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Drumtrip – Law – Biography of LTJ Bukem

Thanks to Law over at the Drumtrip Blog for his excellent Biography of LTJ Bukem mix from 2007. Make sure you check out the rest of the DT mix archive…it’s epic.

Tracklist:
01.. LTJ Bukem – Demons Theme – Good Looking
02.. LTJ Bukem – Enchanted – Good Looking
03.. The Bookworm – Bookworm – Who Knows Vol 1
04.. LTJ Bukem & Peshay – 19.5 – Good Looking
05.. Michelle Gayle – Sweetness (LTJ Bukem Mellow Drum & Bass Mix) – R.C.A.
06.. Apollo 2 – Atlantis (I Need You) (LTJ Bukem Remix) – Good Looking
07.. The Bookworm – Listen – Who Knows Vol 1
08.. LTJ Bukem – Rainfall – Looking Good
09.. Jodeci – Feenin’ (LTJ Bukem Remix) – MCA Records
10.. LTJ Bukem – Music – Good Looking
11.. The Shamen – Transamazonia (LTJ Bukem Remix) – One Little Indian
12.. Grace – If I Could Fly (LTJ Bukem Roll It Mix) – Perfecto
13.. LTJ Bukem – Horizons – Looking Good

Beats & Pieces Vol. 31 – It’s MASSIVE!

Oh shit! There are a lot of big tunes already winding their way through the ether or due out soon. Here’s what’s tickling my drums.

Break – Temptations/Right Now – Symmetry – OUT NOW
I’m loving the slow, soul tinkly build on Temptation. It brings you round like Slow Down did a few years ago, but it is it’s own tune. A great mix starter. Right Now is pure jungle vibes with a shuffling amen and a mix that harkens back to 1997. It’s a pure rinseout and would be a big pull-up tune with that sub-bass drop.

Dead Man’s Chest (Eveson) – Dreamscapes EP – Ingredients – OUT NOW
Eveson released the Dreamscapes EP under his Dead Man’s Chest alias for…reasons. The hows and whys are largely irrelevant. It’s a solid EP featuring an old skool tune (All About U), an atmospheric throwback (Revenant), a reese bass ragga drumfunker (Foundation Days), and the heady yet aggressive titular track (Dreamscapes). He even did a really good mix for Data Transmission that you should check out.

InsideInfo – Mushroom/The Plains – Viper – OUT NOW
Both these tunes were made to make the dancefloor go mad. Mushroom jumps right in with zero pretense. The Plains though…it waits on you…pulling you in before giving you a rolling kick to the nuts. They’re tidy pieces of neurofunk and highly recommended if you got a dance you need to work over.

Klute – You Won’t Like It EP – Commercial Suicide – Out 23rd January
This is the 20th anniversary of Klute being…well, Klute. Did you know he’d been Klute for 20 years? Me either, but he put his first 12″ out on Certificate 18 way back in 1995. Big up to him for doing what he’s done for this long! Here’s the man himself on this release and his plans for the new year: “To mark the occasion i’ve decided to release as much new music as I can throughout the year as singles or EP’s as opposed to my traditional route of saving everything up for an album releases every couple of years. These releases will come on Commercial Suicide as well as other labels…”

Skittles – Bumba EP – Out 2nd February
Skittles might be best known as the voice in last year’s I’m A Creator collab with Dub Phizix. However, he’s been rapping about life in Manchester and espousing social commentary in that city’s hip hop scene for years. This breathless four track EP features him going in on a cross genre pollinated jam session with DRS, Chimpo (who wrote some of the beats), Fox and Rolla. Since I’m not a native UK’er, some of the slang is over my head, but I know quality when I hear it.

Mako, Villem, & McLeod – Innver Revolution/Borrowed Love – Utopia Music – OUT SOON
What a cool release from the newest Utopia Music supergroup. The A-side, Inner Revolution is a really lovely slice of liquid-y harmonic funk. Classy vocal and pinpoint production from these three producers that just seem to ooze out good music. For me though, the B-side is incredible. Borrowed Love would be at home on a Sunday night 80s retrospective radio show smashed between Siouxie and the Banshees and the Human League. Totally unique and mesmerizing…really, really love this.

