With summer well and truly keeping our northern hemisphere brothers and sisters hot and sweaty, I thought now is the perfect time to drop a mix of soulful summer sounds to help keep things chill.
LSB leads the charge with a swag of soulful tunes from his exceptional self titled LSB album on his Footnotes imprint. Alix Perez’s Wairua EP also features more of the tuneful but tuff signature 1985 sound. And Redeyes sees a solid return to form with his To the Falls EP, featuring some tasty collabs with Tokyo Prose and Fox.
LSB – Endless Mystic State – Dreamscapes Motiv – Jupiter MNML & Brainwork – Miracle Mystic – Pieces of My Life LSB – Find A Way LSB – Bell Tune Dogs – Unwritten Freeboard & Toes – Water of Life Fish & Peron – Ascending Reality DRS feat. Need for Mirrors – Running Back High Contrast – Exposé (AI Remix) Bee – The Garden Redeyes & Fox – Wait Ting Alix Perez & Verbz – Stayed the Same Mirrorman – Waiting For You Audioholic – Bottlerockets Alix Perez – Wairua PFM – Broken Tears Redeyes & Tokyo Prose – Yukon
Heading into the golden era of the mid-90s for the 2nd installment of my Wax Doctor series. Since declaring this a three part series I’ve discovered a few more Wax Doctor tracks squirreled away in my vinyl collection under different names. So I’ll be adding a 4th mix to the series just for good measure.
A lot of these tracks are Wax Doctor collaborating with Alex Reece under the Jazz Juice and Unit 1 pseudonyms (later to become Fallen Angels), or as Bounty Killaz with Ashley Browne AKA DJ Pulse. There are definitely different moods to the sound depending on who the good Doctor teamed up with, Unit 1 being a lot tougher than the jazz inspired Jazz Juice for example. But in the end all of these tracks are pure quality and more than worthy of getting another spin.
Wax Doctor – All I Need Jazz Juice – Detroit Jazz Juice – Jazz Juice Unit 1 – Untitled Unit 1 – Love Me DJ Pulse – Stay Calm (Bounty Killaz Remix) Jazz Juice – Move Your Body Wax Doctor – Step Bounty Killaz – Silent Voices Bounty Killaz – Do it Now! Bounty Killaz – Killa Instinct (Alex Reece Remix) Model 500 – I Wanna Be There (Wax Doctor Remix) Wax Doctor – Cool Breeze
Wax Doctor is a producer who has always been close to my heart. He was a breakbeat pioneer who blazed a melodic trail in the early 90s, along with the likes of Omni Trio and Alex Reece, that defined a generation of music. He had two records in the first ten Metalheadz releases, more pseudonyms than you can poke a stick at, and was in high demand as a remix artist in D&B most formative years.
This is the first part of three mixes I’m putting together to celebrate the life and works and of Wax Doctor. Starting out in 1993 with some of his earliest Breakbeat Hardcore tracks and moving into the mid-90s, where he found his musical feet and started making serious waves in the D&B scene.
Kev Bird & The Wax Doctor – T.B.N (Tough But Nice) Kev Bird & The Wax Doctor – Dark Matter ’93 Wax Doctor – Fallen Angels Fallen Angels – Hello Lover (DJ Hype Remix) DJ Pulse – Let You In (Wax Doctor Remix) Wax Doctor – The Step Model 500 – I Wanna Be There (Wax Doctor Remix) Wax Doctor – Cool Breeze Wax Doctor – The Spectrum Unit 1 – Atlantic Drama Alex Reece – Basic Principals (Wax Doctor Rollout) Fallen Angels – Taken Over Bounty Killaz – Do It Now! (DJ Pulse Remix) Sounds of Life – Release the Bells (Wax Doctor Remix) Alex Reece – Acid Lab (Wax Doctor Remix) Wax Doctor – Kid Caprice Lunar Funk – Spacewalk Wax Doctor – Never As Good
This is the first mix of the new year to feature actual 2022 tracks in it. It’s a pumping little Liquid number featuring some of the genre’s best including KSR, DRS & Need for Mirrors, Seba, Mystific and S.P.Y. Extra big push for Furney and his new LP ‘Under Below’ which is an absolute belter and for the return of NZ favourite live D&B sons (and daughters) Shapeshifter and their new album ‘Rituals’.
