First of all big ups to mister Rednik for single-handedly keeping this blog going! He even posted some dubstep (which indicates I’m not doing my job). I’ll try to be a bit more active around here, so you can enjoy even more dubstep and drum & bass! In the meanwhile I’ve been working on this mixtape. It’s part one of a blunt-inspired mixtape series I’ll be doing. This time it’s a one hour mix of deep dubstep, with artists like Pinch, Jakes, Headhunter, N-Type and many more. Read the full post for the tracklist. Of course feel free to comment!
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For most of us it’s study time again. But no worries, I’ve got some laid back tracks right here that might get you through the day! This is Chill Sessions, part 9!
First of all, I selected a bit too much tunes for this session. I’m not really in the mood to talk about every track I’m posting today, so you’ll have to check ‘em out yourself! [...]
After a short trip to Egypt and some other stuff I’m back to bring you some laid back tunes. This is Chill Sessions part 8 with a lot of hip hop and some drum & bass.
The best way to kick off these Chill Sessions is with this tribute to Guru (ex-Gang Starr). It has one of the best hip-hop intro’s I know, followed by some smooth rhymes by Tone Treasure. Next up a track off The Roots‘ latest album. “How I Got Over” is definitely one of the best hip hop albums of 2010!
I’ve always been a big fan of Bonobo‘s work. This hip hop track was featured on the big Ninja Tune compilation released this year. Bonobo also made a great single called “The Keeper”.
The next track I made myself. I’ve mixed Lupe Fiasco’s vocals with some hip hop beats by Eric Lau. Check it out and let me know what you think! Hope you like it.
And then there’s Flying Lotus. His album “Cosmogramma” made it into almost every list of 2010. This next tune by FlyLo gives Nelly Furtado’s vocals the best possible treatment they could get.
Sick ragga vocals got what they diserved: a drum & bass makeover by Breakage. The original mix by Shy Fx was a drum & bass tune as well, but the beats just didn’t really do it for me.
More liquid drum & bass by two of the best producers in the genre. The first one is the title track off Calibre‘s latest album. “Open Page” by Lenzman was one of the best singles of the year for me. Check out the video here.
Next up a remix by Villa which is a few months old, but we never managed to post it here. The tune by Tolerance (a jungle-influenced 140bpm track) has some great vibes as well! Check out the video of b-side “Dejection” on youtube. Last but not least there’s Kotchy remixing the one and only Starkey. Bass rhythms!
Check out the rest of the Chill Sessions here.
Part 7 of the Chill Sessions series! Some new stuff, but I like to add some older tunes in here too.
Diego Bernal comes from Texas and makes great Latin influenced Hip Hop beats. “Besides…” is his second album and it’s filled with great vibes from beginning to end. Download a free copy of the whole album here!
Diego Bernal – A Long Second 
Diego Bernal – Blue Neon 
A lot of attention has been going to James Blake lately. No surprise if you ask me. He knows how to make songs sound both haunting and beautiful at the same time. His next single “Limit To Your Love” will be released on 29th November.
I included a track or two from his “Klavierwerke EP”.
James Blake – Klavierwerke 
Numan – Photograph 
The next song is more up-tempo! Cassius (Phillipe Zdar + Boombass) made this one for their album “15 Again”. I’m not a big fan of the CD but this is one of the stand out tracks for me.
Cassius – See Me Now 
Two hip hop tunes: the first one is from Masta Killa’s second album. The Wu-Tang Clan member combines some great rhyming with cool samples. The other track comes off ‘Black On Both Sides’, the critically acclaimed album by Mos Def.
Masta Killa – Ringing Bells 
Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty 
Want more? Check out the other Chill Sessions.
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Part 6 of the Chill Sessions, here we go. I’ve been listening a lot to hip hop lately so I’ve included some of that too this time.
A couple of weeks ago, the critically acclaimed hip hop collaboration between Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek released their second album under their alias Reflection Eternal. The album is called “Revolutions Per Minute” and had some very high expectations to live up to. It’s not as great as their debut, but it has some real quality songs on it. If you haven’t heard the first album before, check out this video of “Move Somethin”.
The next tune is what happens when you put together two of the biggest artists of both hip hop (Nas) and reggae (Damian Marley).
And while we’re on da reggae tip, here’s also a rework by producer Mark Ronson. The superhit “Animal” by Miike Snow gets some nice reggae vibes!
And for those who want some more fresh hip hop, here’s a brand new mixtape Tacklebox by The Cool Kids in anticipation of their forthcoming album When “Fish Ride Bicycles”.
The Cool Kids – Tacklebox Mixtape (ext. link)
Today was probably my laziest sunday ever… nice. Thought it was time for me to get a little more active on these pages. Here are some relaxing tunes that get me through days like this.
