The deeper side of D&B seems to have slowed down a little in the last year or so, but what it has lacked in quantity it has made up in quality.
Familiar names to the genre such as Calibre, Bungle and dBridge are still consistently rolling out quality stripped back tracks that perfectly loop. Best of all a healthy amount of new comers like VROMM, MKD, Ordure and Heron Flow have kept the vibe alive and run with it into deeper territories.
Respect to all the producers old and new keeping the sound fresh and fabulously deep.
Krust – It’s a Lot (Calibre Remix) Dom & Adres – Limelight Redders – No go Muffler – Watchdog Doctor Jeep & Rohaan – Unreal (Rohaan Remix) Camo & Krooked, Mefjus & Sophie Lindinger – No Tomorrow (Tom Fisher Remix) Bungle – Runaway Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth (Zero T VIP Remix) VROMM feat. Rider Shafique – Level Up Kasra – I Don’t Know What the Future Brings Andy Scopes & Madcap feat. Singing Fats – Trouble MKD – Krill dBridge – Tear in Vain Ordure – Hold Me Close Mystic State – Whole Half Heron Flow – Compare Love
Liquid is on fire at the moment. I know that is an oxymoron, but it is the truth. Lenzman, HLZ, Calibre, Mitekiss and their contemporaries are killing it, all to the sound of DRS on vocals.
The combination of smooth deep bass lines, tight beats and great vocal hooks make the genre one of the best listening experiences around at the moment. Special shouts out to Silent Dust on the Erykah Badu On & On remix and Focus Recordings mysterious Unknown Artist for the Sade – Sweetest Taboo bootleg. Keep them coming.
This mix is dedicated to Dan ‘Mo’ Money’ Moore who tragically lost his battle against brain cancer earlier this year after a brave and tenacious 10 year battle.
I first started the Call the Ambience series when Mo’ first went into hospital as a way of giving him something calming yet D&B related to listen to while bed bound. Mo’ was a music lover, and one of my biggest supporters who stuck by me even when others turned against me on my return from the UK. His friendship and loyalty meant the world to me and defined what a great person he really was.
Mo’, you were one of the good ones. Even more so, you were one of the best friends a man could have. Thanks for all the good time and Rest In Peace.
Another liquid mix in a rolling style with some absolute belters thrown in. Starting off with Need for Mirrors – Without U, others such as Terror & Espa – Loaded Gun (BCee Remix) and Severity & Whiney – Broken Hearted (Whiney Remix) will have you singing along.
Also keep and ear out for new tracks from Marky, Alix Perez & Workforce, Need for Mirrors and the killer Zero T re-rub of Goldie and José James’ – Truth.
Need for Mirrors – Without U DJ Marky – 1992 Track Madcap – Hide Nelver – Our Time Physics – Looking Back Terror & Espa – Loaded Gun (BCee Remix) Rowpieces – Come On (Version 1) Alix Perez & Workforce – Distant Figures Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth (Zero T Remix) Koherent – Bliss BCee & Charlotte Haining feat. DRS – Love for the Fallen DJ Marky – Hunny Flaco & Glen E.Ston – What You Need Severity & Whiney – Broken Hearted (Whiney Remix) Need for Mirrors – Coco Nu:Tone – Sweeter Heron Flow – Compare Love
We’re back to some contemporary beats after the 200th Anniversary sets with a mix of rollers from 2020-21. These tracks are almost a genre on their own with their tuff but rolling beats and dirty basslines. They feel a bit more accessible and floor friendly that the usual hardcore D&B tracks and give a bit of a nod to the older Jump Up sound of the early 2000s.
Artists like Buunshin, Mikal and Was a Be are definitely leading the pack along with players like Workforce and Breakage in this sound. This set features work from Mikal’s amazing Metalworks LP which was packed full of tuff rollers and definitely a highlight for Metalheadz late last year.
As hard as some of these tracks are, it is almost impossible not to nod your head and have a smile while you’re at it.
