As I wrote in the A Big Change to the Ear & Drum post recently, we’ve got some fresh talent join the ranks after ten years of the Ear & Drum being exclusively my work.
DJ Blick has already posted a cracker of a mix feature new work from fan favourite PFM. And now I’m overjoyed to welcome Will AKA Klay Pigeon to the site.
Will’s ‘Alwayz Will’ series has been on constant rotation in my house for years now, so I’m stoked to have him posting the 11th in the series up here very soon. If we’re luck he might retroactively post up the previous ten other Alwayz Will mixes as they are some of most well thought out and diverse mixes I’ve come across in my time.
Welcome Will and we look forward to hearing more from you.
I’ve been running this site for over a decade now. My original goal was to have a place to call my own where I could document great D&B and other forms of music I loved and wanted to share with the rest of the world.
I feel like I’ve achieved this goal well enough, but The Ear & Drum could always do more to further the cause. With this in mind I’m following through with a dream I’ve had for a year or two now, which is opening the site up to more DJs who share a similar passion for music that I do.
The only thing that stopped me from doing this sooner was finding like minded DJs who could keep the quality high and the music pure. I’m glad to say, this week I reached out to a DJ who has always been top notch with his mixes and selection. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to and out for whenever a new mix dropped.
Welcome DJ Blick to the Ear & Drum.
I’ve followed Blick for over 10 years and I’m yet to hear a dud Blick mix. His taste in music, set selection and mixing is incredible, and I’m beyond confident he’ll make the Ear & Drum even better than it is now. Please make him feel welcome and shower him with friendly comments when ever you feel he’s hit the musical spot for you.
If you do enjoy having more mixes and music away from the commercial streaming entities and would like to see more quality DJs contributing to the D&B archive that is the Ear & Drum, comment here and I’ll see if I can find a few more talented DJs to join.
This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Ear & Drum so it was a very nice surprise to receive an email recently from feedspot.com informing me that the blog made it to #29 in their Top 40 D&B Blogs.
Most of you know I run this blog solo and simply do it for the love of the music, but it is always nice to get a little recognition. 🙂 They even gave me a wee virtual medal. 😛
Thanks to everyone for their support down the years and here’s to the next 10 years.
It has been an absolute age since I’ve posted a free track, but Seraphim from Om Unit is worthy of the exception. Deep, beautifully crafted and high quality (in sound and file format) this track is simply a thing of wonder well worth sharing with the world.
I was blown away this week by Atlantic Connection releasing 80 free tracks that represents the best of the producer’s output spanning 10 years. Such generosity from an artist deserves to be applauded and shared. I could bang on and on about why this is means a lot to me, but I’ll leave it up tot he man himself.
Music is meant to be heard and shared, and maybe that one song might help someone’s day; or give them a chance to reflect in ways that will help them grow as people.
That’s what music does for me and maybe my music can do that for other people. It’s not going to do any good just letting it sit on a hard-drive for eternity feels counter-productive and cold.
The reason for the large volumes of music at once? Well, I managed to get 300 songs down to two collections of about 40; did the best I could.
I couldn’t put it any better myself. Listen to the amazing music of Atlantic Connection and, if you enjoy it, show some support and buy some of his more recent stuff. He deserves it.
Archive 1: 2001-2005
1. All About You ft. Shawn G
2. All My Love
3. Atomic Puma Man
4. Bahai ft. Chino
7. Can’t Take It ft. Wes Dixon
8. Colombia DUB
10. Deep Impact
11. Dendera Dub
12. Drifting On An Aspect (VIP)
13. Dubstar 66
14. Faded Lady
17. It’s Been Years
18. Last Nights Passing
19. Lion Of Judah
20. Mars VS Earth
23. My Brother ft. Rohan Bassbin
24. New Dawn
25. Quantum Leap
26. Renegades Of Funk ft. Will Miles
27. Since I’ve Seen You
28. The Remedy ft. Shawn G
29. Untitled (Sunshine)
30. Untitled 2
31. Untitled ft. Chino
32. Where You Are
33. Yucatan Coast
Archive 2: 2006-2010
1. 2 Nights in Tulum
2. 2 Years and Back
3. Back 2 Something
4. Bamboo Paper
6. Better Man ft. Jeff Rhodes
9. Communes & Freakouts
10. Diamonds and War
11. Eastside Boys
12. Echo Theory
13. Find Your Way ft. Shannon Swain
14. Further Generation
15. Gold Dust
16. Heal (instrumental)
17. Heal ft. Tali
18. Keep On Dreaming
19. Kipo Mambo
20. Life Number Nine
23. Mutt – Conversations (Remix)
24. New Agendas
25. Playa Jobos
27. Remember Tulum
29. Return To Jade
30. Rocksteady (LA Riots VIP mix)
31. Rocksteady (original mix)
33. Situations (Gremlinz & Mutt Remix)
34. So Me ft. Tali
35. Soul Musiq ft. Youngman (Gremlinz Remix)
36. Sticky Situations
38. The Way It Was
40. Voodoo Woman
41. Wait For The Sun ft. Kevin King
42. Wise Up
43. Your Journey
44. If I Stay
45. Jagged Edge
46. Soul Music
Been absolutely ages since I’ve put up any news on here, let alone some free tracks, and I promise in the future I’ll try harder to seek out some good stuff for you guys. Like this compilation from The Melt! So basically I know nothing about this label or the artists other than it is wicked music well worth downloading, especially considering the asking price. I’ll leave it to the labels PR to do the talking…
“Since our beginning, we’ve been consistently crossing paths with talented artists one way or another. Whether it was from them playing one of our shows, or us finding them on the web, we’ve found something we love about everyone on here. The Melt Compilation Vol. 1 is a collection of songs from these artists alongside all five of our residents who include Gossamer, Moiety, Snorlax, FuzZ, Kloud, and Djemba Djemba. The styles incorporated within the compilation span one too many sub-genres too mention. The release itself is a result of the growing community of talent that we find ourselves in each day. We’re grateful to be a part of such a progressive movement of artists who are paving new paths and we look forward to being here to watch the growth continue. Download/stream the entire compilation for free!”
