The fourth and final rinse in the Wax Doctor series, this one is different. Towards the end of the 90s D&B was morphing from a heavily sample based music to more synthetic instrument base. Trackers were on the way out and DAWs with soft-synths, drum samplers and other built in instruments changed the sound forever.
Wax Doctor by this stage had teamed up with Alex Reece to become the Fallen Angels, and were sometimes joined by Utah Jazz. Amen breaks changed to heavily processed step-style beats with a real crunchy snap to the snares. Experimentation was king, and a lot of the tunes in this mix feel like all three producers were trying to find their ‘new sound’.
While some of these tracks are a little rough, there are still some absolute diamonds in the rough like the Alex Reece & Wax Doctor collaboration – Exposed, Q Certain Thoughts and the bass heavy Track 7 which is one of my all time favourite Wax Doctor tunes.
After this era Wax Doctor pretty much disappeared off the D&B map. Although a few older tunes were re-release via the Creative Wax label. And very recently a new tune cropped up in a Sun & Bass set by DJ Djinn give me hope that maybe, just maybe Wax Doctor will revive his career and bless us with some more of his sublime style of D&B again.
Fallen Angels – The Theme Alex Reece & Wax Doctor – Exposed Fallen Angels – Track 7 Fallen Angels – Like the Sun Alex Reece & Utah Jazz – All Night Long Wax Doctor – Q Certain Thoughts Fallen Angels – Rapier Fallen Angels – Event Horizon Alex Reece & Utah Jazz – G.R.V. Bounty Killaz – Silent Voices (Tango Mix) Sounds of Life – Release the Bells (Wax Doctor Remix) Frank De Wulf – Drums in a Grip (Wax Doctor Remix) Jazz Juice – Detroit (DJ Lee ’97 Remix) Alex Reece & Utah Jazz – Retrospect Fallen Angels – Biophonic
2022 has picked up where 2021 left off in terms of solid Liquid D&B tunes coming out left, right and center. With regulars such as Furney, Tokyo Prose and Alix Perez joined by a new school of melodic producers such as Khramer, Styke and Echomatics in bringing the goods.
There is a little bit of something for everyone in this mix with Dynamite MC feat. Bop x Subwave’s – Into and Fox’s – Paper Weights providing some vocal depth. Furney’s – El Aqua and Styke’s – Apollo lets the music do the talking, while Dan Guidance’s – Freedom of Expression and HEFT’s – Promise bringing some deft drum work and bass heft.
Khramer – Far Away Furney – El Aqua Random Movement – How Many Ways Styke – Apollo HEFT – Promise Echomatics – By Your Side Etherwood – Spaces Tokyo Prose – Still Life Flaco – Star Search Dynamite MC feat. Bop x Subwave – Into Duoscience – Facing… Dan Guidance – Freedom of Expression Fishy – Solar Transit Chimpo & Salo – I Don’t Care Fox feat. Swing Ting – Day Ones (Lenzman Remix) Far – If You Want Pola & Bryson – Inder (Feat. Lauren Archer) HumanNature – Stories Alix Perez – Desanka Brainwork – Adrift Fox – Paper Weights (Feat. DRS & Calibre)
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)
Heading into the golden era of the mid-90s for the 2nd installment of my Wax Doctor series. Since declaring this a three part series I’ve discovered a few more Wax Doctor tracks squirreled away in my vinyl collection under different names. So I’ll be adding a 4th mix to the series just for good measure.
A lot of these tracks are Wax Doctor collaborating with Alex Reece under the Jazz Juice and Unit 1 pseudonyms (later to become Fallen Angels), or as Bounty Killaz with Ashley Browne AKA DJ Pulse. There are definitely different moods to the sound depending on who the good Doctor teamed up with, Unit 1 being a lot tougher than the jazz inspired Jazz Juice for example. But in the end all of these tracks are pure quality and more than worthy of getting another spin.
Wax Doctor – All I Need Jazz Juice – Detroit Jazz Juice – Jazz Juice Unit 1 – Untitled Unit 1 – Love Me DJ Pulse – Stay Calm (Bounty Killaz Remix) Jazz Juice – Move Your Body Wax Doctor – Step Bounty Killaz – Silent Voices Bounty Killaz – Do it Now! Bounty Killaz – Killa Instinct (Alex Reece Remix) Model 500 – I Wanna Be There (Wax Doctor Remix) Wax Doctor – Cool Breeze
Been a hot minute since I’ve dropped a heavier set, but this one is coming out swinging. The ruff D&B sound has been having a BIG resurgence lately with quality tracks hitting hard and fast.
First up Breakage dropped his At the Controls Vol.2 EP which featured the killer Lickshots for Headtops and Untitled Dubplate. When Breakage is on form not many can touch him. Blocks and Escher’s – Shot In The Dark EP finally dropped after what seems like years of the title track being played by everyone, although This One is my pick of the bunch from the release. And one of my favorite artists, Klute has remastered some of his classic remixes in the form of Digital & Spirit’s – Remote Control (Klute Remix) and Concord Dawn’s – Morning Light (Klute Remix) so I couldn’t pass up dropping these in even though they are a little long in the tooth.
Extra special shouts to Offish for his moody AF – Pareidolia [Intro] track and Mister Shifter for his massive Murder One drop on Straight Up Breakbeat. Seeing all my online Dogs coming correct gives me huge amounts of joy, so big up ya chest to all involved.
