This one says-what-it-does-on-the-tin with a mix of heavy atmospheric tracks and a few mellower numbers to ease you in at the beginning. It’s awesome to hear this sound coming back again with a distinct early Inperspective Records vibes, which is never a bad thing.
Kicking things off with the Voyager classic Aurora remixed by the man himself. Latyn’s two versions of Dust & Ages then bring the big Amen rinsers, backed up by the ever-green Alaska, Mikal and Echo 1 also bringing the heat. Omni Music feature heavily towards the end with tracks from Eschaton, Freeboard, Cryogenics and Abstract Drumz & Peeb.
Take three of the Wax Doctor series moving into peak energy. Some of these are considered classics like Offshore Drift, Heat, Spectrum and Kid Caprice (Funk Mix), but there are still a few surprises in here with aliases like Clone Inc., Bounty Killaz and Fallen Angels making an appearance.
The sound everyone goes to when they think of Wax Doctor is atmospheric or intelligent D&B. But as the second part of this mix proves, the man could flex a dark Amen belter when he had to, and they don’t come much harder than Logical Progression and his remix of Sounds of Life – Release the Bells.
Wax Doctor – Offshore Drift Wax Doctor – Finer Things Wax Doctor – Kid Caprice (Funk Mix) Wax Doctor – Atmospheric Funk Clone Inc. – Mood Swing Wax Doctor – Heat Wax Doctor – Spectrum St Germain – Alabama Blues (Wax Doctor Mix) Dave Angel – This is Disco (Wax Doctor Mix) Bounty Killaz – Silent Voices (Tango Mix) Fallen Angels – Frequency (Tango Remix) Wax Doctor – Logical Progression Sounds of Life – Release the Bells (Wax Doctor Remix)
Back to 160bpm, but with a D&B instead of a Jungle focus this time around. As previously mentioned, this speed is ideal for letting Amen breaks breath. But there are also a lot of artists now winding back the BPM clock for other breaks to give their D&B productions that extra bit of depth.
Acid_Lab & Coco Bryce are the first artists that spring to mind, but with more than half of the tracks in this mix being from Omni Music, who’s atmospheric sound lends itself perfectly to the slower tempos, Eshaton’s killah label is worth a special mention here too. They have an amazing pool of talented producers bringing a greater depth to tunes by pushing D&B’s original tempo.
The Vanguard Project & Jemima Reed – Stitches (Coco Bryce Remix) Grey Code – Primrose Coco Bryce – Dial M for Mayor Clothcutter – You’ll Know Me Cryogenics – Haunted Acid_Lab – Conquest of Space IMANU & The Caracal Project feat. Josh Pan – La Fournaise Added – Before Your Eyes Dan Guidance – Creating Waves Conman, Evasion & Mod:Co – Lifestyle Woken Balance – Atlas 6 Mineral – Separated Attitude Antony G – Lockdown Moakz – Distant Waters Mineral – Old School 2022 Dust-e-1 – One on One The Vanguard Project – Want U Back (Coco Bryce Remix)
To many the Amen break is the defining beat of D&B and Jungle. And even though it is one of the original breaks to define the genre, it still persists today as a whole new generation bring Jungle back from it’s 90s slumber.
Those old enough to remember will recall the days when D&B sped up from 160bpm to its 172-76bpm limit it has today. One thing that got lost in this translation was the ability to let the Amen flex and breath, as those all important spaces between the breaks almost disappeared in the race to faster paced music.
For me, one of the best thing about the recent Jungle revival, has been the return of the 160bpm tunes that don’t rely on pace, but rather feel to provide the energy in the music. This is a collection of some the best new (and some old classic) 160bpm tunes that are driving a return of the Amen with serious flex and feel to to beat.
J Majik – Red Moon Acid_Lab – Combination Dub (Tommy Badman Mix) Dead Man’s Chest – Open Your Eyes Digital – Down Under Acid_Lab – Trip 2 Mars Acid_Lab – Interstellar (Kodama Remix) MJT – Panacea Stunna – Last September Carter – Twenty One Thoughts Rainforest – Villalongin Dilinja – The Angels Fell Bug Kann & The Plastic Jam – Made in 2 Minutes (Origin Unknown Remix) DJ Swift & DJ Zinc feat Steve B – It’s Time Fracture – Chessington David Holmes – Gone (PFM Remix) Future Bound – Sorrow Bjorn – Inside My Soul Dust-e-1 – One on One Source Direct – Black Rose
Atmospheric D&B continues to go from strength to strength this year with artists like Acid_Lab, Seba, FX909 and Cryogenics & Eschaton knocking it out of the park. The fact PFM is re-releasing a bunch of classics doesn’t hurt either which is why this mix reflects the best of old and new Atmos tunes.
