Archive for the ‘ Liquid D&B ’ Category

Producer Profile: ICR

Hungarian D&B artist Zoltan Gal, also known as ICR, has been a key figure in the country’s thriving D&B scene. In 1999 he established it’s online magazine and community site, ImpulseCreator.hu and has releases on dozens of diverse labels worldwide such as Offshore, Covert Operations , Good Looking, Nerve, Fokuz, Counter Intelligence, Flatline Audio, X-Tinction Agenda, Red Mist, Vibez and Influence.

In 2007, he started own label, Misspent Music, which continues to release high quality liquid and esoteric D&B. ICR has been integral in shaping the exceptional Hungarian D&B scene, and he continues to blaze a trail gloabally by releasing his latest album Restored as a free download. Not only is this incredibly generous, but I also think this will be the way of things in the future for music in general.

As a true D&B pioneer, ICR we salute you.

ICR – Restored

1. ICR – Painful Every Day
2. ICR – Hailstones From Heaven
3. ICR – Hungry Man (remix)
4. ICR – Nevermore (remix)
5. ICR – Remember
6. ICR – You Don’t Have To Know The Title
7. ICR – Downhill
8. ICR – Heavy Water
9. Robot Death Squad – Tokyo Burner (ICR remix)
10. Rufige Cru – Krisp Biscuit (ICR remix)
11. ICR – Less Than Three (DJ Trax remix feat. Assorted Anonymous)
12. ICR – How The Glitch Stole Christmas

Producer Profile: DJ Clart

I first heard of DJ Clart through the Golden Orb Weavers EP with his track So Selfish. His ability to toughen up a liquid track and still keep it melodic jumped out at me straight away. Just to prove it wasn’t a fluke he dropped the monster Avenue on Sole Digital, the super smooth Watchout VIP on Liquid Brilliants and sublime Mysterious Ways with Glen E Stone on Quilin’s 4 Corners EP.

To call Clart liquid doesn’t really do him justice. His diversity is always underpinned by a ‘deepness’ that remains consistent in all his releases. His use of organic bass lines which he twists into growling stabs and the crisp, clean and loud production on his beats really make his tracks hold up in a mix.

It’s looking like a big year for Clart with upcoming releases on Peer pressure, Next Sense, Ingredients, Vampire and Influenza Media. I am convinced 2010 will be year that this talented producer blows up big.

Just top get a taste here is a free track Clart has graciously let me host. It’s a bootleg of Lupe Fiasco’s Paris Tokyo and whilst quite a bit lighter than some of Clart’s official releases it still shows what talent he is.

Enjoy. 🙂

Lupe Fiasco – Paris Tokyo (DJ Clart’s D&B Bootleg)

The Way It Is – Ear & Drum Session 22

Liquid seems to be on the move at the moment. Whilst some camps are still pushing the dance floor sound, others are bringing a deeper influence. Russia seems to be a gold mine for new talent, and an amazing amount of melodic and minimal music has surfaced this year from the eastern block. The sound still holds it’s melodic base, but strips back the beats and lets the sub-bass pulse.

This mix is essentially the a best of all the new liquid(esc) music I’ve bought in the last couple of months. There are some traditional hand clap numbers in there, but I mainly try and focus of the deeper side of the sound.

The Way It Is – 1hr of Melodic Beats

Alix Perez feat. Peven Everett & Spectrasoul – Forsaken
Marky & XRS – Rotation (Stress Level & TC1 Remix)
Bonobo – The Keeper (Redeyes Remix)
A-Sides feat MC Fats – What You Don’t Know (Total Science Remix)
Quadrant – Whisper
Majestics – Force of an Attracting
Simplification & Edward Oberon – Loveline
Simplification – The Trilogy
Majestics – Coming Back
Mr Sizef – Garmoniya Mirov
DJ Clart & Glen E Stone – Mysterious Ways
Eveson – Deeper Still
Bcee – Disciple
Donnie Dubson – Battlecat
Calibre – Intro
Donnie Dubson – Grapefruit
Calibre – Tru Beat
Fourward – Eyelash

Do MP3s Dream of Electric Bleep? – Jungletrain Session 173

This one is an oldy but a goody. Well, when I say old it is a bunch of tracks from 2008 which is ancient in D&B terms.

The vibe is strong in this one with a good up lifting feel but a firm dance floor bent. It’s got some of my favourites from last year including the touching (yes D&B can be touching) Bachelors of Science – Song for Lovers, the forgotten classic that is Shapeshifter’s – The Ride and the pure Amen devastation of Theory’s – Aurora Flash.

