Mixtape Alert: Birth of Liquid (Faze Two)

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Welcome to part two of Hardcore Math User’s liquid funk history lesson!

Picking up where Faze One left off, Faze Two ups the tempo and brings a stronger funk aesthetic to the table while maintaining that shimmering watery vibe perfected by late ’90s melodic drum & bass.

New Forms looms large, and needs no introduction here. We’ve got more Jonny L on deck, a pair of joints by E-Z Rollers, and it wouldn’t be a ’90s melodic D&B party without a few gems from the mighty Good Looking empire.

Kicking off the mix is probably my favorite vocal drum & bass tune of the decade, sporting a vocoder and more live instruments than you can shake a microphone at, Adam F’s futuristic masterpiece Music In My Mind.

Track list:

  1. Adam F – Music In My Mind
  2. Control – Seven Days
  3. Jonny L – This Time (Cool Dub Mix)
  4. Roni Size / Reprazent – Down
  5. Jonny L – I Let U
  6. Big Bud – Blue 52
  7. Jonny L – Underwater Communication
  8. Artemis – Elysian Fields
  9. E-Z Rollers – Fever
  10. Nuyorican Soul – It’s Alright, I Feel It! (Roni Size Remix)
  11. Roni Size / Reprazent – Trust Me
  12. Roni Size / Reprazent – Share The Fall
  13. E-Z Rollers – Bad Up
  14. Caspian – Oak St Bluesman

It’s every DJ’s prerogative to slip one of their own tracks in the mix, and this DJ is no exception; that last track is mine, circa 1999 (check it).

Also check out Jeweler’s Dive, the 1997 demo that got me signed to my first serious label. I was still finding my legs as a producer, but the vibe is 100% early liquid.

Have a great summer!

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