Blazed – Phuture Frequency 32

This one is for Darklin who reminded me that this mix even existed and to Robotone for once again filling the holes in my archiving system.

This was a radio set I did in September 2005. Loads of classic Audio Blueprint, RAM, Liftin’ Spirit, Underfire and Skynet Tracks from those masters of hard techie funk Stakka, Skynet, Kraken, K-Tee, Spy, Profound Noise, plus a whole heap of others.

It’s all class, no arse!

Blazed – 2hrs of Audio Bluepint / Underfire / Skynet Recs

Stakka & K-Tee – Hear Say (RAMM 015)
Stakka & K-Tee – After Hours (ADMM 008)
Stakka & K-Tee – Bad Influence (ADMM 009)
Stakka & K-Tee – Living for the Night (ADMM 008)
Stakka & K-Tee – Rugged and Raw (ADMM 008)
Skynet – MK Ultra (ABPR 002)
Skynet – Hal (ABPR 004)
Kraken – Warped (UDFR 011)
Friction & Skinny – Depth Charge (UDFR013)
Stakka & Skynet – Logistics (ABPR 002)
Kraken – Meatball (UDFR013)
Profound Noise – Luminous (UDFR0LP 002)
Spy – Z-Plane (UDFR013)
Profound Noise – Dropzone (UDFR013)
Kraken – Analogue Spikes (UDFR0LP 002)
Kraken – Side Effects (UDFR0LP 002)
Hard Evidence – Mind Field (UDFR0LP 002)
Profound Noise – Nu Level (UDFR0LP 002)
Stakka & K-Tee – Synthesis (UDFR0LP 002)
Stakka & K-Tee – Synthesis RMX (UDFR014)
Stakka & Skynet (Feat. Skinny) – Straight Jacket (UDFR0LP 003)
Stakka & Skynet (Feat. Kemal & Rob Data) – Biosphere (UDFR0LP 003)
Stakka & Skynet – Clockwork (UDFR0LP 003)
Stakka & Skynet (Feat. DJ Friction) – Altitude (UDFR0LP 003)
Stakka & Skynet (Feat. DJ K-Tee) – So Confused (UDFR0LP 003)
Gridlock – The Search (ABPR 018)
Skynet – Insomnia (SKY 001)
Stakka – Strange Daze (ZEROG 002)

31 Seconds: Part 3 – Ear & Drum Session 25

Closing out the over view of 31 Records this mix goes to show what a varied scope of sounds Doc Scott has covered since the days of the Rollers EPs. The later releases cover all sorts from Liquid, Dub, Tech, Hard, Atmospheric through to Minimal.

Whilst 31 Records has never had the pulling power of Moving Shadow or Metalheadz there can be no doubt that Scotties label has done a huge amount in shaping the sound of D&B. If you want to hear where Doc Scott thinks D&B is going in the future you could do a lot worse than checking out his Soundcloud Page where the man himself puts up all his mixes.

Massive respect to 31 Records and the Doc Scott for the years of truly original and ground breaking music.

31 Seconds: Part 3 – The final hour of 31 Records in the mix

Staks 2 – Sight Unseen
Mutt – Incredible
Visionary – She Makes Me Feel
Visionary – After Hours
Zero Tolerance – Damascus
Stranja – Red Desert
Calibre – Intro
Commix – Trojan
Total Science – Come On Baby
The Insiders – Back & Fourth
Spectral – Buried
DC & Kubiks – Pull Your Body
Commix – You’ll See
Doc Scott – Tokyo Dusk
S.P.Y. & Mosus – My World
Nasty Habits – Shadow Boxing (Blu Mar Ten Unofficial 2006 Remix)

Rip: A Remix Manifesto – A movie on the culture of sampling

I saw this recently and thought it nailed the debate about sampling music to make other music perfectly. What’s more the makers of the movie are inviting you to pay whatever you think the movie is worth to watch it (al-la Radiohead), and then download and remix the movie yourself. So for the more media savvy of you out there this might a great opportunity to show what you can do behind the camera and in the editing suite.

The generational divide is very apparent in this film between those who copy and those who don’t. We now have two generations worth of digitally aware members of society who don’t view copying as a criminal offense. Especially if the copied material is being recycled and altered to sound nothing like the original, as is the case in electronic music.

Rip: The Remix Manifesto is about this divide and what electronic music is doing to fight for it’s right to sample. But don’t take my word for it, check it out and see what you think yourself.

Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A remix manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age.

Biomedical engineer turned live-performance sensation Girl Talk, has received immense commercial and critical success for his mind-blowing sample-based music. Utilizing technical expertise and a ferocious creative streak, Girl Talk repositions popular music to create a wild and edgy dialogue between artists from all genres and eras. But are his practices legal? Do his methods of frenetic appropriation embrace collaboration in its purest sense? Or are they infractions of creative integrity and violations of copyright?