Boiler Room Upfront

I recently discovered a new set of mixes from Boiler Room titled Boiler Room Upfront.

According to their website, Upfront is, “….a new audio mix series where we call upon the most interesting artists/DJs/record labels and ask them to peer into the near future. How they take it from there is entirely open to interpretation.”

Mkay I’ll bite.

I checked out Upfront009 from John Heckle prior to reading that description and the first term that came to mind was “spacey”.

Mission accomplished, John.

http://boilerroom.tv/upfront/009-head-front-panel/

You can flip through the mixes directly from that page. Each page has a custom theme as well.

The series started in the fall of 2014 and I’m still checking all of them out. So far I’ve heard the ones from John Heckle, Opium Hum, ItaloJohnson and Synkro. I like them all.

Mala digs in the John Peel Archive

Mala is a legend. In this 17-minute video, Mala’s Record Box, he pays tribute to the influence of John Peel on exposing new music in the UK – a presence still sorely missed. He shares the influences that helped develop his own sound, as well as a history of jungle, drum ‘n bass and the early days of dubstep. All the music from the film has been recorded from the archive and shared in the accompanying article, with some additional video clips. Definitely set some time aside to explore!

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Mala explores John Peel’s record collection – © John Peel Archive

Philth – 2014 End of Year Mix

I love retrospective mixes and Philth posted up a wrecker on New Year’s Eve featuring some of 2014’s best plates. It clocks in at a staggering two and a half hours with over 60 tracks (take note all you DJs trying to cram 60 tunes into 30 minutes! let it breathe.). As an added bonus he broke the mix down by month and his top five from that month all while keeping the mix flawlessly programmed. That shit ain’t easy.

What a staggeringly handsome photo too. That beard… ;)

From The Philth:
It’s that time of year. Time to look back and reflect. 2014 has been a great year for our music. So many great albums, top quality music from all areas of the scene.

I can’t believe a year has gone so quickly! This time last year I found it hard to choose my favourites – when I went through my CD wallet today it was harder than ever to pick 5 tunes per month. Sometimes you get 6, 7, 8…. It shows what a good year it’s been for Drum & Bass. I’m very excited for 2015!

Tracklist:
January
Ivy Lab – Missing Persons
Mako, DLR, Villem, Ant TC1 – Hungry for Atmosphere
>> Response – Surveillance
Philth – Your Love
Dose and Disphonia – Stateside
Philth – The Game (Tech VIP)
Quadrant and Iris – Depth Sounder

February
Philth and Wreckless – Daywalker
EastColors – Toys
Ivy Lab – Baby Grey
Total Science and Grimm – Another Time
Arp XP and Maurs – Keep Your Head Up High
Seba – Life Is

March
Level 2 – Montara
Skeptical and Collette Warren – Desire
Skeptical and Collette Warren – Always Been Mine
Break and DLR – New Design
SCAR – Burnside
Nickbee – I Say You

April
Emperor and Mefjus – Disrupted
DLR, Nymfo, Needs for Mirrors, HLZ – Totem
Emperor and Mefjus – Void Main Void
Hyroglifics – Torus
Need for Mirrors and HLZ – Mother of Pearl
Wreckless – Street Lights

May
Klute ft KLOSE – My Black and White (Calibre remix)
Ivy Lab and Hydro ft Frank Carter III and Lucy Annika – Make It Clear
Calibre ft DRS – Letting Go
Dub Phizix and Skeptical – Deeper Love
Hyroglifics – Soundboy (MTWN remix)
Bredren – Mechanica

June
Hazard – Time Tripping
S.P.Y – Riding the Void
Nymfo – Worms
Philth and P.Fine – Tired
Maztek – Sinestesia
Xtrah – No Good

July
HLZ – Blue Sand
>> Ulterior Motive – M.I.R
Dabs – Objection VIP
Optiv, BTK and Black Sun Empire – Heartshaped
>> Noisia – Stamp Out
Noisia – Shaking Hands
Audio – Stampede
Neve ft Zubee – All Spark (Philth remix)

