Back to the lower BPMs for a hot minute with a selection of Garage, House and Bass tunes. Don’t ask me for the micro-genres because it is all broken beats to me. Like most of my Down Low mixes, I like to still keep a solid ear on D&B artists doing interesting things at different BPMs.
Some highlights for me are GLXY’s – The LP Track, which is Garage at its catchiest from a guy who normally rolls out D&B. Nelver, another D&B wizard shows off his 130bpm chops with Show You and Wait for Me with BORKA FM. Moby proves he still has it with his track Rufuge and make sure you keep an ear out for the spine tingling sample lifted off Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce’s classic Locust / Cutslo in Kastle’s Garage 2 stepper 4 Real.
Minor Science – Second Language (Intro) Aspect – Little Bitta Bass GLXY – The LP Track Goldie – Inner City Life (Binary State Remix) Jack Michael – Think Twice Monika Ross – Cloud Steppin’ Nowheretobefound – Giving Up Aka Zeb – Deep Discovery Nelver – Show You Nelver feat. BORKA FM – Wait for Me Trudios & BLK JCK – Hold Tight (Massive) Symbiosis – Protocol DJ Tone – Breath Again Pepe – Lemon Fanta David Kochs – Heart Transplant Moby – Refuge Scuba – Never Forget Natasha Atlas – One Brief Moment (Klute Remix) Bioritm – Balkal MindOfaDragon – Hype M8 Kastle – 4 Real DJG – Say Something
Back on the 130bpm tip again, this Down Low focuses mainly on techno, breaks and garage beats with a darkish vibe. Kicking things off is the bleak Octurnal by Imogen & Ben Pest. This sets the tone for the first half until the jungle vibes of Dusky – Yoohoo (Benton Remix) and Dizzee Rascal’s return to form – You Don’t Know (Radio Edit) lighten the mood.
Keep an ear out for the closer, Vapourspace’s seminal trance rave classic Gravitational Arch of 10. It took me 20 years to track down this tune and I will never get tired of rolling it out.
Imogen & Ben Pest – Octurnal Sam Binga & Addison Groove – Galectro Bicep – Atlas Bicep – Apricots Bicep & Clara La San – Saku Blinding – Breath Out Acid Metric – Uppercut Kamikaze Space Programme – Radio Habstrakt & Marten Hørger – Ya Think Photek – Levitation Dusky – Yoohoo (Benton Remix) Dizzee Rascal – You Don’t Know (Radio Edit) Netsky – Complicated Pépé Elle – Cardon Dance Aerosoul – Isla Bianca (LTN Remix) Tony Romera – Stuck in Your Head Ae:ther – He Does Iy Vapourspace – Gravitational Arch of 10
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
It’s been a while since I’ve dropped a Down Low and this one is an eclectic mix of house, techno, breaks and even a trance classic in the form of Vapour Space’s – Gravitational Arch of 10. A tune which used to absolutely melt my mind on the dance floor back in the early 90s. Laurent Garnier has described it as the perfect Trance track and who am I to argue.
As with most Down Low Sessions, I’ve slotted in a few D&B artists takes on the lower BPMs and this one sees Sub Focus, Goldie, Photek and Joy Orbison all contribute 130bpm masterpieces to the vibe.
If you like pure electronic music I’m pretty confident you’ll love this, so enjoy.
Sepalcure – The Warning Numa Crew – BMX Sub Focus – Out the Blue (Laidback Luke Remix) DJ Technique – My Definition (Lee Coombs Acid House Remix) Stanton Warriors & Tony Quatro feat. Eva Lazarus – Get Low (Infrakt Remix) GLXY – The LP Track Vapour Space – Gravitational Arch of 10 Goldie – Inner City Life (Binary State Remix) Bob Sinclair – Save Our Soul (BT’s Re-edit) DJ Converso – Erris Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (DF’s Attention Vocal Mix) Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You (Extended Version) Billon feat. Maxine Ashley – Special (CamelPhat Remix) Photek & Pinch – M25fm Acid Metrick – Uppercut Joy Orbison – Off Season Stanton Warriors & Tony Quatro feat. Eva Lazarus – Get Low (UFO Project Remix)
Been an absolute age since I’ve dropped a Down Low Session and I am super excited about this one. A collaboration between William C. and myself, the selection duties fell to William. I then programmed the tunes into a workable order and let the music mix itself.
Flying by the seat of my pants, I didn’t want to listen to any of these tracks in their entirety. Instead, I just did some simple track marking and then dealt with any surprises as they came along. The result is a Deep House / Techno set William described as ‘Funny, witty, funkily playful – just full of emotion and brimming with happiness.’
