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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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
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