Category Archives: Soulful

Ear & Drum: Session 223 – 2021 Souled Out

2021 was the year of the vocal as far as Liquid and Soulful D&B was concerned. MCs like DRS, Fox and Cleveland Watkiss took full control, while the ever popular female vocalists like Emily Harkness, Lauren Archer and Jenna G kept the vibe sweet and soulful.

That being said some older heads like John B & Digital, Pola & Bryson and Calibre proved that you don’t need a vocal to nail that smooth, rolling vibe that only Liquid D&B can provide. All up 2021 was the year that the blues tinged soulful sound proved to be just as solid as some the harder genres out there.

Souled Out – 2hrs of the best Liquid & Soulful D&B from 2021

Mitekiss, Milo Merah & RWST – City Angels
DRS feat. Mindstate – Never Made It
John B & Digital – Time Goes By
Invadhertz, Felix Raymon & Jamal Dilmen
Alix Perez & Liam Bailey – Moving On (Break Remix)
KSR – Life, Money
Alix Perez feat. Even Everett & Spectrasoul – Forsaken (Calibre Remix)
Command Strange & MC Fava – Never Let Go
GLXY – Sweet Lows (feat. Rhi)
Seba – Sweet Magnolia (feat Jenna G)
London Elektricity – The Plan That Cannot Fail (10YR Rework)
Chimpo – Keep U Round (feat. Salo)
Seba & Emily Harkness – True
LSB & DRS – Umbrellas (GLXY Remix)
Mitekiss – Rain (Falling Down)
Inja – Smile More
Unknown Artist – Sweetest Taboo
Satl – Beautiful Struggle (feat. DRS)
Duoscience – Praise
Lally & Aailyah Esprit – Hustling’
LSB & DRS – Stop the World (Lenzman Remix)
DRS & Need for Mirrors – Running Back
Macca, Loz Contreras & Critical Event – Snow
LSB & DRS – Rise & Fall (Tokyo Prose Remix)
Technimatic & Riya – When the Dawn Breaks
Pola & Bryson & Solch – Neverend
Pola & Bryson – Under (feat. Lauren Archer)
Fox – Paper Weights (feat DRS & Calibre)
Mineral – Silent Promises
Lady Blackbird – Collage (Calibre Remix)
Operator Unknown & Leo Wood – Who
Inja – Pressure (feat. Cleveland Watkiss)

Ear & Drum Session: 216 – Outer Soul

Reaching back to August for this soulful mix of D&B. This style is really kicking off and the quality of the beats and vocals is only getting better and better.

Artists like Inja with their Smile & Wave LP are forging a style of D&B that not only sounds amazing, but tackles deeper issues than just getting busted up on the weekend and coming down. Tracks like Inja’s Pressure are still sing-a-long good times, but the subject matter of solo parenting are deep and really get you thinking.

Shouts out the one like Seba feat Jenna G too for their stunning tune Sweet Magnolia, which is definitely in my top 5 tracks for 2021, as is Lally & Aaliyah Esprit – Hustlin’. This is just beautiful music than makes my soul soar. Even those these tunes aren’t the absolute latest drops, there is plenty in here to get you singing, smiling and thinking all at the same time.

Outer Soul – 1hr of Soulful D&B

Satl – Never Far
Styke – Apollo
BCee – A Little Too Much
Science of Man – Never Without
Seba feat Jenna G – Sweet Magnolia
Sustance feat. Ruby Letitia – Rumours
Satl feat. DRS – Beautiful Struggle
Lally & Aaliyah Esprit – Hustlin’
Inja – Stranger
Unglued feat. Singing Fats – Sardinian Sunrise
Macca, Liz Contreras & Critical Event – Snow
Acid_Lab – Rainy Fridays
DJ SS & Azpect – Feeling Blessed (Soul Savage & Rosa G Mix)
Solsan & Bazil MC – Follow
Conspiracy – Metamorphosis
Satl – Give Up
Fox feat. DRS & Calibre – Paper Weights
Inja feat Cleveland Watkiss – Pressure
Satl & Tokyo Prose – Hazards

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