The Drift – Ear & Drum Session 121

If you asked people to name their favourite D&B albums invariably LTJ Bukem’s Logical Progression pops up. The heavily melodic atmospheric sound is as endearing today as it was when it first came out, and it lives on though labels such as Omni Music and Candence Recordings.

This mix focuses on THAT sound and, in particular, the artists Rainforest and Aural Imbalance. I stumbled upon Rainforest by complete accident, but one listen and I had to track down everything he had written. He’s simply that good.

Aural Imbalance has been producing atmospheric D&B since 1998 and runs Cadence Recordings which is an off shoot of Deep Space Recordings. Both labels focus their sound on the original 1996 Good Looking / Looking Good sound. And it is no surprise he has an early release on 720º, an offshoot of Bukem’s main labels.

If you want to know where atmospheric D&B is today, or just miss the Logical Progression sound, then you could do a lot worse than giving this a listen. Enjoy.

The Drift – 1hr of Atmospheric D&B

Blok One & Rainforest – Delusional
Blok One & Rainforest – 6am
Entomb – Primeval Forest (Aural Imbalance Sub Tropical Remix)
Okie – Project 15
O’clock – Time Stops
Ash Walker – Thunder (feat. Lord Laville)
Entama – Facet
Aural Imbalance & Voyager – Transmission Control
Deep Stealth – Project 15
Deep Stealth – Mystic Realms (Aural Imbalance Remix)
Aural Imbalance – Project 15
Intersolar – Soulshatter (Aural Imbalance Remix)
Deskai – Rest In Peace
Cryogenics – Coalsack
Blok One & Rainforest – Balcony View
Rainforest – Scar(s)
JCB – Project 15
Rainforest – Over The Years
Mitekiss – Dustmites

Eats the Soul – Ear & Drum Session 120

I’ve been missing in action.

For those wondering where the new mixes are I’ve been rudely interrupted by real life matters such as organising a wedding, getting married and work. But I am back and after the longest break from mixing since I took to the decks back in 96′ I’m glad to say I have an absolute belter for you.

This is a mixture of old and new thanks some my favourite producers, Rawtekk, ASC and TeeBee, remastering and re-releasing some of their classic old and unreleased tracks. But that’s not to say there isn’t some future classics in here either such as Deadcode’s infectious Ratatata, Tech Itch’s epic Souls of Impatience and the hard hitting Favela from a producer who is new to me Lavance.

I hope you dig the vibes and you won’t need to wait 4 months until the next mix. 😛

Eats the Soul – 1hr of Hard D&B

TeeBee – Let Go
Nasty Habits – Shadow Boxing (Om Unit VIP)
John B – Evolve (Alternative Intro Mix)
Gremlinz – Tactical Rail
Deadcode – Ratatata
Scar – Temptation (feat. Orkyd)
Paperclip – Afterdreamer
Technical Itch – Souls of Impatience
TeeBee – Snake Funk
Rawtekk – Inside Tekk (Reloaded)
Ed:it – Babylon Step
Scar – I’m Gone (feat. Naomi Prior – 3am Intro Mix)
Lavance – Favela
Mako – The Gap (feat. Fields)
TeeBee – Deceive
Digital & Spirit – Mosquito
DJ Krust – Cloaking Device (Fracture Remix)
Jay Drop – Insight
ASC – Automaton
Technimatic – Trigger Warning
Technimatic – The Stage (Interlude)

And? – Ear & Drum Session 119

So I’m not really sure what category or genre this mix falls into other than ‘awesome tunes that came out recently’.

There is some jungle inspired stuff thanks to Sam Binga and his partner in crime Om Unit, some techy minimalism from Alibi, Serum and Jonny L and some deep ambient weirdness from Rawtekk. Combine these with some sing-a-long vocal tracks from DJ SS and Random Movement and you have an eclectic snap shot of what is making D&B great at the moment.

I might not know what it is, but I know I like it. And I hope you do too.

