May 1st, 2013
I was really excited to see today that Alex Banks of E-Z Rollers has set up an official HYPER-ON EXPERIENCE facebook page, which already has some great stories about the history of the group. There’s also an official soundcloud page now too!
If go check the earliest posts on this blog, you know these guys were 100% my favorite oldskool act ever no questions asked. I remember finding a copy of the “Lords of the Null Lines” remix 10″ around ’99/2000, and being totally blown away (obviously everyone knows and loves the the FP remix, the kaotic chemistry remix is top as well though!). Seriously don’t try to even talk to me about this group unless you want to hear the insane jabberings of a sad nerd because I will go on and on and on. Instead, just check these links:
HYPER-ON EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK PAGE
HYPER-ON EXPERIENCE SOUNDCLOUD PAGE
April 26th, 2013
Here’s another track I played on the 92 show but never posted the set from, so here it is in ripped form… it’s a really cool whitelabel release of solid hardcore from back in the day, which Vinyl Connection reissued about 10 years ago. Back before Discogs became such a force in second-hand online record buying, Vinyl Connection was a great place where I bought a LOT of vinyl online. I still end up buying some of their stock which is listed on discogs on occasion. In addition to reselling vinyl, they also released a bunch of must-own own stuff in the form of reissues and presses of never released hardcore/jungle tunes. A lot of these reissues were focused on Nookie’s output, and are definitely worth owning. But the two which AREN’T are two of my favorites on the label: this EP and Anthill Mob – Penelope’s Theme. As it stands, it seems the original of this has gone down in price to the point where it’s almost as cheap as the repress, but the repress sounds great as well (presumably done from the original master DAT) so really either version is worth owning.
DJ B & EZM – Shocking to the Break of Dawn
April 23rd, 2013
So I did a 1992 special on the Blog to the Oldskool Jungletrain.net radio show 2 weeks ago, but there were some issues with the stream which also affected the recording. Shame, since I played some nice less obvious 92 tunes including this one. Most of the Biology releases are a combination of stabby hardcore elements and heavy dancehall sampling, and this is no exception. We get nice uplifting pianos with the classic “Tell me something” ragga vocal bit plus some similarly familiar diva vocals, chopped to say “let your spirit… move your body!!”. Definitely a nice solid combo that makes for good prime time 92 ragga hardcore tuneage.
Unfortunately, it’s a bit confusing tracking this one down since there were all sorts of misspresses of it.
On one hand, there’s this version, which has “badboy spirit” but is labelled as NOT having that tune on it. This is actually the version I have, which I ripped and am posting here. Then there’s this other version which claims to have badboy spirit on the label, but (according to a discogs comment at least), contains another track entirely. Finally, there’s the original “says it has the track, actually has the track” version, which thankfully is a bit easier to find than my copy.
Now I just hope nobody replies saying that that official version has a different copy of the track than the one I ripped and am posting… fingers crossed….
NTT – Badboy Spirit
April 19th, 2013
Here’s a nice choppy amen tune by Deja Vu FM Don DJ D-Lux. Not much to say about this one, though it’s produced and written by DJ D-Lux, it’s on a Brain Records related sublabel and definitely has that brain studio drum production. I remember finding this one when buying records at Bizzy B’s studio years ago, and being really impressed by the melodic timstretched drums in the beginning plus the break chopping in general – really nice enjoyable stuff, coupled with a super simple but effecitve diva vocal line. Big respect to DJ D-Lux for this, he also did a number of other good releases on Brain (plus a 95 one called “Mr Bond” which I’ve got and like a lot).
DJ D-Lux – Taking Me Higher
April 16th, 2013
Something a bit different here… I remember this tune being listed on some website a few years ago as “experimental hardcore.. for the deeper heads!” or something to that extent. Listening to the tune then I thought “I don’t get it, these beats are pretty straightforward/not that choppy? sounds pretty normal to me”. I guess I was so focused on the standard loop-y beats I didn’t notice all the bleeps, squawks and buzzing sounds throughout the tracks themselves… pretty cool and different sounding from your typical 93 track for sure. Even though I normally only post one track per release, I’m posting 2 out of the 4 on this EP because
it’s been over a weeek since I posted anything
I’m betting fans of classic mixtapes might far prefer mix #2 since Bukem used it in one of his best Yaman mixes (which can be downloaded from hardscore.com here).
Mix #2 is more stripped down with more of a melodic component, still pretty unique sounding though.
