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Ear & Drum Session: 187 & 188 – Sunshine One Day & Cloudy the Next

These two mixes complimented each other when I made them so I’ve decided to put them up as a rare double post.

Sunshine One Day is an upbeat Liquid mix with a euphoric vibe. With tunes from Mitekiss, Bop and Duoscience it is just a straight up damn good time.

Cloudy the Next is another Liquid mix, but on a more subdued and chilled vibe featuring The Vanguard Project feat. DRS, Seba and Pacific. Still in the same territory as Sunshine, but definitely a little more introspective and laid back.

Sunshine One Day – 1hr of Upbeat Liquid D&B

Zero T – Jazz Tone
Keen – Fall Beneath You (feat. Etherwood)
Andy Skopes & Madcap – Part of Me
Alix Perez – Concrete
Mitekiss – Tonic
Style – Apology
Break & Kyo – The Edge of Time (Workforce Remix)
Adred & Jamal – Complicated (feat. Christina Tamayo)
QZB – Take it All (feat. Charli Brix)
Bop – Insight
Malaky – Believe
Radias – Whirlpool
Sili – In The Mood
Duoscience – Memorial
Jakart & KD – Atman
Smote – Without You (feat. T:Base)
Subdue – All Your Reason
Vice, Charlotte Haining & Etherwood – Little Bit Lighter

Cloudy the Next – 1hr of Laid Back Liquid D&B

The Vanguard Project feat. DRS – Everyday Is Stolen
Hiraeth – All This Time
Invaderhertz – Your Love
Mystific – Atlantic Desire
Whiney – No Good
Mistrust – Only Ever You
Hiraeth feat Critical Event – Hold On To Me
The Upbeats & Shapeshifter – Uncharted (Workforce Remix)
Reburf – We Could Be
A Sides feat. MC Fats – Arctic
Seba – Chebourashka
Pacific – Divinity
Get & Joshua – Sun Shining
Whiney – November
London Grammar – If You Wait (Long Enough You’ll Get the Calibre Remix)
Alix Perez – Concrete
Cyber Posix & Valiant Emcee feat. Trac – Never Too Late
Shy FX, Chronixx & Jvck James – Bye Bye Bye (S.P.Y. Remix)

Ear & Drum Session: 186 – The Vibe

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.

The Vibe – 1.5hrs of Atmospheric D&B

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)

Ear & Drum Session: 185 – Rabbit Whole

Heading back out to the depths with this mix of minimal and deep D&B. This style seems to be slowing down a little in terms of output, but the quality is still all there with artists like Anile, Shinbu and Mako still blazing a trail of stripped back beats and low sub-bass.

It’s also interesting to note that older producers know for completely different styles like Carl Cox and Dom & Roland are chipping in with their own unique take on the sound. Shouts once again to Thermal for his Black Dog Remix of Heitor Leal Farnese’s – E näo foi à lápis.

Rabbit Whole – 1hr of Deep & Minimal D&B

Hexa – Solitude
Anile – U No who U R
M-Zine – Skulk
Digital – Robber VIP
Enei feat. Charli Brix – Just One Look
Shinbu – Sleep Box VIP
Sedax – Subframe
Mako – Flip It
Particle – Camberwell
Melinki & Trex – Listen
Ray Keith – Renegade (T>I Minimal Remix)
Shinbu – Traitors VIP
OZB feat. Rider Shafique – City on the Look
Brain & Zerozero – Electronic Music
Spinline – Brighton
Russell Small – It Is What It Is (Bad Ass Disco) Carl Cox Remix
Ricky Force – What’s Up
Workforce – Your Moves
Rohaan & Tek Genesis – People of Eve
Dom & Roland – A Broken Heart
Heitor Leal Farnese – E näo foi à lápis (Thermal’s Black Dog Remix)

Ear & Drum Session: 184 – After Dark

Liquid D&B has been so solid this year it really is a genre I can’t stop mixing. The warm but deep, solid b-lines, sublime melodies and vocal hooks have taken D&B by storm in 2020.

Producers who have had long term underground success with the sound like Alix Perez, Nelver and Rowpieces are now definitely getting some more mainstream recognition. Plus we are seeing other ‘big name’ producers like Shy FX, S.P.Y. and Breakage successfully switching their sound to a more liquid style.

This mix encompasses some of the best Liquid tunes from the first half of the year and rolls them into a solid hour.

