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It was my bday on Saturday. I have a pretty decent sized patio at my house and it’s come in pretty handy during quarantine as I’ve been able to have socially distanced hangs with a few friends. I had 3 friends over and we just sat outside and enjoyed numerious bottles of champagne and rosé and bougie snacks. I quite enjoyed the day! 🥰

It’s a holiday today. I’m just putt putting around getting house shit done and enjoying this Hybrid Minds Essential Mix.

Hope you all are having a fab day.

x

Tracklist Hybrid Minds – Don’t Ever ft. DRS
Monrroe – Never Too Old ft. Emily Makis
Hybrid Minds – Supernova ft. Catching Cairo
Ownglow – Back To You
Jome – Cinnamon (Hybrid Minds Remix)
Cyantific – Bloodline (Hybrid Minds Remix)
Hybrid Minds – Kismet ft. Riya
Hybrid Minds – Brighter Days ft. Charlotte Haining
Etherwood – Away From It All
Hybrid Minds – Solitude ft. Alexa Harley
Lost Frequencies & Netsky – Here With You VIP
Fred V – Away ft. Vonnac
Culprate – No Words (Dexcell Remix)
Tatora – Believe
Etherwood – Falling Out Of Consciousness

ft. Georgia Yates & Bev Lee Harling VIP
Fred V & Grafix – Clouds Cross Skies
Hybrid Minds – Phoenix ft. Alexa Harley
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Through The Night ft. Tom Cane
Fourward – Lose Control
Shy Fx – Bye Bye Bye (S.P.Y Remix)
Hybrid Minds – Meant To Be ft. Grimm
Total Science – Lightweight Remix
BCee & Blu Mar Ten – Grow ft. Charlotte Haining (Kove Remix)
Delta Heavy – White Flag VIP
Hybrid Minds – Inside ft. Emily Jones
Freya Ridings – Love Is Fire (Hybrid Minds Bootleg)
Ghostface ft. Neyo – Back Like Dat – DJ Marky & Bungle Remix
Brookes Brothers – The Light
Eastcolours – Keys

Hybrid Minds – Summer Rain ft. Grimm
Hybrid Minds – ID
Tokyo Prose – Rescue
Whiney – Better With You ft. Alex Frankl
Hybrid Minds – ID
Moby – Porcelain (Pola & Bryson Remix)
Halogenix – Independent
Tokyo Prose – Jacknife
Mohican Sun – Darkest Hour
Chase & Status – Blind Faith ft. Liam Bailey (Loadstar Remix)
The Sauce – 100
Liam Bailey – You Saw The Devil In Me ft. DRS (Dogger & Mindstate Remix)
Marky & S.P.Y – Love Affair
Artificial Intelligence – Missing Piece
Camo & Krooked – Dissolve Me
Emperor – Saved Me
DRS & Dynamite – Fix It All ft. London Elektricity
London Grammar – If You Wait (Calibre Remix)

Jakwob – Blinding (Hybrid Minds Remix)
Jareth – Kaleidoscope (Hybrid Minds Remix)
Dawn Wall – Seeds Of Change
Wilkinson – Half Light
Friction & Bou – Seizure ft. Trigga
Delta Heavy & Zeds Dead – Lift You Up
Shy Fx – Roll The Dice ft. Stamina MC & Lily Allen (The Sauce Remix)
Daughter – Youth (Hybrid Minds Bootleg)
Hybrid Minds – Listen ft. Tiffani Juno
Workforce – Common Interests
Flume – Rushing Back (Ekko & Sidetrack Bootleg)
Enei – Icon Face
BCee – Lost & Found ft. Rocky Nti (Hybrid Minds Remix)
LSB – Missing You ft. DRS & Tyler Daley
Spectrasoul – Faithful
Hybrid Minds – Paint By Numbers ft. Charlotte Haining
Camo & Krooked – Climax
BCee & Charlotte Haining – Love For The Fallen ft. DRS
Enei – Rollin Machine

Marcus Intalex – Celestial Navigation ft. S.P.Y
Wilkinson – Afterglow
Bcee & Charlotte Haining – The Hills (Stay Here)
Hybrid Minds & Fred V – Drowning In You
Wilkinson & Dimension – Rush
Hybrid Minds – Higher Love ft. Charlotte Haining
Simula – See It Through My Eyes
Sensa & Haste – The Place
Hybrid Minds – Pretend ft. Rocky Nti
Culture Shock – There For You (LSB Remix)
Dossa & Locuzzed – Tha Bird ft. DJ Marky
Pendulum – Tarantula (Shockone x Ekko & Sidetrack Bootleg)
Birdy – Wings (Nu:Logic Remix)
Makoto & Danny Wheeler – Sunshine
Tom Walker – You & I (Hybrid Minds Remix)
Friction & JP Cooper – Dancing (Dawn Wall Remix)

Workforce – Heart Crossed
Clipz – Down 4
Dimension – UK (Skrillex Edit)
DJ Fresh – Foreigner
Action Bronson – Baby Blue (Trex Bootleg)
Ben Howard – Conrad (Hybrid Minds Bootleg)
Tokyo Prose – See Through Love
Hybrid Minds – Touch ft. Tiffani Juno (Tokyo Prose 2020 Remix)
BCee, Charlotte Haining & Etherwood – Little Bit Lighter
Dexcell – Landscape
DRS & Dynamite – Playing In The Dark ft. The Vanguard Project
Hybrid Minds – In Your Arms ft. Koven
Fred V & Grafix – When You Appear

Yes!