You be the judge by watching RiP: A remix manifesto

Producer Profile: Data

Data was one of my stand outs for 2009. Tracks like Delicate, Vice and Antenna from The Prologue EP on Horizons and Muted & Splice off his debut Metalheadz 12″ single saw him prove that he has his own unique sound, but that he can also cross genre boundaries with ease.

Based in West London Data has been turning heads with his mature and different approach to modern day drum and bass production. Quickly rising through the ranks with a slew of signings, his tracks quickly found their way into many top dj’s bags, including Goldie. Data’s focus on ambience, groove, minimalism and experimentation provides a whole new take on current drum and bass.

If you want find out more then check out his soundcloud and myspace, or just download the three tracks provided below. Two of these were slated to be on Metalheadz, so make sure you show your appreciation by purchasing any other Data tunes you stumble on and like in 2010.

Download here. 🙂

Data, E & Dynamic – Chiba City Blues
Data & E – Relic
Data – The Black Pagoda

New Year’s Break – Ear & Drum Session 24

One last mix to see the year out. 2009 has been a great year for D&B. New sounds and boundaries are being forged and despite the constant baying of the haters and the ‘it used to be better’ brigade the music is stronger than ever.

This mix covers a lot of ground from deep, drumfunk, liquid, minimal, tech and more. A big shout to Consequence who’s new LP ‘Live for Never’ has flipped my lid with it’s depth and beauty. Also props to The Upbeats, Audio, SPL, Seba and esspecially The Square for the free tracks.

If you are stuck for something to listen to on or in the New Year then get on it. Happy New Year to everyone who has supported me in 2009 and here’s hoping 2010 is bigger and better for you all.

New Year’s Break – 1hr+ of the deep and the dirty to see off 2009

The Upbeats – Through The Night
Consequence – A Man and a Woman
Consequence – Farewell
Rufige Cru – Chances (Alex Perez & Sabre Mix)
Consequence – Long Lies
Consequence – From A Distance
TVG Hates TVG – Wasting Away… (Indidjinous Remix)
Audio – Error
S.P.Y. vs Mosus – Drop Shadow
Rufige Cru – Sometimes Sad Day
SPL – It Will Be Different
Consequence – Lime Green
Seba – Dangerous Days
The Upbeats – Ki Ki Kai Kai Feat Cardz
The Square – Rock ‘n’ Roll
Soul Defiance – Hurt Me
BCee – Come Home
Sequent Industry – Train to Space (Square Remix)
AK1200 – Junior’s Tune (Digital Remix)

First Class – Ear & Drum Session 23 – Special Anniversary Mash Up

The Ear & Drum officially turns one today. 🙂

And to celebrate I’ve broken out of my D&B shackles and put together a mash up of almost everything but. I spent a long time getting this one right, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together.

Expect a few more mash up mixes in the new year as I am making a resolution to expand the Ear & Drum’s musical horizons in 2010. Also I am going to ramp up the news, reviews and free track give aways in an effort to keep the blog fresh and interesting.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us in the last 12 months and downloaded sets, registered, left kind words and/or spammed me with email for penis enlargement pills. I hope you all have a awesome Christmas break and a kick-ass 2010.

FIrst Class – 1hr Anniversary Mash Up – Happy Birthday to us

A Guy Called Gerald ft. Jennifer Neal – The Universe
Dr. Dre – The Watcher
Kelis – Bossy (Two Fingers Remix)
Chomatics – Running Up That Hill
Atlantic Connection – Interlude to L.A.
Oak – Starbird
Klute – Torrential Pain
Adam F – Mother Earth
Underworld – Rez
Break – In Between
Kid Cudi – Day ‘N’ Nite
Mutt – Face
Fresh – Heavyweight (Benny Page Remix)
Z-Trip – Mashup Tight
Jamie Vex’d – Radiant Industry
Mistabishi – Printer Jam (Barbarix Remix)
Martyn feat. D-Bridge – These Words
Utah Jazz – Atmospheric Interlude

The Way It Is – Ear & Drum Session 22

Liquid seems to be on the move at the moment. Whilst some camps are still pushing the dance floor sound, others are bringing a deeper influence. Russia seems to be a gold mine for new talent, and an amazing amount of melodic and minimal music has surfaced this year from the eastern block. The sound still holds it’s melodic base, but strips back the beats and lets the sub-bass pulse.

This mix is essentially the a best of all the new liquid(esc) music I’ve bought in the last couple of months. There are some traditional hand clap numbers in there, but I mainly try and focus of the deeper side of the sound.

The Way It Is – 1hr of Melodic Beats

Alix Perez feat. Peven Everett & Spectrasoul – Forsaken
Marky & XRS – Rotation (Stress Level & TC1 Remix)
Bonobo – The Keeper (Redeyes Remix)
A-Sides feat MC Fats – What You Don’t Know (Total Science Remix)
Quadrant – Whisper
Majestics – Force of an Attracting
Simplification & Edward Oberon – Loveline
Simplification – The Trilogy
Majestics – Coming Back
Mr Sizef – Garmoniya Mirov
DJ Clart & Glen E Stone – Mysterious Ways
Eveson – Deeper Still
Bcee – Disciple
Donnie Dubson – Battlecat
Calibre – Intro
Donnie Dubson – Grapefruit
Calibre – Tru Beat
Fourward – Eyelash

Producer Profile: ATP

I’ve been a big fan of ATP’s music for the last year or two. A Melbourne based producer with a strong sense of melody to his work, I always know I am going to get a quality production every time I listen to one his tracks. He is also one of those rare beasts in D&B, a producer who doesn’t take himself super seriously in a chin stroking fashion. This sense of fun also comes out in his music.

