Rising to fame during the demise of electro, as fidget house and dubstep emerged so did Drop The Lime. Part of the label / party / blog / collective Trouble And Bass he quickly gained a reputation for championing all types of bass music, destroying dance floors worldwide and, more recently, reintroducing vocals to house. Here he takes a step back from the dance-floor and crafts a mix much less for the club, although you’ll still need Fabric‘s bass-bins (or a hefty pair of headphones) to fully enjoy his selections.
Describing it as ‘a rollercoaster of a ride’ Drop The Lime kicks off with Supra 1’s delightfully warm ‘Ghoster’ and continues to loosely paste together a collection of similarly summery tracks. Tidy vocal flourishes and tropical rhythms tripping over deep, drawling basslines act as a hazy ascent preceding the first stomach-wrenching dip of WAFA‘s bonkers ‘Ewid Disco’. From here the mix rapidly descends into deeper, darker territory. He rattles through Maurice’s classic ‘This Is Acid’, bottoms out with Untold, and begins to build almost into a club mix. The transitions get a little smoother and the flow settles, DTL slides in his recent ‘Sex Sax’ before totally blindsiding the listener with Bill Haley & His Comets. It’s about as lurching as any rollercoaster ride going, but isn’t anywhere near as contrived as it could be. The mixes from rockerbilly back to Foamo are amusingly neat and compensate for the derailing. Back on the tracks and DTL is on the build again, the bass heavier and the percussion even more frantic. Cresting in a cacophony of rave sirens, whistles and ethnic chanting, it dips one last time through some soulful two step allowing Baobinga‘s straight up dubstep to be the final twist in the tail.
Really good rollercoaster rides leave you a little unsteady on your feet as you disembark and this is no different. The shimmering beauty of Villa‘s take on Little Jinder and Reso‘s final heart swelling remix of the man in control’s anthemic ‘Set Me Free’ will certainly leave you weak at the knees.
1 – Supra1 – Ghoster – Trouble & Bass
2 – Nouveau Yorican – Jackit (Drop The Lime Remix) – Mixmash
3 – Melé – Bombay (Nadastrom Remix) – Mixpak
4 – Egyptrixx – Everybody Bleeding – Night Slugs
5 – Drop The Lime – Thwomp Stomp – Trouble & Bass
6 – WAFA – Ewid Disco – Grizzly
7 – Drop The Lime – Hot Sauce Grillz – Trouble & Bass
8 – Maurice – This Is Acid – Casablanca / Trax
9 – Untold – Anaconda – Hessle Audio
10 – Autoerotique – Bubonic (Drop The Lime Remix) – Dim Mak
11 – Berou & Canblaster – Terence Hill (French Fries Remix)
12 – Slick Wick Crew – 911 VIP – Trouble & Bass
13 – Drop The Lime – Sex Sax (Club Mix) – Trouble & Bass
14 – Bill Haley & His Comets – (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
15 – The Strangeloves – I Want Candy – Sony
16 – Foamo – Centavo – Fat! Records
17 – Zombies For Money – Kolkata (Sticky Version) – Trouble & Bass
18 – Sam Tiba – Barbie Weed – Top Billin
19 – Mosca – Square One (L-Vis 1990 Remix) – Night Slugs
20 – Adonis – No Way Back – Trax
21 – Femme En Fourrure – Dirty Blonde (Drop The Lime Remix)
22 – Tom Piper & Blaze Tripp – Brrrap! – Bigger Than Barry / No Frills
23 – Baobinga feat. DJ Nasty – State Of Ghetto Jackin’ (TRG Remix) – Trouble & Bass
24 – AC Slater feat. DTL – Calm Down Part 3 – Trouble & Bass
25 – Little Jinder – Youth Blood (Villa Remix) – Trouble & Bass
26 – Drop The Lime feat. Carrie Wilds – Set Me Free (Reso Remix) – Trouble & Bass
Drop The Lime’s Fabriclive Mix 53 is released on Mon 13th Sept.
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