You can download The Melt Compilation Vol.1 from HERE.
01) Deebs – Alibi
02) C.Z. – Lovin Your Smile
03) Color Plus – Lower Level
04) Queen Leaf – Paraquiesce
05) RAJA – Arrowhead Moon Rind
06) Colta – Corduroy
07) Moiety – Motives
08) Wondr – Bolex
09) Gossamer – Griot
10) Munno – Playin You
11) Agendas – Swimming
12) Djemba Djemba – Stahp
13) Obey City – That Molly
14) FuzZ – Flowers
15) Taquwami – Hate Winter
16) Snorlax – Conga
17) Mohegan Son – Tomahawk
18) Kloud – Ceremonies
19) The Range – Sonica
Phasion – Insight
Those lovely people from Creative Wax are giving away this unrelease piece of history from on of D&Bs founding fathers. The press release reads…
Here’s an unreleased track by brothers Alex and Oscar Reece, circa 1999. The track features Pevin Everett on vocals and was part on an EP that never quite made it out the lab…enjoy
Can’t say fairer than that now can you. Go get it. 🙂
I recently stumbled across this amazing compilation of D&B from Russia. On the awesomely named Tunguska Electronic Music Society label this is the best D&B album so far this year for variety and quality of tunes. Some of the mix downs are a little rough, but the actual tunes themselves are top notch and best of all it is FREE!
Well when I say free you can pay them what you think the album is worth, or just download it for free. I suggest you pay as not only do these guys deserve the money, but you also get FLACs or WAVs of the tunes instead of MP3s. Stand out tracks for me were Vospi – Reverence which is a cracking jazz and bass rinse out, 3D Stas – Surface of Doomed Planet which rolls out in a moody and almost trance like way and Stipple – Stalker which is another deep Trance & Bass roller.
I suggest you check out http://tunguskagrooves.com/en/ as they have a heap of other albums on their site covering all sorts of other electronic genres. And you can get the Siberian Jungle album HERE
DJ DED – Increase of Emotions
Chooga – 3170 Lakes
3D Stas – Surface of Doomed Planet
DJ DED – Japan Funk
Nuclear Box – Neoromantic
Drudex feat NEOSIDE – The Big Distance
Paralyzah – Big Wonderful Thing
Jung – Night Voices
EXIT Project – Fairy Tale (Slawa Neo Vision DNB remix)
Stipple – Stalker
Vospi – Lonely Pretender
3D Stas – K1n (Edit)
Nuclear Box – Think About You
Vospi – Reverence
If you haven’t already heard the Mighty Subwave has kindly offer up a free EP on the Metalheadz label. To say this kind of quality doesn’t come around very often is an understatement so don’t sleep on it. All the tracks are strong, but Gift and in particular Darkness Dub are total killer and tracks I’d happily shell out cash for.
Big ups Metalheadz and Subwave for the musical generosity.
Subwave – The Gift EP
I’ve been sent this little gem of an opportunity which you might be interested in if you are into production.
The BACK 2 YOU remix projects has been set to show case and find the new generation of music producers. Giving them the chance to remix artists established artists. All producers are welcome to submit their remix which will be voted by a selection of respected judges from all areas of the music business. This is a chance for all up and coming producers to show case there talents to the world. A chance to re-mix history
You’ll find the website here which includes past archives of remixes already done and current projects up and running for remixing.
The big one for me amongst this month’s projects would have to be Commix – Satelite Type 2 Remix Project. Not often you get the chance to remix an artist as sweet as Commix and it is totally backed by Metalheadz. So if you want a golden opportunity to get yourself heard by the heavyweights I suggest you get onto this.