After Dark – 1hr+ of Liquid Bangers from 2020

Alix Perez – Concrete
Monrroe feat. Sydney – As I Fall
Enei feat. Charlie Brix – Just One Look
Shy FX feat. Chronixx & Jvck James – Bye Bye Bye (Spy Remix)
Keeno – Equinox
Nelver & Aperio – Constellations
Pacific – Dust
London Grammar – If You Wait (Long Enough You’ll Get the Calibre Remix)
Bronski – Hype
A-Sides – Follower
Duoscience – SpaceX
Mollie Collins & Y-Zer – Try More
A-Sides feat. MC Fats – Arctic
Emba & DRS – Move Steady
Rowpieces – The Storm is Here
Phaction – The Fall
Nelver – Start Key
Resound – Bouge Bass
Shy FX feat Sinead Harnett – Too Shy (Breakage Remix)
Frederic Robinson – Skip
Koherent – Close to Me
The Outsiders feat. Ida – Run Away

Ear & Drum Session: 183 – Beast

I don’t often dip into the heavier side of D&B, but always enjoy it when I do. With old classics being remixed like Benny L’s remix of Dark Soldier and T>I’s Minimal VIP of Ray Kieth’s – Renegade, plus new drops from the likes of Adred on Metalheadz, A-Sides and Amon Tobin and Double Click’s – Two Fingers project there is plenty in here to be happy about.

Special shout out to Thermal for his Black Dog Remix of Heitor Leal Farnese – E näo foi à lápis. Remixes don’t come much more obscure, or tougher than this. Thanks for thinking of me.

Beast – 1hr of Heavy D&B

Dark Soldier – Dark Soldier (Benny L Remix)
Symplex & Camel – Twilight
A-Sides – Tower
T>I – Foot Drop
Duoscience – Magido
Ray Kieth – Renegade (T>I Minimal VIP)
TeeBee – Blue Rose (Chrisp & TeeBee’s Lynch’ed Remix)
Halogenix & IMANU – Technoid
Adred feat. Commix – Interface 01
A-Sides – Edge VIP
FX909 – The Call
Next Chapter – Nowhere Fast
Kings of the Rollers – Somebody Else (feat. Lydia Plain)
Survival & Script – Chant (Survival VIP)
Rohaan – Burner
Artificial Intelligence – Uprising (Revisited)
Adred – Amenity
Mayhem, Logam & Gridlock – All I Do (Gridlock VIP)
Two Fingers – Fight! Fight! Fight!
Heitor Leal Farnese – E näo foi à lápis (Thermal’s Black Dog Remix)

Ear & Drum Session: 181 – Smells Loud

Back on the Liquid roller tip, this really is a genre that has come into its own. The groove and funk crafted into tunes by the likes of Furney, Workforce, Lenzman and their contemporaries is nothing short of amazing. And it is hard not smile and move when you here these tunes.

Special shout out to the classic combo of A Sides feat. MC Fats who tune Arctic could quite possibly be my pick for tune of the year.

Smells Loud – 1hr of Liquid Rollers

Sunchase – Why We Are Here (I Wannabe Remix)
Larigold – Half a Wonder
Furney – Haze
Senpai – Atlantis 2046
Seba – Lviv
Calibre – Years
Nu:Tone – The Moment feat. Lea Lea
Bop & Unquote – Drifting Away
Seba – Chebourashka
Mako – Holding You
Radical – Without a Word (I Wannabe Remix)
Workforce – In the Throws
Villem, McLeod & MC Fats – Perfect Solution (Black Barrel Remix)
Altitude – Wounded
A Sides feat. MC Fats – Arctic
Calibre – Sense Soirée
GLXY – Falling
Miss Redflower – Conundrum
Senpai – Hypersleep
Lenzman & IAMDDB – In My Mind (Break Remix)
mSdoS – Dissappointments

Ear & Drum Session: 180 – Deep Dive

I have always been a huge fan of Teebee’s early works on Certificate 18 and later on his own Subtitles imprint. Teebee recently went on a remastering rampage on his entire back catalogue of early LPs, EPs and 12″s all of which can be found on his Subtitle’s Bandcamp – https://subtitlesmusic.bandcamp.com/

To say I was pleased is an understatement. I pretty much own most of these tracks on vinyl already, but was more than happy to pony up again for the digital remasters because there is just so much great music in this man’s back catalogue. From singalong R&B bootlegs to dark, brooding techstep monsters one thing Teebee’s early work has is serious funk.

