I thought it was nicely poetic that my selection entry to the dubzoo.com 2016 mix should be opened up with a (very loose) Panda reference and one of my instant likes from Conducts new LP – Borderlands, Grand Panjadrum on BMTM. Panja almost sounds like Panda, right?
Conducts – Panjadrum is a wonderfully haunting yet uplifting piece, released as part of the duos Borderlands LP, on BMTM (http://www.blumarten.com/product/conduct-borderlands-lp/). Guitars play over a BIG lazy kick drum which takes its time through. Yes, I did get teary to this, first time. Moving on and the head nod to BMTM continues with the Mellow soundscape and solid beats of Blu Mar Ten – 5 Summers followed by Frederic Robinsons take on Keenos – Nocturne.
With the scene set its time for some jazzy rollers from Roy Green and Protones – Freshy > Serem – Goldilocks > Macca & Los Contreras – Love and Skeletone – Make it Move. There’s some romance for sure in that pacy little furore, followed up by a truly great new relese form The Vanguard Project – Want You Back and the Jazz rusher from Paul Su – This is Jazz.
Here, the mix selection transitions for some deepness. Leading the charge is Alix Perez – Maiden, with some loving vocal work and sweet crunchy percussion. A steady bass melody steps through at ease to create a thoroughly laid back Ballard type piece. The pace and vibe is brought back further with Oaks – Untitled 09 and into the dark business that is the collab between Ailx Perez and Skeptical – Elephant Dreams. The deep intensity continues through Aldred – Just a Moment into the thoroughly deep piece from Philth – Earth. Earth is full of wistful emotion, with a strong element of mournfulness, captured in the synth melody and slow rise and fall of orchestral notes.
A short uplift on Logistics – Okiwa is proceeded by another Alix Perez track – Recall and Reflect, a deeply sexy piece in his EP of the same name for Exit Records. The soundscape is then blessed with the wonderfully dub drenched collab form Digital, Audio Habitat & Mad Vibes – Maintain and through into G.H.O.S.T’s rugged beat driven piece – One.
At the end now and Frederic Robinson returns to give Royalstons – Jungle Gone Down his trademark treatment before the mix ends on the uplifting spiritualism of The Vanguard Projects – All that I Need (feat Pat Fuggoni)
June in the UK! Quite some heartbreak probably impacted this selection. It all kicks off positive though. The playful xylophone of Artificial Intelligences – Rizon lifts spirits before the brooding tone of the mix begins. I recently went on a G.H.O.S.T shopping spree so expect this to be present. More ‘look back’ actions meant that I had a glimpse into Alix Perez’s back catalogue and found myself collecting some missed Exit Records.
After this first 10 mins we find ourselves in the midst of a sublime Calibre piece – Under Bars . The warm bassline and light piano of this piece leads nicely into the deep minimalist textures of Pennygiles – Lie Through Me before the mix lifts into a triad of jazz rollers from The Vanguard Project, Big Bud and Rowpieces.
Following the Rowpieces we sink down nicely into Alix Perez – Recall and Reflect a deeply sexy piece in his EP of the same name for Exit Records. This moves into G.H.O.S.T – Viracohca. Meditative at its core yet with the occasional restrained burst, Viracohca lifts and grounds simultaneously. Up next Bop works through his style on an emotive remix of The Erised – Pray, amplifying some pure romance whilst keeping the overall vibes restrained and mature.
Following that dreamy immersion it’s time to level it all out with some real vibes. Facing Jinx – Drifting I’m not afraid to say, had me in bits when I first heard it. Sorrowful strings weave through and draw into Formiks wistful vocals whilst a steady, full bodied snare is underpinned by a deep rounded bassline. This piece is then moved through into this singles B-side – Back to the Start. Another thoughtful piece requiring your meditation.
Another piece from the excellent Exit Records EP from Alix Perez – Recall and Reflect EP (Losing You) is followed by the Ivy Lab remix of Sleazy Bitch as the mix moves into its final throws. Rushing into a refix of the naughty raw-edged roller from Voltage and Nicky Blackmarkets – Courvoisier Crank and into DLR’s Jungle refix of Q Projects – Champion Sound before finalising the journey with Richie Brains – Voyage, full of old school gestures and stamped with the Exit Records quality mark.
Random Movement – Sleazy Bitch (Ivy Lab Remix) – http://fokuzrecordings.com/fokuz-recordings-presents-hateful-eighty/
The originally deep, sleazy roller from Random Movement gets the Ivy Lab treatment. This track has also had a Lenzman remix. All three versions sublime.
Voltage – Courvoisier Crank (Nicky Blackmarket Remix) – https://www.beatport.com/track/courvoisier-crank-voltage-and-nicky-blackmarket-remix/7932116
I was late to this one. A naughty little roller with a raw edge, cranked up by the Nicky Blackmarket.
Q Project – Champion Sound (DLR 2016 Jungle Refix) – https://ciarecords1.bandcamp.com/album/ciaqslps001-cia-20-album-sampler
This refix is a lovingly crafted headnod to the original classic. Brilliant vibes.
Voyage – Richie Brains – https://exitrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/exit-lp016-richie-brains-who-is-richie-brains-lp
From the Exit Records – Who is Richie Brains LP. This piece is full of old school gestures and stamped with the Exit quality mark
Full mix here > https://soundcloud.com/signalsofsound/sos-june-2016
Alix Perez – Recall & Reflect – https://exitrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/exit-059-alix-perez-recall-reflect-ep
The title track from this Exit records EP release, a deeply sexy, concentrative piece, all about the deliciously naughty little shakers and high hat rides.
G.H.O.S.T – Viracohca – https://goldmanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/g-h-o-s-t-ii
Meditative at its core yet with the occasional restrained burst, Viracohca lifts and grounds simultaneously
The Erised – Pray (Bop Remix) – From the Medschool 10 years release – https://medschoolmusic.lnk.to/TenYearsMw
Bop works through his style on this emotive piece, amplifying some pure romance whilst keeping the overall vibes restrained and mature.
Facing Jinx – Drifting – https://www.beatport.com/release/drifting-ep/1711825
I’m not afraid to say this had me in bits when I first heard it. Sorrowful strings weave through and draw into Formiks wistful vocals whilst a steady, full bodied snare is underpinned by a deep rounded bassline.
Full mix here – https://www.mixcloud.com/signalsofsound/sos-june-2016/