October 6th, 2015
In preparation for Tim and I doing another darkside-meets-happy set (this time w/ me doing the happy stuff), here’s a happy favorite from quite early in the genre (93). I wish I could take credit for dredging this up myself, but I’m pretty sure it was in some Easygroove set or another, no doubt mixed with a german gabber track or ridiculous darkside tune. The elements here are simple but effective: an extremely loopy amen (no choppage here), a classic rave piano, that 28 gun bad boy fx sound, and a vocal snippet from Echo Minott – Murder Weapon (which received 2 volumes of its own jungle remixes on Jet Star), looped up in a catchy manner. That and MASSIVE bass which sort of helps you appreciate the skeletal nature of the tune (all the more room for that sub to break through). Another nice aspect of this tune is that the whole thing ends gets in and out quickly – the same few elements could have been tedious if this had been drawn out to, say, 6 and a half minutes, but at under 4 minutes it’s just long enough to mix properly but not long enough to get boring. A nice cheap fun bargain!
DJ Kev – Happy Trax Vol 2 B
October 4th, 2015
Blog to the Oldskool Radio is back tonight. You know the score:
93-96 or thereabouts tuneage this week.
5pm EST/10pm UK
Hope to see some of you locked & in the chat!
September 28th, 2015
Continuing with the serious tuneage posts, here’s a favorite on the Vinyl Addiction label. Vinyl Addiction is one of those jungle record labels with just a handful of releases, but where every single one is worth tracking down and where each fetches a pretty high price. Certainly not bargain bin tunes here.
Of the two Vinyl Addiction releases I’ve managed to nab over the years (this and the Love Dove Jay), “Original Silencer” is my favorite. Listen to the clip below and you’ll see why – once the intro fades out and the main beats kick, we’re treated to a tearin’ amen and fx sound VERY reminiscent of classic Dillinja, well sequenced and sounding great. Due to this, and the fact the studio mentioned on the label was also mentioned on a Dillinja release, I’ve seen some people (hey Ryan!) put forth theories regarding Dillinja’s involvement on the record. This got brought up in BCJ and was replied to by the artist behind the tune himself, Steve Kielty aka Survival/Banaczech/S.C.A.R. (Metalheadz).
So there you have it. Great track regardless who produced what or supplied what samples, definitely fun to throw in the mix / worth tracking down on wax. Now if only I could find the DJ Bizz record… anyone selling??
Akustik Research – Original Silencer
September 24th, 2015
Here’s a cool 92 one-shot release by a one-shot artist. Nothing too mad, just nice hooky samples bordering on novelty but still within reason for me, plus good changeups and solid production for a 92 one-off EP. If I remember right, this was on my wantlist for quite a few years, nowadays it seems a lot cheaper than it used to be but it’s still not a bargain bin track. I guess more people are seeking out the rarest stuff and the more atmospheric jungle style tunes, so some 92 whitelabel type releases like this get overlooked. Shame since both sides are belters – the flip has a catchy hiphop sample and some fun programming, but this is the one for me. Aside from standard hardcore stabs and breaks, you get vocals from Ecstasy – “Don’t Play Me”, and of course the cheddar vocals from Ultravox – “Hymn”. No idea on the artist behind it, anyone got some info? Regardless, a good solid 92 obscurity to keep an eye out for.
Zeno Zip – Mind Games
September 23rd, 2015
Here’s my set from Sunday, rerecorded the next day after the show… I tried recording live but my machine froze up. It seemed to go into sleep mode during Tim’s set, and stopped recording That sounds like a terrible joke at Tim’s expense, but I swear it’s true! (need to sort the sleep mode settings on it). Anyone with Tim’s set, please get in touch and I’ll post it.
For this set though, you get lots of dark stuff, a number of what I consider big darkside tunes as well as lots of underrated / obscurities / etc. I’ve already done 3 or 4 of these shows over the past couple years, so I’m still trying to eek out the last tunes I haven’t played regularly (much as I love the classics by T+R et al).
Redacted a few of the tracklist items since I’ve got a feeling this will be a niche set and not hugely popular, was giving ID’s as requested during the show anyway. If a number of people reallly like it and ask about the tunes I’ll fill em in though.
- The Invisible Man – Cyclone [Sublogic]
- FBD Project – The Core [Bang-In Tunes]
- The White House Crew – Where the Sun Don’t Shine [Subliminal]
- xxxx[Upcoming 8205]
- D’Cruze – Watch Out (Alt Mix) (Edit)
- FX – Lights Out [Seventh Storey Projects]
- Bounty Killaz – Brighter Future [Creative Wax]
- Unknown Artist – F**K Off Darkness
- Studio Pressure – First Sequence VIP [Vinyl Distribution]
- Mo2Vation & L Double – That Ruff Track [No Noise]
- Oaysis – Open Secrets [Moving Shadow]
- A Thief, A Terrorist & A Lunatic – No Stopping [Eclipse]
- Fruit & Veg – 25% [Not on Label]
- Full SP – S-Capaid (Alt Mix)
- Adrian Blunt & Lord Scarak – Commence the Science
- Area 39 – Clint [Vision Productions[
- The Assailant – I’ll Give You Something to Scream About [Blipton Factor]
- DJ Pulse – Stay Caln (Bounty Killaz Remix) [Moving Shadow]
- Love Dove Jay – Final Solution [Mask]
Devnull – BTTO Radio September 20th 2015 (Darkside) by Devnull on Mixcloud
September 21st, 2015
I’ll be the first to admit that, when it comes to what I post on this site, things aren’t exactly weighted with regard to actual jungle history. Though basically all this music is from that era, and there’s lots of cool and interesting stuff here (I wouldn’t bother posting it otherwise!), these tracks are all aggregated from the perspective of some weirdo US guy who has been collecting these tunes over many years removed from the pirate radio stations and huge UK raves taking place. As such, some tracks I post may happen to be popular, but by and large a lot of the stuff posted is just interesting to me based on its own merit, rather than its importance at the time. If anything, there’s a heavy focus on tracks which may NOT have been paid attention to back then.
