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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: Session 248 – Rush Job

New year, new sounds as we roll into the first mix of ’23 and we’re peeling back the BPMs to 160. This mix was inspired by Fracture’s recent ode to 90s pirate radio 0860, which was one of THE releases of ’22 for me. Nailing the 90s hardcore sound and crossing it with modern day production to create laid back but dance floor vibes is something I hope we hear a lot more of in the coming year.

Kid Chameleon’s Open Soul EP was another big release toward the end of last year, and features heavily here. Weaved in between these two heavy releases are tracks from OGs like J Majik, Lemon D, Cloud 9, DJ Crystal along with modern day legends such as ASC, Acid_Lab and Adred.

Rush Job – 1hr of 160bpm Vibes

Fracture – Telepathy
DJ Focus – Online (Recoded)
Kid Chameleon – Open Soul
Eusebeia – Change Your Stars
J Majik – Hold ‘You (Lemon D Remix)
Fracture – 0860 (feat. Eastman)
Cloud 9 – Warriors Revenge
DJ Crystal – Meditation
Acid_Lab – Conquest of Space
Adred – Before Your Eyes
Fracture – From The Very Top
Kid Chameleon – Electric Machine
ASC – Black Rain
Con-Figure – Ataraxia
Kid Chameleon – Syrup
Oboram – Sun Showers
Thought-Forms – Star Struck
Mineral – Old School 2022
Fracture – First Aid Kit
Nitepunk – Unspoken
Acid_Lab – Imagine The Future
DJ Crystal – Warp Drive (Dubplate Mix)

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.

Ear & Drum: Session 244 – Call the Ambience 17: Silent Night

A return to the infrequent Call the Ambience series, this mix features laid back beats from some the genres best. Some of the usual suspects are here such as Bop, Shenji and Synkro, with bits from his amazing Collected compilation. And then there are some surprises such as Noisia in their Muffler form with the beautiful Water Piano Ambient, and incredibly Scar on Metalheadz with a few piece from his deep The Road Loss Traveled EP.

Call the Ambience 17: Silent Night

Kublai – Back Home
Rowpieces – 1st Love (Downtempo Remix)
Khramer – Far Away
Ink – Lost In Time
Muffler – Water Piano Ambient
Generic Meds – About Time (Remastered Remix)
Scar – Computerised Humanity
Shenji – Dreaming Mode
Synkro – Weakness (Akuratyde Remix)
Bop – Insight
Mineral feat. Resound – Spiritual 7
Syknro – Luminous
Synkro – Gagaku (Frederick Robinson Remix)
Fanu – Silent Resistance
Shenji – Old Memories
Easy – The Beginning
Flowanastasia & Stranjah – Face Yourself (Halftime Mix)
FX909 – Now (Half Step Mix)
Scar – Error

Ear & Drum: Session 243 – Bowled

Deep and rolling is the order of the day. This selection of minimalist and tech rollers hits just the right amount of heaviness and mood for me. A huge shout to Herron Flow for the Do 2 U EP on 31 Recordings. It’s one of the strongest EPs of the year for me, with every single track hitting home. Big up to Radders killer MC tune No Go and Slay feat. Chimpo & SL8R for the hype Dis One.

Bowled – 1hr of Deep Rolling D&B

Buunshin & Idea Days – I’m Okay
C:Critz – Panic
Radders – No Go
Dub Phizix – Blossom
I Am Legion – Choosing for You (Forbidden Society Remix)
Foreign Concept – China Plate
Siloh & Dan Structure – Swivel
Intake – Closing
Heron Flow – Swear Down
Heron Flow – Raging Sea
S.P.Y – Night Fury
Slay feat. Chimpo & SL8R – Dis One
Heron Flow – Serpentine
Conrad Subs – Heritage
Flipper – Nergal
Midik – The White Room
Moakz – A New Future (Mineral Remix)
Echomatics – Lost Focus
Date 3 – String Theory
Heron Flow – In Drag

Ear & Drum: Session 241 – Far Out and Further

Swedish born Sebastian Ahrenberg AKA Seba has provided some of the juiciest D&B sounds since 96′ when he first debuted on Looking Good Records. Now running his own label, Secret Operations, Seba has crafted a rolling, bass heavy sound that has influenced the scene and made him one of D&B favourite artists.

