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Dieselboy got that liquid funk!

When we mention the name “Dieselboy,” a lot of things come to mind. For fogies like myself, it’s being one of the first drum & bass DJs from the States to really make a splash internationally; his Sutpen’s Jungle mix was all over the place over 20 years ago. The second is the harder side of the drum & bass map; his “SixEleven” mix from ’98 was a little before my time, but I was fully on-board when I heard A Soldier’s Story, which, for me, typified the sound I’d hear from the mixmaster all throughout the Philly area, and what I’d hear from him for the next few decades. I say all of this to say that when I saw him mention that he was working on a liquid dnb mix—which ultimately became his latest mix, titled Heavy Breathing—I was…intrigued.

See, while Dieselboy’s absolutely a pioneer in the scene, he’s also a student, so when I see that this particular mix was “more than a decade in the making” and inspired by the projects LTJ Bukem would put out back in the day—projects that created many drum & bass fans—I knew I was in for a treat. Dieselboy’s prowess as a DJ is always spot-on, but I’d never really heard him doing double (and at times triple) drops like you hear on Heavy Breathing, nor have I heard him go this deep (over two hours) into the liquid drum & bass lane.

What’s in the mix?

Heavy Breathing is similar to many of Dieselboy’s mixes over the last decade or so: Sprawling projects, bringing a grip of tunes to the decks. Heavy Breathing features 108(!) tracks, featuring staples like Calibre, Logistics, Artificial Intelligence, Zero T, Lenzman, M.I.S.T., and plenty more. It’s a delightful trek through “thousands of tunes he has collected for this project since the early 2000s,” and is a must for anyone calling themselves liquid fans or for folks who want to both discover this style of drum & bass while catching a glimpse of how Dieselboy would approach this vibe.

You can stream and download Dieselboy’s Heavy Breathing mix below. With the dog days of quarantine putting a hurting on our minds, bodies, and souls, this set is something that will help soothe what ails you, at least for a few hours.

Tracklist:

