Inspired by the tougher sounds of Blue Note era Metalheadz, this mix proves that not all hard D&B needs to be mid-range bass lines, high pitched snares and screeching synths to make an impact.
The classic heavy sound seems to be making a serious comeback lately and is moving forward by looking back to the golden era of the sound. Fixate’s – Ripgroove remix being a perfect example of a classic reworked for modern day sound systems and listening. Other’s such as Brazilian producer Bungle, D&B super group Kings of the Rollers and new kid on the block Pasha Solecci are following suit bringing a new production techniques to the OG sound with devastating effect.
Well it’s been about as long as I’ve ever gone without posting a mix so I am looong over due. Luckily I have something pretty special up my sleeve with a deeper style mix of tunes designed to pick you up and take you away.
New tunes from Seba & Manos, Acid_Lab, Kid Drama & Om Unit, Bungle along with a whole heap more amazing new tracks. Special shout out to the mighty Mitekiss who’s sublime track Lie Awake has been on rotation pretty much ever since it came out in our house. It is one of those tracks that ticks just about every box for me in terms of what makes D&B great.
Hope you feeling what’s on offer and I promise the next one will come a little sooner than this one did. 😉
Figures – The Void
Seba & Manos – Said & Done
I Wannabe – Drive
Alb – Major Deep
Acid_Lab – Radiate
Ekva – Edge
Mitekiss feat. Degs – Lie Awake
Touchy Subject – Sky Larkin (Lewis James RMX)
Electrosoul System – Blinded Justice
Decline – Blue Flame
Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 2
I Wannabe – So Excited
Chords & NoRules – Choas
Acid_Lab – Belfast Blues
Jaskin & Uneven – Ancient
Electrosoul System – Temper
Bungle – Cocooned VIP
Gerra & Stone – Feels Like
Paladoin – Friday
Facing Jinx & Peta Oneir – Meet You There (dBridge Remix)
Liquid D&B is turning into something a little more mature (for want of a better word) and modern lately and I like it. Led by artists such as Lenzman (check out his Enzo Tape mixes), Technimatic and new kids on the block Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey the sound is more soulful, the lyrics more thoughtful and the vibe smoother than Liquid’s previous iterations.
This is music you can dance, chill or even sing along to. It’s versatility makes it perfect radio D&B that can be played at anytime night or day.
Balmy & Heft – Night With You
Lenzman – Misty
Monty & Alix Perez – Good To Me
DuoScience & T:Base – Rescue
Technimatic – True Believer
Technimatic – Recurring Dream
Joakulm – Random Jam
Sikey & Speedwagon – Without You
Whiney (feat. Kenno & Pippa Violets) – Spheres (Polaris Remix)
Solotek & Thiago Pery – Lose Control
High Contrast – If We Ever (Unglued Remix)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – So So
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Love is the Law
Lenzman – Food (feat. Konny Kon)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Rebels
Flaco & Calculon – Rooftop Romance
Ash:Ram, Charli Brix & Walk:r – All I Need (Ash:Ram Remix)
Lenzman – Over You
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Broken Home
London Elektricity – Just One Second (Apex Remix)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Broken Home (Tease)
We could all use a little more peace in our lives so here’s a mix to soothe the soul and help you unwind and reconnect.
I’ve slipped in some of my favourite artists like Redeyes, Om Unit, Synkro, dBridge and Break along with some very promising new kids on the block in the form of RQ, who’s LP Solid Ground came out of nowhere and blew me away. Dogger & Mindstate also seem to have a very promising career ahead of them if their Broken Home EP on 1985 is anything to go by.