Then again, every now and then you have tunes like this one, which I think everyone can agree are killer – from the most elitist “you-had-to-be-there-or-it-doesn’t-count” types, to people who care less about who played what when and just want to hear good tunes. This track typifies the early jungle sound pushed by labels such as Ibiza, Kemet and Redskins. Discogs says it’s from 92 but I’m thinking this might be more of a 93 track (or at least late 92) – it certainly featured more in 93 mixes to my knowledge. There’s not a ton going on here, but it all melds together perfectly – breaks layered up neatly (think plus a few more – soul pride? kool is back? someone help ID these), reggae vocals (singing not toasting), synths thick with vibes (not too dark not too happy just DEEEEEP), and an extended Malcolm X speech sample. Definitely a must have for fans of jungle looking to see where it all came from years before “Incredible” or stuff like that.
Redskins & Dan Man – Don’t Worry
September 18th, 2015
Tim and I are back this Sunday with Blog to the Oldskool Radio. This, Tim will do an hour of Happy Hardcore first, followed by an hour from me of evil darkside stuff.
Other than theme, it’s the same details as always – Sunday Evening, 5pm EST / 10pm UK on jungletrain.net. Also,Jungletrain has a brand new nice chat client at http://chat.jungletrain.net, for those who like to join live and get their 2 cents in in the chat.
September 18th, 2015
Here’s a happy hardcore remix by Red Alert + Mike Slammer, a bit later than their more well known earlier Slammin’ Vinyl releases. By the time this was released, happy hardcore as a sound had become more established, and as such the track construction is bit less metal and more in-line with the other popular hhc tunes of that time. No crazy amiga samplefest stuff / pilfered melodies popping up every 16 or 32 bars, just amens, a stompy kick and hat loop, some timestretched breaks, and those slammin’ pianos as mentioned in the title. Quite a sparse arrangement for the Slammin’ Vinyl guys, but it works pretty well, and coupled with the vocals and piano ends up being a bit of an ear-worm! Even if it’s not your favorite at first listen you might find yourself coming back to it soon enough. Hoping this tune comes to a surprise for some fans of early Red Alert + Mike Slammer stuff, as it’s one I certainly overlooked until recently. Enjoy and be sure to nab a copy on wax if you do!
Motiv-8 – Dont Need Your Love (Slammin Piano Mix)
September 15th, 2015
Here’s a personal favorite I’ve had for ages and ages, to the point I can’t even remember when and where I got it! I do remember it was in my first ever oldskool mix I recorded (alongside hyper-on, that cymbols of raveology tune and plenty of other stuff I’ve written about on this site) many many years ago – back when I was collecting but didn’t even have a proper DJ setup. It’s got a nice mixture of heavy amens ala most Brain Records stuff of the time, some unsettling and harsher sounds (machine buzzes, timestretched sounds which end up sounding pretty alien and dissonant), and a frantic “Come On!” sample chant taken frmo the end of that famous Public Enemy sample “…and you thought the beat slowed down….c’mon!!”. Along side these, there’s also some big breakdowns and dramatic pauses that give you a break right when you start to need one. In particular, the melodic breakdown towards the end with a vocal bit from Satoshi Tomiie – “Tears” (really nice use here) works well and adds more depth to the track. Considering those and some of the dramatic empty breakdowns, this tune almost starts to remind me a bit of some of Cool Hand Flex’s best productions of that era, though it still clearly has Brain Records Studio / Bizzy’s production style all over it. I dunno, am I crazy thinking that?? Regardless, big respect to Ben/Zinc and Swift on this one! Worth nabbing even if it ends up costing a bit more than your average new record.
Swift & Zinc – Other Side of the Moon
September 12th, 2015
Here’s an interesting extremely obscure breakbeat hardcore track I grabbed some years ago, based purely on how rare it seemed and the fact I couldn’t find any audio for it online. As usual with these sort of things, it didn’t turn out to be a top-secret huge classic / long lost unknown which countless people have been looking for from some classic mix. However, it DID end up being a fun hardcore tune that was definitely worth the couple euros I paid for it, and something a bit different from the usual 92-style obscurities. There’s quite a lot of stuff layered in here, between breaks, vocal snippets, stuttered hardcore melodies, etc. It’s all done in much more of an “add something, remove something” fluid manner than in other hardcore tunes of the time which have abrupt breakdowns and changeups, but it works well and this fact makes it nice and easy to chuck in mixes. One for the obscurity heads I’d say.
Kismet – Get Up