Category Archives: Ambient

ALWAYZ WILL: 11th WAY MIX

1st mix on Ear & Drum! Respect to Wozo for reaching out from the land of tall trees. Hope you enjoy this latest edition to my sonic wayfaring. I used to mix only dnb, but slowly and surely other styles have entered the fray.

Runtime just over 1 hour,
Peace and Joy. AW x

Alwayz Will: 11th Way

Liminka – Where Are You Now?
Kahil El’zabar – In The Spirit
Grouper – Holding
Calibre – Manchester Nights
Youngsta, Nomine – 528 
Fikir Amlak, King Alpha – Temperance
Escapism Refuge – Missing 
Mark E – Fighter
PFM – Danny’s Song
Youngsta, Nomine – Foundations
SAULT – Masterpiece
LSB – Lose Yourself
Alix Perez – Desanka
Breakage – Clarandon
Chase & Status – Over & Done
Calibre – If you wait Remix
Kelela – On the Run
Damiano von Erckert – XTC Spirits Evolving to Higher Spheres
Hanna Tuulikki & Tommy Perman – Serotine
Recondite – Taum
Interplanetary Criminal – In My Arms
Floating Points – Problems
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes – Sinners

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 220 – Call the Ambience 16: Vertigo

It’s been a long while between drinks for the Call the Ambience series, but we’re back better and more chilled than ever. Even thought the releases of this kind of music seem to be slowing down a little, the quality is still high when it does drop.

Etherwood, dBridge and Atlantic Connection all contribute some wonderfully blissful music, as do 90s originators Alaska, Voyager and Bill Laswell. I’ve been trying to squeeze Laswell’s – El Hombre Invisible (for William S. Burroughs) into a set for years, and finally managed to pull it off here. This 15 minute journey is something else, and shows how formulaic modern day D&B has become.

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

Seathasky – For Love & Science
Rowpieces – 1st Love (Downtempo Mix)
Zero T & Beta 2 – Misdemeanour
Mystic State feat. Congi – Too Late (Captivate Remix)
Shebuzz – We Bring You the Future
Alaska – Azarca (Synkro Remix)
Muffler – November (Lo-Fi Hip-Hop Mix)
Ky! – I See U (Made in Russia Remix)
Voyager – Meraki
Bill Laswell – El Hombre Invisible (for William S. Burroughs)
The Vanguard Project & Fred V feat. Riya – No Words (Chill Mix)
Shebuzz – 34th Street
Atlantic Connection – Threshold
dBridge – I Know
Etherwood – Water in Your Veins
Sultan & Shepard feat. The Cut – White Lies
Etherwood – I Will Wave to You

The Down Low: Session 051

Another lower tempo chillout mix for those who prefer things a little less hectic. Kicking things off with a tune I’ve listened to for over 20 years, 030’s – Midnight in Europe optimises all that is great about early 90s after hours style tunes.

There are some classics like Chicane’s – Offshore, Orbital’s – Attached and Sunscreen’s – Love U More in the form of the relaxed Slam Mix mixed in with some modern day melters such as Calibre’s – Sand Promise, Synkro’s amazing Empty Walls and Time, plus Joy Orbison’s – Born Slipping. And all wrapped up with one trances best tunes of all time Vapourspace’s early rave classic Gravitational Arch of 10.

Sending this out to Fortune Cookie and anyone else who like couch tunes with a bit of break beat mixed in.

The Down Low: Session 051- 1.5hrs of 140bpm Chillout

030 – Midnight in Europe
Trevino – Sorrow
Grain – Ocean
Calibre – Sand Promise
Synkro – Empty Walls
Chicane – Offshore
Mark Ryder – Satellite
Bonobo – Cirrus
Joy Orbison – Born Slipping
Clearlight & Owl – White Mountain
Sunscreen – Love U More (Slam Mix)
The Sunkings – Galapagos
Brian Harden – Wizdom
Synkro – Time
Orbital – Attached
Synthetix – The Tao of Dub
Mulios – Argentine Dawn
God Within – Raincry (Spiritual Thirst)
Irresistible Force – Lotus Position
Vapourspace – Gravitational Arch of 10

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