Redeyes – Fighting (Intro) Mitekiss feat. Degs – Lie Awake Rainforest – You Can Make New Memories (Album Version) Tokyo Prose – Alight Lewis James – Shapeshifter RQ – Union of Spheres Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 4 Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 2 Flowrain & Simstah – Manaslu (Interlude) RQ – Roof Jumping RQ – Ride dBridge – Lost Memory Synkro – Gagaku Synkro – Gagaku (Frederic Robinson Remix) dBridge – Wijn Zijn (feat. Lewis James & Kid Drama) Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Broken Home Break – Conversations (feat. MC Fats & Cleaveland Whatkiss) London Electricity – Swivel (Ambient Version)
Modest Intentions – No Shadows In Trust
Fluter, Dissident & Funclock – Kundiga (Retro Toys Mix)
Modest Intentions – Meaningful Life
Euphorias – Father Soul
Commix – Black Sand
Alb – Dark Tranquility
Alix Perez – Good to Me
Duoscience & T:Base – Rescue
Velocity & MC Fats – We Gotcha Junglist
I Wannabe – You Listen To This
Joakuim – 8am Roller
Seba & Manos – Evergreen
Dip Vertigo & Dr Apollo feat. Josh Phillips – Red
The Vanguard Project & Pat Fulgoni – Still Together
Technimatic – Sometimes
Nookie – Love Me
Grey Code – Pearl
Mutated Forms – Grow
Judei – Cold Heart
Mutated Forms – Flashbacks
Influx UK, DJ SS & MC Fats – Soul Unite (DJ SS 2018 Remix)
Soul Savage, DJ SS, High Roll & Victor – In Your Name
There’s been a lot of good things happening in D&B lately, and the Harder end of the spectrum has seen a return to form it has sorely been missing. Taking a look back to move forward a lot of these tunes have a old-school D&B or Rave feel to them but with modern production techniques.
You only need to have a look at the artists to see a LOT of the familiar and legendary names – Digital, Spirit, DKay, John B and Calibre all come in swinging. But there is also a new breed bringing their own take to the tougher style such as Mister Shifter, Kid Drama, Acid Lab and Artilect and making some truly speaker shaking sounds.
This is D&B at its rawest and most real. And I have to say, it’s nice to have it back.
Bou – Gun Crime Benny L – Skysteppa Mister Shifter – Dreada Digital & Spirit – Phantom 2018 DKay – The Martians Foreign Concept – Black Tea Calibre – Jacob Calibre – Under You and You Touchy Subject – Sky Larkin (Lewis James Remix) Sunchase – Slap DKay – Desire (feat. DJ Lee) Kid Drama – Mirrored Lake Acid Lab feat. Slider, Expose & Anastasia – Paradoxical Amoss – Timedrops Digital & John B – You & Me Fushara – Survival Derrick & Tonica – Fata Morgana Artilect – System of Fear Digital & Spirit – Deaddial Artilect – System of Fear (Tease)
One for the lovers of the Good Looking / Looking Good sound, this mix is chock full of modern atmospheric masterpieces from producers old and new. You have tracks from such luminaries as Source Direct’s classic Black Rose and new pieces from Blame, Seba, Q Project and Peshay. Plus some solidly soulful releases from newer artists like Marvel Cinema, Cryogenics and the wonderfully talented Eschaton.
Q Project – Instrumental (Remix) Infest – Blue Nature Eschaton – Titan (Original Drum Thump Remix) Seba – Nobody Knows Silence Groove – Air Up There (Airstrike Remix) Marvel Cinema – Mechanical Dream Seba & Manos – Always Photo – Rings Around Saturn (2000&X Remix) Seba – War on Music (feat. MC Blackeye) Double O – Shuffling on Zion’s Bus Blame – Hindsight Cryogenics – Forbidden Souls Electrosoul System – Letyat Utki (Duck Are Flying) [Folk Version] Cryogenics – The Black Tempest Kella & Juha – Svalbard Alonism Source Direct – Black Rose Hobzee – Don’t Go Peshay – Capricorn The Blunt Needles – Don’t Say Anything Eschaton – I Walked Over Rainbows to My Ancestors
My second mix sourcing from the ‘Is this the most beautiful D&B tune ever?’ thread on DOA features some amazingly soulful D&B tunes from the year 2000 onward. It’s been amazing fun having a bunch of like minded people program a mix for me as a lot of these tunes I have never put into a mix.
The production roster reads like a who’s who of D&B featuring legendary artists such as Omni Trio, Marcus Intalex (RIP), Klute, Calibre plus Alaska & Seba just to mention a few. Some of these tracks never made it to digital, so I had to dig deep into my vinyl collection to complete the track list.
I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did mixing this special dedication to the beauty that is D&B music.
