Ear & Drum Session 160: Call the Ambience 14 – Intensive Care

We could all use a little more peace in our lives so here’s a mix to soothe the soul and help you unwind and reconnect.

I’ve slipped in some of my favourite artists like Redeyes, Om Unit, Synkro, dBridge and Break along with some very promising new kids on the block in the form of RQ, who’s LP Solid Ground came out of nowhere and blew me away. Dogger & Mindstate also seem to have a very promising career ahead of them if their Broken Home EP on 1985 is anything to go by.

Call the Ambience 14: Intensive Care – 1hr of Ambient D&B

Redeyes – Fighting (Intro)
Mitekiss feat. Degs – Lie Awake
Rainforest – You Can Make New Memories (Album Version)
Tokyo Prose – Alight
Lewis James – Shapeshifter
RQ – Union of Spheres
Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 4
Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 2
Flowrain & Simstah – Manaslu (Interlude)
RQ – Roof Jumping
RQ – Ride
dBridge – Lost Memory
Synkro – Gagaku
Synkro – Gagaku (Frederic Robinson Remix)
dBridge – Wijn Zijn (feat. Lewis James & Kid Drama)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Broken Home
Break – Conversations (feat. MC Fats & Cleaveland Whatkiss)
London Electricity – Swivel (Ambient Version)

The Down Low: Session 043

Heading heavily into Dub Techno territory, this mix of laid back, slower beats has some cool surprises thrown in such as the Peverelist Remix of the Jonny L classic Piper and Sunscreem’s – Love You More.

Things do get slightly hectic with Vital Techniques remix of Decline’s breaks banger I Don’t Smoke & Hype M8 by MindOfADragon. Also big shouts to Goldie & James Davidson for their Subjective side project and their amazing and thoughtful new LP – Act One – Music for Inanimate Objects

The Down Low: Session 043 – 1hr of Down Tempo Beats

Clap! Clap! – Ode to the Pleiades (Photay Remix)
Jonny L – Piper (Peverelist Remix)
Subjective & Aaron Janik – Midnight Monsoon
Synkro – Empty Walls
MindOfADragon – Equation
Subjective – Re-Entry
Subjective – Inkolelo
Sunscreem – Love You More (Slam Mix)
Deadmau5 & Scene of Action – Hurricane (OFFAIAH Remix)
Synkro – Alone
Varg – I Hope You Are Still There
Decline – I Don’t Smoke (Vital Techniques Remix)
Key N Krates & 070 Shake – My Night (Hugo Massien’s Minimilized Remix)
Ivy Lab – Jet Lag
MindOfADragon – Hype M8
Clap! Clap! – Ode to the Pleiades (Photay Remix) – Tease

Ear & Drum Session 159: Uplift

Looking for something to lift your spirits? Commix, Alix Perez, Seba & Manos, Nookie plus a whole heap more incredible producers rolling out positive vibes for 2019.

Uplift – 1hr of Uplifting D&B

Modest Intentions – No Shadows In Trust
Fluter, Dissident & Funclock – Kundiga (Retro Toys Mix)
Modest Intentions – Meaningful Life
Euphorias – Father Soul
Commix – Black Sand
Alb – Dark Tranquility
Alix Perez – Good to Me
Duoscience & T:Base – Rescue
Velocity & MC Fats – We Gotcha Junglist
I Wannabe – You Listen To This
Joakuim – 8am Roller
Seba & Manos – Evergreen
Dip Vertigo & Dr Apollo feat. Josh Phillips – Red
The Vanguard Project & Pat Fulgoni – Still Together
Technimatic – Sometimes
Nookie – Love Me
Grey Code – Pearl
Mutated Forms – Grow
Judei – Cold Heart
Mutated Forms – Flashbacks
Influx UK, DJ SS & MC Fats – Soul Unite (DJ SS 2018 Remix)
Soul Savage, DJ SS, High Roll & Victor – In Your Name

Ear & Drum Session 158: Full Pelt

There’s been a lot of good things happening in D&B lately, and the Harder end of the spectrum has seen a return to form it has sorely been missing. Taking a look back to move forward a lot of these tunes have a old-school D&B or Rave feel to them but with modern production techniques.

You only need to have a look at the artists to see a LOT of the familiar and legendary names – Digital, Spirit, DKay, John B and Calibre all come in swinging. But there is also a new breed bringing their own take to the tougher style such as Mister Shifter, Kid Drama, Acid Lab and Artilect and making some truly speaker shaking sounds.

This is D&B at its rawest and most real. And I have to say, it’s nice to have it back.