The first tune comes from German drum & bass duo Madmen & Poets. Their new album will see its release on Fokuz Recordings. They used a sample from Kool & The Gang’s “Winter Sadness”. It won’t get more funky than this!
Eveson is everywhere lately. After releases on C.I.A. Deep Kut and his own label Channel 82, there’s another 12″ forthcoming on Spearhead Records. The title track “Marley” samples some vocals from Bob Marley’s reggae classic “Is This Love”.
Two more liquid d&b tunes coming up. These tracks are a few years older, but they still sound great. I just love the combination of those soulful vocals and a classic piano on a drum & bass beat.
The release of the highly anticipated new Booka Shade album called “More” is coming closer and closer. I’m sure it will be filled with quality tracks! Here’s the second track off the album:
Last but not least some laid back dubstep-meets-minimal from Scuba. The vibe created by the vocals definitely reminds of Burial, but Scuba added his own personal twist to the genre.
Click here to see the previous entries in the Chill Sessions series.
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Yours truly is looking at 3 weeks of holiday, starting tomorrow! I couldn’t help but thinking about the tunes I’ll be blastin’ through the speakers tomorrow… I decided to pick some of those tracks and post ‘em up here.
Another great reggae influenced track is “Dub Rock” by Alix Perez, who’s gave the genre a drum & bass treatment. If you like artists like Benny Page or Visionary, I’m pretty sure you’ll like this one too! Alix Perez is currently based in North London, but he’s originally from Belgium (Charleroi if I’m not mistaking).
For the next tune he worked together with Sabre, also living in London. This intelligent piece of music samples an old 70s jazz fusion record made by Billy Cobham (listen to “Heather” here). The bassline and keyboards fit perfectly with the vocals and drum & bass beat. I also included a hip hop classic by Souls Of Mischief, also sampling that very keyboard.
Another drum & bass track. The legendary D.Kay did a collaboration with Concept. Together they’ve created a very warm tune with old school horns and some great house vocals on top of it. Sound like an anthem to me.
Last but not least: The Glitch Mob. With their combination of broken hip hop beats and glitchy synths, they gained a lot of popularity lately. Their latest single is called “Drive It Like You Stole It”. The first time they really got my attention was when I heard their incredible remake of Nalepa’s “Monday”.
The third episode of our chill sessions is fully dedicated to upcoming dubstep duo Science, coming from Antwerp. This collaboration between Scypus and Crypt already brought us great tunes like Heal My Hurts and Bamboo Dub (forthcoming on Untitled! Recordings). Now they’re back with more heavy bass riddims. Deep tunes with big vibes that you can actually listen too.
‘Motion Tween’ starts with an epic build up, followed by the perfect drop. This one got played at Untitled! last Friday and got some great reactions.
Science – Motion Tween
The next one has a slower, dark vibe, reminding me of one of their other tunes ‘Crimes’ (check it out at their myspace). When I played this one on a big soundsystem it blew me away.
Science – The Red Planet
On top of the new tracks, they’ve uploaded a new mix. It’s the third part of their “Rainy Sundays” mixes, which focuses on the beautiful tunes you normally don’t hear at a party. With these mix series they want to give these tracks the attention they deserve.
Science – Rainy Sundays Part 03
01. Burial – Fostercare (hyperdub)
02. Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (virgin records)
03. Irrelevant – Grains (Myrkur Remix) (unreleased)
04. Scuba – Speak (Nakedlunch)
05. Subreachers – Free Mind (unreleased)
06. Science – Something We Wrote (unreleased)
07. Moby – Go (Saviour & Kursk Remix) (unreleased)
08. Pinch – Angels in the Rain (tectonic)
09. Boxcutter – Gave Dub (planet mu)
10. Burial – U Hurt Me (hyperdub)
11. Four Tet – Parks (domino)
12. Commix – Be True (metalheadz)
13. Duo Infernale – Lost In the World (timeless)
>> Calibre – What I Feel (signature)
14. Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch – Drifting Away (osiris)
15. Dom & Roland – Chained On Two Sides (moving shadow)
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Here’s part two of the Chill Sessions series, something I’ll keep on doing from now on (next to the banging tunes of course). Here‘s part one in case you missed it.
I’ll start this off with a real classic by Digital Mystikz (Mala and Coki). They were part of the majorly influential South London dubstep scene around 2004 (with Benga, Skream, Loefah and many more). This track is from 2006, and I can definitely tell you that this track is just timeless.
The next two tracks are some nice liquid drum & bass tunes. Furney has only been around for a couple of years, but he has made some magnificent remixes and originals.
Lenzman (NL) and Redeyes (FR) worked together for this great remix with some awesome deep sounds, check it out!
In 2009 Calibre, which is in my opinion the best liquid d&b producer worldwide, released a double CD called “Shelflife”. He also included some none-d&b tunes on the album, like this one. He reworked his own track Over Reaction to a downtempo 120bpm beat. This is the result: