Category Archives: Ambient

The Down Low: Session 050

I’d been scratching my head about what to do to make the 50th Down Low Session special, and also have had a real hankering recently to listen to all the old chill out stuff that originally pulled me into electronic music. One massive CD buying spree later and here we are with a mix of some of the most laid back tunes of an era.

Covering everything from Trance, Techno, House, Acid Jazz and Dub there are some absolutely incredible music in this mix including from such luminaries as Moby, Orbital, Massive Attack, D’Cruise and of course LTJ Bukem. Happy 50th!

The Down Low: Session 050 – 1.5hrs of Chill Out and Ambient

Alien Mutation & Cyberix – I Had a Hallucination
Aphratec – Quebec
W – Redheadedstepchild (Symbiosis Remix)
Initial Research – System Procedure
Massive Attack – Three
Unlimited Dream Co. – Feel Like I’m Falling
D’Cruise – Sega Rally (Trip Hop Mix)
Juan Hansen – Hiding Sun
LTJ Bukem – Moodswings
Moby – Move (Volume Remix)
The Sunkings – Galapagos
Electronic Brain – The Future
X-Pulsion – Ninety Two
The Fluid – The Man With Three Heads
Orbital – Attached (Tease)
Black Noise – Black Noise
Synthetix – The Tao of Dub
LunaSol – Butterfly
LTJ Bukem – Cosmic Interlude
Mulios – Argentine Dream
Erkka – Talk to the Hand
Deep Space Network – Eleven Bars

The Down Low: Session 048

When D&B producers put their mind to slower tempos they often leave other producers who eat, sleep and breath those tempos in the dust. This time we give the Down Low treatment to 140bpm. While there are some non-D&B producers sprinkled throughout, Sunchase, Amit, Bop, Shy FX, Dub Phizix, Resound, Calibre, Nelver, Seathasky and Om Unit all have their roots firmly planted in the 170bmp world of D&B.

Covering off Ambient, House, Techno, Breaks, Bass, Dance Hall and Electronica this set is the definition of eclectic. Special shout to Shy FX for his tune Carnival Culture which Ive been trying to slide into a set for the longest time. Looks like I finally got there.

The Down Low: Session 048 – 1hr+ of Ambient, House, Techno, Breaks, Bass, Dance Hall and Electronica

Minor Science – Second Language (Intro)
Sunchase – Nowhere
Amit – Acid Trip (j:kenzo Remix)
Addison Groove – Brand New Drop (Nikki Nair Remix)
Bop – Beach Simulator 3D
Dustmite & Kuru – Kare
Shy FX – Carnival Culture
Conduct x On-U Sound feat. Ce’Cile & Toddla T – Make up Your Mind (Dub Phizix Remix)
Nite Flite – Playbook
Luz1e – 4/5//20/18/15/9/20
Resound – Step Ahead
Chimpo – Murda Boy
Calibre feat. Cimone – Time to Breathe
Bop – Winter Mood
Calibre – Has to Happen
Nelver – Endless Planet
Bop – Twilight
Seathasky – Sun Stars Sky
Om Unit – Despite It All
Vandera – More Past Than Future

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: 179 – Call the Ambience 15: ICU

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Number 15 in an ongoing series of Ambient D&B journeys. Featuring masters of the chill like Bop, Flowrain and Rainforest. Plus a few unexpected takes from artists better known for their heavier styles such as Sunchase, Elementz of Noize and Adred.

Ear & Drum Session: 179 – Call the Ambience 15: ICU

Bop – Waterfall
Dharma Kaya – Flux
Zero T & Beta 2 – Misdemeanour
Sunchase – Karabi
Elementz of Noize – In the Wake of an Avalanche
Flowrain & Simstah – Manaslu (Interlude)
Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 2
Klute – Highly Addictive
Adred – Before Your Eyes
Bop – Memories
Sofie Birch – Time Swim
Rainforest – Firefly Sanctuary
Hiddenwave – Visualise
Korsun – Dove
Lowbreaker – Free Your Mind
Elementz of Noize – Permafrost
Nasty Habits – Liquid Fingers (Goldie Remix)

Ear & Drum Session 160: Call the Ambience 14 – Intensive Care

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.

Call the Ambience 14: Intensive Care – 1hr of Ambient D&B

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)

Call the Ambience 12: Pulmonary Massage – Ear & Drum Session 150

Back once again with a chilled out D&B selection leaning heavily on the sounds of Synkro and Stillhead who have been in heavy rotation at the Ear & Drum ranch. Big ups have to go to Amoss, Etherwood and Bop who all have fresh LPs and EPs out and well worth tracking down.

This is a perfect weekend and morning after selection designed to relax and take you on a journey. No hard edges here, just smooth beats and purring b-lines to massage the mind, body and soul.

Call The Ambience: Pulmonary Massage – 1hr+ of Chill & Bass

Bop – Untitled Pattern 48
Synkro & Manos – Shoreline
Stillhead – After Sundown
Lapalux – Without You
Oliver Yorke – Ryoan-Ji
Sieren – U8
Sunchase – When We Are Alone
Synkro & Manos – In My Arms
Stillhead – Bittersweet
Blocks & Escher – Gulls
Amoss – Souza
Stillhead – Dwelling
Synkro – Midnight Sun
Blueprint – Cascade
Massive Attack – Teardrop (Stillhead Remix)
Ehterwood – Surrendered
Etherwood – In the Wind
Synkro – Vanishing Point
Synkro & Manos – Lost HEre
Amoss – Quiet Weekend
Logistics – C.Lone
Amoss – The Last Journey Home

Call the Ambience 11: Recovery – Ear & Drum Session 144

It’s been a long time between drinks for the Call the Ambience series, but finally I’ve got enough of the beautifully chilled out tracks to make up a mix.

