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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.