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Ear & Drum Session: 207 – Soul Full

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.

Soul Full – 1.5hrs of Soulful D&B

Souls of Mischief – 93 Till Infinity Bootleg
Ink & J Dub – Feel Da Heat
BCee & Charlotte Haining – Remind Me (S.P.Y Remix)
Seba – So Beautiful
Silence Groove – Defined
LSB & DRS – Frozen (Calibre Remix)
GLXY & Rhi – Sweet Lows
Punctual & Nabhai – The Step (Pola & Bryson Remix)
LSB & DRS – Unbrellas (GLXY Remix)
Unknown Artist – Sweetest Taboo
Submorphics feat. Satl & Veda Black) – Let it Shine
Duo Science – Praise
Technimatic – Everlasting
Technimatic feat. Charlotte Haining – Still Miss You
Monrroe feat. Ruth Royall – Drowning
LSB & DRS – Rise & Fall (Tokyo Prose Remix)
Hugh Hardie feat. Zoe Kypri – Dream in Green
LSB & DRS – Stop the World (Lenzman Remix)
Koherent – Endless Haze
Nu:Tone – Sweeter
Linguistics feat. GLXY & Charlie Perry
Jay Dubz – Oasis of Life
Lady Blackbird – Collage (Calibre Remix)

Ear & Drum Session: 206 – Cruising Altitude

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.

Cruising Altitude – 1hr of D&B to Move to.

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

EAR & DRUM SESSION: 205 – Knee Deep

The deeper side of D&B seems to have slowed down a little in the last year or so, but what it has lacked in quantity it has made up in quality.

Familiar names to the genre such as Calibre, Bungle and dBridge are still consistently rolling out quality stripped back tracks that perfectly loop. Best of all a healthy amount of new comers like VROMM, MKD, Ordure and Heron Flow have kept the vibe alive and run with it into deeper territories.

Respect to all the producers old and new keeping the sound fresh and fabulously deep.

Knee Deep – 1hr of Deep D&B Beats

Krust – It’s a Lot (Calibre Remix)
Dom & Adres – Limelight
Redders – No go
Muffler – Watchdog
Doctor Jeep & Rohaan – Unreal (Rohaan Remix)
Camo & Krooked, Mefjus & Sophie Lindinger – No Tomorrow (Tom Fisher Remix)
Bungle – Runaway
Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth (Zero T VIP Remix)
VROMM feat. Rider Shafique – Level Up
Kasra – I Don’t Know What the Future Brings
Andy Scopes & Madcap feat. Singing Fats – Trouble
MKD – Krill
dBridge – Tear in Vain
Ordure – Hold Me Close
Mystic State – Whole Half
Heron Flow – Compare Love

EAR & DRUM SESSION: 204 – Flow Over Me

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.

Flow Over Me – 1hr of Liquid D&B

Erykah Badu – On & On (Silent Dust Remix)
Subis & Scott Allen – Chasing Dreams
Satl – Forward Thinking (Calibre Remix)
Secret Structures – December Sun
DRS feat. HMD & Redeyes – Cinnamon Roses
Unknown Artist – Sweetest Taboo
Mitekiss – Rain (Falling Down)
Airstrike & Silence Groove – Dav’s Hope
Leo Wood feat. Reflektor – Perfect Imperfection
HLZ – In Between
DRS feat. Dogger – Our Time
DRS feat. Milo Merah & RSWT – Never Made It 
Lenzman – Caught Up (Terror Remix)
Leo Wood feat. Dexcell – Break Free
Halogenix – Her Waves

EAR & DRUM SESSION: 203 – Call the Ambience 16: Terminal

This mix is dedicated to Dan ‘Mo’ Money’ Moore who tragically lost his battle against brain cancer earlier this year after a brave and tenacious 10 year battle.

I first started the Call the Ambience series when Mo’ first went into hospital as a way of giving him something calming yet D&B related to listen to while bed bound. Mo’ was a music lover, and one of my biggest supporters who stuck by me even when others turned against me on my return from the UK. His friendship and loyalty meant the world to me and defined what a great person he really was.

Mo’, you were one of the good ones. Even more so, you were one of the best friends a man could have. Thanks for all the good time and Rest In Peace.

Call the Ambience 16: Terminal – 1hr+ of Ambient D&B

Bop & Despot – Microfunk
Dharma Kaya – Flux
Zero T & Beta 2 – Misdemeanour
Goldie – The Ballad Celeste (Subjective Remix)
Biome – Ghost
Shinbu – Qa (VIP)
Blocks & Escher feat. Rhyming in Fives – Mr Parker’s Voice
Synkro – Driveway
Bop – Insight
Oddsoul – Lust
Eastern District – You
Bop – I’m Not a Human
Synkro – Piano / Voice
The Vanguard Project & Frev V feat. Riya – No Words (Chill Mix)
Paladion – Friday
Atlantic Connection – Threshold
dBridge – I Know
Etherwood – Souvenirs (Isolation Jam)

Ear & Drum Session: 202 – Squelch

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.