HLZ – Orbit MNML & Brainwork – Miracle Shapeshifter – Lightspeed Mystific – Pieces of My Life Collette Warren, DJ Marky & Tyler Daley – One Exception (Pola & Bryson Remix) KSR – Life, Money Degs – Unwritten Seba – Public Beauty Furney – Lunar Tunes Furney & Lady Emz – Travel in a Day DRS feat. Need for Mirrors – Running Back Bungle – Forms FLM – One Time (Euphorics Remix) Hiraeth – A Time When HLZ – How I Feel S.P.Y – Dream Fragments Flowrain, Pulsaar & Devon – Blue (Decon Remix) Furney – Bengo Mystific – Space Cadet Subrix – Direction Particle – Fall 2 Fast
Back to the lower BPMs for a hot minute with a selection of Garage, House and Bass tunes. Don’t ask me for the micro-genres because it is all broken beats to me. Like most of my Down Low mixes, I like to still keep a solid ear on D&B artists doing interesting things at different BPMs.
Some highlights for me are GLXY’s – The LP Track, which is Garage at its catchiest from a guy who normally rolls out D&B. Nelver, another D&B wizard shows off his 130bpm chops with Show You and Wait for Me with BORKA FM. Moby proves he still has it with his track Rufuge and make sure you keep an ear out for the spine tingling sample lifted off Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce’s classic Locust / Cutslo in Kastle’s Garage 2 stepper 4 Real.
Minor Science – Second Language (Intro) Aspect – Little Bitta Bass GLXY – The LP Track Goldie – Inner City Life (Binary State Remix) Jack Michael – Think Twice Monika Ross – Cloud Steppin’ Nowheretobefound – Giving Up Aka Zeb – Deep Discovery Nelver – Show You Nelver feat. BORKA FM – Wait for Me Trudios & BLK JCK – Hold Tight (Massive) Symbiosis – Protocol DJ Tone – Breath Again Pepe – Lemon Fanta David Kochs – Heart Transplant Moby – Refuge Scuba – Never Forget Natasha Atlas – One Brief Moment (Klute Remix) Bioritm – Balkal MindOfaDragon – Hype M8 Kastle – 4 Real DJG – Say Something
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.
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
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)
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.
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)
Hitting up the soulful side of Liquid D&B again in this hour long excursion through some of the best melodic beats available right now.
GLXY has been creeping into my crate regularly of late. This duo has been rolling out beautiful tune after tune, and if you haven’t checked out their Research & Development LP I strongly suggest you get on it. Ritual is another who’s work on the Reach Out EP took me totally by surprise. With more hits than misses, this EP has no business being as amazingly strong as it is. And a big shout to Calibre (again) for his ridiculously lush remix of Lady Blackbird’s soul classic Collage. This one is in the running for tune of the year for me.
GLXY & [KSR] – Breathless Submorphics feat. Big Brooklyn Red – Daydreaming Vilem – One Track Mind The Upbeats & Shapeshifter – Aotea FX909 – Fly Away Redeyes feat. [KSR] – A Thousand Times GLXY – New Soul Ritual – Reach Out Ritual – Close Your Eyes Lenzman & Danny Sanchez – Gimmie a Sec GLXY feat. Rhi – Sweet Low Ritual – Currents Submorphics feat. Satl & Veda Black) – Let it Shine Ink & BTK – Triumph Erykah Badu – On & On (Silent Dust Remix) Pola & Bryson feat. Lauren Archer – Under Flo.Von & Tim Klein – No Better Sultan & Shepard feat. The Cut – White Lies (Keeno Remix) Lady Blackbird – Collage (Calibre Remix) BCee – Capture in Time (DPR Remix)
D&B has often been described as fast soul music and in this mix I’ll be leaning into that vibe. Kicking off with a cheeky bootleg of Soul’s of Mischief classic 93 Till Infinity and a remaster of Ink & J dub’s massive Feel Da Heat, the mix then settles into a soulful mix of new more laid back Liquid sounds.
You might notice I draw heavily from LSB & DRS’ new LP of remixed work from The Blue Hour – well worth checking out if you like their sound. And big shouts to Calibre for reworking Lady Blackbird ‘s brilliant and super soulful Collage. If you don’t know the 70s original I strongly suggest you seek it out.