Category Archives: Liquid D&B

Ear & Drum: Session 249 – The Squeeze

I recently had an online chat about how Liquid has become a bit of a dirty word and the genre has split in three down the years into Soulful, Melodic and Stadium style. This mix sits squarely in the melodic sweet spot for me.

Tunes like A-Sides & MC Fats – Never Yesterday feel timeless too me, and in fact they release a variation on this sound just about every year and every year I play them because they are just great tunes. Bop, Dawn Wall and Alix Perez are regulars in my mixes and always bring the goods and it was a good time dropping 2022 remaster of Marcus Intalex feat. Calibre – Meltdown because once again this tune will never get old.

The Squeeze – 1hr of Melodic D&B

Rafa Etamski – Changes
Klinical – Dusk Talks
Impartial – Flow State
Matter – Hold Me Close
Fishy & Freeboard – Cause I Miss You
Bop – Space 2 Breath VIP
Dawn Wall – Fears
A-Sides & MC Fats – Never Yesterday
Dawn Wall – Judgement
nCamargo – On Route
Secret Structure & Shibumi – Holding On
Alpha Rhythm – What I Need
Low:r – Mother
Alec Perez – Wairua
Khyu – 8 Years Ago
EN:VY – Over You
Total Science – Gravy Girls (Calibre Remix)
Secret Structures – Hurt Me
Marcus Intalex feat. Calibre – Meltdown (2022 Remaster)

Ear & Drum: Sessions 245, 246 & 247 – New Year’s Special Selection

For a genre that is declared dead every couple of years, D&B is healthier than ever with a whole new generation discovering the 90s and the OGs still pushing limits of what music can do. To celebrate this, and the fact that 2023 is just around the corner, I’ve put together three mixes that sum up everything that I thought was great in D&B in 2022.

Mix one is dedicated to the Soulful side of things. DRS, LSB, Dogger & Mindstate, GLXY, Heron Flow, Calibre and many more made music this year that reached beyond the generic Liquid category and brought a soul and pathos to their music that is absolutely mesmerizing.

Soul Side ’22 – 1hr+ of Soulful D&B from 2022

DRS & Monroe – Kiss & Tell
LSB – Endless
Dogger & Mindstate feat. DRS – TMWFTE
Random Movement – How Many Ways
DuoScience – Edge
Issue Cross & Wilkinson – Used to This
Impartial – Flowstate
HEFT – Timeline
HEFT – Promise
LSB – Bell Tune
Muffler – Water Piano Ambient
GLXY – Dreamers
The Sauce – BST Vibes
A-Sides & MC Fats – Never Yesterday
Seba – Public Beauty
Intake – Closing
Dawn Wall – Judgement
Dawn Wall – Fears
DRS & Dogger feat. Mindstate – Wake You Up
Wilkinson & iiola – Close Your Eyes
Heron Flow – Serpentine
Dynamite MC feat. Bop x Subwave – Into
LSB – Renaissance Song
GLXY – New Day
DRS & Document One – Can’t Explain
Particle – Drivin’ Me Crazy
Alix Perez & Verbz – Stay the Same
Redeyes & Fox – Wait Ting
Bungle – Forms
Workforce – Forever
Lensman & Echo Brown – Nokia Days
Fox feat. Swing Ting – Day One (Lenzman Remix)
Alix Perez – Wairua
DRS & LSB – Sweet Love
High Contrast – Return of Forever (Came & Krooked & Mefjus Remix)
Dogger & Mindstate feat. Liam Bailey – Broken Home (Calibre Remix)

Mix two is all about the deep, the dark and the heavy. Blocks & Escher, T>I, Buunshin, Dub Phizix, Conrad Subs, NC-17, Acid_Lab and many more tore the absolute roof off this year with BIG tunes and even bigger basslines. Labels like Metalheadz and Critical Music continued to blazer a trail, but even better was all the smaller imprints that popped up and smacked it this year.