Squelch – 1hr of Liquid Rollers

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

Ear & Drum Session: 201 – Rollin’ Dirty

We’re back to some contemporary beats after the 200th Anniversary sets with a mix of rollers from 2020-21. These tracks are almost a genre on their own with their tuff but rolling beats and dirty basslines. They feel a bit more accessible and floor friendly that the usual hardcore D&B tracks and give a bit of a nod to the older Jump Up sound of the early 2000s.

Artists like Buunshin, Mikal and Was a Be are definitely leading the pack along with players like Workforce and Breakage in this sound. This set features work from Mikal’s amazing Metalworks LP which was packed full of tuff rollers and definitely a highlight for Metalheadz late last year.

As hard as some of these tracks are, it is almost impossible not to nod your head and have a smile while you’re at it.

Rollin’ Dirty – 1hr of Dirty Rollers

Degs feat. Pola & Bryson – Sleepless (Bladerunner Version)
Buunshin – Descended
Kidsonic & Swift – Follow Me
Substance – Be Forgiven
Mikal – Resampled
Mikal – Doesn’t Matter
Mikal – Journey into the Reverb
Was A Be – The Walk (Radiax Remix)
Mikal – Turn it Around
Goldie feat. Natalie Williams – I Adore You (Total Science Remix)
Mikal – Strident
Breakage – Valhalla
Was A Be & Radiax – Beijing Banger (Was A Be Remix)
Soul Intent & Ms Tempz – 2 Bad
Breakage – As We Enter (Break Remix)
OAKK, Rider SHafique & Radiax – Growning (Radiax Remix)
Duoscience – Shallow
Kidsonic – Deeper Love
John B – up All Night (Data 3 Remix)

Ear & Drum Session: 200 – Too Hungered Pt.3 & Pt.4

Continuing on from the first part of my 200th Anniversary mix, this is look at D&B from the years of 2005-10. While not D&B’s finest era, there were some amazing tracks that did come out during this time and some stand out artists who kept the vibe alive.

As mentioned last time Marcus Inatlex and Calibre came into their own during the 2000s. But joining them in the later part of the decade were dons like dBridge, Rockwell, Sunchase and Naibu who gave us anthems that are still worth a rinse today.

I hope you enjoy the final part to this anniversary celebration and that I might have been able to shine a light on some gems from the turn of the century. Thanks for all the support down the years and as always, enjoy!

Too Hungered Pt.3 – 2hrs of melodic D&B from 2005-10

Bridge feat. Instramental – Blush Response
dBridge – The Question
Magnetic Man – Perfect Stranger (dBridge Remix)
Unquote – Hide Your Tears Because We Are In Heaven
Mutated Forms feat. Jenna G – Last Time
Ill SKillz & S.P.Y – This is Why
Dub FX – Flow (Ill SKillz Remix)
Shapeshifter – The Touch (Netsky Remix)
Logistics – Now More Than Ever
The Burbs – Organic
DJ Marky & S.P.Y – Mystic Sunset
Seb & Paradox feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw – The Light
Camo & Krooked – Turn Up (The Music)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur – Garden (Calibre Remix)
Alix Perez & Spectrasoul feat. Peven Everett – Forsaken
Spectrasoul feat. Tamara Blessa – Away With Me (Calibre Remix)
Templecloud – One Big Family (Dexell’s 7am Remix)
Calibre feat. Diane Charlemagne – Bullets
Doc Scott – Tokyo Dusk
Metric – Ocean Drive
Seba – Keep Me Waiting
Commix – Be True
Total Science feat. MC Conrad – Soul Patrol (Lenzman Deep In Your Soul Remix)
ST:Cal feat. Alison Crockett – Late Night Squeeze
Bungle – Aura
Rockwell – Underpass
Atlantic Connection – Retro
London Elekticity – Just One Second (Apex Remix)
Marcus Intalex feat. Calibre – Meltdown 2012

Too Hungered Pt.4 – 1.5hrs of hard hitting D&B from 2005-10

dBridge – Wonder Where
Ian Brown – Illegal Attacks (Rufige Kru Remix)
Klute – Divinity
Klute – Hell Hath No Fury
Sunchase – Remove Heaven
Dub Phizix & Sketical – Marka
D.Kay & Lee – Wax’d (D.Kay Remix)
D.Kay & Lee – Tuning (D.Kay VIP Remix)
Photek – Age of Empires
Spirit – Dial Up
Goldie – Inner City Life (dBridge’s Sonic Nostalgia Mix)
Martsman – Halow
Seba & Paradox feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw – The Light
AK1200 – Junior’s Tune (Digital Remix)
Lenzman feat. Jo-S – Coincidence
Naibu – Fireflies (Seba Remix)
Alix Perez – Down the Line (Break Remix)
Seba – Distance
J Majik & Wickaman – Old Heads
Rockwell – 4U

Ear & Drum Session: 200 – Too Hungered Pt.1 & Pt.2

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!

Too Hungered Pt.1 – 1.5hrs of melodic D&B from 2000-05

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

Too Hungered Pt.2 – 1hr+ of hard hitting D&B from 2000-05

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

Ear & Drum Session: 199 – SUMMERY

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.

Summery – 1.5hrs of Liquid D&B

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