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SoS – June 2016 (Ivy Lab, Nicky Blackmarket, DLR, Q Project, Richie Brains)

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 and Ivy Lab – Arkestra EP

Ivy Labs and Alix Perez have joined forces on this perfectly dreamy EP. With deep depths and steady, hypnotic, crunchy percussion, underpinning 3 of the soundscapes. The team intro different flavours on the fourth inclusion, Tell Dem and there’s some science to the final piece, No One Else. Yours for the price of 3.5 pints or 2 fancy cocktails http://www.criticalmusic.com/release/alix-perez-ivy-lab-arkestra-ep/


Ethereal layers and distant dreamy vocals wrap around a deep undercurrent of bass whilst raw crunchy percussion permeates through.

The Last Light (SOS pick)

Soul drenched depths are felt all over The Last Light. With some deep bass strings and light twinkles of organ play as dream inspired vocals grace through


More loving vocal work and sweet crunchy percussion. A steady bass melody steps through at ease to create a thoroughly laid back Ballard type piece. Bliss.

Tell Dem

The duo switch the soundscapes for Tell Dem. A big bad, furry bassline is accompanied by more tantalisingly raw snares and some trickster percussion.

No One Else

On the final piece it’s time for some crunchy finger click snares and a subtle, lowdown bouncy bassline. Alex Perez and Ivy Lab have achieved a contrast of energy and serenity which fosters inspiration.

THE REMIXES – Lenzman – Looking to the Stars (dBridge, Ivy Lab, LSB, Submorphics, Ulterior Motive, Zero T)

The Metalheadz release of the Lenzman – Looking at the Stars remix EP has received so much praise that I’d be a fool not to have a nice sit down, listen, write and no doubt a little desktop boogie.

Lenzman – Paper Faces (feat Martyna Baker) / Ivy Lab Remix

Those that listen to the SoS mixcast series may have noticed my special connection to the original so it will come as no surprise that my heart almost exploded at knowing about an Ivy Lab Remix of it. The Lab did not disappoint and provided my ears with a delicious switch to the original. All the original parts are elevated and tweaked to Ivy Lab standard. Deciding to switch away from the full vocal this remix highlights new parts and features a beautiful like dull metal tom element on the break. Deep, Deep, Deep and that snare rattle in all its subtlety has a raw earthy element to it.

Lenzman – Move and Focus (Feat Dan Stezo) / Submorphics Remix

A personal favourite from the original album. Submorphics brings his sublime soul vibe to the piece to create a strolling beat line, which has this heading swaying. Dan Stezo’s lyricism remains intact, thankfully as Submorphics pieces together string and synth, underpinned by a low persistent low end, punctuated by subtle low squelch basslines

Lenzman – My Tearz / Ulterior Motive Remix

Ulterior Motive twists the original on its head with some rough snares and floor ruining bassline. Of cause it’s hard to fault these boys at the moment and this remix is no exception to their current form. Wait for the second drop on this, it’s a fucking belter!!!

Had to drop this in a Periscope session recently see here…

A video posted by Ben Saunders (@ben_sos) on Aug 14, 2015 at 2:45pm PDT

Just Can’t Take (feat DRS) / dBridge Remix

Lenzman gets the dBridge treatment. Brought down low, stripped and retextured with a raw snare and deadly bassline dBridge pays homage to the DRS vocals to fall effect. An effortless lesson in keeping the vibe at its bones.  If you fancy the Dub version the Metalheadz have thrown that into the release also.

Lenzman – Starz (feat Kevin King) / LSB Remix

One of my favourite of the EP to be honest. LSB may have pipped the original to the post here. The vocal remains and is possibly heightened further, I can’t but “sing” (or more realistically, mime to) on this version. Piano drenches a tried and tested LSB drum work nirvana underpinned by an enveloping bassline. This joint here, is a shut your eyes and drift into a deep dream territory.

Lenzman – Lazy Dub / Zero T Remix

Zero T ups the immersive layer elements of this classy little Lenzman man number, wrapping the listener up in a deep soulful blanket whilst simultaneously rocking a rugged snare line, deep dub still bassline and keeping true to the classy little bongo percussion of the original.

Signals of Sound – May 2015 (SoS)


Ivy Lab – Make it Clear Feat. Frank Carter III & Lucy Annika

Make it Clear is a wonderfully deep and soulful piece of Drum and Bass.  The combination of Frank and Lucy’s vocals drawing the listener into the vibe.  Always keep an eye out for Ivy Lab piece.

Sunchase and Blumarten – Kolo

Kolo is the product of a pleasant combination between to serious outfits.  A thoughtful piece, Kolo features sounds from both, a light crisp snare and some pattering drum work is accompanied by a pleasant Blu Mar Ten Bassline (just a guess).  For me it’s the shy snyth patterns and signals that make this track.