Do MP3s Dream of Electric Bleep – 1hr of the beautiful and bold from 2008

Do the Math – Aint No Home

Gex – My Sadness (Club Mix)

Dirrrty B – Push It Higher

Stunna & Amaning – Mutual Life

Zyz Ruffen & Jssa – Outtah Here

ICR – The Way It Goes

Bachelors of Science – Song for Lovers

Km & Paralyzah – Nega

Stunna & Amaning – Just a Dream

Blasta – Son of Love

Altair – Reminisce

Shapeshifter – The Ride

Solar Empire – Dynamics

Theory – Aurora Flash

Camoe – Morning Sun

Up Rising – Ear & Drum Session 18

A new mix this time based on the uplifting vibes of Summer. I know it has headed into Autumn in the Northern hemisphere, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to mix up a little reminder of what made the festival floors burn.

Hospital were obviously a HUGE part of Summer with Sick Music and Logistics new LP Crash, Bang, Wallop! hitting hard and heavy. But it seemed like everyone caught a dose of the fever with producers like Fresh and Jonny L also wading in with their take on the Summer warehouse sound. And of course regulars like Lenzman, Greenfly and Young Ax produced their normal high quality crowd pleasing choons.

If things are getting a little parky around your way, and you want to feel the sun one last time before Winter kicks in I suggest you get this on your iPod and take it for a spin. 😉

Up Rising – 1hr+ of uplifting tunes from the Summer of 2009

Luca – Screen I Motion
Young Ax – System of Survival
The Burbs – Organic
Greenfly – Monopoly
Lupe Fiasco – Paris Tokyo (DJ Clart D&B Remix)
Sigma – Paint it Black
Infectious – Capital Connections
Crystal Clear & Netsky – King of Stars
Calibre – Ringtone
Logistics – Warehouse
Operon – Electrons
Metrik – Anthem 09
Lenzman – Sugar Hill
Logistics – Eastern Promise
Logistics – Murderation
London Elektricity – Just one Second (Apex Remix)
Bcee – Glitterballs (Redeyes & Lenzman Remix)
Logistics – Transporter
Jonny L – Microdaze
DJ Fresh – Fantasia (Liquid Mix)

Rolled Gold – Ear & Drum Session 9

This is just as much a review as a mix, as I focus on the amazing label Golden Orb. This label has been up and running for about a year now and already they are up to release number nine. The fact that I could find an hours worth of quality music to fill a mix is a real testimony to the quality control set down by those at Golden Orb.

Operon, the labels manager, pricked up my ears with release one which had the madly funky Inside Man on it and from there the label has never looked back. The artist roster has some better know producers such as DJ Clart and Melbourne’s ATP, but the label isn’t shy with breaking new talent. They have a string of producers I’d never heard of, but who I will be keeping a serious ear out for in the future.

The best way I can describe their sound is a cross between the golden age of the ‘intelligent’ Moving Shadow releases (think Storm From The East), Good Looking and Fokus recordings. Even though Golden Orb has all these similar elements, they still manage to have a distinct and unique sound which is both lush and deep all at the same time.

Their last two releases, the Eastern Promises EPs, sees them toughening up their sound quite substantially with Invisible Landscape’s – First is Forever and Shebuzzz’ – In Infinity clear standouts. In Infinity is what can only be described as an out and out Amen spanker and is a dead cert for making the floor go mad.

If you like what you hear in this mix please give them your support by buying their stuff from .

 

Rolled Gold – 1hr mix of Golden Orb Digital

D-Fect – The Dayz
Cutworks – Alone in the Silence
ATP – Montego Funk
ATP – Struggle
Koritsa – Mine (Infuzoria Mix)
ATP – Soho Lament
DJ Clart – So Selfish
Intelligent Manners – Showtime
Command Strange – Goa
Flirt with Dirt – Taken to Reverie
D-Fect & Crix – All I Ever
Operon – Inside Man
Invisible Landscape – First is Forever
Shebuzzz – In Infinity

Jazz Chord – Jungletrain Session 194

Going for the harder tinged liquid sounds in this mix with a jazz and bass rinse out. Aimed at the floor, these choons might be melodic, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t got enough oomph to move your body.

