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Call the Ambience: Pulmonary Massage – Ear & Drum Session 150

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.

Call The Ambience: Pulmonary Massage – 1hr+ of Chill & Bass

Bop – Untitled Pattern 48
Synkro & Manos – Shoreline
Stillhead – After Sundown
Lapalux – Without You
Oliver Yorke – Ryoan-Ji
Sieren – U8
Sunchase – When We Are Alone
Synkro & Manos – In My Arms
Stillhead – Bittersweet
Blocks & Escher – Gulls
Amoss – Souza
Stillhead – Dwelling
Synkro – Midnight Sun
Blueprint – Cascade
Massive Attack – Teardrop (Stillhead Remix)
Ehterwood – Surrendered
Etherwood – In the Wind
Synkro – Vanishing Point
Synkro & Manos – Lost HEre
Amoss – Quiet Weekend
Logistics – C.Lone
Amoss – The Last Journey Home

The Down Low: Session 042

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.

Down Low: Session 042 – 1.5hrs of Chill

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

Tender – Ear & Drum Session 147

Bringing you a bit if a mixed bag this time around. A lot of the tunes here are from the exceptional New Blood 018 compilation from Medschool. For those that don’t know, New Blood is an annual release of fresh talent and unheard of producers and this years release was the best in a looong time so I had to throw down a mix to celebrate.

We have some Trap stye D&B on Tender Love by the oddly named A. Fruit, UK Grime inspired Who Run Tingz by Trigga & Chimpo and whole host of deeper beats from the likes of Amoss, Martsman and Dom & Roland.

Tender – 1hr of Fresh Beats

A. Fruit – Tender Love
SQUASH! – One!
OX7GEN – Trinity
Marcus Intalex – Ninety One
Martsman – Krine
Dom & Roland – A Broken Heart
Amoss – Flat Spots
Koherant – Low Key
Digital – Space Funk (Om Unit Remix)
Trigga & Chimpo – Who Run Tingz
Martsman – Kickoff
Blocks & Escher – Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Dexcell – Without You (Anile Remix)
Amoss – Timedrops
Enei & Kasra – 1000
A. Fruit – Tender Love (Tease)

The Down Low: Session 041

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.

The Down Low: Session 041 – 1hr of Techno, House & Breaks

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)

Dawn Breaks – Ear & Drum Session 146

Every now and then you do a mix where everything just goes right. This is one of those.

Inspired by the sounds from Etherwood’s incredibly beautiful LP In Stillness this is a melodic mix in which I’ve tried to program D&B songs, not just tracks. In Stillness is a rare beast in that most of the tunes on it are actual songs that just happen to be D&B too. Wonderful instrumentation, thoughtful lyrics and a musicality sorely missing in a lot of today’s dance music.

Shouts to Mohican Sun for the Cold Earth EP on Integral Recordings which is rapidly becoming a must have label for me. And to the Hospital/Medschool crew Bop, Subwave and Logisitics for keeping it real after all these years.

Dawn Breaks – 1hr of Liquid Lushness

Mohican Sun – Don’t Wait
Alekay – Love
Etherwood – Bears Breechers feat. Anile
Etherwood – Three Eagles
Mohican Sun – Living This Way
Fred V & Graphics – Hurricanes (Wild Love) Keeno Remix
Mohican Sun – Calgary
Bop x Subwave – Clair De Lune
Etherwood – In Stillness
The Vanguard Project – Is This Love
Alekay – Turbulence feat. Motive
Eschaton – Fallen Angel
Etherwood – Climbing
Etherwood – – A Hundred Oceans feat. Feels
Rafau Etamski – Need You
Silence Groove – Air Up There (Silence Groove Remix)
Etherwood – Surrendered
Artificial Intelligence – 1000 Souls
Logistics – Lotus Flower (Radio Edit)

Rudebwoy – Ear & Drum Session 145

Heavier D&B has been having a resurgence lately with labels like Metalheadz, Critical and Tech Itch Recordings all pumping out some quality darker beats.

Blocks & Escher’s heavily anticipated Something Blue LP contains the years first big anthem in Something Borrowed, Something Blue while the mysterious Brakken collaboration output has born fruit on their very first release.

A special shout to Trigga & Chimpo who’s massive Who Run Tingz track I finish off with. I’ve been hunting this tune for the last 12 months thinking it was new and only to realise it came out about 3-4 years back. πŸ˜›

If you like your beats hard you’ll love this, if you unsure give it a go and who knows you might just grow to love it as much as I do.

