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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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
I built this mix around The Vanguard Project’s self titled debut LP which has so many great tunes on it that I simply couldn’t resist. Spearhead label boss, BCee and Villem’s collaborative project has yielded a bunch of great music down the years and this LP with 12 new tracks and 14 older cuts is living proof just how fruitful the team up has been.
On top of this we have some smashing remixes like Monrroe’s take on BCee’s – Little Bird, Bop’s twist on Come Together by Camo & Krooked and Pacific’s cheeky bootleg of Blinding Lights by The Weeknd. I also thought I’d throw in J Majik’s classic Love is Not a Game just for kicks.
BCee – Little Bird (Monrroe Remix) FX909 – Stay Focus The Vanguard Project – Stitches (feat. Jemimah Read) Level 2 – Conquest VIP The Weeknd – Blinding Lights (Pacific Remix) Camo & Krooked – Come Together (Bop Remix) Submorphics – Luminosity The Vanguard Project – All this Time Carlito & Addiction – Hellas Edlan, Djah & Smote – Heathen (Give Me More) The Vanguard Project – Driftwood Low:r – Social Mania (feat. Sixar) The Vanguard Project – All That I Need (feat. Pat Fulgoni) Villem, McLeod & MC Fats – Perfect Solution (Black Barrel Remix) Soul Connection – Smooth N Groove Jay Dubz – Lily Louisa The Vanguard Project – Everyday is Stolen (feat. DRS) The Vanguard Project – U MAKE ME FEEL Dexel & Charli Brix – Speechless J Majik – Love is Not a Game (Original Radio Edit)
Liquid D&B is on an absolute roll at the moment with beautiful tunes being dropped week aft6er week by some of the scenes most talented producers. This mix focuses around one of liquid’s brightest, Furney and his new Night Life LP on Soul Deep Exclusives. I first came across Furney back in 2008 when he was collaborating with Utah Jazz and he has gone on to produce an envious catalogue of music at a rate most producers can’t match.
Also in the mix is the sampler for GLXY’s much anticipated Research & Development LP, She Sings for Me with MC of the moment DRS. Plus new drops from Ear & Drum favourites Etherwood, Mitekiss and Nu:Tone.
GLXY – She Sings for Me feat. DRS Furney – Dreams & Wishes Furney – West Central Street The Upbeats & Shapeshifter – Aotea Toez – The World’s End Submorphics – Daydreaming feat. Big Brooklyn Red London Grammar – If You Wait (Long Enough You’ll Get the Calibre Remix) Furney – Alone Nu:Tone – The Moment feat. Lea Lea Levite – Free Bird DRS & Dynamite MC – Fix It All feat. London Elektricity Mitekiss – Something Real feat. Ruth Corey Rowpieces – New Crib (Rough Version) Soul Connection – Smooth & Groove Toez – Ecstasy Music BCee & Leo Wood – Sincerely Yours (Whiney Remix) Jay Dubs – Lily Lousia Etherwood – American Fruity GLXY – She Sings for Me feat. DRS (Tease)
Another tasty liquid roller featuring some artists I’ve been meaning to call out for awhile now.
First up Workforce AKA Jack Stevens is one half of Spectrasoul and has been absolutely killing it lately. His track ‘Your Moves’ of the EP of the same name is in my top 5 tracks of last year. Secondly, FX909 who has been making quality liquid D&B for almost 20 years has also been on fire of late. And last but least, Monrroe the Cheltenham based producer who’s track ‘You Got Me’ has been stuck in my head ever since it came out.
And an extra shout out to Calibre for finally releasing his remix of London Grammar’s – If You Wait. And wait we did, for two bloody years and it was still totally worth it.
Workforce – Your Moves
Monrroe – Everywhere I Go
Dawn Wall – Take Control
Koherent & Charli Brix – Voices
Monrroe & Alexa Harvey – You Got Me
Enei – Get Closer (feat. Charlie Brix)
Dawn Wall – I Should Have Been There
FX909 – Undefined
FX909 – Ultra Thin
Peshay & VSY – Infinity
Etherwood – See The Sky (feat. Thomas Oliver)
London Grammar – If You Wait (Long Enough You’ll Get The Calibre Remix)
Natural Forces – Alone
Dawn Wall – Legends
T:Base – Is It True
Document One & Cimone – Newborn
Workforce – Fragments
Henry Fonda – Musical Soldiers
Dawn Wall – Birdmask
Workforce – Your Moves (Tease)
First mix of the new decade and it was made on the first day of the new year. Full of phat rollers and liquid niceties from the back end of 2019, I really should call this mix the DRS sessions. The MC from Manchester is all over this with collaborations with LSB, Artificial Intelligence and Anile. If you haven’t checked out his The Blue Hour LP with LSB it is well worth a listen.
