Harriet Jaxxon’s ‘The Sound’ is the debut single from one of the most exciting new stars in drum & bass. First hailed as a breakthrough talent in 2019 by the likes of Mixmag, DJ Mag, Red Bull, UKF, and others, Jaxxon has spent the last few years making her name on the club and festival circuit, first across the UK, and now internationally too, playing alongside the likes of Andy C, Shy FX, Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Wilkinson, and Dimension. Until lockdown, Harriet’s tour schedule was in the ascendance, sets at the likes of Hideout, Hospitality On The Beach, Ibiza Rocks, and Creamfields, had confirmed her as one of the international scene’s hottest new stars, and not just the UK’s brightest young d&b DJ export. Now a monthly resident on Rinse FM, she’s bringing through other new talent and dropping regular DJ mixes from her and special guests, alongside interviews with some the genre’s biggest names. Previous radio shows include Capital, Ministry of Sound and more. Since the start of the covid-19 pandemic, Harriet has also started interviewing DJs and artists about their careers on IG TV and Youtube for a regular show entitled ‘Harriet Jaxxon Locks Down’. She’s dropped us a killer Back To Mine selection below featuring Massive Attack, A Guy Called Gerald, James Brown, and more.
Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
This track makes me feel so nostalgic from memories of hearing it everywhere as a kid in the 90s. The production and musicality is next level.
A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (12” Version)
A House classic. Even though it’s over 20 years old it still feels so futuristic and fresh in its energy.
Erykah Badu – On & On
I love the soul and female empowerment that comes through in Badu’s work, this track of hers is the one I find myself drawing for most often.
A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
This era of Hip Hop is probably my favourite. I love the funk-inspired sounds in this and the energy in their lyrical interplay.
Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
I love the analogue sounds and drum rolls in this – I grew up hearing Dub played in my house as a kid, Trojan Records and King Tubby are especially nostalgic to me. Noticing the samples that have been used from this era of dub in modern day music is also cool – especially in D&B.
Chase & Status – Can’t Get Enough
This is potentially my favourite D&B track ever. This came out on their debut album, More Than a Lot, and wasn’t released as a single, but I’m obsessed with the uplifting vibe of this track.
Anderson .Paak – The Season/Carry Me
Anderson Paak creates great soul & funk-inspired Hip Hop. I think it’s quite rare to hear new school rappers master this, but for me, he has built on those vibes and created a sound that’s original and has shown integrity with it.
James Brown (feat. The J.B.’S) – The Boss
The soul and swag in this track makes it one of the best for me. Everything James Brown is gold.
IAMDDB – Shade
I’m a big fan of IAMDDB, her approach is fresh and her musical versatility is great. I love the sass she delivers in this track, I’ll always listen to it when I need to lively up myself.
J Dilla – Waves
1 minute and 49 seconds of instrumental dreaminess by one of my favourite producers of all time.