Offish – Pareidolia [Intro] Disrupta & J Select – Tequila Breakage – Untitled Dubplate Mister Shifter – Murder One Digital & Spirit – Remote Control (Klute Remix) Concord Dawn – Morning Light (Klute Remix) S.P.Y – Nebula Blocks & Escher – Shot In The Dark Noisia – Incessant (IMANU Remix) Conrad Subs – Dark Sets In DLR – Make My Mind Go Sub Focus – Deep Space (Data 3 Remix) Roho – Deviuz Law Breakage – Lickshots for Headtops Blocks & Escher – This One Silence Groove – Offset Silence Groove – Feel Inja – Soul Silhouette (feat. Singing Fats)
Wax Doctor is a producer who has always been close to my heart. He was a breakbeat pioneer who blazed a melodic trail in the early 90s, along with the likes of Omni Trio and Alex Reece, that defined a generation of music. He had two records in the first ten Metalheadz releases, more pseudonyms than you can poke a stick at, and was in high demand as a remix artist in D&B most formative years.
This is the first part of three mixes I’m putting together to celebrate the life and works and of Wax Doctor. Starting out in 1993 with some of his earliest Breakbeat Hardcore tracks and moving into the mid-90s, where he found his musical feet and started making serious waves in the D&B scene.
Kev Bird & The Wax Doctor – T.B.N (Tough But Nice) Kev Bird & The Wax Doctor – Dark Matter ’93 Wax Doctor – Fallen Angels Fallen Angels – Hello Lover (DJ Hype Remix) DJ Pulse – Let You In (Wax Doctor Remix) Wax Doctor – The Step Model 500 – I Wanna Be There (Wax Doctor Remix) Wax Doctor – Cool Breeze Wax Doctor – The Spectrum Unit 1 – Atlantic Drama Alex Reece – Basic Principals (Wax Doctor Rollout) Fallen Angels – Taken Over Bounty Killaz – Do It Now! (DJ Pulse Remix) Sounds of Life – Release the Bells (Wax Doctor Remix) Alex Reece – Acid Lab (Wax Doctor Remix) Wax Doctor – Kid Caprice Lunar Funk – Spacewalk Wax Doctor – Never As Good
This is the first mix of the new year to feature actual 2022 tracks in it. It’s a pumping little Liquid number featuring some of the genre’s best including KSR, DRS & Need for Mirrors, Seba, Mystific and S.P.Y. Extra big push for Furney and his new LP ‘Under Below’ which is an absolute belter and for the return of NZ favourite live D&B sons (and daughters) Shapeshifter and their new album ‘Rituals’.
HLZ – Orbit MNML & Brainwork – Miracle Shapeshifter – Lightspeed Mystific – Pieces of My Life Collette Warren, DJ Marky & Tyler Daley – One Exception (Pola & Bryson Remix) KSR – Life, Money Degs – Unwritten Seba – Public Beauty Furney – Lunar Tunes Furney & Lady Emz – Travel in a Day DRS feat. Need for Mirrors – Running Back Bungle – Forms FLM – One Time (Euphorics Remix) Hiraeth – A Time When HLZ – How I Feel S.P.Y – Dream Fragments Flowrain, Pulsaar & Devon – Blue (Decon Remix) Furney – Bengo Mystific – Space Cadet Subrix – Direction Particle – Fall 2 Fast
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
2021 was the year of the vocal as far as Liquid and Soulful D&B was concerned. MCs like DRS, Fox and Cleveland Watkiss took full control, while the ever popular female vocalists like Emily Harkness, Lauren Archer and Jenna G kept the vibe sweet and soulful.
That being said some older heads like John B & Digital, Pola & Bryson and Calibre proved that you don’t need a vocal to nail that smooth, rolling vibe that only Liquid D&B can provide. All up 2021 was the year that the blues tinged soulful sound proved to be just as solid as some the harder genres out there.
Mitekiss, Milo Merah & RWST – City Angels DRS feat. Mindstate – Never Made It John B & Digital – Time Goes By Invadhertz, Felix Raymon & Jamal Dilmen Alix Perez & Liam Bailey – Moving On (Break Remix) KSR – Life, Money Alix Perez feat. Even Everett & Spectrasoul – Forsaken (Calibre Remix) Command Strange & MC Fava – Never Let Go GLXY – Sweet Lows (feat. Rhi) Seba – Sweet Magnolia (feat Jenna G) London Elektricity – The Plan That Cannot Fail (10YR Rework) Chimpo – Keep U Round (feat. Salo) Seba & Emily Harkness – True LSB & DRS – Umbrellas (GLXY Remix) Mitekiss – Rain (Falling Down) Inja – Smile More Unknown Artist – Sweetest Taboo Satl – Beautiful Struggle (feat. DRS) Duoscience – Praise Lally & Aailyah Esprit – Hustling’ LSB & DRS – Stop the World (Lenzman Remix) DRS & Need for Mirrors – Running Back Macca, Loz Contreras & Critical Event – Snow LSB & DRS – Rise & Fall (Tokyo Prose Remix) Technimatic & Riya – When the Dawn Breaks Pola & Bryson & Solch – Neverend Pola & Bryson – Under (feat. Lauren Archer) Fox – Paper Weights (feat DRS & Calibre) Mineral – Silent Promises Lady Blackbird – Collage (Calibre Remix) Operator Unknown & Leo Wood – Who Inja – Pressure (feat. Cleveland Watkiss)