Rudebwoy – 1hr of Hard D&B

Blocks & Escher – Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Brakken – Rat
Lowriderz & Electrosoul System – Face Off
1991 – Jungle Cats
Ulterior Motive – Step Change
Soul intent – Give You Back
Synth Ethics – Cloudbreak
Chase & Status – Tribes
Surreal – Change the Program
Andy Skopes & Mr Joseph – Call to Arms
Technimatic – Night Vision VIP
Goldie – I Adore You (Total Science Remix)
Alibi & Command Strange – Skyline VIP
Brakken – Blue River
End.User – Stillness (Re-Edit)
Mohican Sun – Sprialled
Alibi & Command Strange – Ahead of Me VIP
Trigga & Chimpo – Who Run Tingz

Call the Ambience 11: Recovery – Ear & Drum Session 144

It’s been a long time between drinks for the Call the Ambience series, but finally I’ve got enough of the beautifully chilled out tracks to make up a mix.

I’ve banged on plenty about Leaf’s Groove, but it really is a track that can slot into any set including an ambient one. Shouts to Eschaton for his track Kokoro No Heiwa (Ziyan Remix), first appearing on his Icaros LP the remix by Ziyan really is something special. Also sending a holla to Aeon Waves for his Obscure EP which features heavily here. Definitely a producer I’ll be keeping an ear out for in the future. And one last call for the mighty Mitekiss who’s remixing duties on London Elektricity’s – Just One Second really is the perfect set ender.

I love this style of D&B so here’s hoping the next Call the Ambience doesn’t take as long to come around as this one did. Enjoy the chillness.

Call the Ambience 11: Recovery – 1hr of Ambient D&B

Clothcutter – Song for Γ‰a
Thomas B – Psychedelic Reality
Nuage – Rivers Revers (feat. Bop)
Leaf – Groove
Urbandawn – Spare Life
Aeon Waves – The Secret Guardian
Eschaton – Kokoro No Heiwa (Ziyan Remix)
Aeon Waves – When Time Stops
Added – You Know
Seba & Robert Manos – Machine
Lenzman feat. IAMDDB – In My Mind (Reprise)
Om Unit – Seraphim
Aeon Waves – Obscure
End.User In My Sleep Instead Of MY Life
Halogenix – Her Waves VIP
Clothcutter – Free Range
London Elektricity – Just One Second (Mitekiss Remix)

Fresh Layer – Ear & Drum Session 143

Pushing the D&B boat out into deeper waters this time around. It’s already been a great year for the deeper sound with releases like Seba’s – Node 46 EP and Clothcutter’s – Landfall EP hitting all the right notes. Extra shouts to Leaf for his super infectious tune Groove which I can’t stop putting into sets ATM and Alix Perez for the monstrously large Dark Star, deservedly one of the most played tracks of last year.

That’s enough banter from me, go and get to listening to some great new music.

Fresh Layer – 1hr of Deep D&B

Ancestral Voices – Izula
Artilect – Ashen
Leaf – Groove
Tokyo Prose – Restricted Orbit
Clothcutter – You’ll Know Me
Kiril – Minimal Instinkt
Vromm – B Movie
Seba – Unreal Adventures
Whiney – Sleek
Shyun & Charli Brix – Circles
Detboi – Blood Drops
Bladerunner – Back to the Jungle (Hyroglifics Remix)
Enei & Kasra – 1000
Alix Perez – Dark Star
Peyo – 13th Floor
Seba – Node 46
The Untouchables – Clairvoyance
Digital – Time Out
Ali Perez – Nighthawks
Skeptical & dBridge – I’ve Seen

Little Fish in a Big Ponder – Ear & Drum 142

Keeping the 1996 Intelligent sound alive, this is a mix of contemporary Atmospheric D&B full of deep bass and lush melodies. The Atmospheric sound has had quite a comeback in recent years and the quality of the tunes on display here explains why.

Blame is the only old school trooper represented here with newer production talent such as Greekboy, Rainforest & the mighty Eschaton picking up the Atmospheric tourch and running with it. Shouts to Cryogenics too who has just release a new LP titled Preparation For Something That Will Never Happen that is full of this lush sound if you are looking for more music like this. Well worth a listen if you can track a copy down.

Little Fish in a Big Ponder – 1hr of Atmospheric D&B

Acid_Lab – Interstellar
Jazz Juice – Detroit (DJ Lee ’97 Remix)
Dub Phizix – Rotate
Marvel Cinema – Mechanical Dream
Furney – Time Again
Rainforest – Black Ocean Temple
Cryogenics – Where I Shine
Okee – Planet Blue
Static – The Grans (Orange & Blue White Light Remix)
Blame – Hindsight
Nemy – Broken Heart
Urban Trip & Thankee – Vi
Greekboy – Bring Memories Back
Eschaton – Between Nowhere and Everywhere (Zebedee Remix)
Greekboy – Crystals
MS.Dos & Greekboy – Stratosphere

The Ear & Drum recognised in the Top 40 D&B Blogs

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Ear & Drum so it was a very nice surprise to receive an email recently from feedspot.com informing me that the blog made it to #29 in their Top 40 D&B Blogs.

Most of you know I run this blog solo and simply do it for the love of the music, but it is always nice to get a little recognition. πŸ™‚ They even gave me a wee virtual medal. πŸ˜›

Thanks to everyone for their support down the years and here’s to the next 10 years.

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