Omni Trio – Higher Ground
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur – Garden (Calibre Remix)
Marcus Intalex – Airborne
Calibre – Mirage
Alaska & Seba – Back from Eternity
Switch & Icicle – Ur In My Head
Calibre – Trying To Remember
Klute – Hell Hath No Fury
Mako – Held You In My Arms
Tokyo Prose – Saving Grace
Brookes Brothers – Daybreak (feat. Tasha Baxter)
SpectraSoul – Lost Disciple
Fanu – Siren Song
Voyager – Apollo
Blu Mar Ten – Believe Me
Villem & McLeod feat. Leo Wood – Let It Breathe
Phraction – Should Have Known
Klute – Part of Me
Seba – Blaze and Fade Out
Alix Perez & SpectraSoul – Synergy
Marcus Intalex – Refreshed
Zero T – Refusal feat. Steo (Calibe Remix)
Naibu – Wrong
2018 was a great year for D&B seeing the genre swing back into popularity mainly on the back of the quality of tunes being released at the moment. Original producers came out of retirement, people started to flock to D&B nights again and even the US driven bro-step scene seems to be slowly turning to D&B for more inspiration.
This mix features a lot of my favourite producers from the last 12 months such as Seba, Calibre, DKay, Alix Perez and Rockwell mixed in with a bunch of newer headz who are holding their own – producers such as Mister Shifter, Alibi and Circuits, all who have been chipping away for a few years now, are starting to come into their own in terms of being serious talents.
Bare Music – 1.5hrs of Bare D&B Goodness Alibi – Debris Seba – Close to You Etherwood – Latida Redeyes – Let You Down DKay – Diving Deep Calibre – Taciturn Furney feat. Lady Emz – Every One of us Seba – Time Will Tell Mister Shifter – For Keeps Muffler – November Seba – Why Can’t This End Duoscience – 1.3 Furney – Without Me Muffler – Good Times Rockwell – Waiting_4 High Contrast – If We Ever (Unglued Remix) Bop – Untitled Pattern 62 Villem & McLeod – Say Yes Halogenix – Don’t You Know Alix Perez – Slink Emery, Mackadena & Dreazz – Too Fly Phi Tangent – Giving Up the Ghost Electrosoul System & Liquitek – Whatever Makes You Tribal Circuits – Inertia Silent Dust & DRS – Refuse (Calibre Remix) Chase & Status & Cutty Ranks – Retreat 2018
This mix is a little different in that the music contained within has been selected by the good people over at the legendary D&B forum Dogs on Acid from a thread called ‘Is this the most beautiful DnB tune ever?’ You can find the thread here.
Feature the most beautiful D&B from the 90s, this mix is something special and a perfect way to round out the 10th Anniversary celebrations for the Ear & Drum.
Thanks to everyone who has supported and listened to any of the mixes from this blog down the over the past decade and here’s hoping we can last for another 10 years.
Blu Mar Ten – She Moves Through Blame – Sphere (Seba Remix) Premiata Forneria Marconi – Love & Happiness Tayla – Soul Searching PFM – For All of Us D’Cruze – Lonely J Majik – Repertoire Mirage – Bewildered PFM – One & Only Essence of Aura – So This is Love ’96 Essence of Aura – So This is Love Aquarius – Aquatic Mirage – Just for You Source Direct – Secret Liaisons JMJ & Ritchie – Free La Funk (PFM Remix) Skanna – Find Me A Touch of Jazz – Respected Not Accepted Peshay – On the Nile Mystic Moods – Music is the Basis of All Life (Concept 3) Seba & Lo Tek – So Long Shogun – Pegasus Dave Wallace – Flight Rogue Unit – Dance of the Sarooes (Nookie Remix) Mandalay – Flowers Bloom (Secret Lovers Remix) JMJ & Flytronix – In Too Deep Ballistic Brothers – Come On (Simon Templar Remix) 4 Hero – Golden Age of Life Fallen Angels – Frequency (Tango Remix) Bjorn – Inside My Soul The Roots – You Got Me (Blu Mar Ten Remix) Justice – Aquisse The Chameleon – Close Your Eyes and Listen The Sentinel – Awakening Intense – The Genesis Project Urban Jungle – Back in the Daze (Dub Plate)