Degs feat. Pola & Bryson – Sleepless (Bladerunner Version) Buunshin – Descended Kidsonic & Swift – Follow Me Substance – Be Forgiven Mikal – Resampled Mikal – Doesn’t Matter Mikal – Journey into the Reverb Was A Be – The Walk (Radiax Remix) Mikal – Turn it Around Goldie feat. Natalie Williams – I Adore You (Total Science Remix) Mikal – Strident Breakage – Valhalla Was A Be & Radiax – Beijing Banger (Was A Be Remix) Soul Intent & Ms Tempz – 2 Bad Breakage – As We Enter (Break Remix) OAKK, Rider SHafique & Radiax – Growning (Radiax Remix) Duoscience – Shallow Kidsonic – Deeper Love John B – up All Night (Data 3 Remix)
Continuing on from the first part of my 200th Anniversary mix, this is look at D&B from the years of 2005-10. While not D&B’s finest era, there were some amazing tracks that did come out during this time and some stand out artists who kept the vibe alive.
As mentioned last time Marcus Inatlex and Calibre came into their own during the 2000s. But joining them in the later part of the decade were dons like dBridge, Rockwell, Sunchase and Naibu who gave us anthems that are still worth a rinse today.
I hope you enjoy the final part to this anniversary celebration and that I might have been able to shine a light on some gems from the turn of the century. Thanks for all the support down the years and as always, enjoy!
Bridge feat. Instramental – Blush Response dBridge – The Question Magnetic Man – Perfect Stranger (dBridge Remix) Unquote – Hide Your Tears Because We Are In Heaven Mutated Forms feat. Jenna G – Last Time Ill SKillz & S.P.Y – This is Why Dub FX – Flow (Ill SKillz Remix) Shapeshifter – The Touch (Netsky Remix) Logistics – Now More Than Ever The Burbs – Organic DJ Marky & S.P.Y – Mystic Sunset Seb & Paradox feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw – The Light Camo & Krooked – Turn Up (The Music) Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur – Garden (Calibre Remix) Alix Perez & Spectrasoul feat. Peven Everett – Forsaken Spectrasoul feat. Tamara Blessa – Away With Me (Calibre Remix) Templecloud – One Big Family (Dexell’s 7am Remix) Calibre feat. Diane Charlemagne – Bullets Doc Scott – Tokyo Dusk Metric – Ocean Drive Seba – Keep Me Waiting Commix – Be True Total Science feat. MC Conrad – Soul Patrol (Lenzman Deep In Your Soul Remix) ST:Cal feat. Alison Crockett – Late Night Squeeze Bungle – Aura Rockwell – Underpass Atlantic Connection – Retro London Elekticity – Just One Second (Apex Remix) Marcus Intalex feat. Calibre – Meltdown 2012
10+ years on and 200 Ear & Drum Sessions later here we are.
It took me a long time to figure out what I was going to do for the 200th installment of the Ear & Drum Sessions. Finally I hit upon taking it back to the beginning of the Ear & Drum and look at the much maligned 2000-2010 era of D&B. Talk to most headz and they’ll tell you this decade was the low point in D&B history, but like all sweeping statements this isn’t necessarily true.
As someone who has loved D&B since the beginning and never taken a break in over 25 years, I have always found tunes that have that special something to make me smile. This stands true even for D&B from the turn of the century. Artists like DKay, Klute, Marcus Intalex and Calibre made their names during this era churning out hit after hit and keeping it mighty real.
What you’re about to hear are the first two parts of a four part series looking back at the tunes I was playing during the noughties. Parts one and two look at 2000-05, with Part 1 one being the more melodic side of D&B at the time and Part 2 being the heavy hitters of the time.
Thanks to all of you who have supported me down the years and let me inflict my music taste on you. I hope you like this anniversary celebration and stick around for the next 200 mixes. Enjoy!
