If I manage to do one "proper" mix a year I'll be happy. To define what a "proper" mix is - to separate it from any other mix I upload - a "proper" mix is one that takes planning and meticulous execution. Last year's mix was "Send in the Drones" and that took a year from planning to execution and I'm still happy with it; this has taken around 6 months of working out. It started with a Guardian article about new musical genres which defined the music by the amazing Joe Synkro as "Nightbus" a term I'd not heard before but one I was happy to adopt, even if I couldn't be sure that the article was being entirely serious. What I was aware was of a new way of looking at drum and bass, a genre which I'd spent a lot of my dj career playing and one I'd pretty much given up on. Listening to tracks from artists like Synkro, Submerge, Lapalux and the amazing new releases from Apollo (R & S records "ambient" side label) it became clear that a new wave of producers were taking lessons learned from Dubstep and applying them to Ambient Techno, R 'n B, Garage and Atmospheric Drum and Bass. I was fascinated. The result of that fascination is this mix. The first 30 minutes or so of it came together pretty easily, but then I couldn't work out where to turn next and it sat on my hard drive for 4 months, taunting me as all unfinished projects do. I almost released it as a mini mix, just to get the "monkey off my back" but I'm glad I waited and am able to release something more substantial, something worth listening to, hopefully again and again.
Though I still don't know if Nightbus is the right term for it.
Mario - Let Me Love You (Lapalux remix) (free download - http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/04/let-me-love-you-lapalux-bootleg Synkro - Open Arms ASC - Glass Walls Submerse - Cluster Jack Dixon - You won't let me (Synkro mix) Bop - Song about my Dog dBridge - 5th Floor Grimes - Genesis Bulb - Lonely Gravity Om Unit - Ulysses VIP (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/09/ulysses-vip) ASC + Ulrich Schnauss - 77 Lapalux - Guuurl Holy Other - Know Where dBridge - Cornered Yumi & The Weather - Not Again (Manni Dee remix) (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/12/not-again-manni-dee-remix) Marley Caroll -Woodwork (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/10/woodwork) Ital Tek - Pixel Haze Fybe:one - Harmonic Curve (Deft's footwork remix) (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/10/harmonic-curve-defts-footwork-re) Bering Strait - Apart Synkro - Reflection Reso - Aegis (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/09/aegis) Eagles for Hands - Glitterall (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/10/glitterall) [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/85882133" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]
Now on mixcloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/djmachv/i-love-youyou-wont-let-me/
Artwork shamefully stolen from the Internet - "Untitled" (1985) by Moebius aka Jean Giraud