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Worlds (feat Dorfex Bos) KeOSz & Trilo – Last Hope Calibre – Rare Groove Synkro – Back Then Subtle Mind & SubReachers – Withdrawn Biome – Light Seathasky – Sun Stars Sky The Specials – Ghost Town (DJG Bootleg)
Feels like forever since I’ve dropped a Down Low session and this one is way down in terms of chillness. Dedicated to the Wish FM mixes from the late 90s, I’ve tried to capture the deep floaty breakbeat vibes of Wish FM whilst keeping a good variety of genres to reflect then and now.
As always I’ve tried to get a decent slab of D&B producers in the mix flexing their lower BPM styles. This time around we have Bukem, Kid Loops & Cool Breeze, PFM, Peshay, Resound, Hype and Machine Drum all rolling deep and down. With a special shout out to Heights of Abraham’s – The Cleric, which is one of the few tracks I’ve been able to track down from the Wish FM sets. The bass on this one is special.
Invisible Beyond – Inner Reverence LTJ Bukem – Moodswings Marcel feat Henriett – Lovesick No.1 Kid Loops & Cool Breeze – Code of the Goddam Streets Heights of Abraham – The Cleric PFM – By the Chapel (She’s Waiting There for Me) Kid Loops – I Can See What They Ain’t Looking At Dizzee Rascal, Steel Bangiez & Alicia Harley – Energy & Powers Peshay – The Real Thing (90 BPM Version) Resound – Terminal DJ Hype – Dead A’s Machine Drum – Believe In U Meeting Minds – Strong Nature
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
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
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)