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
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)
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’re turning down the BPMs and kicking back with another Down Low Session. This blend is a mixture of old favourites I’ve already given an airing to in previous Down Lows and new tunes I’ve recently picked up.
Highlights on the favourite’s side are Tipper’s amazing chilled-out tune Virga, the Kirsty MacColl classic Walking Down Madison and Andrew Cash’s ecstatic The Sound of Eternity. And on the newer side we have Frank Chianese super smooth One Drop in the Ocean and Kid Loops & Cool Breeze – Code of the Goddam Streets. This actually an older track but it is new to me.
Slacker – A Million Dreams
Talaboman – Safe Changes
Tipper – Virga
Slam – Irritant
Delectatio – Moving Around
Frank Chianese – One Drop in the Ocean
Aquarius – Clue to a Mystery
Afterlife – A Little Bit of Love
Kevin Di Serna & Graziano Raffa – System Era
Kirsty MacColl – Walking Down Madison
Kid Loops & Cool Breeze – Code of the Goddam Streets
Andre Donaldz – Soft Landing
Andrew Cash – The Sound of Eternity
Rowpieces – Just 4 Love feat. Kryptomedic
Eissi – Lonely
Denote – Impressive
Lyth – Nirvana
Sending this one out to the roasters, this is a deep, atmospheric and ballsy mix of beats sitting around the 130bpm mark. Even though it has some growl to it, it is still all chill.
In typical Down Low style the genres are eclectic with dubstep, trip-hop, bass, house and electronica all thrown in. Even the eras are mixed up with a lot of contemporary tunes and a few from as far back as 1996.
I got a chance to listen back on this during a recent flight and it is perfect traveling music. So if you have a journey coming up over the holidays you could do worse than loading this one up and letting it take you there.
Dave DK – We Mix at Six Clap! Clap! – Ode to the Pleiades (Photay Remix) Brian Cid – Dissolved In You Nuage – Electricity Roy Davis Jr. – Chicago Heights D’Cruise – Sega Rally (Trip Hop Mix) Aved & Artemenko Valentyn – Natail Synkro – Images Goldie, James Davidson & Subjective – Re-Entry Goldie, James Davidson & Subjective – Inkolelo Terranova – Tell Me Why (feat. Stereo MCs) Deadmau5 & Scene of Action – Hurricane (Offaaiah Remix) Distorted Beauty – Pearls of the Night Subandrio – Mein Sohn EANP – Stamp Booka Shade – Understanding Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Wind Down (Outro 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 on the Down Low with a mix dedicated to one of electronic music’s best kept secrets Synkro. This man’s ability to lock in a groove and still keep a laid back vibe is second to none and I heartily suggest you track down some of his amazing music.
This mix is definitely for laying back and chillaxing to, so perfect for the weekend and after hours cru. I love all the stuff in here, but if I had to call out some tracks Synkro’s – Look at Yourself is a slice of house perfection, Future Sounds of London’s – Cascade remixed by Odyssia treats a classic with the respect it deserves and Photo’s – Totem is a dance floor monster while still staying relaxed in vibe. A very neat trick.
I hope you get as much out of listening to this one as I did mixing it. It is possibly my favourite Down Low Session so far so kick back and enjoy the ride.
Synkro – Don’t Know
DBridge – Digital Dread
Dustmite & Kuru – Kare
Blinding – Breath Out
Varg – Red Line II (127 Satra C) feat Yung Lean
COMODO – Golden (Himalia Dream)
Synkro – Look at Yourself
Future Sounds of London – Cascade (Odyssia Edit)
Rowl – Mi Love
Joy Orbison – Wet Look
Elkona – Your Love
Stillhead – Spirit Remains
Vacant – Serenity
Trashbat – Takaramachi
Bassnectar – Other Worlds (feat. Dorfex Bos)
Photo – Totem
Flume – Say it (SG Lewis Remix)
Om Unit – Despite It All
Calibre – The Spirit
Jacques Green – Afterglow
RL Grime – Scylia
Chase & Status feat. Noveli – NRG