And? – 1hr of Eclectic D&B

Sam Binga & Om Unit – Big Kev
Logisitics & Inja – Smoke Rings
Alibi – Hornet
Minto feat. Ellie – Start Over (DJ SS Remix)
Silence Groove – Slapper
Fawce feat. P Fine – Boiler Room VIP
Rawtekk – High
Barefoot – Darkling Sky (Facing Jinx Remix)
Seba – Piemo for B
Jaydrop – Insight
Random Movement – Same Old Feelings
Serum – Spices
Jonny L – Hallow
Chromatic – Impact
Nasty Habits – Shadow Boxing (Om UNit VIP)
Mixmaster Doc, Dave Shichman, Bernzilla & DJ SS – Personally Frankly
Seba & Method One – Silicone Nature
Derek Carr – Q
Seba – Fade to Red (feat. DRS & TrickyKid)
Naibu – Fireflies (Light Mix)
Rawtekk – My Love

Sebatical – Ear & Drum Session 118

Sebastian Ahrenberg AKA Seba first came to prominence on LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking label during the 90s. His deep atmospheric sound is unmistakably his own, and for me he is one of D&Bs great unsung heroes. Whether by himself, or teaming up with other technical producers like Paradox or Krazy, Seba has produced a back catalogue most producers simply can’t touch.

I haven’t done an all artist mix for the longest time, but if anyone is going to pull me back into playing a single producer’s work it is Seba. So deep, melodic and hypnotizing – his sound blends so effortlessly that it is a sheer joy to mix.

If you are fan of Seba’s work you’ll love this and if you are new to him, boy are you in for a treat. Enjoy.

Sebatical – 1.5hrs of Seba

Seba – Blaze and Fade Out
Seba – Keep Me Waiting
Seba & Paradox – Move On
Seba – Distance
Seba – Vanity
Seba – What’s You Fantasy
Seba – Nostalgia
Seba & Paradox – Last Goodbye
Seba – Shades of Me & You
Seba – Never Let You Go (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
Seba – Nightrider
Seba – Can’t Describe
Seba – Dangerous Days
Seba – Inside Yourself
Seba – Nothing Can Replace
Seba & Paradox – The Light
Seba – Steel
Seba – Piemo for B
Seba – Blanace of Power
Seba & Krazy – Finola
Seba & Paradox – Because

Sunk – Ear & Drum Session 117

Have a little deep drum & bass to sink into.

Loads of new tunes from the likes of Calibre, Om Unit and Dub Phizix, plus a few recent favourites from Metalheadz and Blu Mar Ten Music.

Kick back, close your eyes and let it sink on in.

Cheers to Rikki for the lovely shot of a Cottesloe sunset.

Sunk – 1hr of Deep D&B

Hydroglifics – Little Heart feat. Bogues
Calibre – Hold the Light
Break & MC Fats – Free Your Mind
Thesis & Anastasia – The Bridge
Aerostat Industry – Ocean of Money
Akuratyde – Time Left Behind (feat. Eusebeia)
Graphs – Sleep Recursive
Dub Phizix – Do One (feat. DRS)
Greazus & Subcorr – Safety First
Metro – Words & Ideas
Halogenix – All Blue (feat. Cleavland Watkiss)
Halogenix – Beyond the Bounds
Need for Mirrors – Ethos
Seba & Paradox – Because (feat. Robert Manos)
Lenzman – Golden Age (Full Vocal Mix)
Om Unit – Connector
Jaydrop – Insight
Om Unit – Spiritwerk
London Elektricity – Swivel (Beatless Mix)

The Down Low Sessions: 031

90 isn’t a beats per minute range I play in very often.

In fact it took me three years to find enough 90bpm tracks I liked to put into a single set. The bad news is it might be three years before I do something like this again. The good news, every tune in here is an absolute winner.

We’ve got downbeat, techno, hip-hop and electronica all on a chilled out tip and lightly blended. Perfect for a Sunday morning or as wash up music, as Armistead Maupin would have called it.

Relax, you’re in good hands.

The Down Low Sessions: 31 – 1hr of 90bpm Chill

Submotion Orchestra – All Night
Submerse – Thinking About You
José Raúl – Cala Den Sara
Slacker – A Million Dreams
Slam – Irritant
Brat Leeks – Domine
Jack Sparrow – The Chase (VIP)
Reamz – Modulus (D Operation Drop Remix)
Aquarius – Clue To A Mystery
Afterlife – A Little Bit of Love
DistantStarr – A Little Starr
Kirsty MacColl – Walking Down Madison
Andrew Cash – The Sound of Eternity
Jasper Burn – Miami
Daft Punk – End of the Line (Photek Remix)
Row pieces – Just 4 Love feat. Kryptonic
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Kiss the Sky

Headz Will Roll – Ear & Drum Session 116

Metalheadz have done more to shape Drum & Bass than just about any other record label. Goldie’s label pretty much nailed it from their first release in 1995 and just kept on bringing the goods. The ability to maintain a unique Metalheadz sound whilst constantly innovating has seen them outlast just about all of their rivals from back in the day.

