat. Reflektor – Perfect Imperfection
HLZ – In Between
DRS feat. Dogger – Our Time
DRS feat. Milo Merah & RSWT – Never Made It 
Lenzman – Caught Up (Terror Remix)
Leo Wood feat. Dexcell – Break Free
Halogenix – Her Waves

Ear & Drum Session: 202 – Squelch

Another liquid mix in a rolling style with some absolute belters thrown in. Starting off with Need for Mirrors – Without U, others such as Terror & Espa – Loaded Gun (BCee Remix) and Severity & Whiney – Broken Hearted (Whiney Remix) will have you singing along.

Also keep and ear out for new tracks from Marky, Alix Perez & Workforce, Need for Mirrors and the killer Zero T re-rub of Goldie and José James’ – Truth.

Squelch – 1hr of Liquid Rollers

Need for Mirrors – Without U
DJ Marky – 1992 Track
Madcap – Hide
Nelver – Our Time
Physics – Looking Back
Terror & Espa – Loaded Gun (BCee Remix)
Rowpieces – Come On (Version 1)
Alix Perez & Workforce – Distant Figures
Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth (Zero T Remix)
Koherent – Bliss
BCee & Charlotte Haining feat. DRS – Love for the Fallen
DJ Marky – Hunny
Flaco & Glen E.Ston – What You Need
Severity & Whiney – Broken Hearted (Whiney Remix)
Need for Mirrors – Coco
Nu:Tone – Sweeter
Heron Flow – Compare Love

Ear & Drum Session: 200 – Too Hungered Pt.1 & Pt.2

10+ years on and 200 Ear & Drum Sessions later here we are.

It took me a long time to figure out what I was going to do for the 200th installment of the Ear & Drum Sessions. Finally I hit upon taking it back to the beginning of the Ear & Drum and look at the much maligned 2000-2010 era of D&B. Talk to most headz and they’ll tell you this decade was the low point in D&B history, but like all sweeping statements this isn’t necessarily true.

As someone who has loved D&B since the beginning and never taken a break in over 25 years, I have always found tunes that have that special something to make me smile. This stands true even for D&B from the turn of the century. Artists like DKay, Klute, Marcus Intalex and Calibre made their names during this era churning out hit after hit and keeping it mighty real.

What you’re about to hear are the first two parts of a four part series looking back at the tunes I was playing during the noughties. Parts one and two look at 2000-05, with Part 1 one being the more melodic side of D&B at the time and Part 2 being the heavy hitters of the time.

Thanks to all of you who have supported me down the years and let me inflict my music taste on you. I hope you like this anniversary celebration and stick around for the next 200 mixes. Enjoy!

Too Hungered Pt.1 – 1.5hrs of melodic D&B from 2000-05

PFM – Cruising Detroit
Blame – Overhead Projections
Nasty Habits – Liquid Fingers
The Roots – You Got Me (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
D.Kay – Balearic Dream
Nu:Tone – Millie’s Theme
M.I.S.T., DJ Marky & XRS – Sunshine (Touch Me)
Calibre – It’s…
M.I.S.T. 7 High Contrast – 3am
DJ Marky & XRS – Closer
Everything But the Girl – Mirrorball (DJ Jazzy Jeff Sole Full Remix)
Jonny L – 2 of Us (Photek Remix)
Marcus Intalex & ST Flies – How You Make Me Feel
M.I.S.T. – Lover
Tomahawk – Until Dawn
4 Hero – 9 by 9 (M.I.S.T. Full Vocal Mix)
Klute – Part of Me
Logistics – Together

Too Hungered Pt.2 – 1hr+ of hard hitting D&B from 2000-05

Capone – Tudor Rose
Ed Rush & Optical – Rock Tha House
Jonny L – Trouble
Elementz of Noize – Guided by Lights
Photek – Baltimore
Influx UK – My Name is Universe
Sunchase – Next Rhythm
Seba & Paradox – Last Goodbye
DJ Kalm – Violet
Klute – Phone Call (Matrix Remix)
Amit – Roots
Teebee – The Force
Seba – Piemo for B
Influx UK – The Siren
Kiko – Passport