PFM – Cruising Detroit Blame – Overhead Projections Nasty Habits – Liquid Fingers The Roots – You Got Me (Blu Mar Ten Remix) D.Kay – Balearic Dream Nu:Tone – Millie’s Theme M.I.S.T., DJ Marky & XRS – Sunshine (Touch Me) Calibre – It’s… M.I.S.T. 7 High Contrast – 3am DJ Marky & XRS – Closer Everything But the Girl – Mirrorball (DJ Jazzy Jeff Sole Full Remix) Jonny L – 2 of Us (Photek Remix) Marcus Intalex & ST Flies – How You Make Me Feel M.I.S.T. – Lover Tomahawk – Until Dawn 4 Hero – 9 by 9 (M.I.S.T. Full Vocal Mix) Klute – Part of Me Logistics – Together
Capone – Tudor Rose Ed Rush & Optical – Rock Tha House Jonny L – Trouble Elementz of Noize – Guided by Lights Photek – Baltimore Influx UK – My Name is Universe Sunchase – Next Rhythm Seba & Paradox – Last Goodbye DJ Kalm – Violet Klute – Phone Call (Matrix Remix) Amit – Roots Teebee – The Force Seba – Piemo for B Influx UK – The Siren Kiko – Passport
It might be cold up north, but here in the southern hemisphere we’re in the middle of Summer and so I’ve thrown together a mix of tunes perfect for warm nights and even hotter days.
From Tokyo Prose, Alix Perez and BCee through to Calibre, Redeyes and Duoscience this is a good representation of who’s hot in the Liquid D&B scene right now. Special shout to Netsky for his take on the classic Everybody Love the Sunshine.
Machinedrum feat. Jesse Boykins III – Wait 4 U Hiraeth – Greatest Day DRS & Kid Drama – So High Rowpieces & Monaco GZA feat. La Yee – Don’t You Never Go Away (Has Tempo Recall) Shodan – Just You & Me Goldie feat. Jose James – Truth (Zero T Remix) Tokyo Prose – Jacknife Alix Perez & Workforce – Distant Figures Atlantic Connection – Refix (Instrumental) Tokyo Prose – Gossamer Acid_Lab – Distant Lights BCee & Charlotte Haining feat. DRS – Love for the Fallen Redicall – Transform Monumental Banks – Loop Thinking Mystific – The Sun (Mystical Sound Remix) Duoscience – Bethesda Alix Perez – Wondering at Loss Calibre – Falls to You VIP Redeyes – Delicate (Club Mix) Redeyes – Slow Pace (Club Mix) Atlantic Connection – Threshold Physics – Crucify Oat – What We Could Be Duoscience – Emmaus Alix Perez feat. Liam Bailey – Lost & Proud Netsky, Daddy Waku & Chantal Kashala – Everybody Love the Sunshine
First mix of 2021 is is the final in my 2-Step / Tech Step series looking back at 90s D&B Steppers. This one focuses on Jazz Step from the mid to late 90s featuring some amazing tunes from the likes of T.Power, B.L.I.M. and of course Photek.
Jazz Step was an avant-garde take on the 2-step sound, featuring a lot of live instrument samples such as sax, percussion and double-bass. Starting with Alex Reece’s – Pulp Fiction and closing out with Roni Size’s – Brown Paper bag, the style didn’t really survive the turn of the millennium. But that didn’t stop Jazz Step from having some of the most forward thinking and innovative tunes of the 90s.
The final in the silly season mixes is all about tough beats and booming b-lines. Rough D&B never really goes out of style, but it does eveolve and this year saw artists like Dom & Roland, Conrad Subs and Bungle bring back an original jungle vibe with a heaping serve of heaviness.
Metalheadz had a stellar 2020 with so many great LPs dropping it felt like every month there was something worth dropping from Goldie’s stable of production talent. But they weren’t alone with Dom & Roland’s self titled label, Doc Scott’s 31 Recordings and a whole host of other bringing the absolute heat.
Goldie – The Mirrored River (Grey Code Remix) Goldie – Prism (Dom & Roland Remix) Heitor Leal Farnese – E näo foi à lápis (Thermal’s Black Dog Remix) T95 & DRS – On Site Soul Intent & Acid Lab – Clash of Headz High Contrast – If We Ever VIP Conrad Sub – Bump & Grind Conrad Subs – Love Me Tender Goldie feat. José James – Truth (Zero T VIP) Hyroglifics – God Given Bungle – Runaway Polaris – Eternal Conflicts DJ Marky & Pola & Bryson – Run the Streets Myth – Long Time Muffler – Super Heavy DJ Marky – Parlet Total Science – Lightweight (Break Remix) Goldie – I Think of You (Digital & Spirit Remix)