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This is my second exploration into the 170 bpm fusion of drum´n´bass with dub techno, ambient and dub. It´s bass music primarily for listening and imaginary dancefloors. Since we currently have to make do with mind traveling, I thought I create a little helper. It surely takes you away someplace, if you give in to it, it´s quite cinematic.

The first one from 2017 proved to be a timeless mix for which I continue to receive favorable feedback. This one is even more laid back and further away from the mainstream idea of what Drum´n´Bass is supposed to be. I have written a few words accompanying the first mix, which are still valid for the sequel, so if you´re interested in the sound and the concept, check that out.

I´m very happy to have found a way to prominently include a track by Rhythm & Sound, who are obviously a great inspiration for this whole affair. The sound I´m searching for here is also a neighbor of tribal halftime dnb, which was actually hard to keep out of the selection, because it works well on a certain level, but at the same it is mostly very dark and also too upfront (I have actually compiled a second playlist as a sequel to my Tribalizm mix from 10 years ago, so that might come up next.) I also tried to steer away from Ambient dnb tracks that just arent Dub enough.

Volume 1 is here

Tracklist:
01 DB1 – Ktz1
02 Overlook – Passages
03 Ghost Warrior – Videodrome
04 Nether – True Believer
05 Nether – Moon Dub
06 QNS – QNS#5
07 QNS – QNS#6
08 Rhythm & Sound w/ The Chosen Brothes – Mash Down Babylon
09 Loxy & Flatliners – Sci Fi Dub
10 Morphy – Tell No Tales
11 Dubmonger – Micro Crumble
12 DB1 – Zukr
13 Ruffhouse – Straight 9´s
14 Loxy & Resound – Civil War
15 DYL – Words
16 Overlook – Down the Rabbit Hole
17 Levl – Arcola#2
18 Felix K – Deconstructor
19 DB1 – Contorno
20 Parallel – The Small Things Matter (VIP Mix)
21 DB1 + DYL – Materia
22 Martsman – Krine

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This mix is an 80+ minute exploration into the fusion of drum´n´bass with dub techno & dub. It´s more of a deep flowing, laid-back affair at 170bpm to cool off to. Remedy yourself with a dose of sub bass and chill atmospheres. Listen closely to discover a rare facet of drum´n´bass music.

I try to follow a clear concept with all the mixes that I put out there and I´ve done quite a few that explored the connection of dub and drum´n´bass. The common influence is obvious since jungle started using reggae basslines and dub production techniques 25 years ago, which spawned all sorts of obvious and less obvious connections.

But it is rare that dnb productions take an inspiration from what techno did with dub since the 90s. Probably timing was an issue too: Dub techno became unpopular just a little while before the explosion of dubstep became the major influence for dnb artists, who experimented with more minimalistic structures and room for sounds. As a result a certain flavour of halfstep and autonomic dnb became an interesting playground for innovation in the late 2000s, but it had little to do with dub techno.

So I searched for tracks at around 170 bpm that deliver a certain sound: Not too dark, negative or aggressive, but not too much reggae-warmth either, rather a digital cool. Tracks also had to shift their focus away from heavy beats to the dub elements but also not fall into the halftime dub area. So this mix sits somewhere in between the minimal dnb scene, that still uses typical dnb beats and the ambient scene that has abandoned beats completly.

I never was and probably never will be a big techno fan in general, which means I only listen to a very small fraction of what´s out there, so my observations might be flawed. But I´ve always liked the Berlin-centered dub techno scene around the Hard Wax store, producers Ernestus and von Oswald with their many aliases (Rhythm & Sound, Basic Channel…) and labels like Thinner and Scape. Today in drum´n´bass we have Samurai Music Group in Berlin, which incorporates influences of this particular sound in their releases, but mostly explores very dark atmospheres. A more fitting output between techno and dnb comes via the Hidden Hawaii label. Nordlabel, that is featured with tracks by Dissident, is also from Berlin.

In its entirety not all the 85 minutes are dub techno influenced, but most of it is and it all comes together nicely, I think. If you know any interesting dub techno-influenced tracks at 170 bpm that I missed, let me know!

Tracklist:
01 Nether – Sunset Dub [Cylon]
02 Felix K – Flowers of Destruction #4 [Hidden Hawaii]
03 Dissident – H2Oil [Pinecone Moonshine]
04 DB 1 – Vanguard [Hidden Hawaii]
05 Dissident – Visible Spot [Nordlabel]
06 Nether – Glacial Dub [Space Cadets]
07 Martsman – Static [Hidden Hawaii]
08 Nether – Dimensional Space Jazz  [Deep Soul Music]
09 Overlook – Travelling Without Moving [UVB-76 Music]
10 Elemnt – Circle of Light #2 [Hidden Hawaii]
11 Dissident – Solvent 1 [Nordlabel]
12 Overlook – Clouds  [31 Recordings]
13 Pessimist – The Woods [Samurai]
14 Felix K – Flowers of Destruction #2 [Hidden Hawaii]
15 dBridge – Trinity Ville [Cylon]
16 Clarity – Fog [Samurai]
17 Dissident & Cyberworm – Octoplane [Delta 9]
18 Flxk1 / Wan 2 – A1 [Hidden Hawaii]
19 Theory – Babylon Dem (Dubmonger´s The Drum Machine Museum Rmx) [Translation]
20 Dissident & Cyberworm – Tusk [Kos.Mos Music]
21 Loxy – Politicians [Soundium]
22 Calibre – Blackhole Dub [Signature]
23 Totally Unknown Artist – Tierdrub (Dominic Ridgway) [—]
24 Nether – Deep Echo [31 Records]
25 Dubmonger – Radiowaves [Dubmonger]
26 Morphy – Myrrh Dub [—]