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SoS Mixcast – Dec 2015

The December Signals of Sound Mixcast is an extension of a small mix I originally compiled in dedication to a particular Sunday morning in December.

Two pieces from the new Akuratyde EP feature in this initial, mellower, first section. These two new pieces are joined by Bop and Else’s recent collaboration, Lucid Dreaming. Other tracks in this initial foray have been around for some time but I complemented the mood well. With Etherwoods new LP – Blue Leaves, released recently and form my perspective, certainly representing a shift in the Med School students style, I wanted to bring forth an example of sound of his past work. Unfolding still holds strong with me, a serenely ethereal piece, combining light, playful keys with a wonderfully warm kick bassline.

Moving through from Frederic Robinsons playful 4 Melo and into the deep warmth on Rowpieces – An Intense Moment I’ve sought to up the pace…

Blu Mar Ten – Somewhere (feat. Agne Genyte)

Opening track from the Famous Lost Words LP, which everybody should own. To visualise this piece is to imagine Agne Genyte vocals floating as wind over the crystal clear waters of the soundscape. Gentle piano and sax melody grazes the surface, whlist a moresit open cymbal ride intermittently announces itself

London Electricity – Drop Ship

From his new album – Are we there yet, Tony Coleman aka London Elektricity blends meloncolic keys with a chunkly bassline and furious open light cymbals.

Turno – Roald Dahl

The deeper, restrained side of Turno was demonstrated on this one of four from the Badman Nah Beg Fren’ EP. This piece really has the edge thanks to some classy percussion elements and a deep rolling bassline.

Royalston – Shield Breaker

From the new LP – People On The Ground. Won’t normally shout out for this sound but the drive is strong on this one, just inspiring the primal movement in me.

DJ Sly feat Bassline – Quarter Pounder Bass (Serem Remix)

No holds barred dirty sub-bass roller. Just a joy to mix into and full of that primal energy brought through by the craft. Shivers.

Cause 4 Concern – Soul > Blokehe4d & Gridlock – Dumptruck

I went back in time at this point and pulled out on of the old Cause for Concern plastics. Souls fast pace bass flex. Still locked into the past we moved to Dumptruck another rapid repetition heavy piece, with some chunky bass lines and shameless energy.

dRamatic – Dogs on Redbull

Tempo Reconds dRamatic B-Side has an early locked down and serious dnb feel to it whilst still remaining essential for the party, which was pleasant.

Riya – I Never Knew feat. Villem & McLeod

From the recent sublimation LP, Never Knew is a smooth and gently wistful piece. From an album all must get their ears on.

Command Strange – Desire ft. Fats

A blissful joining of minds. Command Strange keeps it soulful and jazzy drenched whilst Fats laments about finding that rare someone 😉

FD – Ambra

From the debut EP from SunandBass Recordings, FD dedicates this piece to a club on the island of Sardina which is very important to the dnb community for one week a year in Sept. Distant gently piano is puncuted by an intermittent bassline rip on this atmospheric piece.

Madcap – Coming Your Way

A very special release. The beat opens wrapped in layers before breaking through on some hypnotic jump up bassline before becoming all wrapped up again. Goodtimes on this.

London Elektricity – Telefunken Lizard Filter

Another from the recent London Electricity LP – Are We There Yet. Sublime, Melodic piece, making full effect of Tony Steinway Piano and a wonderful closer to the album

And this mix 😉

Full Track listing

Akuratyde – Embrace
Furi Anga – Rainbows
Etherwood – Unfolding
Bop – Lucid Dreaming Ft. Else
Eraser – Inside
Akuratyde – Time Left Behind ft. Eusebeia
Lung – Open Palms ft. Phaeleh & Racheal K Collier
Frederic Robinson – 4 Melo
Rowpieces – An Intense Moment
Blu Mar Ten – Somewhere
London Elektricity – Drop Ship
Turno – Roald Dahl
Posij – Shieldbreaker
DJ Sly feat Bassline – Quarter Pounder Bass (Serem Remix)
Cause 4 Concern – Soul
Blokehe4d & Gridlock – Dumptruck
dRamatic – Dogs on Redbull
Riya – I Never Knew feat. Villem & McLeod
Command Strange – Desire ft. Fats
FD – Ambra
Madcap – Coming Your Way
London Elektricity – Telefunken Lizard Filter

 

Signals of Sound Nov 2015

The November mix started up off pretty dark but the Soul/Jazz makes a heavy return at the end. Enjoy.