Survival – In Two Minds (feat. Christina Nicola)

The first track on Survival – Unreleased album (DISUSB001) USB. A laid back whimsical groove. Christina’s delicate vocals play the main role in this piece whilst a light clap beat peppers a warm bassline.

Microfunk Crew – Alarm Clock

Some strong synth layering washes over this chilled piece, whilst glitchy beats patter through a constant metronome pulse. Purchase – on New Blood 014 / Med School

Marso & Gala – Promise

This recent release from BMT music brings the sound of new Russian duo Marso & Gala into the mix.  A glitched beat piece, Promise layers up strongly with light synths, soft bells and mysterious vocals.  All underpinned by a deep, driving bassline. Purchase – http://www.blumarten.com/store/

Traid – Catharsis

Traid has created a deep intelligent piece, featuring a fresh (purified) sounding bassline suitable to the tracks title. Anyone who has been to Sun and Bass will know that it’s an exercise in Catharsis

Catharsis – Purification and purgation of emotions—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration.

From the sunandbass compilation album (Purchase – https://pro.beatport.com/release/sunandbass-10-years-selection/1205867 ) Triad

Miguel Ayala – The Punisher

Dug this out of the dusty stack.  The Punisher features on the xxx Album from .  Love the deep, raw nature of this little roller and there’s more than a hint of funk in that bassline.  Introed with piano keys before switching real low and adding some nice growl to the sub-bass.  Really love the metallic snares on this piece.

Ivy Lab & Hydro / Make it Clear Sunchase and Blu Mar Ten / Kolo Survival / In Two Minds (feat. Christina Nicola) MicroFunck Crew / Alarm Clock Marso and Gaia / Promise Traid / Catharsis Miguel Ayala / The Punisher Blu Mar Ten / Hunter (Conduct Remix) Mutated Forms / Crowlin Sunchase / Thing Digital / Maintain Paul SG & Tayla / Destination Unknown Utah Jazz / In The Mix Actraiser / Strange New Worlds S.P.Y / Stardust LTJ Bukem / Music (Technicolor 12″ Rework)

BluMarTen – Hunter  (Conduct remix)

This track features some of the original bad arseness of Hunter but is full of serene layers hits and a moreish sub-bass line, yum.  Despite this there’s a special edge to this remix, which never quite makes you feel safe.

Crowlin – Mutated Forms

One of the earlier releases for on the BMTM imprint, Crowlin has a quality which is hard to pin down.  The drum work is crisp and powerful whilst the bassline is constantly fighting to escape it’s confines, as if it could exist without the devices used to create it.

Sunchase – Thing (Hospital)

One of four exceptional pieces from the, Sunchase – Truths EP. Thing is a deep lowkey piece featuring some nice vocal pitch shifting creating a cheeky impish vibe

Digital, Audio Habitat & Mad Vibes – Maintain (Dispatch)

On the B side of Digitals – Red Alert release on Dispatch.  This collab has some wonderful low-fi work on this and a classic Dub drenched baseline meant this was a must have purchase – Dispatch are having a cracking time at the moment on their limited releases. Grab whilst you can.

Dispatch store (early vinyl with free wavs + free stickers / digital): https://www.dispatchrecordings.com/product/dis089-digital-digital-audio-habitat-mad-vibes-red-alert-a-message-maintain/

Paul SG & Tayla – Destination Unknown

From the Paul SG back catalogue.  Whilst investigating the recent Jazzassins work ‘The Chalet’ I did a bit of digging around in the Paul SG achieves.  Destination Unknown is a sublime little roller, pacey and hypnotic packed with jazz and soul hits.

Utah Jazz – In the Mix

Digging through the stack for a convenient move, it was clearly time for some Utah Jazz so on went this frantic roller from the early 2000’s.  Quite a strong bassline on this piece deserves more airtime 😉

Actraiser / Strange New Worlds

Moved into amen break territory with this one.  XXX packs a punch on all levels, ricocheting snares rush through dreamy layers all under pinned by a persistent rumble of a bassline

S.P.Y – Stardust

From the Back to Basics double album, Stardusts orchestral movements and drum work pull all the right strings, helping to elevate the listener without the usual gratuitous tactics used in some of the drum and bass we hear today.  Movements like this on the dancefloor are always special.

Music – LTJ Bukem (Technicolor Rework)

A masterful reworking of LTJ Bukem’s classic.  Technicolor brings forth a mighty bassline for this respectful reworking.  It was starting to listen to Technicolor which brought me back into listening to DnB again after a hiatus between 2006 and 2011, for which I’m forever in dept.