Utah Jazz’s new album – It’s a Jazz Thing gets a mighty big look in, and we got new tracks from GameOver, Dirrrty B and London Elektricty. I also throw in a few old favourites from D.Kay, D-BRidge and Calibre.

So if you like it jazzy and don’t mind brocking out in public places, I suggest you get on it.

 

Jazz Chord – 1hr of fresh Jazz & Bass

Atlantic Connection & Utah Jazz – River Theme
J Rawls and Middle Child – Music Over Madness (Zero Tolerance Bare Minimum RMX)
Game Over – Like We Use To Do It
Utah Jazz – CLoud Nine
Dirrrty B – Lets Make Some Love
D.Kay – Interlude
Bachelors of Science – Hold On (Feat. Redeyes)
Utah Jazz – Run Away
Calibre – Into the Groove
London Elektricity – Southeastern Dream
D-Bridge – The Question
Utah Jazz – Feel Inside
Nero – Solid Air
Influx UK – Show ‘Em What You Got
Utah Jazz – Atmosphere Interlude
D-Bridge – Manas Lament

Soundtracking Life – Jungletrain Session 189

This mix feels kindah like a movie based concept album thanks to many a track from Atlantic Connection’s awesome Tomorrows Not Enough LP. Helping with the weird ambience is Panda and I even play some D&B tracks by Sinistarr, Mutt, ATP and Sabaruko.

Big ups to Atlantic Connection for the wicked album and all the free tracks down the years. 😉

 

Soundtrack Life – 1hr of Cinematic D&B

Atlantic Connection – Interlude to LA
Atlantic Connection – Tomorrows Not Enough
Sinistarr – Colli Park
Sinistarr – How We Do
Atlantic Connection – Goodhood Review
Mutt – Nice As Me
Panda – Leaving Amsterdam
Decem – Velvet Horizons
ATP – Dreaming
Panda – Bagdad
Bachelors of Science – Strings Track (Apex Mix)
Panda – Epilogue
Atlantic Connection – Can’t Destroy Love
Saburuko – Brooklyn Summer (Morphy Remix)
Love they Brother – (Breakage Mix)
Bachelors of Science – Immortal (Alaska Remix)
Atlantic Connection – Outro to Paradise

Muttly Much? – Jungletrain Session 176

Hailing from Canada, Mutt blazes a trail with his unique sound. His melodic and soulful style is second to none in D&B today.

For me Mutt was the best new comer to D&B for 2006-7. His sense of melody, stripped back beats and soulful vocals make his sound relaxed and easy on the ear. But when it comes to rolling it out, he heads into a dubby dance hall style that gets the floor moving proper. I can’t say enough about him really. :fanboy: 

This mix is for him and anyone who loves his sound.

 

Muttly Much? – 1hr of Mr Mutt

Mutt – Strangers
Mutt – Trying Measures
Mutt – Lately
Mutt – Hot Lick Squeeze
Mutt – Kush Talk
Mutt – Come to Terms
Mutt – Nice As Me
Mutt – Advance Money
Mutt – Same As You Feel
Mutt – Crazy
Mutt – Hands Free
Mutt – Draw on Me
Mutt & Paul T – Hips, Thighs and Alibis
Mutt & Apeture – New Jazz Lick
Mutt – Dublites (D-Bridge Remix)
Mutt & Perpetuum – November
Mutt & Redeyes – Virtue
Mutt – Credence

Flight 174: Perth to Amsterdam – Jungletrain Session 174

This one is going out to Steve who brought me back a copy of Reality Checkpoint from Japan way before it got released in Australia.

As you can see a lot of Logistic’s album ends up in this mix, and rightly so. Reality Checkpoint was for me on of the top 3 LPs of last year so if you haven’t checked it out go and get yourself a copy. Most the other artists in this mix are pretty low key and obtuse, so it is worth grabbing just to hear some tracks from guys I hadn’t heard of at the time, or since, for that matter.

The mix is awesome for traveling, so if you have a long trip coming up, load it up and float away with it.

 
Flight 174 – 1hr of Inflight Entertainment

Logistics – Back Where We Started
Logistics – Trying Times
Logistics – No Words
Agent Alvin – Super Highway
Logistics – Slow Motion
Makoto & T-Ak – Voyager
Camo – Morning Sun
Camo & Krooked – Play it!
Logistics – Cold World
Logistics – Shanghai Skyline
Dissident – Escapism
Critical – Ellement
Morebeat – Goodnight feat. Gabanna
Spirit – 1471
Demo & Cease – Ladies Night VIP