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
We’re living in interesting times, and sometimes you need a little something to take your mind off things and just be.
That was the aim with this mix of soulful tunes full of catchy vocals and sweet melodies. It still rolls like a train, but it’s a smooth ride all the way to the station and easy to just stare out the window and enjoy the world passing by.
DRS, Dynamite MC & Etherwood Villem & Leo Wood – We Had a Song Redeyes – Changes.Illusions (Club Mix) BCee & Charlotte Haining – The Hills Duoscience – Lose the Touch Low:r feat. Sixar – Social Mania Duoscience – Attempts PFM – Living Without You BCee & Charlotte Haining feat. DRS – Love for the Fallen DRS, Dynamite MC & DJ Marky – A Song for You Artificial Intelligence feat. Satl – No Choice Askel & Elere – Shy Duoscience – Ironic Patience – Ocean View Redeyes feat [ K S R ] – A Thousand Times Artificial Intelligence – Good Times Phaction & Leo Wood – I Have You (Ill Truth Remix) Duoscience – Sparta Motiv – The Woman The Got Away DRS, Dynamite MC & LSB – Adoration Motiv – The Woman The Got Away (Tease)
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)
These two mixes complimented each other when I made them so I’ve decided to put them up as a rare double post.
Sunshine One Day is an upbeat Liquid mix with a euphoric vibe. With tunes from Mitekiss, Bop and Duoscience it is just a straight up damn good time.
Cloudy the Next is another Liquid mix, but on a more subdued and chilled vibe featuring The Vanguard Project feat. DRS, Seba and Pacific. Still in the same territory as Sunshine, but definitely a little more introspective and laid back.
Zero T – Jazz Tone Keen – Fall Beneath You (feat. Etherwood) Andy Skopes & Madcap – Part of Me Alix Perez – Concrete Mitekiss – Tonic Style – Apology Break & Kyo – The Edge of Time (Workforce Remix) Adred & Jamal – Complicated (feat. Christina Tamayo) QZB – Take it All (feat. Charli Brix) Bop – Insight Malaky – Believe Radias – Whirlpool Sili – In The Mood Duoscience – Memorial Jakart & KD – Atman Smote – Without You (feat. T:Base) Subdue – All Your Reason Vice, Charlotte Haining & Etherwood – Little Bit Lighter
The Vanguard Project feat. DRS – Everyday Is Stolen Hiraeth – All This Time Invaderhertz – Your Love Mystific – Atlantic Desire Whiney – No Good Mistrust – Only Ever You Hiraeth feat Critical Event – Hold On To Me The Upbeats & Shapeshifter – Uncharted (Workforce Remix) Reburf – We Could Be A Sides feat. MC Fats – Arctic Seba – Chebourashka Pacific – Divinity Get & Joshua – Sun Shining Whiney – November London Grammar – If You Wait (Long Enough You’ll Get the Calibre Remix) Alix Perez – Concrete Cyber Posix & Valiant Emcee feat. Trac – Never Too Late Shy FX, Chronixx & Jvck James – Bye Bye Bye (S.P.Y. Remix)
Heading back out to the depths with this mix of minimal and deep D&B. This style seems to be slowing down a little in terms of output, but the quality is still all there with artists like Anile, Shinbu and Mako still blazing a trail of stripped back beats and low sub-bass.
It’s also interesting to note that older producers know for completely different styles like Carl Cox and Dom & Roland are chipping in with their own unique take on the sound. Shouts once again to Thermal for his Black Dog Remix of Heitor Leal Farnese’s – E näo foi à lápis.
Hexa – Solitude Anile – U No who U R M-Zine – Skulk Digital – Robber VIP Enei feat. Charli Brix – Just One Look Shinbu – Sleep Box VIP Sedax – Subframe Mako – Flip It Particle – Camberwell Melinki & Trex – Listen Ray Keith – Renegade (T>I Minimal Remix) Shinbu – Traitors VIP OZB feat. Rider Shafique – City on the Look Brain & Zerozero – Electronic Music Spinline – Brighton Russell Small – It Is What It Is (Bad Ass Disco) Carl Cox Remix Ricky Force – What’s Up Workforce – Your Moves Rohaan & Tek Genesis – People of Eve Dom & Roland – A Broken Heart Heitor Leal Farnese – E näo foi à lápis (Thermal’s Black Dog Remix)
Liquid D&B has been so solid this year it really is a genre I can’t stop mixing. The warm but deep, solid b-lines, sublime melodies and vocal hooks have taken D&B by storm in 2020.