Dieselboy – Breathe In, Breathe Out // INTRO
Wardown – Lorem Ipsum // BLU MAR TEN MUSIC
Justin Hawkes – Between Sky & Sea // LIQUICITY
ALB – Breathing Space // RAMR1C0 – All Is Recorded // CELSIUS
Pola + Bryson – Cold Love // SHOGUN AUDIO
Calibre – Falls To You VIP // SIGNATURE
Gerra + Stone – Sprung // SHOGUN AUDIO
Malaky – Spiralled // FOKUZ
Mindstate – Walk Away // PRECINCT
LSB – Walking Blues // SOUL:R
Keeno – Oracle // HOSPITAL
Calibre feat DRS – Sunshine // SIGNATURE
Mitekiss – Some People // SHOGUN AUDIO
Velocity – Ronin // PRESTIGE MUSIC GROUP
Submorphics – Burning Love (Lenzman Remix) // LIQUID V
LTJ Bukem – Switch // GOOD LOOKING
Commix – How You Gonna Feel (feat Steve Spacek) // METALHEADZ
Urbandawn + Bungle – Sacred Floor // HOSPITAL
S.P.Y – Dreaming // HOSPITAL
Random Movement – I Stayed Around (Lenzman Reinterpretation) // FOKUZ
Lenzman – Got My Mind Made Up // METALHEADZ
Satl – Just Words // THE NORTH QUARTER
DJ Marky + S.P.Y – Yellow Shoes (Calibre Remix) // INNERGROUND
Villem – We Had A Song (feat Leo Wood) // HOSPITAL
Glen E Ston + Dave Owen – Hollow Soul // VIBRATION
Mohican Sun – Fixation // INTEGRALArtificial Intelligence – Signs Signs // METALHEADZ
Lenzman – African Dream // THE NORTH QUARTER
Logistics – Wanderlust // HOSPITAL
Random Movement – Life Is Permanent // FLIGHT PATTERN
Lenzman – Paper Faces feat Martyna Baker (Ivy Lab Remix) // METALHEADZ
Need For Mirrors – Taboo // 31 RECORDINGS
Halogenix – Paper Sword // METALHEADZ
Keeno – Severn Summers // HOSPITAL
Velocity – The Moonstone Theme // HUMAN ELEMENTS
Jhené Aiko – The Worst (Lenzman Remix) // DUB
Logistics – Together // HOSPITAL
Commix – Be True // METALHEADZ
Enei – Get Closer (feat Charli Brix) // CRITICAL
Satl + Steo – All My Life (Tokyo Prose Remix) // THE NORTH QUARTER
Pola + Bryson – Flat Jam // SOUL TRADER
Duo Infernale – Playing Games (Seba + Paradox Remix) // HORIZONS
Zero T – Jazz Tone // SOFA SOUND
Dawn Wall – I See You // INTEGRAL
Monrroe – Everywhere I Go // SHOGUN AUDIO
Workforce – Heart Crossed // MUST MAKE
Artificial Intelligence – Perilous // INTEGRAL
Nelver – City Lights // GALACY
Grey Code + SubMarine – Flamingo Club // METH LAB
Oakwite – Moonpool // PILOT
Arcatype – Space Age // SYMMETRY
Total Science + Hydro + War – Aegean Blues // CIA
Arcatype – You Know // CIA
Artificial Intelligence – Good Things // METALHEADZ
ALB – Vintage // RAM
Hugh Hardie – Behind The Reels // HOSPITAL
Arcatype – Levitate // CIA
Tokyo Prose – Tell Me // SOUL:R
Satl – So Much Better // INTEGRAL
Sustance – Break The Habit feat Charli Brix // SHOGUN AUDIO
Mosaic – Hold Up // 31 RECORDS
Djah – Dialogue // FOKUZ
ALB – Evolver // RAM
Sub Focus + Wilkinson – Enter Night // EMI
Umax – Outer Reaches // FOUR CORNERS
Camo + Krooked – If I Could (Spectrasoul Remix) // RAM
Tokyo Prose – Innate Motion // THE NORTH QUARTER
Telomic – Late Depth // LIQUICITY
Logistics – Microdot // HOSPITAL
Document One – Your Eyes // SHOGUN AUDIO
Zeal – Yesterday Lanes feat Killups (Instrumental) // PROGRAM
LSB – Space Between // FOOTNOTES
Alyness – Signals // FOUR CORNERS
ALB – Said Some Things // RAM
Foreign Concept + Halogenix – Waiheke Wine Club (Circuits Remix) // CRITICAL
Arcatype – Timers // VANDAL
Artificial Intelligence + Lenzman – Drowning // INTEGRAL
Marcus Intalex + ST Files – Universe (Remaster) // METALHEADZ
Lenzman – String City // FOKUZ
Kodan – Rockin You // LIQUID V
Technimatic – Breathe In // SHOGUN AUDIO
R1C0 – Come To Me // CELSIUS
Came + Krooked – Ember (Hybrid Minds Remix) // RAM
Telomic – Alone feat Notelle // LIQUICITY
Goldie – The Ballad Celeste (Lenzman Instrumental) // METALHEADZ
LTJ Bukem – Atlantis (Marky + S.P.Y Rework) // GOODLOOKING
Sub Focus – Follow The Light // RAM
Technimatic – Night Vision // SHOGUN AUDIO
Dawn Wall – Blinded // EKHO
Halogenix – Independent // CRITICAL
Dustkey – Gunpoint Stares // LIQUICITY
SCAR – Torn Apart // METALHEADZ
Makoto + Hugh Hardie – Bluebird // HOSPITAL
Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer (T-Kay Remix) // NICE UP!
Hugh Hardie – Daarjeeling // HOSPITAL
Dawn Wall – Legends // EKHO
Dawn Wall – Twin Falls // INTEGRAL
Ta’Shan – Drift Away (QZB Remix) // DUB
Mohican Sun – Lost Village // INTEGRAL
Winslow – Mumbles Of Grace // GOLDFAT
Grey Code – Simple Things // METH LAB
Silence Groove – Sky Beams // 31 RECORDS
Alora – ID // PROGRAM
Annix – Behind Time // PLAYAZ
Nickbee + Deerhill – Ether // VISION
Technimatic – Imperfections (Interlude) // SHOGUN AUDIO
Dieselboy – The Return // OUTRO

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