Tag Archives: drum & bass

#Lazysunday | Jazz x Bass – Liquid DNB Mix

Good morning/afternoon/evening, wherever you are in the world, I hope you’re having a great time. :)

Normally on the weekends I don’t get to do much blogging, and this weekend I had such an amazing time hanging out in DC with a sexy Latin fella. ;) From U Street Music Hall to dancing to reggae vibes at Tropicalia to hookah at Gazuza, this was surely an awesome weekend of many more to come.

But now that the weekend is almost over, graduate work is calling my name…so here I am, sitting inside, listening to jazz & bass, and trying to get work done.

In the midst of searching for a mix to listen to, as well as obsessing over the fact Rachelle Ferrell will be in concert this upcoming weekend, I stumbled upon this snazzy, oh so jazzy, liquid DNB mix.

Full of pianos, bass, percussion rifts, and all those #lazysunday vibes, this mix has all the momentum I need to get my coursework done.

And if you’re not in a time crunch to finish school work, then not only are you lucky, but you can totally zone out and enjoy this mix in pure peace…

Go Ahead, Get Jazzed

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DNB | Duke Dumont x Jax Jones ‘I Got U (High Contrast Remix)’

Duke Dumont I Got U

High Contrast, one of my favorite drum & bass producers, has put a DNB spin on Duke Dumont’s single “I Got U” featuring Jax Jones.

After years of being on the scene, he’s finally got a soundcloud page! And in the small batch of track he’s uploaded, I must say this remix is the best!

Keeping the vocals of Jax Jones at the forefront, High Contrast adds an signature drum & bass riddim, but keeps the tropical percussion.

So we’ve got a little bit of tropical persuasion infused with urban beats, resulting in yet another DNB remix from a pro, High Contrast.

I Got U (High Contrast Remix)

The Original

Driving Music | Command Strange – Drum & Bass Mix (Panda Mix Show)

You could (and should) start kick off your weekend with some wiicked drum & bass. Why? Because DNB is the best soundtrack for driving around town & getting pumped up for a night of fun!

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You’ve probably got your go to tracks, but if you want a solid mix then check out Command Strange’s 40 Min DNB mix for the Panda Mix Show. 

Hailing from Kazakhstan, musician/producer Alexey Fuifanov  aka Command Strange is known for his wiicked liquid drum & bass tracks, as well as his ability to brace the raw side of jungle.

In this mix below, he moves away from the liquid, but brings some heavy vibes with new school sounds & edgy basslines.

This mix is totally perfect for a weekend drive. And if traffic is an issue, put on some DNB and watch you totally forget all about the bubbling road rage.

Driving Music

Tracklist via soundcloud

TRACKLISTING
00:00 – 1. A Sides & MC Fats – Temperature Rising (Command Strange Remix) – Eastside Dub
02:48 – 2. L Side – Reach Out – Chronic
05:36 – 3. Command Strange & Artificial Intelligence – Mad One (feat Jamakabi) – Metalheadz
08:24 – 4. Command Strange – The Croc – Integral Dub
11:12 – 5. Command Strange & Intelligent Manners – Unpredictably – Dub
14:00 – 6. Boosta & Atmos T – All My Love – Liquid V
16:48 – 7. A Sides & Fats – The Moment (SPY Remix)
19:36 – 8. Command Strange – Disco Ball – Chronic Dub
22:24 – 9. Lynx, Terry, Tiptoe & Fats – Nothing More
25:12 – 10. Command Strange – 1000% ACID – Innerground Dub
28:00 – 11. Bladerunner – Lock Off – Chronic Dub
30:48 – 12. Command Strange & Fats – Brand New Style – V Records
33:36 – 13. Command Strange – Hyperbug – Horizons Music
36:24 – 14. Saxxon – Only One
39:12 – 15. XRS & Fats – Lovin (Random Movement Remix)

UKF Drum & Bass 2013 [OUT NOW]

Notably the #1 source for Drum & Bass on YouTube, UKF Drum & Bass has released an annual DNB compilation which is OUT NOW on iTunes. 

The compilation consists of massive tracks from Drum & Bass heavy-hitters: Sub Focus, John Newman, Brookes Brothers, Friction, Rockwell, Camo & Krooked, Noisia, Rollz, Fred V & Grafix, Hamilton and many more. Continue reading UKF Drum & Bass 2013 [OUT NOW]

Gimme That Bass | Exclusive Interview With Deckajam

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The electronic dance music community is constantly evolving and shaping. While new sounds in drum & bass and dubstep are being shaped each day, UK-based group Deckajam approaches their music by harnessing the art of live performance. From live drums to vocals to a sexy guitar, this electro-rock/bass duo knows how to put on a show.

So what goes into their music process? And who exactly are Deckajam? These are just a few of the questions I asked in an exclusive interview with band members Kevin and Nick.

Check it out below:

Where are you from?

Kevin: Sittingbourne in Kent UK.

Nick: kilburn, North West London

As a child, who were your musical influences? 

Kevin: I was heavily influenced firstly by the 80′s commercial rock music. The likes of Van Halen, Duran Duran and Nirvana opened my ears up to music but I quickly moved onto the dance side of things after hearing the prodigy and the early mainstream cross over material like Moby, Expansions and Black Box. It was around 1993 when I found some great pirate radio stations playing the raw underground rave music that I got really sucked in.