FX909 – Awake Acid_Lab – Paint Yourself PFM – Driftin On By Instruction Set – Forge La Funk (Ben Kai Remix) PFM – For Caron (Are You Ready) Seba feat. Jenna G – Sweet Magnolia Madcap – Fall Down PFM – This Must Be Love Cryogenics – Earth-80 PFM – Living Without You Forum – You Took It All Akuratyde – Evergreen Cryogenics & Eschaton – Blue Horizon Lil’ Louis & The Party – Clap Your Hands (PFM Remix) FX909 – Proud & Strong Random Movement – Sleazy Bitch (Ivy Lab Remix) Cryogenics – Cosmos PFM – Aspirations
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)
Atmospheric D&B has come roaring back with some of the scenes finest going back to their roots and producing some absolutely beautiful Intelligent style D&B. ASC, Equinox, Voyager, Seba and even PFM have been elevating the sound to new levels.
Not to be left out, newer heads such as Jrumhand, Earl Grey and even Metalheadz wunderkind Kid Drama are keeping up, bringing their own take to the classic Amen driven sound.
With Jungle being a hot property in D&B again, it’s easy to forget that Atmospheric D&B has been flying the Amen flag this whole time. With producers like Seba’s Secret Operations label and Eshaton’s Omni Music keeping the sound alive, Atmospheric D&B is better than ever. So much so we’re starting to see older producers like J Majik and ASC who moved away from the sound returning to their roots.
Backed up by established producers such as Bop, Duoscience and Greekboy the sound of rinsing Amens, lush pads and melodies and deep sub-bass is one that never seems to get tired.
Blade – Unreleased Anile – Earth & Mars Seba – Nostalgia Jrumhand – Intuition ASC – Clear Skies Rainforest – Villalongin Bop – Memories Seba – This is Our House Circa96 – Cave Dweller J Majik – Serenity ASC – Moment of Truth Eschaton & Future Engineers – Ascension AwakenFM – Atlantis Antony G – Getting Lost in Prague Focus 2 – Nova Era (Alex DB Nu Old Skool Age Version) Duoscience – Good to Be With (Recap) Greekboy & Okee – Lands of the Unknown
Harking back to the days of proper Atmospheric D&B this mix is a combination of stone cold, but lesser known, classics and modern day takes on the sound from the likes of Acid_Lab and Scape.
Featuring a lot of the early D&B best Atmospheric production talent such as DJ Pulse, Tango, DJ Harmony and Source Direct, I’ve tried to dig out remixes and different cuts of their classic tunes.
A BIG shout out to Andy Odysee and his imprint Odysee Recordings for keeping this sound alive in 2020 and for all the excellent mixes Andy himself has put together of this kind of stuff. It’s great that it is still being put out there for future generations to discover. Respect.
Tango – Revelations (Essence of Aura Remix) Nasty Habits – Chillin Out (Deleted Mix) Jazz Juice – Detroit (DJ Lee ’97 Remix) DJ Pulse – New York Sub Sequence – Drummin’ Space DJ Harmony – Let Me In (Adam F Remix) Harmony – What A House Harmony & Xtreme – Watch This (Remix) Dub Technicians – Icognito (Rollers Mix) Scape – Spirit World (Soul Intents Spirit of Speed Remix) Acid_Lab – Guess Who’s Back Source Direct – Different Groove The Dominion – Blue (Chapter 2 Remix) Universal Love – Together (Ryder’s Dream 132 Mix) Acetate – Ray of Sun Forme – New Element Austin – High Speed (Deep Down Mix) The Dominion – Fusion (Rhyder’s Dream 103 Remix) Photek – The Rain (Photek Remix)
There’s been a quiet revolution going on in the world of atmospheric D&B. A lot of producers have been putting the modern day D&B sounds aside and returning to the the golden atmospheric era of the mid 90s.
J. Majik released his aptly named Full Circle album chock full of retro sounds from the 90s. Producers such as Total Science, Dave Wallace, Seba and Blu Mar Ten have also gone back to their roots releasing lush, deep atmospheric beats reminiscent of the days of Bukem and Logical Progression.
This collection of atmospheric tracks is an encapsulation of all that is great within the sub-genre and well worth a listen if you enjoy swirling melodies and majestic vocals over repecharge beats and tight amen edits.
G-Force – Proximity (Furney 2019 Clean Up)
Okee – Earth Sky
Duoscience – Eternity
Total Science – Winds of Change
Dave Wallace – Lose Control
J. Majik – The Lost Tribe
Seba – Ryu-ki
R1C0 – Mission
Kid Drama & Om Unit – Untitled 1
Blu Mar Ten – Sandstorm
Dave Wallace – Echos of Speed
Okee – The Invisible Limits
Kyhu – Time Lapse