Full Pelt – 1hr of Hard D&B

Bou – Gun Crime
Benny L – Skysteppa
Mister Shifter – Dreada
Digital & Spirit – Phantom 2018
DKay – The Martians
Foreign Concept – Black Tea
Calibre – Jacob
Calibre – Under You and You
Touchy Subject – Sky Larkin (Lewis James Remix)
Sunchase – Slap
DKay – Desire (feat. DJ Lee)
Kid Drama – Mirrored Lake
Acid Lab feat. Slider, Expose & Anastasia – Paradoxical
Amoss – Timedrops
Digital & John B – You & Me
Fushara – Survival
Derrick & Tonica – Fata Morgana
Artilect – System of Fear
Digital & Spirit – Deaddial
Artilect – System of Fear (Tease)

Ear & Drum Session 157: Beats & Pieces

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.

If you like a good Amen then this is for you.

Beats & Pieces – 1.5hrs of Atmospheric D&B

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

Ear & Drum Session 156: Beautiful Music Pt.2

My second mix sourcing from the ‘Is this the most beautiful D&B tune ever?’ thread on DOA features some amazingly soulful D&B tunes from the year 2000 onward. It’s been amazing fun having a bunch of like minded people program a mix for me as a lot of these tunes I have never put into a mix.

The production roster reads like a who’s who of D&B featuring legendary artists such as Omni Trio, Marcus Intalex (RIP), Klute, Calibre plus Alaska & Seba just to mention a few. Some of these tracks never made it to digital, so I had to dig deep into my vinyl collection to complete the track list.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did mixing this special dedication to the beauty that is D&B music.

Beautiful Music Pt.2 – 1.5hrs of Beautiful D&B

Omni Trio – Higher Ground
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur – Garden (Calibre Remix)
Marcus Intalex – Airborne
Calibre – Mirage
Alaska & Seba – Back from Eternity
Switch & Icicle – Ur In My Head
Calibre – Trying To Remember
Klute – Hell Hath No Fury
Mako – Held You In My Arms
Tokyo Prose – Saving Grace
Brookes Brothers – Daybreak (feat. Tasha Baxter)
SpectraSoul – Lost Disciple
Fanu – Siren Song
Voyager – Apollo
Blu Mar Ten – Believe Me
Villem & McLeod feat. Leo Wood – Let It Breathe
Phraction – Should Have Known
Klute – Part of Me
Seba – Blaze and Fade Out
Alix Perez & SpectraSoul – Synergy
Marcus Intalex – Refreshed
Zero T – Refusal feat. Steo (Calibe Remix)
Naibu – Wrong

Ear & Drum Session 155: Bare Music

2018 was a great year for D&B seeing the genre swing back into popularity mainly on the back of the quality of tunes being released at the moment. Original producers came out of retirement, people started to flock to D&B nights again and even the US driven bro-step scene seems to be slowly turning to D&B for more inspiration.

This mix features a lot of my favourite producers from the last 12 months such as Seba, Calibre, DKay, Alix Perez and Rockwell mixed in with a bunch of newer headz who are holding their own – producers such as Mister Shifter, Alibi and Circuits, all who have been chipping away for a few years now, are starting to come into their own in terms of being serious talents.

Bare Music – 1.5hrs of Bare D&B Goodness
Alibi – Debris
Seba – Close to You
Etherwood – Latida
Redeyes – Let You Down
DKay – Diving Deep
Calibre – Taciturn
Furney feat. Lady Emz – Every One of us
Seba – Time Will Tell
Mister Shifter – For Keeps
Muffler – November
Seba – Why Can’t This End
Duoscience – 1.3
Furney – Without Me
Muffler – Good Times
Rockwell – Waiting_4
High Contrast – If We Ever (Unglued Remix)
Bop – Untitled Pattern 62
Villem & McLeod – Say Yes
Halogenix – Don’t You Know
Alix Perez – Slink
Emery, Mackadena & Dreazz – Too Fly
Phi Tangent – Giving Up the Ghost
Electrosoul System & Liquitek – Whatever Makes You Tribal
Circuits – Inertia
Silent Dust & DRS – Refuse (Calibre Remix)
Chase & Status & Cutty Ranks – Retreat 2018

Ear & Drum Session 154: Pour One Out

In 2001 I heard a Marcus Intalex and ST Files remix of 4 Hero’s – 9 By 9 and it pretty much changed my life. I’d always liked the Liquid D&B sound, but this was the track that made fall head over heals in love with it. Melodic with a great vocal, but with a tough beat and chugging bassline that just got under your skin. Judging by the reaction every time I played this track, I wasn’t the only one who felt it.

