The First Instalment – Enity A1

May 24th, 2016 by Pete

Here’s an interesting mega-obscurity supposedly on Entity Records. I’ve only ever seen two copies before. Gotta say, it’s one of these ones where you can kind of understand why it didn’t get a full release, but still it’s a fun tune with some nice moments and an absurd amount of samples chucked in the fray. Some of those samples are pretty nice, like the little timestretch break layered with the beatboxing most likely sampled from Kaotic Chemistry “Illegal Subs”, or the “Dedicated to all those who like it hot” line from MC Moose. Some a bit more ropey, like the extended Alexander O’Neil “If You were Here” bit. Probably not going to jump to the front of anyone’s wantlist, but a fun tune for sure if you ever chance across a copy!

The First Instalment – Enity A1

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8205/BTTO Record Sale @ Together Record Fair

May 19th, 2016 by Pete



I’ll be selling records at the Together Record Fair in Cambridge, MA this Saturday afternoon, May 21st, 4pm – 8pm.
Hardcore/Jungle, Early Hiphop, House, Techno, Garage, all sorts of dance music really.
Some super rare things, but LOTS and LOTS more relatively cheap ($3-8) obscure things being sold for $1-3. Big discounts on bulk buys (take my records… please!!).
I’ve got about 7 crates cordoned off, about to start digging through and pricing stuff… wish me luck!!

For more info, click the pic above or go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1594978967483183/

Another Dimension – Twilight Zone (Key of Imagination Mix)

May 19th, 2016 by Pete

Here’s a long time favorite which still seems to be going for reasonably cheap, though the original is a bit harder to find. Strange since I definitely like the original, but this remix wins for me, no doubt about it. Nothing too crazy going on here element-wise. As you’d expect, you get the twilight zone theme music. Honestly, any other theme song might make this a bit of a novelty track, however this one obviously lends itself perfectly to a non-corny track due to the atonal nature of the synth just looping over and over while layers upon layers of classic BBK amens bang away in the background, flanging a bit at times. Eventually a nice pad breakdown hits with a bit of techno synth (sounds a bit like the “Surkit” synth, as used in Return to Atlantis?). Then back to business with the Twilight Zone synth + serious amens. Definitely one to grab, whether it be vinyl, digital or both.
Edit – Ooops, right before publishing this, I gooogled it and fnd Bay B Kane is selling it himself on some sites… best to buy it from him and check from the clip below!!

BTTO Radio – May 15th 2016

May 17th, 2016 by Pete

Here’s the sets from Sunday night… despite little planning and no central theme, I think these went quite well! One of my better sets in a while, minus the terrible micwork (dropping the mic loudly and obnoxiously joking with chatroom regulars on the mic… I cut out a bit of that from this upload). Tim’s set was really excellent, started at a slower BPM and picked up tempo nicely. I had a couple friends over hanging out listening to his set, and we kept being interrupted by a crazy tune coming on and either them or me wanting to know WTF it was….

Speaking of which, at Tim’s suggestion (sure, blame it on him…also because I couldn’t remember a few of mine!) no tracklists this time. Lots of nice surprises though, maybe a forthcoming 8205 bit in there somewhere 😉






BTTO Radio Tonight

May 15th, 2016 by Pete


Blog to the Oldskool Radio is back tonight – Tim and I with an hour each. No theme this week, I’m going to probably focus heavily on records I grabbed while on this last UK trip (pictured here – shipped em back so I wouldn’t have to carry em all around the rest of the trip!), but anything goes really. Lots of fun jungley stuff!

You know the deal, 5pm est/ 10pm UK time on jungletrain.net. Jump on the chat via chat.jungletrain.net, let us know you’re out there!

Blame & Justice – Murderin’ M.C.