Dark Side ’22 – 1hr+ of Deep, Dark & Heavy D&B from 2022

Soul Intent – Infrared Shadow
Seba & Digital – Love Story
Seba & Oilskin – The Future
Latyn – Dust & Ages (Silence Groove Remix)
Mako – The Both of Us
Buunshin & Idle Days – I’m Okay
Voyager – Aurora (Remix)
Fishy & Freeboard – Cause I Miss You
NC-17 & Dunk – New Jack Hustler
Dub Phizix – Demon Seed
Calibre – Verstat
Slay feat. Chimpo & SL8R – Dis One
Heron Flow – Raging Sea
Foreign Concept – China Plate
Technimatic & Komatic – Make Me Feel
Heron Flow – Serpentine
Echo 1 – Shifting Sounds
Acid_Lab – Imagine the Future (Art Cubic Remix)
Beeson & Dynamite MC – ‘Til 4am
Advisory – End Credits
Grey Code – Illiad
Dub Phizix – Item
aBLe – Still There
Script – Set up the Set (DLR’s Clash VIP)
Conrad Subs – Temple
T>I – Outboard
Dub Phizix – Come On
NC-17 – State of Grace
Audioholic – Bottlerockets
Blocks & Escher – This One
FX909 – Now (Half Step Mix)
Emz & Sam Bingo – Don’t Stress
NC-17 – Ghost Song

Last, but no where near least is the 160bpm genre that took over in 2022. Slowing things down and bringing back that original rave sound was THE best musical surprise for me in ’22. Artists like J Majik, Chimpo and ASC have always been there, but it was Fracture who really brought the 160bpm sound alive with his incredible 0860 Mix Tape release. Capturing the 90s pirate radio vibe, this release proved you can look back and still keep a modern production ethic. And I only hope that this is the beginning of more music like this!

Vibez Side ’22 – 1hr+ of 160bpm Vibes from 2022

Grey Code – Primrose
Coco Bryce – Dial M for Mayor
Fracture – Telepathy
The Vanguard Project & Jemima Read – Stitches (Coco Bryce Remix)
J Majik – Hold You (Lemon D Remix)
Fracture feat. Eastman – 0860
Kid Chameleon – Open Soul
Chimpo – Rig Doctor
Cryogenics – Haunted
IMANU & The Caracal Project feat. Josh Pan – La Fournaise
Adred – Before Your Eyes
Fracture – From the Very Top
Conman, Evasion & Mod:co – Lifestyle
Kid Chameleon – Syrup
Moakz – Distant Waves
Antony G – Lockdown
ASC – Black Rain
Mineral – Old School 2022
Fracture – First Aid Kit
D’Cruze – Sublime State

No matter if you are staying home, hitting the parties or somewhere in between there should be a sound here for everyone. Thanks for all the support in 2022 and big ups to Blick and Will for joining the Ear & Drum and bringing even more great music to the people. Happy New Year everyone and may 2023 be bigger and better for y’all.

ALWAYZ WILL: 11th WAY MIX

1st mix on Ear & Drum! Respect to Wozo for reaching out from the land of tall trees. Hope you enjoy this latest edition to my sonic wayfaring. I used to mix only dnb, but slowly and surely other styles have entered the fray.

Runtime just over 1 hour,
Peace and Joy. AW x

Alwayz Will: 11th Way

Liminka – Where Are You Now?
Kahil El’zabar – In The Spirit
Grouper – Holding
Calibre – Manchester Nights
Youngsta, Nomine – 528 
Fikir Amlak, King Alpha – Temperance
Escapism Refuge – Missing 
Mark E – Fighter
PFM – Danny’s Song
Youngsta, Nomine – Foundations
SAULT – Masterpiece
LSB – Lose Yourself
Alix Perez – Desanka
Breakage – Clarandon
Chase & Status – Over & Done
Calibre – If you wait Remix
Kelela – On the Run
Damiano von Erckert – XTC Spirits Evolving to Higher Spheres
Hanna Tuulikki & Tommy Perman – Serotine
Recondite – Taum
Interplanetary Criminal – In My Arms
Floating Points – Problems
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes – Sinners

Ear & Drum: Session 242 – Travels

With summer coming in for the southern hemisphere the soulful side of D&B is again on the rise. Artists like Heron Flow, Dawn Wall and Lensman are shelling it to bits, while GLXY‘s new EP ‘By Design’ on Shogun Audio and Dogger & Mindstate‘s killer 12″ on 1985 show the true depth of the soulful sound.