Nick: From since I can remember I’ve aways loved anything music. The first song I remember loving was “Our House” By Madness, I was only 1 and a 1/2 years old when it was released!  Aside to Madness there were a few key artist that started to shape my eclectic taste in music. First one was Michael Jackson and the BAD album. One of my favourite tracks from that album has to be Dirty Diana with that Epic Guitar solo which incidentally is played by the same guitarist (Steve Stevens) and who wrote another song I loved as child “The Top Gun Anthem”. New Kids On the Block where a band that also spent some time in my Walkman. Another key track for me was Europe’s “The Final Count Down”, I am a sucker big hook lines & riffs! But the real game changer for me was Guns N’ Roses. I was about 7 or 8 when I got “Appetite for Destruction and became a full on rocker. In the early 90s I started seeing dance music on MTV and instantly fell in love with it, Artists such as KLF, 2Unlimited and of cause the prodigy. In 1995 on a holiday in spain a friend introduce me to happy hardcore which opened the doors for to underground rave scene.

How did both of you get started in the EDM scene? DJ, spinning, promoting, or just simply partying and enjoying the scene?

Kevin: At first I was spinning tracks as a DJ for fun but I quickly gained a slot on a very well known pirate radio station in London called Dream FM. This became a platform to grow a fan base and from then on being a rave DJ quickly became my life path.

Nick: After many years of making music, it wasn’t until 2010 when I got my break with track called “Fundamental Darkness” which appeared on the “Hardcore Underground Presents: 2010″ album the Kevin Energy & Sharkey mix and getting signed to Kevin Energy’s Nu Energy Label.

KevnickLet’s talk a little about electronic dance music. What’s your favorite genres (house, dnb, dub step, trance, electro, synth pop, etc)? You know, what influences you?

Kevin: I’m a big fan of real fast underground hardcore music. Not the Dutch type or happy hardcore kind but real fast euphoric UK stuff tagged as Freeform. I spent many years playing this style but have taken a step back from it to work on new challenging music for a while. I’ve always liked trance music which has come through in all of my own productions in one way or another. I’m a sucker for a great deep encompassing melody that takes you on a journey as well as a big build up and drop. I also really like my D&B for it’s energy and drive and I love the recent Dubstep movement. On top of that I really l;ove my breaks – especially the deep progressive kind and I’m also a fan of anything psychedelic.

Nick: I am very much in to all sorts of EDM including Freeform hardcore with artist such as A.B, Arkitech, Endmic and Douglas pushing the boundaries of this genre. I am a massive Aphex twin and Squarepusher fan, anything avant-garde and a bit different. I love anything with big cord progressions and epic lead lines be it pop or underground. Also anything with a PHAT bassline! One of my favourite tracks of the last few months has been Knife Party’s track “LRAD”!

Why the name Deckajam? How did you come up with that?

Kevin: The name was kind of a joint effort after throwing loads of ideas around between us. We wanted a one word name which was a new made up name – something that would stand out and stick in your head. I seem to have some kind of a connection with Jam so the word had a natural bonding with us. The Decka part could relate to a turntable as both of us are DJ’s.

How did you meet?

Nick: I first met Kevin in 1995 in the record store he used to work in!

Do you only produce or do you enjoy spinning live at nightclubs?

Kevin: As I mentioned earlier, being a DJ has been my main job in life since I left school. It’s been an epic journey which has seen me travel the world and play over 1500 gigs!

Nick: I both produce and spin at clubs with my most recent DJ gig in Finland playing to100s of people, but I have to say I am much more a producer/musician then a DJ by far.

Do you enjoy collaborating with other producers and vocalists?

Kevin: Yes of course. There is always a lot to learn from working with somebody new. My studio skills are all self taught so it’s always great to combine with somebody new and learn a new trick or 2. On the vocalist front, we are lucky to be associated with some great talent and each one brings their own jam to the table. When we write a new backing track for the band we can tailor it towards the strength of one of the vocalists that we work with.

So you guys perform live bass/electro-rock , that’s pretty cool! Do you think that makes you stand out in the UK bass scene?

Kevin: It’s hard to say but in my opinion crowds here are getting much more used to many different things. I love the fact that these days DJ’s are not sticking to similar BPM’s and are chopping from a trap track into D&B and then back down into dubstep. It makes things much more exciting and there’s more of a journey. So far, we have covered many styles and feels with our music but managed to keep an underlying feel to them that makes the tracks distinctly our sound. No two tunes are the same so there’s something for everybody who is into electronic sounds. I think one thing that really stands out with us is the nature of our live show. The combination of electric guitars, live keyboards

Nick: Not forgetting live drums ;-)

Feel free to add anything else you’d love to say about your music.

We have put a lot of hard work in both the music and our live show. It has not come without it’s obstacles but we have loved every moment and we hope that people love it as much as we’ve loved making it

Disco Fitness | Tiger & Woods – ‘Winter Fitness Mix’

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If you’re in need of some new tunes for your winter workout routine, then check out this “Winter Fitness Mix” from Tiger & Woods. 

I wish I would of had this mix this morning while I was spinning for an hour, but the sound of drum & bass kept me motivated. :)

However, it is nice to switch up the soundtrack to my workout and disco is so fun to listen to! So I’ll def be grabbing my free download RIGHT NOW!