Producers who have had long term underground success with the sound like Alix Perez, Nelver and Rowpieces are now definitely getting some more mainstream recognition. Plus we are seeing other ‘big name’ producers like Shy FX, S.P.Y. and Breakage successfully switching their sound to a more liquid style.
This mix encompasses some of the best Liquid tunes from the first half of the year and rolls them into a solid hour.
Alix Perez – Concrete Monrroe feat. Sydney – As I Fall Enei feat. Charlie Brix – Just One Look Shy FX feat. Chronixx & Jvck James – Bye Bye Bye (Spy Remix) Keeno – Equinox Nelver & Aperio – Constellations Pacific – Dust London Grammar – If You Wait (Long Enough You’ll Get the Calibre Remix) Bronski – Hype A-Sides – Follower Duoscience – SpaceX Mollie Collins & Y-Zer – Try More A-Sides feat. MC Fats – Arctic Emba & DRS – Move Steady Rowpieces – The Storm is Here Phaction – The Fall Nelver – Start Key Resound – Bouge Bass Shy FX feat Sinead Harnett – Too Shy (Breakage Remix) Frederic Robinson – Skip Koherent – Close to Me The Outsiders feat. Ida – Run Away
Back on the Liquid roller tip, this really is a genre that has come into its own. The groove and funk crafted into tunes by the likes of Furney, Workforce, Lenzman and their contemporaries is nothing short of amazing. And it is hard not smile and move when you here these tunes.
Special shout out to the classic combo of A Sides feat. MC Fats who tune Arctic could quite possibly be my pick for tune of the year.
Sunchase – Why We Are Here (I Wannabe Remix) Larigold – Half a Wonder Furney – Haze Senpai – Atlantis 2046 Seba – Lviv Calibre – Years Nu:Tone – The Moment feat. Lea Lea Bop & Unquote – Drifting Away Seba – Chebourashka Mako – Holding You Radical – Without a Word (I Wannabe Remix) Workforce – In the Throws Villem, McLeod & MC Fats – Perfect Solution (Black Barrel Remix) Altitude – Wounded A Sides feat. MC Fats – Arctic Calibre – Sense Soirée GLXY – Falling Miss Redflower – Conundrum Senpai – Hypersleep Lenzman & IAMDDB – In My Mind (Break Remix) mSdoS – Dissappointments
I built this mix around The Vanguard Project’s self titled debut LP which has so many great tunes on it that I simply couldn’t resist. Spearhead label boss, BCee and Villem’s collaborative project has yielded a bunch of great music down the years and this LP with 12 new tracks and 14 older cuts is living proof just how fruitful the team up has been.
On top of this we have some smashing remixes like Monrroe’s take on BCee’s – Little Bird, Bop’s twist on Come Together by Camo & Krooked and Pacific’s cheeky bootleg of Blinding Lights by The Weeknd. I also thought I’d throw in J Majik’s classic Love is Not a Game just for kicks.
BCee – Little Bird (Monrroe Remix) FX909 – Stay Focus The Vanguard Project – Stitches (feat. Jemimah Read) Level 2 – Conquest VIP The Weeknd – Blinding Lights (Pacific Remix) Camo & Krooked – Come Together (Bop Remix) Submorphics – Luminosity The Vanguard Project – All this Time Carlito & Addiction – Hellas Edlan, Djah & Smote – Heathen (Give Me More) The Vanguard Project – Driftwood Low:r – Social Mania (feat. Sixar) The Vanguard Project – All That I Need (feat. Pat Fulgoni) Villem, McLeod & MC Fats – Perfect Solution (Black Barrel Remix) Soul Connection – Smooth N Groove Jay Dubz – Lily Louisa The Vanguard Project – Everyday is Stolen (feat. DRS) The Vanguard Project – U MAKE ME FEEL Dexel & Charli Brix – Speechless J Majik – Love is Not a Game (Original Radio Edit)