Been a while since I posted some rare tunes, so here’s something a little special – an (I think) unreleased dub I grabbed a while back and just posted on discogs and youtube. Both tunes are decent in my opinion, not top favorites but pretty good and with some nice elements for sure – solid 95-96 jungle stuff through and through. I’m pretty sure they’re unreleased, though feel free to correct me on that. Also, I’m guessing these are from 1995-1996, but again, happy to be corrected.
Guessing it’s the same Ruff Stuff as on Booby Trap Recordings? any info welcome! For now, enjoy the tunes: [DISCOGS INFO]
Here’s the sets from Sunday (forgot to record mine so it’s a rerecord, doh!). Bit of an odd show on two fronts. Tim prerecorded his set due to possibly having a conflict, managed to get home in time to play live instead, only to accidentally fall asleep due to exhaustion from Rupture & subsequent festivities. Oops! Because of this, I streamed Tim’s set, but for some reason the usual chat client wasn’t working so I had to use the web-based one. This ended up crashing 30 or 45 minutes into Tim’s set, but rit didn’t give any indication about this – I just assumed people weren’t very talkative this week Finally, with just 15-20 minutes left of my show, I realized the problem, got back in the chat and a number of people were in there wondering where I had been during the shows. So apologies for anyone that tried to jump in the chat and didn’t get a reply for our sets! Hopefully all these technicals will be sorted by next Sunday and we’ll be back to live shows with live chat etc.
BTTO Radio is back tonight (Sunday). There will be sets by both me and Tim, with his being a “compilation” special (tunes exclusive to compilations). I’ll probably do a little bit of that myself, coupled with random other nice jungle stuffs.
The show airs 5pm-7pm EST/ 10pm – midnight UK time on jungletrain.net. Chat available on chat.jungletrain.net – feel free to pop in and say hi, make track requests, etc!
BTTO Radio is back tonight (Sunday) – Tim’s DJ equipment is being repaired, so all 2 hours are by me tonight. Nothing different planned, maybe a bit of a “Halloween come-down” episode with a (not too dark) darkside to start, moving into 94-96 jungle stuff? Def a few special things to throw in the mix, also open to track suggests on the FB group or here!
As usual, the show airs 5pm-7pm EST/ 10pm – midnight UK Time on jungletrain.net. Chat available on chat.jungletrain.net – feel free to pop in and say hi, make track requests, etc.
Here’s a tune I know nothing about, but have played on the blog2 radio show a few times over the past couple years. It’s a nice amen track that sort of borders the line between dark and vibey. Not sure about the artist behind it, other than he might have been connected to Bizzy Brain (Brain Recs) camp since he did a record on there. Either way, it’s not a total bargain bin tune but comes along fairly cheap on occasion, so keep an eye out! DJ Fusion & Dexterous D – Arm of Orion
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 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
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