With his album coming out called Energy Currency I figured now would be a good time to shine a light on him as a producer and offer up two free tunes he is giving away to promote the album. Both are bootlegs, one of Jay-Z’s – So Ambitious and the other, more interestingly, is of the mighty Hall and Oates’ – I Can’t Go For That.

So check his bio, download the tunes and if you like them then check out Energy Currency which I am sure won’t disappoint.

Biography: ATP

A self confessed science nerd, ATP (Dave Shearer) takes his name from a molecule found in the human body called Adenosine Tri-Phosphate. However, it’s the science of music that he would have you remember him for, especially his own brand of deeper jazz influenced drum’n’bass.

Before starting to play gigs around Melbourne, he started a radio show “Nu Soul” on bassdrive.com. ATP now has supported many international artists including LTJ Bukem, Makoto, Greenfly, Vice Versa, Crissy Cris, Stunna, Amaning, Physics, Flirt with Dirt, Qumulus, DJ Clart, Lenzman, Overfiend, Jay Rome, Youthman and Radiata.

Already ATP’s smooth musical stylings have been snapped up with tunes on Liquid Brilliants and further releases on Influenza Media, BIOS, Fokuz, Urban Chemistry, Point 9 Audio and Golden Orb.

www.myspace.com/djatp
www.energycurrency.info
Mixes at http://atp.valhalla.net.nz/
AIM – deejayatp

• Hall and Oates – I Can’t Go For That (ATP DnB Booty)

• Jay Z (Feat. Pharrell) – So Ambitious (ATP DnB Booty)

Stripped Bare – Ear & Drum Session 21

The deep minimalistic sound running through Drum & Bass has been around forever. But this year it seems to have come of age with some seriously big names now playing almost entirely minimal. At it’s best the sound rolls out deep, dark and dubby with a little nod to the good old days of Tech Step. And at it worst it can sound like a half made Drum & Bass track.

With cavernous b-lines intermingling with skippy high end beats as atmospheric pads float in and out of your ears. Artists like Alix Perez, Rockwell, S.P.Y. and Morphy are taking the sound into some seriously deep territory and in the process redefining what people consider Drum & Bass.

This set goes out to Doc Scott for always being there on the edge and peering over the line and D-Bridge for the Autonomic podcasts and pushing things to their limits.

Stripped Bare – 1hr+ of Stripped Beats and Deep B-lines

SPY & Mosus – My World
Morphy – Warren Dub
ASC – Porcelain
SPY – Moving in Circles
Rockwell – Underpass
Alix Perez & Zero T – Suffer in Silence
Spectrasoul – Buried
Alix Perez – Portraits of the Unkown
Redeys – Float in Time
Mr Sizef & Unquote – Hours Have No Reverse Motion
Arp XP – Surfaces
Jubei – Outcast
Morphy – Version (Roff & Ready Original)
Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch – Hide the Tears (Loxy & Resound Remix)
Sunchase – Violet
Data & Cell – Antenna
Mutt, Atmospherix & Eros – Today Halftime
Data – Vice
Breakage feat. Skream – Skreakage

31 Seconds: Part 2 – Ear & Drum Session 20

Another 31 Recordings mix, this time focussing on the Kingz of the Rollers EP series. Spanning from 2003-2004 the Kingz of the Rollers were THE EP series that you had to have. The mix of established and new artists kept the EPs varied and saw 31 Records tap into artists like Klute, D.Kay, Greg Packer and Pendulum for the first time.

By 2003 the 31 sound had evolved into mighty rollers that suited both the light and dark vibes. Old classics like NHS, How You Make Me Feel, Deadline and even Shadow Boxing got updated remixes using the new sound. It’s hard to keep still to these tunes. They are just that infectious that you can’t help but bob your head.

31 Seconds: Part 2 – 1hr:15m of 31 Record’s Kingz of the Rollers

Klute – I Minder
D.Kay & Lee – Pipe Dreams
The Insiders – Late Night
Total Science – Shelf Life
Greg Packer – Not Just A Groove
MIST – How You Make Me Feel (Photek Remix)
Usual Suspects – Sapphire 7
D.Kay – Reach Inside
Alias – One To Another
Usual Suspects – Calimist
Artificial Intelligence – Won’t Give Up
Doc Scott – NHS (Total Science Remix)
Pendulum – Vault
DJ Kontrol – Echoes of Light
Digital – Deadline (Ed Rush & Optical Remix)
Nasty Habits – Shadow Boxing (Jonny L Remix)