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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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
It might be cold up north, but here in the southern hemisphere we’re in the middle of Summer and so I’ve thrown together a mix of tunes perfect for warm nights and even hotter days.
From Tokyo Prose, Alix Perez and BCee through to Calibre, Redeyes and Duoscience this is a good representation of who’s hot in the Liquid D&B scene right now. Special shout to Netsky for his take on the classic Everybody Love the Sunshine.
Machinedrum feat. Jesse Boykins III – Wait 4 U Hiraeth – Greatest Day DRS & Kid Drama – So High Rowpieces & Monaco GZA feat. La Yee – Don’t You Never Go Away (Has Tempo Recall) Shodan – Just You & Me Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth (Zero T Remix) Tokyo Prose – Jacknife Alix Perez & Workforce – Distant Figures Atlantic Connection – Refix (Instrumental) Tokyo Prose – Gossamer Acid_Lab – Distant Lights BCee & Charlotte Haining feat. DRS – Love for the Fallen Redicall – Transform Monumental Banks – Loop Thinking Mystific – The Sun (Mystical Sound Remix) Duoscience – Bethesda Alix Perez – Wondering at Loss Calibre – Falls to You VIP Redeyes – Delicate (Club Mix) Redeyes – Slow Pace (Club Mix) Atlantic Connection – Threshold Physics – Crucify Oat – What We Could Be Duoscience – Emmaus Alix Perez feat. Liam Bailey – Lost & Proud Netsky, Daddy Waku & Chantal Kashala – Everybody Love the Sunshine
This is the first of three mixes I’m dropping for a little holiday therapy. Whether you’re having a whale of a time with family and friends or spending the holidays isolating solo, the one thing that will always get you through is good music. So hopefully these mixes will go some ways to helping you have a good break and get you through to 2021.
To kick us of we have a Liquid mix that sums up what strong year it has been for melodic and vocal driven D&B. Artists such as Alix Perez, Tokyo Prose, The Vanguard Project have had a massive year pushing the smooth soulful sound of D&B to ever greater heights. Even older artists such as High Contrast and Netsky who left the liquid sound behind for other sounds are coming back in with tunes reflecting their original sounds.
2020 may have been a tough year for most, but for Liquid D&B it was smooth sailing.
Machinedrum feat. Sub Focus – 1000 Miles Smote – Light of My Life Netsky & Becky Hill – Hold On Tokyo Prose – Dust Nuvertal – The Earth Forgives Substance & Charlie Brix – Break the Habit Alix Perez – Someone Else Goldie – The Mirrored River (Artificial Intelligence Remix) Monumental Breaks – Tidy Mind Champagne – Tangible Leads (Physics Remix) T:Base – Universe Impression & Markem – Mystic Times High Contrast – Calling My Name Acid_Lab – Mr. Evans T:Base – Power Cnof – Never Know VIP The Vanguard Project & Fred V feat. Riya – No Words Netsky – I Choose You