That innovation continues today with artists like Om Unit, Lenzman and Artificial Intelligence all releasing albums that pushing Drum & Bass in new directions whilst keeping the integrity of the Metalheadz sound intact.

This is a selection of newer Headz material that travels from the melodic and beautiful to the dark and intense future sound the label has always pushed. To Goldie and all those who have contributed to Metalheadz down the years, respect.

Headz Will Roll – 1.5hrs of Metalheadz

Artificial Intelligence – Scrolls (feat. Dawn Wall)
Lenzman – Golden Age (feat. Steo)
Om Unit – The Hand
Grooverider – The Avenger
Mikal – When the Wind Changes
SB81 – Negatives
SCar – Free Fall (feat. Artificial Intelligence)
Artificial Intelligence – Pass the Buck (feat. DRS)
Lenzman – My Tearz (Ulterior Motive Remix)
Lenzman – Lazy Dub (Zero T Remix)
Lenzman – Move & Focus (Submorphics Remix)
Halogenix – All Blue (feat. Cleveland Watkiss)
Lenzman – Starz (LSB Remix)
Om Unit – Touching Down (feat. Cleveland Watkiss)
Om Unit – Grey Skies Over Chicago
Artificial Intelligence – Time Out
Goldie – Broken Man (Halogenix Remix)
Halogenix – Beyond the Bounds
Klute – Westernize
Mikal – At the Controls (feat. Xtrah)
Scar – Return to Swerve
Artificial Intelligence – What You Had (Lenzman Remix)
Artificial Intelligence – Justify (feat. Terri Walker)
Lenzman – Got My Mind Made Up
Lenzman – Just Can’t Take (dBridge Remix)
Scar – Runaway
Artificial Intelligence – Fallen (feat. Dawn Wall)
Mako – Te Gap (feat. Fields)
Om Unit – Layers
Digital & Spirit – Mosquito
Halogenix – Paper Sword
Lenzman – Golden Age (Full Vocal Mix)
Om Unit – Parallel

Fluid Saque – Ear & Drum Session 115

First mix of 2016 and we are heading into deeply fluid territory. Almost a who’s who of liquid D&B producing alumni, this mix rolls out so smooth you could almost slip on it. Perfect for a lazy weekend or a Sunday morning session, it’ll keep your head nodding and hips swaying.

Turn it up and rinse out.

Fluid Saque – 1hr+ of Liquid D&B

Hybrid Minds – Kismet
Mindmapper & Silvahfonk – One Step Close
Malay – Blue Monday
Anile – Not the Way (to Run)
Thesis & Anastasia – The Bridge
Mindmapper, Silvahfonk & Madcap – Up ‘N’ Smoke (Madcap VIP)
Michael – When the Wind Changes
Silence Groove – Dust Bowl
Calibre & Marcus Intalex – Something Heavy
Dave Webber – Drifter
Linesman – Move & Focus (Submorphics Remix)
Etherwood – Souvenirs
Lenzman – Starz (LSB Remix)
Silence Groove – Shine Through
Pluton & Skyer – Evening Streets
Skyhook – Music
Submorphics – The Devine
Ether wood – Light My Way Home
Head: Crab – U Got
A-Sides & Makoto – Jupiter
Impish – With You (Calibre Remix)
Turney – Just Can’t Give You Up
Hybrid Minds – Lifted

Call the Ambience 9: Induced Coma – Ear & Drum Session 114

Drift towards centre with this collection of beautiful tunes and intricate beats. Much respect goes out to Metro and his new LP, Fugue State which is simply stunning as is the re-mastered T.Power classic The Self Evident Truth of an Intuitive Mind. Both get heavy rotation here along with Akuratyde’s Embrace EP.

This is the perfect mix to relax to while you enjoy the holiday break and finish out the year. Cheers to all those who have listened though out 2015 and here’s to more music in the year to come.