Shout out to Soul Intent for the free tasteful relick of Bjork’s – Future Forever and Eschaton for passing on his new LP Aboslution from which I’ve slipped in Autumn Mist here. Much appreciated.

Travels – 1hr+ of Soulful D&B

Aleyum – Blue Hour (HumanNature Remix)
Subrix – Thoughts
Dogger & Mindstate & DRS – TMWFTE
Heron Flow – Do 2 U
Seathasky – Circles
Easy – After Dark
Blacklab – You Know
GLXY – Dreamers
Natural Forces – Divine
The Sauce – BST Vibes
Dawn Wall – Fears
Cause for Concern – Angels in the Sky
GLXY – New Day
LSB – Renaissance Song
Lensman & Redeyes – Wet Like Water
Eschaton – Autumn Mist
Bjork – Future Forever (Soul Intent Relick)
Kintsuku – Absent
Fishy – Solar Transit
London Elekticity – Something Rare
Deis feat Nu:Tune & Duskee – Can We Talk (Imo-Lu Remix)
Dogger & Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Broken Home (Calibre Remix)
Total Science – Gravy Girls (Calibre Remix)
Stay feat. Lensman & A Little Sound – Taste of Gold

Mixed by Blick – All PFM Mix – Life After Good Looking

My first mix on the “Ear And Drum” and it’s from one of my favourite artists PFM, Iike to thank Woz for inviting me onto his site and for hosting my mixes. There are quiet a few artist from what people call ” The Golden Era Of Drum And Bass” who have left the scene Like Wax Doctor, Shogun/Artemis, Source Direct and Photek but thankfully PFM is still going and producing the same quality of music as he did back in the day. As the title suggests this is life after good looking.

All PFM Mix – Life After Goodlooking

01 – 00.00 – PFM – The Eleventh Hour
02 – 08.30 – PFM – Aspirations
03 – 16.14 – PFM – Runaway
04 – 23.34 – PFM – Language Of Love
05 – 29.40 – PFM – The Rough With The Smooth
06 – 36.08 – PFM & Tayla – Submarine Tune
07 – 42.45 – PFM – Cruising Detroit
08 – 51.22 – PFM – Without You
09 – 56.30 – PFM – Equilibrium
10 – 102.00 – Justice, Metro – Touch Feel (PFM Remix)
11 – 106.00 – PFM – Broken Tears
12 – 109.50 – PFM & Formula One – If You Were Mine
13 – 114.50 – PFM – For Caron (Are You Ready)
14 – 119.55 – PFM – Driftin On By
15 – 124.56 – PFM – Jones
16 – 131.10 – PFM – This Must Be Love
17 – 137.50 – PFM, Phat Playaz – Time Of Our Live
18 – 144.15 – PFM – By The Chapel (Shes Waiting There For Me)
19 – 149.18 – PFM – Check It Out

Ear & Drum: Session 239 – Shook

Heading back into Liquid territories again this time with a selection of new choons for 2022. Kicking off with Heron Flow from his very tasty Do 2 U EP on 31 Records, a release where every track hits just right. We’ve also got new material from Dawn Wall in the form of Fears and Judgement along with Calibre & Chelou’s track E SI O and Calibre’s insanely good remix of Dogger & Mindstate’s classic – Broken Home.

PFM and Big Bud represent the OGs with Broken Tears and Miracle (Armaning Remix) respectively. While Dub Phizix’ Suia and Flying High and BCee’s God Fixation and Think U Know fly the flag for their ownSpearhead Recordings and Senka imprints. There’s a lot to love here so slip on the headphones or turn it up and enjoy.