I’ve banged on plenty about Leaf’s Groove, but it really is a track that can slot into any set including an ambient one. Shouts to Eschaton for his track Kokoro No Heiwa (Ziyan Remix), first appearing on his Icaros LP the remix by Ziyan really is something special. Also sending a holla to Aeon Waves for his Obscure EP which features heavily here. Definitely a producer I’ll be keeping an ear out for in the future. And one last call for the mighty Mitekiss who’s remixing duties on London Elektricity’s – Just One Second really is the perfect set ender.

I love this style of D&B so here’s hoping the next Call the Ambience doesn’t take as long to come around as this one did. Enjoy the chillness.

Call the Ambience 11: Recovery – 1hr of Ambient D&B

Clothcutter – Song for Γ‰a
Thomas B – Psychedelic Reality
Nuage – Rivers Revers (feat. Bop)
Leaf – Groove
Urbandawn – Spare Life
Aeon Waves – The Secret Guardian
Eschaton – Kokoro No Heiwa (Ziyan Remix)
Aeon Waves – When Time Stops
Added – You Know
Seba & Robert Manos – Machine
Lenzman feat. IAMDDB – In My Mind (Reprise)
Om Unit – Seraphim
Aeon Waves – Obscure
End.User In My Sleep Instead Of MY Life
Halogenix – Her Waves VIP
Clothcutter – Free Range
London Elektricity – Just One Second (Mitekiss Remix)

A Stranger Thing – A journey through the Upside Down

If you’ve seen the incredible homage to 80s Spielberg that is Stranger Things, you’ll know that the soundtrack is both beautiful and haunting in equal measure. If you haven’t seen Stranger Things go and watch it now and come back, I’ll wait…

This is my first pure Ambient mix heavily based on the wonderful music produced by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein. It is as drifting and floaty as you’d expect but, much like the show, has an unsettling underlying malice that never lets you relax completely.

Shouts out to Burial, Marc Romboy and Tawbaq who also contributed and here’s hoping this is the start of some more regular in terms of Ambient mixes. If you listen and like, leave me a comment so I know to do more. πŸ™‚

A Stranger Thing – 1hr+ of Ambient Music

Burial – Subtemple
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – This Isn’t You
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Hawkins
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Walking Through the Upside Down
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – She’ll Kill You
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Hopper Sneaks In
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – They Found Us
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Leap of Faith
Burial – Beachfires
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Where’s Barb?
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – It’s Not My Boy
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – The Upside Down
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Cops Are Good at Finding
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Run Away
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Something in the House
Marc Romboy – Voyage de la Planete
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Speak of the Devil
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Tribulations
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Eleven
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Gearing Up
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Danger Danger
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Inside the Black Room
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Breaking and Entering
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Kids
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Kids Two
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Castle Byers
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Something in the Wall
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Lights Out
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things (Extended)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – What Do You Know
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Photos in the Woods
Marc Romboy – La Machine du Temps
Tawbaq – Paralel Prologue

Call the Ambience 10 – Tranquilizer – Ear & Drum Session 124

I never though I’d get to a 10th instalment of this infrequent Ambient D&B series. But I am please to report the genre is going from strength to strength and it seems more producers are turning their hand to chilled out 170bpm+ music today than ever before.

Perfect for travelling or just chilling on the couch, these beats are designed to take you on a journey. So strap yourself in and enjoy some down time.

Shouts out to Dan Moore who was the inspiration for the original Call the Ambience mix I put together four years ago. You are a constant inspiration and top sort. πŸ˜‰

Call the Ambience 10 – Tranquilizer – 1hr of Ambient D&B

Oak – Farewell to Zeros
Bop – Deep Inside
Bop x Synchro – Telescope
Commix – Freefall
Need for Mirrors – Wow
Alex Perez – Had I Known
Om Unit – Le Singe
Electrosoul System – Before After
Pageant – Magician
Ash Walker – Thunder (feat. Lord Laville)
Aerostat Industry – Ocean of Money
Nomine – Blindman (Om Unit Remix)
Om Unit – The Mirror
Oak – Twilight
Microfunk Crew feat. Robert Manos – December
Calibre – Space Time (feat. Cleveland Watkiss)
Seba – Desire
Influx UK (feat. MC Fats & Gina) – Souls Unite (Influx UK and DJ SS Soulside Remix)

Call the Ambience 9: Induced Coma – Ear & Drum Session 114

Drift towards centre with this collection of beautiful tunes and intricate beats. Much respect goes out to Metro and his new LP, Fugue State which is simply stunning as is the re-mastered T.Power classic The Self Evident Truth of an Intuitive Mind. Both get heavy rotation here along with Akuratyde’s Embrace EP.

This is the perfect mix to relax to while you enjoy the holiday break and finish out the year. Cheers to all those who have listened though out 2015 and here’s to more music in the year to come.

Call the Ambience 9: Induce Coma – 1hr+ of Ambience D&B

Metro – Digital Age
T.Power – Indigo
Hyroglifics – Little Hearts feat. Bogus
Metro – Fugue State
Akuratyde – Sway
T.Power – Octagon
Thesis & Anastasia – The Bridge
Electrosoul System – Traffic
Metro – Nimbus
Akuratyde – The Left Behind feat. Eusebeia
London Elektricity – Tenderess (Beatless Mix)
T.Power – Circle
T.Power – Trapezium
T.Power – Silver
T.Power – Amber
T.Power – Triangle
Metro – Words & Ideas
Krone – Micrococmos
Andre Donald – Soft Landing
Andrew Cash – The Sound of Eternity
Akuratyde – Embrace
Akuratyde – Lights in My Eyes
Ill K – Windspiel
T.Power – Square
London Elektricity – Swivel (Beatless Mix)