May 13th, 2016 by Pete

Anybody into their hardcore knows Blame “Music Takes You” and Justice & Mercy “Sooth My Soul”. Before those two tunes though, Blame and Justice collaborated on this obscure hardcore bleeper on Chill Recordings. You can tell based on both these tracks that these guys were big into their hip hop back then (who wasn’t?). The flipside (“Death Row”) is a solid 91 style hardcore track with an instantly recognizable Public Enemy vocal bit, but this is my favorite of the two. “Murderin’ MC” has a similar hiphop sample (from Erik B & Rakim “Follow The Leader”), but it’s also got some nice bleepy hardcore synths which were a bit of a signature sound for Chill Records around this time. It’s definitely a pretty rough-around-the-edges tune, but it’s exciting to hear these guys starting to find their footing with this stuff before the success of their later tunes (pretty sure I heard that they made this while still in school?). Also, for some reason this is a quite pricey and hard to find EP these days… guessing despite being on Chill it was pretty limited back then.

Blame & Justice – Murderin’ MC

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X Amount Crew – “can’t do it alone” [unreleased, 1993]

May 10th, 2016 by Ornette

Some of you will know I’ve been planning to write this for some time…

I was inspired in part by fellow contributor Droid, who linked on Subvert Central about this fascinating article on reggae & acid house in the late 80s

LONDON ACID CITY: When the Two 8’s Clash — John Eden
http://www.uncarved.org/blog/2004/06/88clash/

Basically it’s time to post about this amazing unreleased tune I’ve had on tape for many years, that turned up recently (ish) on dubplate!

It comes from this radio recording I have of Brockie on a sunday evening, alongside MC Dett & Navigator, which I later narrowed down to a date of 5th Sept 1993. For the last tune of the night, Brockie drops from the top this pretty awesome ‘hardcore’ stomper, with clattering breaks and massive bass, and as it starts, Navigator on the mic says: Coming from the X Amount Crew… and it’s done by me the Navigator… 10"  dubplate pressure… And it goes out to the Flinty Badman — requested this one.

Later, on picking up the “The Victory” 12" and discovering it was something else, I assumed it was probably some other release I wasn’t aware of yet… With the advent of the internet, it wasn’t long until I stumbled upon the details of this, which finally solved the mystery, I thought:
http://www.rolldabeats.com/release/15605/x_amount/xa1

Eventually, making an effort to track down a copy, and eagerly getting it on the decks at home, to my disappointment I discovered it was not on it! — although, not for long because turns out it’s four slices of top-notch tunage that, amazingly, I’d never heard before (does anyone know of any sets they appear in?)

X Amount Crew — Wild And Free EP

Close-up of Wild & Free EP

So, what does the Uncarved article cited above have to do with this unreleased tune? Well, it’s a fascinating insight into the intersection between reggae sound culture and the emergent rave scene in 1988, in particular going into detail about the north-east London based Unity Sound — and brought to my attention the fact that Navigator and Flinty Badman were both originally a part of.

This was somewhat of a revelation to me, and intrigued, I hit upon this article Navigator — The Evolution Of A London MC (and associated video) — which amongst other things revealed whilst on the sound he originally went by the name Specky Ranking "The" Navigator — explaining the credit on the Wild & Free EP (not two people like I had originally assumed!)

In addition, having risen to some notability with Unity Sound, and finding himself at a crossroads on how to continue as a vocalist, Navigator goes on to tell about hearing Lenny De Ice “We Are I.E.” for the first time, and the impact it had on him (a story he also relates in the documentary “A London Somet’ing”)

Rare image of Specky Ranks “The” Navigator toasting on the mic, with Unity Sounds

Then all of a sudden, I hear this track called "We Are Ie",
and I hear this b-line…
and I’m like yeah — that’s a proper b-line…
and that was the point when I was like, yeah — that’s what I wanna spit over

MC Navigator — from "The Evolution Of A London MC" [2012]

It’s interesting because when you listen to this unreleased tune (and the tracks on the Wild & Free EP), you can definitely tell an influence taken, that sort of – very saturated, enveloping bass, and crisp breaks right at the forefront, very much with a similar force of impact.

