I’d like to think that the Nuage Remixes from Blu Mar Ten, The Levels, Bop and Nuage, for the Prints of You, will ensure eargasm
Nuage – Colors (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
First up on the agenda is the Blu Mar Ten remix of Colors, a rushing roller injected with plenty of the BMT’s, deep bassline brush work.
Nuage – Waterfalls (Nuage Remix)
Blissful chimes and crunchy shuffling drum patterns flow through this piece of ear medicine. Nuage makes some magic through sample laying and ensures all is underpinned by a deep down bassline.
Nuage – Overseas (Bop Remix)
Bop on the remix of Overseas is a joy. Classic Bop glitch and bass work makes for a sublime experience.
Nuage – Shining (The Levels)
The Levels remix of Shining features undulating synth and a pure appreciate for the Veronique J vocal musings. Beatification!
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/
There was a flood of mixes this month, probably accompanying the mirrored release of so many grab worthy slabs. These four come from across the globe with representation from America, England, Poland and Russia.
Artificial Intelligence- #DNB60 May 2016
Artificial Intelligence offered up the Metalheadz DNB60, which opens up sweet and gently before plunging into the a sublime ride through into powerful dark soul and body moving sounds.
Intelligent Manners – Night Grooves #143 (07062016)
It’s always worth checking in on the latest Night Groove cast. This one has plenty of intrigue through, making it stand out. A rushing journey with plenty of deep dark grooves but overall a good variation and quite a few that made me reach for my wallet.
Fokuz Recordings Podcast #28 – Silence Groove & Kasper
From Minnosota Kasper fills in the first 30 mins with a nice run through of what’s coming up on Fokuz there’s plenty of insight into the Fokuz recordings ‘Hateful Eighty LP’ and Random Movements ‘Goblin Jazz Banquet’ is a joy. The last 30 mins, Silence Groove takes us on a ride of what he’s serving up in Poland these days.
Philth – 15 Years of Dispatch Recordings Mix
Philth is on duties for the Dispatch 15 Years Mix. What we are left with is a lovingly put together tapestry of a, quality driven, labels lineage. With 55 tracks packed, somehow, into 1hr 30mins Philth has, skilfully matched tracks, effortlessly maintaining a flow, ensuring the listener is lost in the journey.
An intellengent little piece, typical quality from the BMTM camp and we are all looking forward to Conducts forthcoming LP 😉
On the A-side is Conduct blesses us with Bat Country. Haunting guitars, chopy beats and bass play paints a refreshing drum and bass soundscape. Definitely twigged my ears.
Conducts B-Side to the Bat Country is Betas Error. A steady, whimsical piece, with sinister under currents a gorgeous thought provoker.