The sudden and unexpected death of Marcus Intalex in 2018 shocked everybody in the scene. Marcus was one of the greats with an enviable back catalogue of fantastic music, but more than that he was just a really great guy. Always encouraging to new producers and with a keen ear for fresh talent his Soul:R and Revolve:R labels were and still are some of D&B finest.

It’s taken me a long time to get around to this mix as so many other DJs who knew Marcus better than I were all dropping sets dedicated to him I felt like there wasn’t much more I could add. Instead of an all Intalex set (of which there are many), I figured I’d play tunes that I was either introduced to through Marcus or that just reminded me of his style. I also decided to focus on the early 2000s as this was when I was hearing him play out the most and what I remember as Marcus Intalex at his absolute finest.

To Mr Marcus Intalex. You were a top producer, a top DJ and most of all a top bloke. I hope you are somewhere brocking out and having a fine old time.

Pour One Out – 1.5hrs of Tunes in Memory of Marcus Intalex

Danny Byrd – Changes (Calibre Remix)
Logistics – Together
Tony Coleman – Synthetic
Logistics – West Country
Marcus Intalex – Temperance
4 Hero – 9 By 9 (M.I.S.T. Full Vocal Mix)
M.I.S.T. – Lover
Tomahawk – Until Dawn
Marcus Intalex – Airborne
DJ Kalm & Citizen – Mirage feat. Adam M
Klute – Phone Call (Matrix Remix)
Sonic – Right Now
DJ Marky & XRS – Closer
Calibre – Its…
Bachelors of Science – Song for Lovers (Lynx Remix)
Rogue Soul – Be With You (DJ Marky & S.P.Y Remix)
D.Kay & DJ Lee – Touch
M.I.S.T. & DJ Marky & XRS – Sunshine (Touch Me)
Nu:Tone – Millie’s Theme
D.Kay – Balearic Dream
DJ Marky & XRS – Real Good
Cyantific – Neon Skyline
M.I.S.T. & High Contrast – 3am
Twisted Individual – Gimp Mask (DJ Marky & S.P.Y Remix)

Ear & Drum 10th Anniversary Part 3 – Beautiful

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.

Ear & Drum Anniversary Mix Part 3 – Beautiful – 2hrs+ of Beautiful D&B from the 90s

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)


Ear & Drum 10th Anniversary Part 2 – Rollin

Part 2 of the 10th Anniversary mixes and this one is all about the melodic lushness of the Liquid D&B sound. As a genre Liquid has really come into its own over the last decade and this mix features my favourite tunes from the past two years or so.

One more mix to go tomorrow and it is going to be an absolute doozy so make sure you check back and check it out.

Ear & Drum 10th Anniversary Mix Part 2 – Rollin – 2hrs of Liquid Lushness

LSB – The Hurting (Lenzman Remix)
Keeno x Krakota – Reality
Ed:it – Wander Away (feat. Lady Soul)
Goldie – The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
Leaf – Groove
BCee & S.P.Y – Is Anybody Out There (The Vanguard Project Remix)
Submorphics – Without You
Mama. & Loa Contreras – Against The Wall (FD Remix)
Calibre – No One Gets You
Keeno – Enigma
Goldie & Ulterior Motive – I Adore You (feat. Natalie Williams)
Etherwood – In Stillness
Seba & Ulrich Schnauss – Snöflinger
Seba & Jnr Vallo – Rotate
Alix Perez – Missing Pieces (feat. Javeon)
Greekboy – Coming From The Underground
Villem & Mcleod – Perfect Solution (feat. MC Fats)
Total Science – Walk The Same Lines [Feat Riya] (Calibre Remix)
Etherwood – Climbing
DJ Ransome – The Gift
Nu:Logic – Somewhere Between the Light (feat. Child of Chief)
Lenzman – In My Mind [Reprise] (feat. IAMDDB)
Wilkinson – Wash Away
Mitekiss – Final Hours
Blu Mar Ten – Singularity (feat. Kite)
Kirsty Hawkshaw – Face To Face Again [The Joy] (Seba Remix)
Flaco – Inferno (feat. Submorphics)
Keeno – Daydreaming (feat. Kailaa)
London Elektricity & Liane Caroll – Why Are We Here? (SPY Remix)
BCee – Typical Description (Calibre Remix)
London Elektricity – Just One Second (Mitekiss Remix)
Hybrid Minds – Touch (feat. Tiffani Juno)
Villem & Mcleod – Let It Breathe (feat. Leo Wood)
SpectraSoul – Say What (feat. Madi Lane (Midnight Mix)