Jungle pioneer, Darren Jay today announces the launch of ‘The Impeccable Selection‘, a collection of ten soulful Liquid Drum & Bass mixes created during the summer lockdown period. Ibiza resident Darren is making the mixavailable for download for free from today onwards.Darren was inspired by the positivity and hope that music and the arts has brought to people and communities throughout these unprecedented times.
Darren Jay said: “It’s safe to say 2020 was a tough year for most of us and for me, my way of dealing with that has been to immerse myself in music. Doing what I love and focusing my energy creatively.”
He continues: “This collection may come as a surprise to some as it’s quite a contrast from the Jungle sound I’m best known for. Yet, I have been collecting, playing, producing and releasing soulful Liquid Drum & Bass from when it was simply known as “Intelligent” in the early nineties. Releases include three ‘Total Science’ albums released in the early 90s and in 2010 a six track EP on Toolroom records – titled “Liquid 6”.
“The influences in my life during the last few years are obvious when you listen to the ‘Impeccable Selection’ mixes. Touring the world with Larry Heard as his as sound and tour manager and setting up the sound up for his shows, as well as making a permanent move to Ibiza, have been huge influences on this collection which extends beyond Liquid, to an even more soulful, sexy sound that I’ve been referring to as ‘Drum & Bass for House people’. ‘Impeccable Selection’, the concluding mix, is my pick of the most soulful and sexiest of these tracks so if you’re going to listen to one, make it this one.
In my teens I started out as a Soul Boy – big into Jazz Funk and Reggae. Then (like so many of my peers) became a house DJ before moving into a completely new genre in the early 1990’s, which was what soon evolved into Jungle Drum & Bass. Creating this new collection has taken me back not only to my musical roots but also back to grass roots DJing with just two decks and a mixer – no effects, no sync button, just organically fusing tunes together and creating a musical journey. I feel that many people are so wrapped up in technology that they have forgotten about the importance of tune selection when creating a set.
It’s because of the enjoyment and distraction creating these mixes has given me and having taken so much from this collection personally, that I am sharing this for free. In a year where we all need to share in positivity; where we all need to give that little bit more than we take, I hope these mixes can lift people in the way they have for me.”