If you are feeling any of the tunes you hear in this mix please do the right thing and purchase them for yourself. They are cheaper than ever and have never sounded so good.

Deep Dive – 2hrs of Teebee at his Finest

TeeBee – Kung Fu
TeeBee – Destiny
TeeBee – Space Age
TeeBee – White Venom
TeeBee – Lifeless
TeeBee – Two Faced
TeeBee – Only You
TeeBee vs. Brandy – You DOn’t Know Me (TeeBee Vocal Remix)
TeeBee – Forever Lost
TeeBee – Severed Dreams
TeeBee – Vengeance
TeeBee – Black Rain
TeeBee – Blue Rose (Chrisp & TeeBee’s Lynch’ed RMX)
TeeBee – Capable
TeeBee – Guilty
TeeBee – Gravity Distortion
TeeBee – Retrofunk
TeeBee – Warehouse
TeeBee vs. Future Prophecies – Let The Bass Kick
Calyx & TeeBee – The Quest
TeeBee – The Force 3
Cause4Concern – Luca (TeeBee Remix)
TeeBee – Frequencies
TeeBee – Deceive
Photek – Ni Ten Ichi Ryu (TeeBee Remix)
TeeBee – Human Reptile (Alternative Remix)
TeeBee – Let Go
TeeBee – Rave Alarm
TeeBee – State of Unrest
TeeBee – Silent Depths
TeeBee – Sunday Sessions
TeeBee – Dimensional Entity
Kraken – Side Effects (TeeBee Remix)

Ear & Drum Session: 179 – Call the Ambience 15: ICU

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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.

Ear & Drum Session: 179 – Call the Ambience 15: ICU

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)

Ear & Drum Session: 178 – Ozone

Heading back out into deeper waters with this mix of moody and minimal sounds. D&B is all about setting a mood, so this seems fitting for the times.

The whole thing starts and finishes with Dom & Roland who’s latest album, Lost in the Moment, is a much deeper and pensive affair than his usual style. Other standouts are Dub Phizix & Strategy making a return with their signature sound on Deh, new comer Jolliffe with Time Please and Creep in the Dark and Breakbeat luminary Decline going back to his D&B roots with Crossover.

I’d like to send a thought and prayer out to all those currently in the war zone that is the USA. Stay safe, be the change you want to see and know things are always darkest just before the dawn. #blacklivesmatter

Ozone – 1hr of Deep D&B

Dom & Roland – State of the Art
Oliver York – Treasured
Entire – Taura
Moresounds – Flocon
T>I – Foot Drop
Dub Phizix & Strategy – Deh
Atlantic Connection – Gravity
Dom & Roland – Binary Star
Jolliffe – Time Please (feat. Jake Blake)
Contact Lost – Vector
Jolliffe – Creep in the Dark (feat. Ad-Apt)
Adred feat. Robert Manos – Flesh Wounds
Fetus – Dirty Air
Rockwell – Vent
Decline – Crossover
Adred – Sci-Fi
Acid_Lab – Instinct
Dom & Roland – A Broken Heart

Ear & Drum Session: 177 – Another Giant Leap

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Part two of a series focusing on classic 2-Step and Techstep tracks from back in the day. This time we’re heading into the late 90s early 00s sound with such luminaries as Boymerang, Reprezent, Nasty Habits, Ed Rush & Nico, Jonny L and more!

This really is a who’s who of the turn of the millennium 2-step sound. This mix is designed to keep you bouncing around the house until it’s safe to go outside again. Enjoy!

Another Giant Leap – 1hr+ of 2-Step Classic

Boymerang – Soul Beat Runner
Ink – Ice Age
Outfit – New York
Dillinja – Hard Noise
The JB – Say What (The Blind Man)
Reprezent – Share the Fall (Grooverider’s Jeep Style Mix)
Phobia – Clean Break
Scorpio – Trouble
DJ Krust – Warhead
Nasty Habits – Prototyped
Ed Rush & Nico – The Force is Electric
Ed Rush & Nico – What’s Up (Alternative Mix)
Desired State – Invasion
Jonny L – Moving Thru Air
Future Forces Inc. – Point of Origin
Technical Itch – The Dreamer (Future Forces Remix)
Flatliner & DJ Freedom – Deeper Levels (Remix)
Marcus Intalex & ST Files – How You Make Me Feel