Recently PFM and 4Hero have remastered versions of some of their classic tunes that defined an era. PFM in the form of a bunch of singles and 4Hero with the re-release of their seminal LPs 2 Pages and Jacob’s Optical Stairway.
So what happens when you take two of D&B’s greatest acts and blend them together? Great things, that’s what!
PFM – For All of Us 4Hero – Universal Love (Single Version) 4Hero – Universal Love (Internal Affairs Mix) Jacob’s Optical Stairway – Majestic 12 Jacob’s Optical Stairway – Fragments of a Lost Language PFM – Is the Only and the One (Unreleased Original Full Length Version) Jacob’s Optical Stairway – The Naphosisous Wars 4Hero – One Final Hour Jacob’s Optical Stairway – Solar Feelings JMJ & Ritchie – Free La Funk (PFM Remix) 4Hero – Evacuation Plan PFM – Bonus Track PFM – Wash Over Me (Original Instrumental Version) Jacob’s Optical Stairway – Jacob’s Optical Illusion David Holmes – Gone (PFM Remix) Force of Nature – Cool Spot (PFM Remix) PFM – Dreams (Club Mix)
Atmospheric D&B has come roaring back with some of the scenes finest going back to their roots and producing some absolutely beautiful Intelligent style D&B. ASC, Equinox, Voyager, Seba and even PFM have been elevating the sound to new levels.
Not to be left out, newer heads such as Jrumhand, Earl Grey and even Metalheadz wunderkind Kid Drama are keeping up, bringing their own take to the classic Amen driven sound.
With Jungle being a hot property in D&B again, it’s easy to forget that Atmospheric D&B has been flying the Amen flag this whole time. With producers like Seba’s Secret Operations label and Eshaton’s Omni Music keeping the sound alive, Atmospheric D&B is better than ever. So much so we’re starting to see older producers like J Majik and ASC who moved away from the sound returning to their roots.
Backed up by established producers such as Bop, Duoscience and Greekboy the sound of rinsing Amens, lush pads and melodies and deep sub-bass is one that never seems to get tired.
Blade – Unreleased Anile – Earth & Mars Seba – Nostalgia Jrumhand – Intuition ASC – Clear Skies Rainforest – Villalongin Bop – Memories Seba – This is Our House Circa96 – Cave Dweller J Majik – Serenity ASC – Moment of Truth Eschaton & Future Engineers – Ascension AwakenFM – Atlantis Antony G – Getting Lost in Prague Focus 2 – Nova Era (Alex DB Nu Old Skool Age Version) Duoscience – Good to Be With (Recap) Greekboy & Okee – Lands of the Unknown
Harking back to the days of proper Atmospheric D&B this mix is a combination of stone cold, but lesser known, classics and modern day takes on the sound from the likes of Acid_Lab and Scape.
Featuring a lot of the early D&B best Atmospheric production talent such as DJ Pulse, Tango, DJ Harmony and Source Direct, I’ve tried to dig out remixes and different cuts of their classic tunes.
A BIG shout out to Andy Odysee and his imprint Odysee Recordings for keeping this sound alive in 2020 and for all the excellent mixes Andy himself has put together of this kind of stuff. It’s great that it is still being put out there for future generations to discover. Respect.
Tango – Revelations (Essence of Aura Remix) Nasty Habits – Chillin Out (Deleted Mix) Jazz Juice – Detroit (DJ Lee ’97 Remix) DJ Pulse – New York Sub Sequence – Drummin’ Space DJ Harmony – Let Me In (Adam F Remix) Harmony – What A House Harmony & Xtreme – Watch This (Remix) Dub Technicians – Icognito (Rollers Mix) Scape – Spirit World (Soul Intents Spirit of Speed Remix) Acid_Lab – Guess Who’s Back Source Direct – Different Groove The Dominion – Blue (Chapter 2 Remix) Universal Love – Together (Ryder’s Dream 132 Mix) Acetate – Ray of Sun Forme – New Element Austin – High Speed (Deep Down Mix) The Dominion – Fusion (Rhyder’s Dream 103 Remix) Photek – The Rain (Photek Remix)
There’s been a quiet revolution going on in the world of atmospheric D&B. A lot of producers have been putting the modern day D&B sounds aside and returning to the the golden atmospheric era of the mid 90s.