Kicking off with Kimyan Laws variation for Diaymo and moving into Digitals – A Message. Both these tracks are wonderfully challenging. A Message needs some concentrated listening just to feel all the hidden pieces, a great piece. This is followed by some new pieces from Blu Mar Ten, Royalston and Riya, the latter two from these two artists cracking new albums. Philith is particularly welcome for bringing that disgusting vibe on Fall Apart.

The mood switches at this point and smooth-ens with a BMTM b-side from Spirit and a return to the past with a smooth ride form one part of Roni Sizes Reprazent – DJ Suv. At this point the groove is laid out across tracks from Cutworks, Saxxon, Zero T, Need for Mirrors, Krot, Rizla, Tokyo Prose and that wonderful sunshine piece from Bailey – Sugar.

Tracklisting
Kimyan Law – Diaymo VIP
Digital – A Message
SAAL – Signs (Blu Mar Ten Remix)
Royalston – The Warth of Mr Sparkes
Riya and Philth – Fall Apart
Spirit – 107
DJ Suv – Lost Angel
Cutworks – Soulroot
Saxxon – The Only One Feat. Jon Scott
Zero T and Need for Mirrors – Top Shelf feat Spikey Tee
Fizzing fish – Shzirikens Groove
Krot, Rizla – My Only One Feat Meduza
Tokyo Prose – Tell Me
Bailey – Sugar
Looking In (Feat ED:IT) – Without Worry
Dave Owen – Red Sky at Night
Roy Green and Protone – Renaissance
BCEE – Breath In

SoS Aug 2015 – (LSB, DRS, Lenzman, dBridge, Scorpio, Need for Mirrors)

First snippet from the http://www.signalsofsound.com August 2015 Mixcast. Image thanks to – https://instagram.com/heplow/

DRS – The View ft LSB & Tyler Daley

Full of energy with a zen like perfection brought by the wistful vocals of Tyler Daley, LSB’s drum and layer stylings and some craft lyricism from Sir DRS. Wraps the listener up and locks down for a spiritual experience.

Lenzman – 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.

Scorpio – 26 bass (special mix)

Barebone dance floor ripper with some special little break sections and a big old snare. A combo perfect for some nice primal aggression.

Need 4 Mirrors – Self Portrait

On the b-side Need for Mirrors brings the same vocal hints from Ethos through to another deep down piece. Self Portrait features form playful keys, which patter across and through the piece as it progressives through in an intelligent manner.

Signals of Sound – June 2015 (SoS)

Moving into year number two for the Signals of Sound DnB Mixcast. 14 Mixes later and one name change (RiP – sub-bassmusic – 6yrs) and there’ll be plenty more.

Thanks to those that have listened. Very special thanks to BluMarTen Music and Utah Jazz for playing an active role in this series so far, especially for the consistently good promos. More thanks to Riya for Tweets and inspiration, Fanu and Long Live Beautifully crafted Jungle for extra perspectives and the BearFam for letting me represent. Will Temple for Beer and rants. 😉 xxx

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Utah Jazz

For the June Drum and Bass mix I’ve veered toward a deeper soulful sound. Let’s put this down to the UK finally heading into some nice weather. That said there is the ever present lurch into a darker sound, thanks to a sudden urge to include Ray Keith’s – Dark Soldier. As usual, there’s the sprinkling of old, dusted off, pieces and fresh pieces that have passed through my ears in recent weeks.

Image thanks to BluMarTen – https://instagram.com/blumarten/
For the June Drum and Bass mix there’s a veering toward a deeper soulful sound as the UK heads into some nice whether the sunshine has clearly seaped through.  That said there is the ever present lurch into the darker side, thanks to a sudden urge to include Ray Keith’s – Dark Soldier.  As usual, there’s the sprinkling of old, dusted off plastic and fresh pieces that have passed through my ears in recent weeks. – Image thanks to BluMarTen – https://instagram.com/blumarten/

The Truth – Sunchase

Title track of the Sunchase EP – The Truth awakens with a slowly building synth, filled with positive vibes and promise. A feel good piece which still manages to maintain a deep level of sophistication. What better way to open the summer for us here in the northern hemisphere. Time to wake up and brush those cobwebs away before things heat up.