Shook – 1hr of Liqud D&B

Heron Flow – She Get It
HEFT – Timeline
Submorphics – Orchestra 313
Dub Phizix – Suia
Dawn Wall – Fears
BCee – God Fixation
Furney – I Vouz Ne Manquez
Wardown – Instant Money
Dawn Wall – Judgement
A-Sides – Lonely Skies
Sub Focus – Off the Ground
Bop & Subway – Don’t Wake Up (Pola & Bryson Remix)
Calibre & Chelou – E SI O
Dub Phizix – Flying High
Particle – Fall 2 Fast
Big Bud – Miracle (Arming Remix)
Submorphics – Lucinda
PFM – Broken Tears
Dogger & Mindstate feat. Liam Bailey – Broken Home (Calibre Remix)
BCee & Pat Fulgoni – Think U Know
11 East – Emotive Rinser
Shapeshifter – Lightspeed

Ear & Drum: Session 237 – Long Way Round

With summer well and truly keeping our northern hemisphere brothers and sisters hot and sweaty, I thought now is the perfect time to drop a mix of soulful summer sounds to help keep things chill.

LSB leads the charge with a swag of soulful tunes from his exceptional self titled LSB album on his Footnotes imprint. Alix Perez’s Wairua EP also features more of the tuneful but tuff signature 1985 sound. And Redeyes sees a solid return to form with his To the Falls EP, featuring some tasty collabs with Tokyo Prose and Fox.

Long Way Round – 1hr of Soulful Summer D&B

LSB – Endless
Mystic State – Dreamscapes
Motiv – Jupiter
MNML & Brainwork – Miracle
Mystic – Pieces of My Life
LSB – Find A Way
LSB – Bell Tune
Dogs – Unwritten
Freeboard & Toes – Water of Life
Fish & Peron – Ascending Reality
DRS feat. Need for Mirrors – Running Back
High Contrast – Exposé (AI Remix)
Bee – The Garden
Redeyes & Fox – Wait Ting
Alix Perez & Verbz – Stayed the Same
Mirrorman – Waiting For You
Audioholic – Bottlerockets
Alix Perez – Wairua
PFM – Broken Tears
Redeyes & Tokyo Prose – Yukon

Ear & Drum: Session 234 – Still Waters

Still waters run deep as this Liquid rinse out proves. Kicking off with an older tune from 2020 by Fishy & Peron, although if you close your eyes you’d swear it was Marcus Intalex. It is almost as if it was written to mix with S.P.Y’s – Need You from the amazing Together With Ukraine compilation. If you haven’t picked this up, you won’t find a better value release or a better cause to spend your pennies on.

Following Need You is Lenzman & Echo Brown’s – Nokia Days and Workforce’s incredible track Forever. Two more tunes proving that Liquid can have beauty and brawn in a single track. Other stand outs are Champagne feat. Miss Fudge – The Other Side, 11 East – Emotive Rinser and Bop’s VIP rework of Space 2 Breath. Although if I’m honest every tune in here is a winner to my ears.

I’m dedicating this mix to Phil Fortune Cookie for putting me onto Ascending Reality, the best intro tune I’ve come across in ages. Check out Phil’s own mix series Deep and Dreamy over on his Mix Cloud.

Still Waters – 1hr of Deep Rolling Liquid D&B

Fishy & Peron – Ascending Reality
S.P.Y – Need You
Lenzman – Nokia Days
Workforce – Forever
Particle – Fall 2 Fast
HumanNature – Stories
Champagne feat. Miss Fudge – The Other Side
Redeyes – Moon River
flowanastasia & Nympho – River Flows
11 East – Emotive Rinser
Duoscience – Edge
Issue Cross & Wilkinson – Used to This
HEFT – Timeline
Bop – Space 2 Breath VIP
Wilkinson & Ilola – Close Your Eyes
Jrumhand – Inside



Ear & Drum: Session 231 – Taking Flight

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.

Taking Flight – 1hr of Liquid Beats

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)

Ear & Drum: Session 225 – Memorandum

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’.

Memorandum – 1hr of Liquid D&B

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