The Bristol / Manchester sound is like nothing else in D&B. Full of ragga style vocals, dance hall style beats and vibes and yet quintessentially English. Sam Binga, Chimpo and to a lesser degree Om Unit exemplify the low-fi, down and dirty sound.
With its street style worn proudly on its sleeve, it one of those sounds that once you get into it you just want more.
Chimpo – 1996 (Illegal Remix) Chimpo – Big Ed (Generation X Mix) Sam Binga & Redders – Vandilero Sam Binga & Rider Shafique feat. Tiffanie Malvo – Proud (Enei Remix) Dub Phizix vs. Fixate – Babalugats Chimpo – Good Love DRS, Dynamic MC & DJ Zinc – Get Down Dub Phizix & Strategy – Deh Madcap – B-Boy Sam Binga & Rider Shafique – Organic Sam Binga & Halogenix – I’m an Adult QZB feat. Rider Shafique – City On The Lock Shy FX feat. Sinead Harnett – Too Shy (Breakage Remix) Soul Intent & Ms Tempz – 2 Bad Workforce – Your Moves
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
Chilled out Drum & Bass has hit another level in 2020 with artists like BCee, LSB, Redeyes and Etherwood blazing the trail. And vocal talents such as KSR, Charlotte Haining and Leo Wood backing them up in fine fashion. Even though these beats are laid back, they still manage to put a spring in your step and work the floor.
Redeyes feat. KSR – A Thousand Times Askel & Elere – Shy Hyroglifics – Best Of Muffler – Snowflake VIP Muffler – Black Motiv – Overthinking Mistrust feat. Leo Wood – Trickster Scape – Spirit World (Soul Intents Spirit of Speed Remix) Conrad Subs – Go It Alone Reburf – Falling Apart Mistrust – Only Ever You The Upbeats & Shapeshifter – Uncharted (Workforce Remix) T:Base – When I Fear (CSRV & TS Remix) Charlotte Haining – Daydreamer (LSB Remix) Emba, BCee & Philippa Hanna – Galaxy BCee & Charlotte Haining – The Hills BCee, Charlotte Haining & Etherwood – Little Bit Higher Villem & Leo Wood – We Had a Song Motiv – Reasons Villem & Leo Wood – We Had a Song (Tease)
Some of the first Tech Step tunes I got into were on compilations such as Sound of the Underground Record’s – Nu Skool Flava and Emotif Recordings’ – Tech Steppin. These were dark moody tunes full of Hip Hop samples and hard beats. While they weren’t the best tunes in terms of sound production, for raw energy and intent they still hold up today as some of the most upfront D&B tunes ever written.
This mix is dedication to SOUR, Emotif, Prototype and all the other labels who pushed the sounds of Elementz of Noize, Ed Rush, Trace, Ray Keith and all the other pioneers of the Tech Step sound that went on to influence D&B for decades afterwards.
DJ Trace – Mutant Revisited Elementz of Noize – Hit The Deck Dylan – Witchcraft Shapeshifter – Talkin’ Mad Shit Skyscraper – Liberty One DJ Kane – The Way It Goes Down Elementz of Noize – Mars Needs Women DJ Trace – Jeamland ’96 Ray Keith – D4 Toxic Waste (Elementz of Noize Remix) Skyscraper – The Difference Click N’ Cycle – Trippin’ Tonic Remix (Tonic’s Re-Animated Mix) TC Islam & The Alien 3 – Let The Bass Boom T.Power – Amber (Shy FX Extended Version) DJ Trace – Mid Town (Level II) Ray Keith – D4 Toxic Waste B.L.I.M. – Onza Shapeshifter – Communicate With The World Shapeshifter – Mass Hysteria Freq Nasty -The Shadow Microburst – Punkmutha
These two mixes complimented each other when I made them so I’ve decided to put them up as a rare double post.
Sunshine One Day is an upbeat Liquid mix with a euphoric vibe. With tunes from Mitekiss, Bop and Duoscience it is just a straight up damn good time.
Cloudy the Next is another Liquid mix, but on a more subdued and chilled vibe featuring The Vanguard Project feat. DRS, Seba and Pacific. Still in the same territory as Sunshine, but definitely a little more introspective and laid back.
Zero T – Jazz Tone Keen – Fall Beneath You (feat. Etherwood) Andy Skopes & Madcap – Part of Me Alix Perez – Concrete Mitekiss – Tonic Style – Apology Break & Kyo – The Edge of Time (Workforce Remix) Adred & Jamal – Complicated (feat. Christina Tamayo) QZB – Take it All (feat. Charli Brix) Bop – Insight Malaky – Believe Radias – Whirlpool Sili – In The Mood Duoscience – Memorial Jakart & KD – Atman Smote – Without You (feat. T:Base) Subdue – All Your Reason Vice, Charlotte Haining & Etherwood – Little Bit Lighter
The Vanguard Project feat. DRS – Everyday Is Stolen Hiraeth – All This Time Invaderhertz – Your Love Mystific – Atlantic Desire Whiney – No Good Mistrust – Only Ever You Hiraeth feat Critical Event – Hold On To Me The Upbeats & Shapeshifter – Uncharted (Workforce Remix) Reburf – We Could Be A Sides feat. MC Fats – Arctic Seba – Chebourashka Pacific – Divinity Get & Joshua – Sun Shining Whiney – November London Grammar – If You Wait (Long Enough You’ll Get the Calibre Remix) Alix Perez – Concrete Cyber Posix & Valiant Emcee feat. Trac – Never Too Late Shy FX, Chronixx & Jvck James – Bye Bye Bye (S.P.Y. Remix)
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)
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
I don’t often dip into the heavier side of D&B, but always enjoy it when I do. With old classics being remixed like Benny L’s remix of Dark Soldier and T>I’s Minimal VIP of Ray Kieth’s – Renegade, plus new drops from the likes of Adred on Metalheadz, A-Sides and Amon Tobin and Double Click’s – Two Fingers project there is plenty in here to be happy about.
Special shout out to Thermal for his Black Dog Remix of Heitor Leal Farnese – E näo foi à lápis. Remixes don’t come much more obscure, or tougher than this. Thanks for thinking of me.
Step in the 90s was all about rugged and raw beats and bass smashing through the speakers. But is also had it’s lesser know deeper and moodier sound that was being pushed by pioneers like Tonic, T-Power and to a lesser degree Ed Rush.
This was Tech Step with long, creeping b-lines and beats that had the odd high passed Amen threaded through it to give a more atmospheric take on the 2-step machine music.
Some of these tunes are my all time favourites from an era that was full of incredible Tech Step based D&B. From Tonic’s Renegade and Outcast, to B.L.I.M.’s Their Culture, to Purple Kola’s menacing The Thing — this is 90’s Tech Step done right.
Tonic – Renegade Doc Scott – Machines Genetic – Implants T-Power – 33rd Parallel Tonic – Outcast The Anger – Footlose Tonic – Renegade Phazed Ed Rush – Check Me Out B.L.I.M. – Their Culture Rescale – The Vision Urbanites – Transend Purple Kola – The Thing T-Power – Symbiosis DJ Nomad Vs. DaHeadbanger – Lord of the Rings