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Autumn days, nights, music and bars

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There is a particular quality about autumn, its beginnings. As days grow a little shorter but there is still a hint of warmth, or at least an absence of real cold. We have gone beyond wild picnics and summer jaunts. There is something of a new beginning taking place, work or study comes to the fore and personally I have the urge to slip into particular bars, run through certain sorts of music and spend evenings in a way that is …







But there is also the sky and the neighbourhood just as the sun sets, strange colourations of things. Musical in its own right. You can find an entertaining or intriguing texture almost anywhere.










Chillstep – telling a story

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All good music tells a story one way or another. It may take you through a series of emotional changes, give you a palette of feelings, well coloured or subtly shaded. It may just be a suitable narrative. It may suggest a move from one emotion to another through its chord sequence and key changes. A good mix takes you on a journey. It moves you from one place to another, even if it is chilled mix. It may just make one suggestion after another, point one way then somewhere further.













and then …

there is music and there are mixes for times of day and night – chillstep ranges from the chilled after party, the Sunday after the heavy, heavy night, sat with friends taking it easy, to early evening, nearly mid-week readying for the hard night to come, or thoughtful busy or not-so-busy times …

bruk, or broken beat, nujazz, nusoul, wine bar 2 step, with that common to both intelligent drum and bass does a little of this but it is so much more of the bar music, perhaps mid-week again, less wasted in energy

and if there are feelings, thoughtful moments, hints of imagination, journeys, or at least a hint of movement within there may be



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Aromatiq – chillstep, broken beat, intelligent dnb …

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and so, back to colours heard …

question? how would you illustrate such a genre or collection of genres, chillstep, broken beat, intelligent drum and bass?

Such music connects at so many points and still diverts in so many ways.

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Having had a lot of time spent with such genres as dnb in the past it was natural that I return to the intelligent and liquid side of things. So, I have spent some nice time recently with such producers as Intelligent Manners and more. My love of triphop and 2 step continues, as with the generalities of ambient and more – in the forthcoming mixes on mixcloud you will hear what I hope to be a good mix of all and a bit of a return to my past with suitable reggae mentions as well.

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The mixes on mixcloud

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A patchwork history 3 – Aromatiq and Sanctified

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Aromatiq was a club night originally held @ the Earl and was based around the then growing styles of broken beat, nujazz, nusoul, with hints of house and garage thrown in. Sanctified altered this slightly when held @ the Redhouse, adding more in the way of hiphop, intelligent dnb, deep house and the like. The tagline ‘outrageously chilled, wholly grown up’ said it all. Sanctified was the first of a number of collaborations between futurhood av and Saeif Sounds.





broken beat – colours heard on mixcloud

“uprightly horizontal”
“if it’s bruk, don’t fix it”

I still find it a shame that more was not heard of broken beat, nujazz and nusoul in Sheffield. The whole field remains a great love of mine. Aromatiq ultimately became a radio show on Sheffield Live.

Broken beat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Nu jazz – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

20 best: Broken Beat records ever made – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..

Broken beat music – Listen free at

Particular tastes of mine included Domu, IG Culture, recently Zilo Groove.

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