First Born – Hey Mr (Tambourine Man) Paco Osuna – Let’s Dream Soul Boy – Harmonica Metro Area – Parton Candy Black Strobe – Nazi Trance Fuck Off (James Holden Remix) ILS – No Soul Marcella – Stabbing Sally Goldfrap – Train Superstars of Rock – Up All Night [Won’t Make the Gym] (Salt City Vocal Remix) Winx – You Are the One Piemont – Carbonat Greed feat. Lesley – Strange World (Lemon 8 Remix) Beanfield – Tides [C’s Movement #1] (Carl Craig Remix) Morgan PAge & Gregory Shiff feat. Astrid Suyanto – All I Know Yves Larock – Rise Up (Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Ramero’s Bambossa Mix)
Heading heavily into Dub Techno territory, this mix of laid back, slower beats has some cool surprises thrown in such as the Peverelist Remix of the Jonny L classic Piper and Sunscreem’s – Love You More.
Things do get slightly hectic with Vital Techniques remix of Decline’s breaks banger I Don’t Smoke & Hype M8 by MindOfADragon. Also big shouts to Goldie & James Davidson for their Subjective side project and their amazing and thoughtful new LP – Act One – Music for Inanimate Objects
Back with another session of greatness from the lower BPMs of house, techno and breaks. This one is an eclectic mix of deeper tracks until the end when things pick up into a more floor orientated affair.
Keep an ear out for the Ghost Remix of Chimpo’s DidDieDoDat?, Wave Racers rejig of Flume’s Never Be Like You and the huge b-line of Deekline’s Flute Ting.
Direct – Too Far Away
Daisuke Hinata – Huellas
Sokora – ACT4
Pessimist – Peter Hitchens
Detroit Pulse Machine – Polygraph
Dune – Boomerang (Quivver’s Boom Q Dub)
Sam KDC – Canon Law
Chimpo – DidDieDoDat? (Ghost Remix)
Gesaffestein – Duel
Acid Metrick – Uppercut
Spec X – Change
Electrosoul System – I Luv It
Several Definitions – Don’t Stop to Fall (Short Mix)
Pessimist – Inner Circle]
Flume – Never Be Like You (Wave Racer Remix)
Flume – Like Water (Jacques Greene Remix)
Deekline – Flute Ting (feat. Rtkal)
I don’t exactly know what category these tunes fall into other than amazing. They sound a little like house, but there are broken beats in there, and all I do know is that this is my favourite Down Low Session in quite some time.
Tunes to keep an ear out for are Sepalcure’s amazing Warning, which I’m putting up as the best way to start a set I’ve heard all year. Then there’s Stanton Warriors & Tony Quattro – Get Low (Infrakt Remix) which is pure breakbeat funk and has a vocal hook that gets stuck in your head for day. You have been warned. Last, but by no means least, is Calibre’s – Grow which is my favourite house track of the year by miles and also the name of Calibre’s new LP. If you haven’t heard it, get on it.
If you are anything like me, you’ll have this on rotation for quite some time so enjoy. 🙂
Sepalcure – The Warning
DJ Marky – Bella Drie (Nytron Power Remix)
Danv – Get Up Man
ASC – Soma
Stanton Warriors & Tony Quattro – Get Low (Infrakt Remix)
Tazer x Tink – Wet Dollars
Bonobo – Kerala
Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix)
Dirty South – I Swear (feat. ANIMA!)
Gustavo Koch – Animol
Tube & Berger – When They Come
Calibre – Grow
Kolsch – Grey
Aerosol – Isla Blanca (LTN Remix)
Ehterwood – Souvenirs (Friend Within Remix)
I’m still convinced that when D&B producers step away from 172bpm music they end up making better house, techno and bass music than most the producers dedicated to those genres. There is something about taking those technical skills honed at higher BPMs and turning them to slower electronic music that just works. As proof check this mix out.
Fanu, Bop, Nuage, Om Unit & Commix are all originally D&B producers who are now experimenting with lower BPMs and making some amazing music. There are of course some old favourites in here too such as Groove Armada, Tipper and James ‘where you get that voice?’ Blake.
This one starts out all hard and gnarly, but winds down and chills out the further it goes along. Enjoy what lays Down Low.
Two Fingers – Traces
Ital Ink – Vector
Moresounds – Sound Bizness
Fanu x Coleco – Inward Tripper
Dany Scrilla – Rigel7
Groove Armada – Inside My Mind (Blue Skies)
James Blake – Retrograde
Ticklish – Sum 1 Like U
Tipper – Ambergris
Bop – Fragments
Nuage – Secret Jungle
Om Unit – Fuzzd An Soup
DJ Rashad, Machinedrum & Nick Hook – Understand
Funkfood Records – Lonesome City Cowboy (Remix)
Pete Satürn – Loophole #1 (Titan)
Commix – Behold
It has been an absolute age since I’ve posted a free track, but Seraphim from Om Unit is worthy of the exception. Deep, beautifully crafted and high quality (in sound and file format) this track is simply a thing of wonder well worth sharing with the world.