August
Break – Groove With It
DBR UK – Paranoia
Philth – Murderation
Wreckless – Dreaming
Ulterior Motive – Tape Pack
Philth, Mystic State, Retraflex and Ryps ft Hannah Eve – Reflections
>> Nymfo – Coming Through

September
Blu Mar Ten – Remembered Her Wrong (Anile remix)
Total Science ft Grimm – So Addicted
Gerra and Stone – Too Deep
Cern – Tiamat
>> Noel – 3 Steps
Mako – Moonlight (Break remix)

October
Foreign Concept – When You’re Alone
S.P.Y and Total Science – Double Trouble
Definate – Reminiscence
Quadrant, Kid Hops and Iris – Microsleep
Klax – Blackball
Ulterior Motive – INTA National

November
Dom and Roland – Hear My Call (Nocturnal remix)
Jubei ft dBridge – These Things VIP
Boston ft Solis – Go With Me
Audio -Gotham
>> Survival – Dub Soldier (Outlook VIP)
Xtrah and DLR – Direct Approach
Audio – Break It

December
Billain – Macula
Break – Temptations
Subtension – AK47
Spectrasoul – Ben
Philth and Collette Warren – Back In Time
Phil Tangent – Rinjani
Philth and Collette Warren – Don’t Let Go

My Belated Best of 2014

It’s the beginning of 2015, which means I should get off my ass and post my best of list. It’s taken me more than three weeks to consider my picks, simply because the holidays are insane. Travel, Christmas, travel, New Years, work, travel…it never ends. Hopefully I can find additional contributors to the blog to keep the content updated for anyone still dedicated enough to keep reading us.

Many thanks to all the producers, DJs, promotional people, label managers, and anyone else I communicate with through Shadowboxing. Getting to know each of you has been great and here’s to another year of kickass music in 2015!

Album of the Year: The Invaderz – New Found Dialekt
After much deliberation, New Found Dialekt was my pick for album of the year, simply because it’s a tremendously fun listen with unlimited playability. It reminds me of a favorite Nintendo game you keep coming back to even though you’ve beaten it a thousand times because it keeps you engaged.

Kimyan Law – Coere Calme
Honestly, when I first heard the bits on Mr. Law’s debut I didn’t think much of it. I withheld judgement until after I gave it a full run through and I’m glad I did. Each track is great, but I feel like the album is greater than the sum of it’s parts. It’s an auditory puzzle and if you hear it out of context it doesn’t present the entire image.

Ulterior Motive – The Fourth Wall
It was hard to pick The Invaderz over Ulterior Motive’s LP on Metalheadz. Just a kickass album from start to finish.

Future Beats – The Album
Future Beats made the list and the damn thing isn’t even a month old. You know why? Because Doc Scott’s ThirtyOne Recordings ain’t scared to keep pushing boundaries. It’s not all big room party tunes…this is head music with huge bass and very fine points of production. I see it as a speculation on what could be if everyone would let their preconceptions go.

Mefjus – Emulations
What an unreal debut. As someone else recently said Critical are quickly taking over dancefloor DnB and talent Mefjus are leading that assault.

Eveson – Deluge
A downtempo masterpiece. I tried, unsuccessfully, to get Eveson to make this longer and give me the VIP…

Henry Krinkle – Stay (Justin Martin Remix)
An admittedly guilty pleasure. The original is EDM schlock, but Justin Martin’s remix (a producer I greatly respect) gives the tune a deeper feel and a bite of bass while making me feel better about myself.

Enei – Goliath EP
If I need a tune to get me jacked up (tho the kid’s these days say “turnt”), it’s the titular track, Goliath featuring DRS on vocals.

Mutated Forms – Crowlin
I hear the synths from this track in my dreams.

Future Islands – Seasons
This is my indie pop entry for this year’s list. For some reason I just connected with this song and while the video is an odd choice, it works…or maybe it’s just my Texas roots?

Anile – Depths
I’d argue that no one had a better showing in 2014 than Anile. His rise seems to be meteoric and this tune on Soul:R is a big reason why.

ADDENDUM:

Ivy Lab – Missing Persons EP
I’m not sure how I left this off my list initially. Maybe I thought it came out in 2013? In any case, beautiful tunes…pointed, visceral, and poignant.

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