Frozen – Stray

This little Drumstep piece is full of feel good emotion, an almost Daft Punk style guitar and some impeccable production from Stray. This was released on New Blood 012 and is well worth grabbing if only for it’s flawless ability to put a smile on the face.

BluMarTen – Thin Air (Kid Drama Remix)

For those that know the original Thin Air is a wonderfully layered piece with a sublime vocal.  Kid Drama’s take stays true to the layers and breaks the beats up, whilst weaving some tempo trickery over the original vocals.  The outcome is almost a different track entirely, proving some excellent remix skills.  Despite this the true message of Thin Air remains as Kid Drama escalates the encompassing layers and bassline throughout.  This is a submissive experience.

Garden – TEED (Calibre remix)

Picking up the tempo now as the mix moves into the warming sounds of Calibres Garden remix. Gardens is stripped down to core parts of the best quality sounds. Much like Italian cooking is to the mouth, Calibres remix is a pure comfort to the ears.

G-String – Code 3

Some more deep refined drum and bass is up next.   Code 3 maintains a pure groove, with subtle additions here and there adding dimensions but with G-String it’s all about the warm treacly sub-bass line.

Sleazy Bitch – Random Movement

There’s something addictive about this pieces vocal and the subtle synth and bassline work well to create a cheeky little roller.

Polychromatic – Actralser

Some wonderful 90’s sounds on this deep thrashing Jungle piece. Polychromatic has a cinematic quality brimming with the kind of drum work threating to break from its aural shackles. This is all finished off nicely with the occasional inspired hoover.

Time Stands Still – Actralser

Another stormer from Actralser. Time Stands still is heavy on with the 90’s sound,, layering up nicely, engulfing the listener.

Leaving it all – Qumulus

A jazzy ahem roller with a deep grounding, featuring some classy brass work and a mystical vibe from an instrument I can’t identify   Leaving it all also has a strong message, adding a poetic quality to the piece. This has grown on me strong and for a reason I’m not aware of, I long for the energy injection mid-way through.

A rock a river a tree…

Dark Soldier VIP – Ray Reith

Ray Keith smashed the art of subtle production on Dark Soldier. This piece packs a mighty punch on the bassline level which is the stable of the track. To the discerning listener through the drum work might be the most significant player, although subtle it adds much to the timeless quality of this historic DnB piece

Midnight Run – Lynx

A Deep rolling bassline is the order of the day for Midnight Run a funky little number with snappy snares.

Empyreal – DLR feat. Hydro

Empyreal is dominated by a deep twisting bassline which is constantly fighting to escape whilst light wistful piano keys tinker over it.

House of Cards

House of Cards cranks up the energy slighty. Synth melodies wash over the finger snapping percussion and a brutal but restraited constant bassline

Exile – Only If

From a Moving Shadow white label, kicked up in 2003. I snapped up as many of these as I could in my youth. Only if is unlike most of the other tracks on the EP, a jazzy roller featuring a great bit of cowbell percussion, some improvised sax and a nice little jazz man loop.

Quincy – Utah Jazz

A Utah Jazz classic (and up for free download >>>   ). Quincy is a fiery piece of Jazzy Drum and Bass, packed full of energy on the break, featuring a playful organ sound and a bassline that warps it all up perfectly

Words feat Audio Angel – Bachelors of Science

This blitz of a track, begs to be danced to. Some wonderfully restrained vocal pitch shifting and a ripper of bassline.

 

 

 

 

SoS – June Shouts 2 (Exile, Utah Jazz, Bachelors of Science)

Snippet from the SoS Mixcast for June 2015. Airing shortly on https://www.signalsofsound.com

Including
Exile – Only If
From a Moving Shadow white label, Picked up in 2003. I snapped up as many of these as I could in my 20’s. Only if is unlike most of the other tracks on the EP, a jazzy roller featuring a great bit of cowbell percussion, some improvised sax and a nice little jazz man loop.

Utah Jazz – Quincy
A Utah Jazz classic and up for free download >>> https://soundcloud.com/utahjazzmusic/utah-jazz-quincy-free-download. Quincy is a fiery piece of Jazzy Drum and Bass, packed full of energy on the break, featuring a playful organ sound and a bassline that warps it all up perfectly

Bachelors of Science – Words feat Audio Angel
This blitz of a track, begs to be danced to. Some wonderfully restrained vocal pitch shifting and a ripper of bassline.

Image thanks to BluMarTen – https://instagram.com/blumarten/