J. Majik released his aptly named Full Circle album chock full of retro sounds from the 90s. Producers such as Total Science, Dave Wallace, Seba and Blu Mar Ten have also gone back to their roots releasing lush, deep atmospheric beats reminiscent of the days of Bukem and Logical Progression.
This collection of atmospheric tracks is an encapsulation of all that is great within the sub-genre and well worth a listen if you enjoy swirling melodies and majestic vocals over repecharge beats and tight amen edits.
G-Force – Proximity (Furney 2019 Clean Up)
Okee – Earth Sky
Duoscience – Eternity
Total Science – Winds of Change
Dave Wallace – Lose Control
J. Majik – The Lost Tribe
Seba – Ryu-ki
R1C0 – Mission
Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 1
Blu Mar Ten – Sandstorm
Dave Wallace – Echos of Speed
Okee – The Invisible Limits
Kyhu – Time Lapse
One for the lovers of the Good Looking / Looking Good sound, this mix is chock full of modern atmospheric masterpieces from producers old and new. You have tracks from such luminaries as Source Direct’s classic Black Rose and new pieces from Blame, Seba, Q Project and Peshay. Plus some solidly soulful releases from newer artists like Marvel Cinema, Cryogenics and the wonderfully talented Eschaton.
Q Project – Instrumental (Remix) Infest – Blue Nature Eschaton – Titan (Original Drum Thump Remix) Seba – Nobody Knows Silence Groove – Air Up There (Airstrike Remix) Marvel Cinema – Mechanical Dream Seba & Manos – Always Photo – Rings Around Saturn (2000&X Remix) Seba – War on Music (feat. MC Blackeye) Double O – Shuffling on Zion’s Bus Blame – Hindsight Cryogenics – Forbidden Souls Electrosoul System – Letyat Utki (Duck Are Flying) [Folk Version] Cryogenics – The Black Tempest Kella & Juha – Svalbard Alonism Source Direct – Black Rose Hobzee – Don’t Go Peshay – Capricorn The Blunt Needles – Don’t Say Anything Eschaton – I Walked Over Rainbows to My Ancestors
This mix is a little different in that the music contained within has been selected by the good people over at the legendary D&B forum Dogs on Acid from a thread called ‘Is this the most beautiful DnB tune ever?’ You can find the thread here.
Feature the most beautiful D&B from the 90s, this mix is something special and a perfect way to round out the 10th Anniversary celebrations for the Ear & Drum.
Thanks to everyone who has supported and listened to any of the mixes from this blog down the over the past decade and here’s hoping we can last for another 10 years.
Blu Mar Ten – She Moves Through Blame – Sphere (Seba Remix) Premiata Forneria Marconi – Love & Happiness Tayla – Soul Searching PFM – For All of Us D’Cruze – Lonely J Majik – Repertoire Mirage – Bewildered PFM – One & Only Essence of Aura – So This is Love ’96 Essence of Aura – So This is Love Aquarius – Aquatic Mirage – Just for You Source Direct – Secret Liaisons JMJ & Ritchie – Free La Funk (PFM Remix) Skanna – Find Me A Touch of Jazz – Respected Not Accepted Peshay – On the Nile Mystic Moods – Music is the Basis of All Life (Concept 3) Seba & Lo Tek – So Long Shogun – Pegasus Dave Wallace – Flight Rogue Unit – Dance of the Sarooes (Nookie Remix) Mandalay – Flowers Bloom (Secret Lovers Remix) JMJ & Flytronix – In Too Deep Ballistic Brothers – Come On (Simon Templar Remix) 4 Hero – Golden Age of Life Fallen Angels – Frequency (Tango Remix) Bjorn – Inside My Soul The Roots – You Got Me (Blu Mar Ten Remix) Justice – Aquisse The Chameleon – Close Your Eyes and Listen The Sentinel – Awakening Intense – The Genesis Project Urban Jungle – Back in the Daze (Dub Plate)
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.
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