We also have new tracks from Klute’s new Whatever It Takes LP, the return of D&B royalty Peshay plus both sides of Seba & Paradox’ latest 12″ on their brand new label.
Peshay & VSY – Infinity
LSB & DRS – Like It Used To
Marvel Cinema, T:Base & Matt View – Need To Know
LSB & DRS – Keep The Time
Ed:it – Can’t Stop Thinking
Duoscience – 1981
Klute – Flesh Eaters
Seba & Paradox – Jupiterize
Came & Krooked – Come Together (Bop Remix)
LSB & DRS – Frozen
Kimyan Law – Magic (feat. Clara Luzia)
Klute – Highly Addictive
Dave Wallace – Light Phase
Cosmology – Raindrops
Kyhu – Time-Lapse
Random Movement – Lost on Purpose
Makoto – Transparent (feat. Whiney)
Seba & Paradox – Over Now
Bladerunner – All My Love
Artificial Intelligence feat. DRS – Isolate
Smote – Just Come Back
Madcap – Believe
Workforce – Your Moves
Smote – Summertime VIP
Seathasky – 1999
Anile & DRS – Constant Reminder
LSB & DRS – Could Be
A sweet mix of chilled out Liquid beats from some of the scenes best new and established talent. On the old guard side of things you have DJ Trace doing what I think is one of his first ever chilled out tunes, Calibre remixing Vanguard Project’s – Elation and a very special tune in the fact that is probably one of the last Marcus Intalex (RIP) remixes we’ll probably ever hear in Adred feat. Robert Manos’ – Captivate.
On the newer side of the production fence we have a stack of new Etherwood tracks. This man’s talents know no bounds as he continues to straddle the fence between traditional song writing and D&B. Etherwood is backed up by Adred who’s new EP on Metalheadz was a complete surprise to me, Satl & Ill Truth who’s tune, In Your Soul, receives a very tasty Lenzman remix and T:Base who’s Is It True EP on Fokuz Recordings is well worth a download if you get the chance.
Etherwood – The Night Etherwood – Away From It All Satl & Ill Truth – In Your Soul (Lenzman Remix) DJ Trace & Emery – Elation feat. Sofi Mari The Vanguard Project – Stitches (Calibre Remix) Etherwood – See the Sky feat. Thomas Oliver Critical Event & Scott Allen – This Love’s For Real Surreal – Riding Out Furney – Sit Down & Dance Scar – Hey You The Vanguard Project – Flying Away Polaris – Prismatic Gate T:Base – Is It True Document One & Cimone – Newborn Adred feat. Robert Manos – Captivate (Marcus Intalex Remix) Adred & Ant TC1 – 1238 T:Base – When I Fear (Who I Am) Smote – Power of Nature Eastern District – Ordinary Man Smote – Power of Nature (Tease)
Liquid D&B is turning into something a little more mature (for want of a better word) and modern lately and I like it. Led by artists such as Lenzman (check out his Enzo Tape mixes), Technimatic and new kids on the block Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey the sound is more soulful, the lyrics more thoughtful and the vibe smoother than Liquid’s previous iterations.
This is music you can dance, chill or even sing along to. It’s versatility makes it perfect radio D&B that can be played at anytime night or day.
Balmy & Heft – Night With You
Lenzman – Misty
Monty & Alix Perez – Good To Me
DuoScience & T:Base – Rescue
Technimatic – True Believer
Technimatic – Recurring Dream
Joakulm – Random Jam
Sikey & Speedwagon – Without You
Whiney (feat. Kenno & Pippa Violets) – Spheres (Polaris Remix)
Solotek & Thiago Pery – Lose Control
High Contrast – If We Ever (Unglued Remix)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – So So
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Love is the Law
Lenzman – Food (feat. Konny Kon)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Rebels
Flaco & Calculon – Rooftop Romance
Ash:Ram, Charli Brix & Walk:r – All I Need (Ash:Ram Remix)
Lenzman – Over You
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Broken Home
London Elektricity – Just One Second (Apex Remix)
Dogger, Mindstate & Liam Bailey – Broken Home (Tease)
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