By the time of mid to late 1993 though, that prominent four-to-the-floor given as a counterpoint, reminiscent of “We Are I.E.”, was finding it’s way out of vogue, and with a change in the popular form of the music one can only guess a release was decided against, in favour of the more ‘jungle’ styled “Get Your Body” and the anthemic “The Victory” by DJ Dextrous.

It’s a shame in some ways that the music never stayed like this. On the other hand, we were given the classic jungle sound that became such a phenomenon that it’s hard to complain too much.

Of course, other members of Unity Sound would also play key roles in the development of jungle/drum & bass. Flinty Badman went on to form Ragga Twins with Deman Rocker, Peter Bouncer would lend his vocals to a number of important tracks, and even Ribs, the traditionalist founding selector of Unity Sound, would go on to receive credit for a tune on the celebrated “Champion Jungle Sound” compilation.

victory champion

The Victory 12″, and insert of Champion Jungle Sound LP

Interestingly, there may be a bit more to the story than this. One of the unusual things about the “The Victory” / “Get Your Body” release is there are two different catalogue numbers associated — side A is etched ‘XA002’, and the other – marked ‘XA001’ – has been gone over to make into a ‘2’. This suggests the possibility that this unreleased tune was infact the original intended ‘A’ side of this release, and that maybe some as-yet-undiscovered test press could well exist!

This is something borne out by the aforementioned dubplate having the “Get Your Body” tune on the flip – which, allegedly from Grooverider’s collection, moved surreptitiously on ebay into the hands of a nameless collector for a princely £££ sum…

So, without further ado, and incidentally making use of a choice sample taken from Philly-soul classic “At Peace With Woman”, I present to you my cherished clip, as broadcast live on Kool FM, late summer 1993. Enjoy!

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NB. You can read more about UK sound culture, and the amalgamations pioneered by those such as the Ragga Twins, and indeed Shut Up & Dance, here:
http://www.clashmusic.com/hackney-soldiers

8205-003

May 5th, 2016 by Pete

Just a quick note that my labels latest release is now up for pre-order… Out in 2 weeks!



http://8205.bandcamp.com
for the full info!

BTTO Radio May 3rd (Bargain Bin Special)

May 4th, 2016 by Pete

Here’s the proceedings from Sunday’s Jungletrain show. As explained in the previous post, this was meant to be a “Bargain Bin Special”, where Tim and I both dug through our collection for some of the cheapest stuff we could find. To do this efficiently, we went into Discogs under each of our collections, switched to “stats” view (the little bar graph icon in the top right) and sorted by median value (the median cost of the last 10 copies sold on discogs). Tim’s cutoff price for tunes in his mix was £5.00. Mine was $3.00.

Unfortunately, just because a tune has traditionally sold for quite cheap, doesn’t mean it’s cheap at this very moment. As the last post mentioned, we’re in a crazy peak of frenzied jungle buying, so some cheap tunes get bumped up very very fast. Hence a few of these which have always gone for next to nothing only have copies selling at way above those costs. To help with this, I’ve “burned down” the current price of the cheapest copy on discogs at the time of posting this. This doesn’t count copies which sold between Sunday and now, since we were giving out a fair few track IDs in the chat 🙂

Also, other records in the list might still go for nice and cheap the next time a reasonable copy is listed; just because the only copy of something is selling for £20, doesn’t mean it will go for that much if it’s never sold for more than 3. So feel free to add those to your wantlist and keep an eye out, you still might get them for cheap.