Great reblog from dBridge at Exit Record’s Tumblr page!  I would love to write some eloquent prose to cosign along with everything he said, but in actuality he said it all so beautifully, so just read for yourselves.

Click here for the link to the actual post: exitrecords.tumblr.com

 

REALLY GUYS! DRUM & BASS?

It seems to be a popular narrative with journalists and other non-Drum & Bass producing musicians at the moment, to wonder and show surprise that producers are still making DnB, that it’s “still here” and that it still has any kind of musical value or worth. This continued belief that DnB has been on some kind of hiatus, that it’s been in a state of hibernation or, what I read recently “nearly a decade in dance music purgatory” confounds me. I can point out many labels and artists who have been releasing Drum & Bass-influenced music consistently, my own Exit Records being one of many. I don’t remember any noteworthy label taking a gap year from releasing DnB. Just because you’re not looking, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Some of us are admittedly out on the fringes of electronic music, but we have a loyal and dedicated following, we’re releasing great records on vinyl. Granted, maybe not ‘hand pressed by virgins in a Berlin loft’-vinyl, but vinyl worth listening to nonetheless. So whilst I understand the reason behind some of these sheep like statements, the shortsightedness of those making them does annoy me. 

Like many other genres of electronic music, the all-encompassing word ‘Drum & Bass’ has been around for quite some time. It’s a name that encapsulates many different styles of the genre, from the chart-topping music of Dj Fresh & Wilkinson to the Dubbed out Techno heaviness of Loxy, the B-Boy drum work of Paradox, the clinical rigour of Noisia, the Jungle Juke-iness (is that a word?) of Fracture, the Hip-Hop swagger of Stray, the soulfulness of Calibre, all the way through to the minimal precision of Bop. Much like House and Techno, DnB has many offshoots and variants, that all essentially stemmed from the same thing but over time have evolved and now no longer have much to do with each other. The only thing that really binds them all is a tempo, and more importantly (or not?), the name. 

This is where my annoyance stems. It seems people have just one view of what “Drum & Bass” is. I have an idea what that is, but it seems to me that some form of daft musical stereotype has taken hold of journalists and musicians who, frankly, should know better. It has its subtleties just like other genres, subtleties that if people could be bothered, or, I suppose, cared, would easily hear. For example, even though we made music together as Bad Company, comparing what I do now to what my buddy DJ Fresh now makes, is like comparing Steve Aoki to Jimmy Edgar. Yet, we still operate within similar brackets of dance music. It is this one-sided view of DnB that many seem to share that makes it difficult for me to identify myself within this genre anymore. And this really is a true shame, considering the fact that I’ve always identified myself with DnB and have felt to be a part of it, from the very beginning of the genre itself. This narrow-mindedness surrounding the term DnB has made me want to distance myself further, as it feels the term ‘DnB’ no longer reflects me and what I’m about. 

But, as you might know, I’ve already spoken about my feelings on this in a previous blog post, and this is about something else.

As a scene DnB has outlived and survived many other burgeoning scenes (many of those that were seen as Drum & Bass killers), and it’s still here! Still filling clubs and festival spaces year in, year out. It has a fun side that isn’t going to change the world but provides enjoyment to those who want to lose themselves for a few fun-filled hours, and has a serious, ‘how the fuck did they do that’-complexity, that will musically blow any other electronic scene out of the water.  

As a genre I think it’s earned its place at the table. It’s enriched people who listen to it, clearly influenced producers, and has led the way in the production of modern electronic music for quite some time, much the same way House & Techno has. 

So, in conclusion:  

It’s not going anywhere,

It’s been around long enough for you to know there are differences within the genre,

Show it the respect it’s earned and deserves,

And stop being so bloody daft!

dB

Phooey

I had a pretty low key weekend. All this snow is really getting on my fucking nerves. As I was walking to the train this morning, I looked back at my car and saw that it was surrounded by a fortress of snow. Great. It’s gonna take me like 30 minutes to shovel all that shit. Boo.

Tunes:
Grinda + Zig Zag – Colours Of The Night (track is in player)
Stunna turned me on to these guys. Lovin it.

Today’s Oldie:
Dead DredDred BassMoving Shadow 1994
Ridiculously sick classic. Nuff said. 😉

Format Next Level 95 BFM 1/10/09

Tracklist

01. Naibu – Newport
02. Lenzman – Bear trap
03. Calibre – Cant get over you
04. Kalm + Citizen ft. Tali – Mirage (Submorphics remix)
05. Zero T – No more
06. D- Bridge + Calibre – Ponderosa
07. Sintez – Ancient
08. Teknik – Old Haunt
09. Spinline – Cold feet
10. Marcus Intalex + ST Files – Revolution
11. Commix – Bear Music
12. Mosus – 1999
13. Jazz thieves – Midnight hour (Submorphics remix)
14. Kleer – Holding on
15. Iron Hands – Call in sick
16. Break – Hooked up
17. Commix – Talk to Frank (Break remix)
18. State of Mind – Division 10
19. Fourward + body and soul – Pure
20. Dose + Menace – Pick up
21. Subwave – Think
22. Spectrasoul – Tectonics
23. Matrix + Fierce – Tearaway
24. Tiki – Now this is it (State of Mind remix)
25. StuC4C, Subsonik + Fourward – Stalker
26. State of Mind + Trei – True Stories (Upbeats remix)
27. Enei – Orbital
28. Trei + Urban Notion – Going On
29. Icicle – Minus
30. Chase + Status – Smash TV