Played out this set at the lovely Melodic Bar in Liverpool UK as part of their open deck night. Its a cool spot, highly recommended for any music headz in the area. Has its own radio station broadcasting from a shipping container above the bar – https://www.melodicdistraction.com/ Maximum boost to the friendly crew there!
Burial – Unite Djrum – Ode Photek – Can’t Come Down Djrum – St Martins Fikir Amlak – Walk With Jah Nomine & Youngsta – Foundation Darkstar – Need You Dominic Eulberg – Der Tanz de Gluehwuermchen (Rone Rmx) Synkro – Transient SpectraSoul – Melodies Instra:mental – Naked Zoo Sabre, Stray & Halogenix feat. Frank Carter – Oblique Alix Perez – Losing You Kelela – On the Run Calibre – If you Wait Remix Satl – So Much Better Commix – Scarlet Calibre – Mirage Bicep – The Game Burial – Rodent Echo in the Dark (Hanna & Tommy) – Serotine William Bell – Forgot to be Your Lover
Breaking out the 140bpm tempo this time around with a dirty dub heavy Down Low session. There are a few other styles in here as well, but the focus is firmly on the head nod of Dub influenced electronic music and Dubstep.
As always I’m looking to push D&B producers doing slower bits in these mixes so shouts out to Rainforest, Fox and Anz, Calibre, Synkro, Biome and Seathasky for all exploring outside of the 170bpm category.
And an extra special shout out to MC Duh for providing me with a copy of the DJG remix of The Specials – Ghost Town. Terry Hall passed away last year, and his influence on me and music in the 80s cannot be understated. Ghost Town was THE anti-anthem of Thatcher era Britain and it sound like nothing else I’d ever heard when it originally came out. This one’s for you Terry.
Rainforest – Badmanizer Hypho – Kumunda Fox feat. Anz – Live Life (Sherry S Remix) Vaults – One Last Night (Hippie Sabotage Remix) Xeonz – Away From U Trades Sound & BLK JCK – Hold Tight (Massive) Martyn – Recon Bingo Players – Rattle (Spenda C Remixxx) The Bug – Hammer (feat Flowdan) Coldcut x On-U Sound – Make Up Your Mind feat. Ce’Cile & Toddla T (Dub Phizix Remix) DJ Tone – Breath Again Easy – By Your Side Mystic State feat. Elana Montgomery – Fly (Sepia’s Light Out Remix) Unlimited Dream Co. – No Headaches Bassnectar – Other Worlds (feat Dorfex Bos) KeOSz & Trilo – Last Hope Calibre – Rare Groove Synkro – Back Then Subtle Mind & SubReachers – Withdrawn Biome – Light Seathasky – Sun Stars Sky The Specials – Ghost Town (DJG Bootleg)
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)