One label that has taken the Seba sound and twisted it into its own unique form is Offworld Recordings, home of artists such as Nelver, Fishy and Airstrike. I’ve always thought that between Seba the artist and Offworld the label, there would be a killer mix. It turns out I was pretty spot on, this slaps. If I could hear it on a large system with a packed dance floor I’d die a happy man.

Far Out and Further – 1hr+ of Seba vs Offworld Recordings

Aleyum – Blow Hour (HumaNature Remix)
Seba & Digital – Love Story
Nelver – Our Time
Seba – Nobody Knows
Fishy & Freebird – Cause I Miss You
Seba & Manos – Evergreen
Intake – Closing
Seba – Nostalgia
Nuvertal – Faith
Seba & Paradox – Jupiterize
Kyhu – Time-Lapse
Seba feat. Jenna G – Sweet Magnolia
Shrust – Cocoon
Seba & Jnr Valo – Rotate
Airstrike & Biak – Karma
Seba & Robert Manos – Machine
Advisory – End Credits
Seba – Piemo for B
Airstrike – Radials

Ear & Drum: Session 240 – Flex

Hard hitting D&B has been having a real resurgence in 2022. Stepping away from the loudness wars of the past, producers have been going back to writing tunes that let the spaces in between do the talking to produce a more cinematic feel to them and proving some real flex.

Digital has always had his finger on the pulse, so when he signed up Seba to make the 222 Road to Nowhere EP I just knew it was going to come correct. His tracks Love Story and The Future have that classic Seba roll, but with the tough beats you’d expect from a Function Records release.

Another man who always comes correct Dub Phizix has the Senka Mix Tape out with a swag of impressive tunes of all genres. Most of the tunes on there have been released in long form on various EPs, but Demon Seed, Blossom and Item all have the heavyweight sound. Shouts out to NC-17, Mako and all the rest of the Metalheadz kru who have been keeping it real.

Flex – 1hr of D&B Heavy Hitters

Mako – The Both of Us
Added & Cory James – Concentric
Seba & Digital – Love Story
Seba & Oilskin – The Future
Loxy & Resound – Leagues Deep (Resound Mix)
NC-17 & Dunk – New Jack Hustler
Dub Phizix – Demon Seed
Dub Phizix – Blossom
Slay feat. Chimpo & SL8R – Dis One
DLR – Do I Know What I’m Doing VIP
HLZ – Capone Diet
Subwave – Mercury (Hyroglifics Remix)
Raiden – Fallin Revised
Conrad Subs – Dark Set In
Particle – Driven’ Me Crazy
Dub Phizix – Item
Script – Set Up The Set (DLR’s Clash VIP)
Grey Code – Illiad
NC-17 – State of Grace
Silence Groove – Offset
NC-17 – Ghost Song

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 238 – Heavy Atmosphere

This one says-what-it-does-on-the-tin with a mix of heavy atmospheric tracks and a few mellower numbers to ease you in at the beginning. It’s awesome to hear this sound coming back again with a distinct early Inperspective Records vibes, which is never a bad thing.

Kicking things off with the Voyager classic Aurora remixed by the man himself. Latyn’s two versions of Dust & Ages then bring the big Amen rinsers, backed up by the ever-green Alaska, Mikal and Echo 1 also bringing the heat. Omni Music feature heavily towards the end with tracks from Eschaton, Freeboard, Cryogenics and Abstract Drumz & Peeb.

Heavy Atmosphere – 1hr of Atmospheric Rinsers

Voyager – Aurora (Remix)
Carlito – About Your
Voyager – Aurora (Revisited)
Blade – Cosmic Bells
Latyn – Dust & Ages
Latyn – Dust & Ages (Silence Groove Remix)
Source K – Technique
Alaska – Azarca
Mikal – Space Age Dubbing
Echo 1- Shifting Sounds
Acid_Lab – Imagine the Future (Art Cuebik Remix)
Eschaton – Schrödinger (Woken Balance’s Cat Remix)
Freeboard feat. Máiuáde & Christina Formica) – Other Memories
Freeboard – Walk on Sand
Cryogenics – Cosmos
Abstract Drumz & Peeb – Dying in the Light (I Wannabe Remix)
Voyager – Aurora (Remix)

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