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!!
Unfortunatey Jungletrain is going through some technicals at the moment… tonight’s show will have to be cancelled, but Tim and I will go ahead with recording our sets and will be posting them over the next few days. Sorry!
Can’t believe it took me 3 weeks to post these sets, as they’re two of the better and more interesting sets Tim and I have done in a while.
For the Feb 21st Jungletrain show, Tim and I decided to do an “original vs remix battle”, where I’d play a bunch of tracks the first hour, then he’d play remixes of the exact same tracks the second hour. To do this, Tim and I first picked a series of tracks that met the following criteria:
Both an original version and a remix version released
Both versions had to be good, but not too similar to each other
I had the original version of the tune, Tim had the remix of the tune
Once we’d cut this list down, we picked our favorite 21 tracks, and decided to do sets just with those. So I’d play certain tracks the first hour, and Tim would follow with the remixes.
Bit of a weird concept, but I think it worked out well – despite the fact that all the tracks featured were good, it seemed pretty evenly split with regard to whether an original or a remix were better. Also, different track order meant that the two sets sound quite different despite having constant familiar elements.
All in all, I know there’s a lot of sets posted here (far more than tunes these days), and not everyone has the time or inclination to listen to them all… but if you want to pick a couple sets to listen to from this site this year, these should be two of them 🙂
Tomorrow Tim Reaper and I will be doing BTTO Radio as per usual, 5pm est/10pm UK on jungletrain.net. For this show, we wanted to bring the fun themes back, so we’re doing to do an “original vs remix” special. That means I’m going to playing an hour of quality tunes, then he’s going to play the remixes of those same tunes for the second hour. Different order etc so it won’t be the same thing each hour, and we’ve tried to pick tracks where both the original and remix are top notch tracks well worth listening to.
Hope some of you lock in then and jump in the chat!!
Here’s a nice Bay B Kane related track that I’ve been into as of late, which I think is a bit overlooked – I certainly overlooked it until recently.
Even on the EP it’s featured on, at least two other tracks (“How should I Start” and the “Let Me Feel It Once More” remix) are much better known. Still, this tune is fun and has been great to throw in mixes as of late. The primary melody and vocals are from Subliminal Aura “Ease the Pressure (Hypnotic Trance Mix)”, but with killer Bay B Kane breaks-n-bass added in as well as some more bleeps. Definitely a fun surprise if you’ve got this record for the first two tunes but want something different to play.
I know I don’t post much in the way of new releases here (mostly because StrictlyNuskool Blog do a great job of keeping up), but here’s some nice Persian Prince releases which sort of went under the radar. Unlike some artists/labels which get tons of hype and everyone seems to look out for, Persian’s stuff I don’t seem to hear as much about (despite or maybe due to it being super limited). Unlike a lot of artists and labels (including myself) which are very narrowly focused on jungle of a certain several-year period, Persian’s EPs feature run the gamut from jungle to UKG, breaks, house, and more. These aren’t unfocused genre excursions, he’s every bit as good at making UKG stuff as he is at jungle and some of those style tracks are quite rare and in demand now. Also, while that kind of variety might have been a bit of a hard sell 20 years ago when DJs were more sub-genre specialized, it seems there’s now a new generation of listeners and DJS who treat genre specificity as a problem of the past.
With Persian’s latest released EP, Don’t Deal Wid Violence, you get a number of styles running the gamut from breaks to hardcore to house. The title track is kind of a throwback breakbeat-y hardcore tune, a bit bleak with acid bits later on.
On the other hand, you also get “Khaab”, a house track which sounds a bit like Fingers Inc meets Farsi poetry to me:
Tracks like this are a personal fav for me because they showcase Persian Prince’s background (as the name indicates he’s originally from Iran) and show the same kind of synthesis of culture and influences which originally lead to the foundation of hardcore/jungle.
Another recent release is The Young Skywalker EP, which combines dubwise jungle with some classic sci fi movie samples.
“Disengage the Computer” is a nice rolling jungle tune with star trek samples aplenty:
In all honesty, the slightly updated, rolling dubwise jungle/dnb style isn’t my personal fav style, but I’ve seen firsthand how well it works on the dancefloor in the UK, and it’s definitely a serious scene of it’s own. People into that stuff woudl definitely be wise to grab this one HERE.