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
Welcome to a new series of mixes based around lesser known tracks from the 1996 golden era of D&B.
Those that know me, know I love ’96 era of music. It was the time when I was first getting into D&B, and I have spent decades collecting D&B and other music from around this era. These tracks are mainly sourced from obscure CD compilations, with the odd recent re-release and original vinyl thrown in for good measure.
The aim of this series is to dig up tracks you’ve never heard before. So I’d love it of people could comment on what tracks are new to them. Mainly I’ve gone for rare and obscure remixes combined with a bunch of B-sides and CD only releases.
Being a series this is only part one of the journey, and if people are feeling it I might look into some other years from back in the day. Again let me know in the comments.
Drum and Bass – Intelligence (Inst Mix) Hidden Agenda – Vindication 4 Hero – Universal Love Cloud Nine – Teach Me To Fly DJ Pulse – Planet Funk Just Intelligence – Trip Out (Intelligent Mix) The Dominion – London Nights (Ryder’s Dream No. 102 Mix) Jonny L – Sam Ryders Project 1 – Heidi’s Dream (Ryder’s Dream No. 100 Mix) Alex Reece – Feel the Sunshine (Pulse Mix) Dave Wallace – Expressions Part 1 Galliano – Slack Hands (Aquasky Remix) Frame – Spirit of the Sun (Aquasky Remix) Gangster Sound – What’s Going On (Jazz Mix) Aquasky – Sea Monkey Best Boy Electric – Dawning David Holmes – Gone (PFM Mix) Aphrodite – Q-Flutes Tamsin – Innocence Cloud Nine – The Ultimate Seduction Abstract Truth – Get Another Plan (Rob Playford Remix)
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
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
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
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.
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)
It’s been an absolute age since I’ve done a mix profiling a single label, but Dutch label Scientific is definitely deserving. All the tunes you’ll find here are from their exquisite compilation series ‘Chilling on the Couch’ which as you have probably guessed are full of Chilled out D&B of the highest quality.
Scientific pull in some big names such as Bungle, Mav and Nuage but they have an impressive roster of off the radar artists too such as Mobility, Seathasky, Oscallist, PLK and Physical Illusion. Between the first 3 ‘Chilling on the Couch’ compilations there is so much wonderfully laid back D&B that I heartily encourage anyone who enjoys this mix to seek them out as this really is just scratching the surface of what this amazing label has to offer.
Halo – E X I T
Seathasky – Something More
Seathasky – Beauty Made In Small Pieces
Mobility – Sunrays Through Rain
Mobility – Fully Interlocking (fat. Dana)
Bungle – Lights
Kron – Microcosmos
N4m3 – Tomorrow
Mav – Skylines (Inertia Remix)
PLK – Her Side
Physical Illusion – Ascent into Orbit
Nuage – Inspire Me (feat. Veronique J)
Naibu – Fighting for Attention (Microfunk Crew Remix)
Oscillist – Sable
Readsense & FlashbackFM – Take Me Away
Bungle – Concession
May & Saigon Empire – From Here to Eternity
A little bit of old mixed in with a lot of new this time around as we take a deep dive into the Liquid sound of D&B. The old is courtesy of the mighty DKay who has been absent for way too long from the D&B scene. The good news is he has started producing again and will have new tunes coming soon! But until then I’ve slipped in his classics Planet Music, How Much Does it Take and Serenade as a reminder of just how good this guy is in terms of melodic D&B.
In terms of new stuff Larigold’s Rhodes driven Swing the Waves is a perfect intro track to kick us off. Calibre is back so I had to slip in Makes Me, Funny Games and Self from his new Shelflife compilation. Other tunes of note are Atlantic Connection’s sing-a-long track Fathom, Tokyo Prose’s colab with Nether – Tremble and a smasher from Lewis James in the form of Your Love is a Power.
Larigold – Swing the Waves
Calibre – Makes Me
Atlantic Connection – Fathom (feat. Faith)
Calibre – Funny Games
Readsenes & Lono – Losing
Nuvertal – Faith
Seba & Manos – Etheral
DKay – Planet Music
Calibre – Self
Tokyo Prose – Tremble (feat. Nether)
Arcatype – Narrative (feat. Riya)
Nevler – Soul Space
Alim Perez & Halo – Rollcage
DKay – How Much Does It Take
LM1 & Kharm – Inversion
Dan Guidance – I’m So In Love
Lewis James feat. DanDansK – You Love Is A Power
DKay – Serenade
SpectraSoul – Say What Midnight Mix (feat. Made Lane)
Villem & McCleo feat. Leo Wood – Let It Breathe
Logistics – Lotus Flower