Category Archives: 2021

The Down Low: Session 051

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.

The Down Low: Session 051- 1.5hrs of 140bpm Chillout

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

Ear & Drum Session: 215 – Atmospheric Rays

Atmospheric D&B continues to go from strength to strength this year with artists like Acid_Lab, Seba, FX909 and Cryogenics & Eschaton knocking it out of the park. The fact PFM is re-releasing a bunch of classics doesn’t hurt either which is why this mix reflects the best of old and new Atmos tunes.

Atmospheric Rays – 1hr of Atmospheric D&B

FX909 – Awake
Acid_Lab – Paint Yourself
PFM – Driftin On By
Instruction Set – Forge La Funk (Ben Kai Remix)
PFM – For Caron (Are You Ready)
Seba feat. Jenna G – Sweet Magnolia
Madcap – Fall Down
PFM – This Must Be Love
Cryogenics – Earth-80
PFM – Living Without You
Forum – You Took It All
Akuratyde – Evergreen
Cryogenics & Eschaton – Blue Horizon
Lil’ Louis & The Party – Clap Your Hands (PFM Remix)
FX909 – Proud & Strong
Random Movement – Sleazy Bitch (Ivy Lab Remix)
Cryogenics – Cosmos
PFM – Aspirations

The Down Low: Session 050

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!

The Down Low: Session 050 – 1.5hrs of Chill Out and Ambient

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

Ear & Drum Session: 214 – PFM x 4Hero

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 x 4Hero – 1.5hrs of 90s atmospheric masterpieces

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)

Ear & Drum Session: 213 – Cloud Nine

Liquid D&B continues its amazing run of quality and quantity in 2021 with scene stalwarts like BCee, Lenzman and Pola & Bryson rolling out euphoric tunes like it easy. Spoiler, it isn’t.

We’ve also got some OG producers in the mix such as the recently retired London Elektricity with his 10 year rework of the classic piano monster The Plan that Cannot Fail. Plus John B and Digital with their ode to Mr B’s anthem Up All Night called Time Goes By. It is different, but the DNA can definitely be heard with the rave stabs and those airy pads.

Big shout to Dan Guidance and Henry too for lending me the name for the mix with their tune Cloud Nine. Sit back, shut your eyes and let the music take you away.

Cloud Nine – 1.5hrs of Euphoric D&B

Imo-Lu – Circle
John B & Digital – Time Goes By
BCee & Charlotte Haining – Remind Me (S.P.Y Remix)
BCee & Charlotte Haining – History (Technimatic Remix)
Ritual & Alpha Rhythm – Mote of Dust
Volition – Save You
Seba & JR Vallo – Second Path
Furney – Boulevard
Chimpo feat. Salo – Keep U Round
London Elekricity – The Plan That Cannot Fail (10Y Rework)
Anthony Kasper – Departure (Technimatic Remix)
Eschaton – Sadhanna (Pagent Remix)
Dan Guidance & Henry – Cloud 9
Duoscience – Praise
Random Movement – I Stayed Around (Lenzman Reinterpretation)
Technimatic & Riya – When the Dawn Breaks
Macca & Liz Contreras – Always Yours (S.P.Y Remix)
Pola & Bryson & Solch – Neverend
Pola & Bryson – feat. Lauren Archer) – Under
Elixr – Wanted You To Know
Crash Comet – Feeling
Monika & Akuratyde feat. Oktae – We Breath
BCee – Captured in Time (DPR Remix)

Ear & Drum Session: 212 – Urbane

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve hit up the rougher side of D&B, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some excellent heavy hitters out there at the moment.

Workforce continue to kill it with their giant roller Back Up. The ever reliable Muffler has smashed it again with the suitably titled Super Heavy. And ever the usually laid back and atmospheric Rain Forrest has come out swinging with his shot at hard and heavy, Shadow Work.

With a good mix of of old and new producers, this mix is one worth turning the volume and sub up on.