Call the Ambience 9: Induce Coma – 1hr+ of Ambience D&B

Metro – Digital Age
T.Power – Indigo
Hyroglifics – Little Hearts feat. Bogus
Metro – Fugue State
Akuratyde – Sway
T.Power – Octagon
Thesis & Anastasia – The Bridge
Electrosoul System – Traffic
Metro – Nimbus
Akuratyde – The Left Behind feat. Eusebeia
London Elektricity – Tenderess (Beatless Mix)
T.Power – Circle
T.Power – Trapezium
T.Power – Silver
T.Power – Amber
T.Power – Triangle
Metro – Words & Ideas
Krone – Micrococmos
Andre Donald – Soft Landing
Andrew Cash – The Sound of Eternity
Akuratyde – Embrace
Akuratyde – Lights in My Eyes
Ill K – Windspiel
T.Power – Square
London Elektricity – Swivel (Beatless Mix)

The Down Low: Sessions 28, 29 & 30

A fresh batch of Down Low Sessions for you focusing on the best of bass, house, techno and other beats related type tunes.

Session 28 is a house and techno expedition with a little bit of jungle towards the end. The cover picture sums up the vibe on this mix, full of 6am sunrise types tunes, this is the kind of mix perfect for getting home and seeing in the break of dawn.

If you prefer it deep, dark and moody then Session 29 will take you there. The first three tunes of this mix set the scene perfectly with drifting vocals and dark, low basslines. If you like the Cosmic Bridge labels 140bpm jungle sound then this will hit the spot. Other notables in here are Tipper and Atlantic Connection, who can never do wrong in my book.

Need some jeep beats to bump along to? Session 30 is a more upbeat take on the bass and house sound which will get you nodding and singing along in places. Special mention for Martin Solveig & GTA’s – Intoxicated which is a little more commercial than I’d normally go, but has become a guilty pleasure for me. It is just so damn funky and one of the best party tunes of the years for me.

A special shout out to Phuture Freq Radio, where these mixes were originally being played and hosted. After more than a decade of providing exceptional beats across the internet the site has finally closed it doors. I’ve been involved with Guy Andrew’s station since 2002 and I wish him all the best on his burgeoning production career and hope he gets a similar site up and running again soon so we can continue to bring the music to the masses. To Guy and PFRadio, Respect.

The Down Low: Session 28

De$ignated – Valentine (Applebottom Remix)
Pete Tong & John Monkman – The Bumps (Pleasurekraft Remix)
DVA – Walk it Out
Billion feat. Maxine Ashley – Special (CamelPhat Remix)
Funkystepz – Vice VErsa
Blackdown – Wicked Vibez (Horsepower OG Remix)
Eastern District – Eight Days
Kill Frenzy – So Fine
Rootkit feat. Danyka Nadeau – So Fine
Deep Lark – Give it Away (Aki Bergen Remix)
Rey Salinero – Lindo Cielo
16 Bit Lolitas – Deep In My Soul
Cooly G – Love Dub Refix
Barry Jamieson – Stars (Charlie May Black Hole Remix)
Dusky – Yahoo (Benton Remix)
Sam Paganini – Exit
Rainforest – Weatherswing
Kill Frenzy feat. Astrid – XXX

The Down Low: Session 29

Smoothiesforme – Will This Ever End (DFRNT Remix)
Everything But The Girl – Temperamental (Pull Timewarp Remix)
Ital Tek – Vector
Moresounds – Business
Scuba – Transience
Tipper – Ambergris
Ticklish – Sum 1 Like U
EAN – I Bus The Mic
Boxcutter – Active Transformation (Feat. Star Fu)
Om Unit & Moresounds – Nuff MUsic
Om Unit – The Crossing
Goldie – My Little India
Om Unit – March of the Cosmic Diasporia
Sinistarr – H3xx
Atlantic Connection – Ina Dem
Atlantic Connection – Geppetto Feat. Tunde Olaniran

The Down Low: Session 30

Chris Lake – Chest
George Fitzgerald – Knife to the Heart
Royal-T – Glacier
Digital – Mini Cooper
MOT3K – Fallout (Unsigned and Unmastered)
Above & Beyond & alex Vegas – All Over the World (Illyus & Berrientos Remix)
Clubroot – Whistles & Horns
George Fitzgerald – Call it Love (If You Want To)
Clubroot – Orbiting
Direct & Labisch – Make a Move (feat. Openwater)
Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated
Scuba – PCP
Scuba – Why You Feel So Low
Beatind – Funky B (Soccao & Shake Sofa Remix)
Gazelle Twin – GUTS (Tom Demark Remix)
Make & Pasteman – Oh Baby
Maribor State – Got Me Down (Pale Remix)
Royal-T – Shotta (Instrumental)
Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated