Category Archives: Drum n Bass

DnB classics mix from 2003

Yo. Happy fricken 2016, peeps!

This is one of those rare “not a label mix” posts as a belated holiday season gift for you all. The last one I did was waaay back in 2014. This month’s mix is a personal favourite of mine – a set I did live, like, for real, in 2003 in a teensy tiny club in Christchurch, New Zealand, of all places, the name of which I forget but I’m sure it was an animal of some kind. Definitely not a turtle or a puffin. All ten people on the dancefloor were having a good time, believe you me, and no fisticuffs broke out. I presume due to the sheer skill of the DJ. The place smelled strongly of stale shit-NZ-beer and students.

What I love most about this selection is that it perfectly encapsulates my own personal memories of that late-90s, early-2000s style of DnB, which was ‘my era’ from both a raving and tunes perspective when I was all adorable and shiny and chrome… before Pendulum apparently ruined everything with the release of Hold Your Colour.

I joke of course.

Not really :/

Ok I do.

Love you, Pendeez! If you bookend an entire era of music that’s probably a good indication you’re doing it right…

The late 90s / early-2000s was when DnB was recovering from its then-recent attempts to socially cleanse the scene of anything remotely female, and the sound was reincorporating earlier influences again. Jazz-step suddenly returned as ‘Liquid’ and tech-step was re-imagined as ‘Neurofunk’. Oldskool hardcore stabs and breakbeats were back as if they’d never been usurped by filtered Reese basslines and squelchy stuff at all. It was an immensely rich and evolving time for drum and bass music.

The mix is complete and unashamed anthem-bashing, but what anthems they are! From all time tease-classics like The Nine, Messiah, Titan and Alien Girl, through to personal top Bad Company tunes Nitrous and Flashback (Tumpa). The Total Science remix of Champion Sound is probably my top 1 favourite track of all time – I vividly recall going mental to this when I heard it for the first time at a Grooverider gig. To this day I still get caught ‘singing’ the breakdown when Champion Sound comes on at raves. An utterly epic and wonderful hands in the air classic.

So, with love, from me to you. Happy new year peeps. New actual real blog post coming soon – it’s gonna be jungle-tastic.

Oh by the way, you can now get all of the blog mixes sent to your phone with no effort if you subscribe to the podcast. It’s taken me two years to figure this shit out.

John B – Up All Night rmx
Mosus and Killjoy – I Like it Rough
Marcus Intalex and ST Files – Barracuda
Tech Itch & Kemal – The Calling
Keaton & Hive – The Plague
> Q Project – Champion Sound (Total Science Remix)
Ed Rush, Optical, & Fierce – Alien Girl
Dillinja – Thugged Out Bitch
> Bad Company – The Nine
Dillinja – Aint Too Loud
Bad Company – More Fire
Dom & Roland – Dynamo
Bad Company – Nitrous
Distorted Minds – Warriors
Distorted Minds – Fight Club
Simon Bassline Smith and Drumsound – Fallin’
> Trace and Ryme Tyme – Move VIP
Concord Dawn – Morning Light
Raiden – All Out War
Dillinja – Twist Em Out
Bad Company & Trace – Flashback (Tumpa)
DJ Marky and XRS – Closer
J Majik – The Lizard
Ram Trilogy – Titan
Konflict – Messiah
Ram Trilogy – Beast Man
DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter Remix

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DnB Classics mix for 2014

So after 4 months of no decks I finally have everything unpacked again after the house move, and as everyone with a lot of shit knows, moving can be a bitch. But we’re all sorted now and ready to make up lost time.

As a consolation/apology for the unexpected gap, I’ve made a mix of all of the tunes I immediately grabbed once I got everything to order. It’s a big mix of dnb classics, new bits, odd bits, whatever… total anthem-bashing but I don’t give a fuck. At least I didn’t double drop Mr Happy :/

We’re back with the full labels next post. I know I promised some dnb for that one, but I’m not sure I can resist waking up back in the jungle after today’s mix. We will see!

Oh, and shout outs to Need For Mirrors and Bailey for the thoroughly excellent Soul In Motion club night they are running every second Wednesday here in London-town. I have been along several times in the last few months and the lineups are always top class. Best thing is, it’s free (!) and it finishes at the entirely civilised hour of 1am. Check it out if you’re about! No excuses.

Peace, G.

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The Mix

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Tracklist

There might be mistakes here, but u get the picture…

Dom & Roland – Outa Endz
Cern – Nostromo
>Sub Focus – Stomp
Siren – Snorkel
Ram Trilogy – Gridlock (Break Remix)
> Digital & Spirit – Backlash remix
Blu Mar Ten – Half the Sky
> Fresh – Heavyweight
Spectrasoul – Fly Away With Me (Calibre Remix)
Survival & Silent Witness – Noise 3
Photek – Age of Empires
Shy FX & UK Apache – Original Nuttah (Aphrodite VIP)
> Wilkinson – Moonwalker
Dillinja – I Wanna Know
> Die – Clear Skyz
DJ Ink – Murder Inc (Twisted Anger rmx)
Ram Trilogy – Mind Overload
Trace – Sonar (Ed Rush & Optical rmx)
Boymerang – Still
Bad Company – Four Days
Loadstar – Bomber
Sigma – All Blue
> TC – Where’s My Money
Noisia – Diplodocus
Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce – Cutslo
> Fre4knc – Tellurian
Outlook – Clouds
Noisia & The Upbeats – Dustup
> Souljah – Fade 2 Black
> Ed Rush & Optical – Compound
D Kay & DJ Lee – Tuning
> Digital – Deadline
Nasty Habits – Shadowboxing (Om Unit remix)
Audio – Sratosphere
> Instra:Mental – No Future
Dom & Roland – Cant Punish Me
> Rockwell – Back Again
Studio Pressure – Presha XIII
DJ Hazard – Time Tripping
> Dillinja – Thugged Out Bitch
DJ Zinc – Casino Royale
Kemal – Mechanizm
Dylan – Need You
> Loadstar – Link to the Past
Tech Itch – The Rukus
Gridlok & Prolix – Revenge
> Wots My Code – Dubplate (Total Science rmx)
Noisia – Block Control
Noisia & Prolix – Asteroids
Kemal & Rob Data – Gene Sequence
> Ed Rush & Optical – Medicine (Matrix rmx)
> Noisia – Facade
Spor – Aztec
> Rymetyme & Trace – Move VIP
Digital & Spirit – Ras 78
Leon Switch & Kryptic Minds – Hide the Tears Rmx
> Future Prophecies – Dreadlock
Kemal & Rob Data – Bleed
Black Sun Empire – Arrakis (Noisia Rmx)
Gridlok & Prolix – Sociopath
> Capone – Tudor Rose
Phil Tangent – Lunar
> Ed Rush, Trace, Fierce, Nico, & Optical – Edtrafienical
Amit – Gatecrasher
Digital – Waterhouse Dub
Nasty Habits – Here Come the Drumz (Breakage rmx)
> Leon Switch & Kryptic Minds – Hide the Tears
Digital & Spirit – Phantom Force

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