Now, onto the mixes…

# Artist Title Label Cheapest Discogs
01 Jo Apollo 9 Awesome Records £6.99
02 DJ Harmony Serious Moving Shadow £9.00
03 Killer Motive Signal Street Beats £7.50
04 Klute Ram Raider Certificate 18 £3.00
05 Cool Hand Flex Let It Rip U No Dat £7.95
06 The Dream Team Lighter Joker Records £1.50
07 Natural Mystic Echos Timeless Recordings €10.00
08 Jazz Juice Jazz Juice Precious Materials €5.00
09 Spooncurve Just Can’t See (Hopa Progressive Mix) Quirky Recordings £2.00
10 Desired State Here & Now (Remix) RAM Records £5.99
11 JB & Asend The Dreamer Back 2 Basics £2.49
12 Renegade Jump Aim 2 Pleez £3.00
13 In-Sync Nasty Dread Recordings £3.20
14 Jack Horner After Midnight Spectrum Records £4.00
15 Chris Energy Zalongo Reinforced Records £1.50
16 Three Disciples Gwarn Flex Records £3.99
17 Aphrodite Shine Aphrodite Recordings £9.99
18 Roger Johnson Walk Of Life Basement Records €3.50
19 Innervisions Silicon Valley Infrared £0.99
20 Liftin’ Spirits Cup-A-Cha Liftin’ Spirit Records £4.49
21 Combination 2 Combination 2 Active Records €4.00
22 Artificial Intelligence Get Down (Remix) Electric Aura £1.00
23 Tit 4 Tat Feel Pursuit Records £18.00
24 New London Jazz Connection Mind Elevation White House Records £1.00


# Artist Title Label Cheapest Discogs
01 Kick Syndicate Needle Teaser Blame Technology £0.50
02 Justice Touch Me Flavour Trax £8.25
03 Flytronix Ricochet Moving Shadow £1.79
04 Unknown Artist Untitled [SCAP 004] Soundscape Records €6.00
05 Immortal Minds Flux Reinforced €3.20
06 Mind Rise Situations Inverse Records £15.00
07 Icons Aspects & Inspirations (Part 1) Precious Materials £0.99
08 Tekniq Rewind Formation £1.99
09 Gappa G & Hyper Hypa Slip Ruff Kut Records £1.25
10 Asend Can’t Hold Back (Back 2 Basics Re-Touch) Second Movement Recordings £2.40
11 Atomic Dog Step Into Lite Deep Thought £2.50
12 Omni Trio Together VIP Moving Shadow £1.11
13 Sureshot Wreckless NINEBARecords £1.00
14 Abyss of Time Deep Flowin’ Outlaw Records €3.00
15 Override Critical Phase Octopus €3.99
16 TDK Hype Time 2 Getherness £2.45
17 Sappo Go On Bad (Remix) Flex £0.30
18 Moul’y And Lucida The Abyss Timeless €4.00
19 JMJ and Richie Trouble in China Moving Shadow £0.99
20 Timeline Part of Life (Delta Mix) Rebirth £1.49
21 FREEstyle I Can’t Wait Breakthrough Records £7.99
22 Vinyl Conflict’s Own Time’s are Getting Ruffer Tearin Vinyl £0.95

BTTO Radio Tomorrow (May 1st 2016) – Cheap Jungle Special

April 30th, 2016 by Pete


Note: this was originally meant to air a month ago, but jungletrain was down that day and then I was away on vacation for the next show, so… here’s try #2 🙂

As most of you know, the cost of jungle records has been jumping higher and higher lately. Take a renewed interest in the genre, and combine that with a huge resurgence in record collecting in general, and all of a sudden plenty of jungle records that used to be £5 or less are now fetching many, many times that. It’s not unusual for me to a see a record listed on Discogs now for what I consider a comically high price, then notice it quickly disappear from sale (meaning it was bought) in just a couple of hours.

Normally Tim and I play all sorts of stuff, from rare to pricey tracks. But this weekend, we’re challenging ourselves to play some of the best of the cheapest 94-95 in our collection. For Tim, that’s records with a median sale history price (MSHP, as calculated by Discogs) of £5 or less. For me, it’s ones with a MSHP of $3 (~£2) or less. As a caveat, a few of these may have jumped in price lately – we were too lazy to cross-reference each record for current copies for sale. But in general, there should be PLENTY of big tunes in here which are still within the few pound range. And both of us have focused a fair bit on some lesser known / underplayed ones which might not be in people’s collections. So, if you love buying jungle but aren’t into dropping 30 quid on every track, lock in!!

The show airs Sunday May 1st, 5pm EST/ 10pm UK on jungletrain.net