I’m not sure who Abreaction was, my copy has the same basic info stamped on it as in the discogs photo. Great tunes regardless!
Abreaction – The Mind
Abreaction – The Mind (Mix 2)
April 8th, 2013
Here’s a gem I found in my collection while pulling tracks for yesterday’s radio show… Most people probably know Sound Corp for their dark anthem “Dream Finder”, probably not as much for this tune (or if so, possibly for a different mix of it – there’s at least 2 others). This mix of Regen-Time is pretty simple, but every single element in it is excellent: a classic Public Enemy vocal sample (repeated over and over to great effect before being pitched up and down), a frantic sixteenth note melody, stompy drums alternating with a super-heavy breakbeat, and some darker synths which enter the track via a breakdown. At a little over 4 minutes, it’s over before it has a chance to get boring. Definitely one worth checking, and worth picking up as (along with most Tone Def stuff) it’s still pretty easy to come by.
Sound Corp – Regen-Time (Mix 2)
April 6th, 2013
Here’s some tasty 95 ragga jungle from Sky Joose. Not much info available on this release, if you check the audio though you can hear that the beats in the other b-side tune sound quite similar to “Tales of Darkness”, so it’s most likely him. The elements here are pretty standard jungle – pads, dancehall samples, chopped breaks and a weighty sub, but they all play together really nicely in this tune… no idea why it’s so rare but definitely one keeping an eye out for!
Sky Joose – X-Redskin
April 4th, 2013
Here’s my set from the Fright Night radio show a few weeks ago. It took a while to post since I wanted to either rerecord it or at least cut out a few dodgey parts (record skips etc less than stellar transitions). I ended up doing the latter, so this is the exact set from then minus just a couple minutes of “errr, ummm, cut to a commercial break!” This show was supposed to be about playing “the darkest, most underground jungle/hardcore you own”, so rather than more well known darkside classics, I focused on a lot of the good dark tracks I’ve posted on this blog, including:
Nemisis – Self Induced Trance
Edcase – Ed’s Venture
Mega City 2 – Darker Side of Evil
Man from Formation – Darken You With My Presence
Dextrous – Something Out There/a>
Biobreaks – Move
In addition tho tracks from the blog, I played a bunch of the other more beardy obscurities I could find in my collection – so it was pretty surprising when people recognized a lot of them! Ironically, with everyone trying to out-dark each other, a lot of the biggest darkside classics didn’t even get played during the broadcast, or got played much later in the show (presumably since everyone assumed everyone else would play them first…)
Warning: This is one of the more grungy/dark/weird mixes I’ve posted… no feel good tunes here. Enter at your own risk
Alternate download link:
Dev/Null – I Can’t Believe How Dark It Is (Fright Night Radio Set March 21st 2013)
April 3rd, 2013
Here’s an interesting EP which took me a while to get fully into – it sounded promising when I heard it years ago, but when I finally got around to buying a copy, none of the tracks really resonated much and it kind of sat in the back of my collection. I just found it recently though when pulling records for a darkside special (which I’ll post soon), and I’m definitely more into it now. The tunes are pretty weird and unique sounding, maybe not the most hard hitting but with lots of samples and parts coming seemingly out of nowhere. In general this focuses more on the dark side of things, though it’s far from a typical “darkcore” release.
The EP was actually released on a sublabel of the classic metal label Earache, who despite focusing more on grindcore and hardcore tried to feature a fair bit of electronic oriented stuff back then (partnering with Industrial Strength for a while, etc). Possibly since it’s on such a decent sized label, the full sleeve artwork is actually pretty nice, reminiscent of something you’d see on a rave flyer.
DJ Senator And The Bagman – Tranqued
April 2nd, 2013
I don’t usually repost much stuff from other sites, but this is a must-read….I never got to go to this classic Metalheadz night, though I went to some other night they did a few years after this (can’t remember the club / lineup, though I remember Loxy playing and possibly a Reinforced related DJ headlining). While that was great, it doesn’t come close to the insane atmosphere described here… sounds like pure music-nerd heaven, and listening to the music it’s clear what effect it had in moving sounds forward rapidly. In a way this kind of rapid progression still happens, except the music landscape has changed so much it’s usually for the worse now / “de-volving” music – new ideas/memes/influences pop up and get rapidly reduced to the most linear, loud, populist incarnation imaginable.Ah well, enough griping, READ THIS:
Nightclubbing: Metalheadz at Blue Note