Urbane – 1hr of Heavy D&B

Q Project & Myth – Demonz
John B – Up All Night (Data 3 Remix)
Workforce – Back Up
Blood Trust – Transparent Blue (feat. Kid Drama)
Hexa – No More
Mikal – Resampled
Muffler – Super Heavy
Physics – Cultivator
Conrad Subs – Love 4 U
Jem One – Sunday Rain
Malign – Tearaway
Jubei – Slipstream
MKD – Krill
Rainforest – Shadow Work
Airstrike – Radials
Doctor feat. Tony Anthem – Tears of Mine (Gunmen & Specimen A Remix)
Paul T & Edward Oberon – Music’s Got Soul (feat. Cleaveland Watkiss)

Ear & Drum Session: 211 – Often Mist

Back again on the soulful D&B tip once again. It’s starting to look like this is becoming a movement within a movement, with liquid splitting out into dance floor movers and the more chilled, soulful sound.

A lot of the artists pushing this sound seem to be relatively new and coming through on labels such as Celsius, Fokuz and Spearhead. That being said, there are always some reliable regulars like FX909, GLXY and Pola & Bryson who also regularly touch on the soulful side.

An excited and extra big shout goes out to Voyager who has returned to his D&B roots and blessed us with some recent out put that is just as solid as his original releases from back in the day.

Often Mist – 1hr of Soulful D&B

Neuron – Sound of Water
Setting Sun – Walk:r
John B & Digital – Time Goes by
FX909 – Fly Away
Inadhertz, Felix Raymon & Jamal Dilmen – Too Much
Alpha Rhythm – Subarctic Signal VIP
GLXY – Sweet Lows (feat. Rhi)
Chimpo – Keep U Round (feat. Salo)
Voltage & Bulgarian Goddess – Endless Dreaming (Voltage VIP)
Submorphics – Let it Shine (feat. Satl & Veda Black)
Walk:r feat. Riya – Paragon
Lally & Aaliyah Esprit – Hustlin’
Macca, Liz Contreras & Critical Event – Snow
Citra – Snow
Akuratyde – Evergreen
Pola & Bryson – Under (feat. Lauren Archer)
Fox & Satl – Sunshine Blues (feat. KSR)
Voyager – Kokoro

The Down Low: Session 049

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.

The Down Low: Session 049 – A 1hr excursion into Techno, Breaks & Garage

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

EAR & DRUM SESSION: 210 – Feel the Floor

Dance floor D&B is flooding the release schedules at the moment, and it feels like the opening up restrictions around the world has inspired a lot of artists to try get people back to the dance.

This mix has some absolutely belting shufflers kicking off with Breaks rework of L-Side & MC Fats – High Times. In a similar good time vein is Paul T & Edward Oberon feat. Cleveland Watkiss – Music’s Got Soul. But to be honest all the tunes in this mix have that heady mix of euphoria, bass lines, beats and solid production that make you want to nod your head and move your feet.

Feel the Floor – 1hr+ of Floor Shaking D&B

L-Side & MC Fats – High Times (Break Mix)
Jubei – Barracuda
Silence Groove – No Service
DLR – Make My Mind Go
Kasra – Die 4 It
DLR, Script & MC Focus – Perception (Liohness Remix)
BCee, Charlotte Haining & Emba – Home for Good (Villem Remix)
Sweetpea feat. MC Chickaboo – The Jump Off
DLR – Sufferation
GLXY – Method
Paul T & Edward Oberon feat. Cleveland Watkiss – Music’s Got Soul
Stereotype – All I Need
Cosmology – Something Different
Lenzman – Down for Whatever (Jubei Remix)
Kidsonic – Deeper Love
DLR, Script & MC Focus – Perception (Trail & Dibby Remix)
The Sauce & Fox – Everything Boss
Future Cut – 20/21 (DLR Remix)
Universal Project – Lost In It
Mikal – Resample
Monia & Akuratyde – Amber
DLR – U.D.O
Kasra – Us
Acid Lab – Funk Tune
Punctual & Nabiha – The Step (Pola & Bryson Remix)

EAR & DRUM SESSION: 209 – Atmospheric LAyers

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.

Atmospheric Layers – 1.5hrs of Atmospheric D&B

ASC – Tradewinds
Equinox – From Above
Response – Betrayal
Nebula – Calm Breeze
Earl Grey – Mime Jar Lens
Nelver – Oceans of Rain
Voyager – Aurora
DRS, Dynamite MC & Unglued – Brothers
Kid Drama – Diazdaze
Seba – Nostalgia
Villem & Alpha Rhythm – The Maker
Jrumhand – Intuition
Bop – Memories
J Majik – Serenity
Equinox – Barcelona
Patience – Near Earth Orbit
Mineral – Silent Promises
Earl Grey – Levitate VIP
PFM – Aspirations