Subject 13 – Hip Hop Gangster

April 14th, 2014 by Pete

Here’s an excellent recent nab of mine which I’d never heard prior to buying. This EP might have eluded me until now since it’s from 1996 rather than 95. Even though 96/97 happens to be around when I started buying dnb/jungle, I’ve often steered clear of tracks from 96 when digging for oldskool since that’s also around when much of the most chopped and crazy breakwork (eg my favorite part) faded away in favor of more repetitive, stripped down and steppy beats. However, that’s obviously a gross oversimplification, and there was still plenty of interesting breakwork being released into 96 – this tune being a good example.


Subject 13 – Hip Hop Gangster

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To me, this track straddles the 95-97 timeline perfectly – more bludgeoning and hard hitting than a lot of stuff around 95 (with a prominent hip hop sample that screams 96), but with a choppy, layered amen. The closest thing I could compare it to might be some of the T.I.C. material of the time, though this has its own sound. Like most 96 stuff (when compared to 94-95 anyway), this EP is also super cheap and easy to find: I think my copy was about $1.00 or thereabouts. It’s is a bit worn out, and I’m definitely planning to upgrade my copy soon, but this seemed like a tune people would be interested in so I’ve gone ahead and ripped it as-is. I’ve also left in the crackles (more noticable starting around the breakdown two and a half minutes in) to motivate some of you to track down a copy like I did :) As another incentive, the track following this on the EP (“Just For You”) is similarly wicked: an unassuming laid back jungle tune which somewhat unexpectedly breaks out into heavy amens partway through.

As for the producer himself, Subject 13 is high up on the short list of choice underrated producers who have been there, done that since day one. Starting with early breakbeat EPs on Vinyl Solution around 90/91 before hardcore was even really fully formed, leading through some wicked early hardcore EPs on ULR like Mash It Up DJ and the darkside classic “Armageddon Countdown” EP, through to great later stuff which tended more towards the laid back, tasteful side of things (with some notable exceptions, like my personal fav back in 98, “Resevoir Dogs”). Aside from producing, Subject 13 also ran a number of quality labels: Subject 13 Records, 13 Music, and Vibez Recordings being the main three. Checking their back catalogs now, I’d forgotten how much quality tunage came out on his labels back then. A lot of that output was actually during the supposedly “dark years” of DNB, when there was still plenty of choice tunage around but it was more underground and largely ignored by some of the biggest DNB DJs in favor of more populist oompa loompa jump-up stuff. Quality artists like Paradox/Alaska, Blu Mar Ten, ASC, Fanu, Macc, Big Bud, and Physix (of Physix n Tricks) all released on his labels back then.

Checking what he’s up to now, it looks like he’s renamed himself Mr. LeftEye and is doing more varied stuff across a variety of genres… definitely check his soundcloud page below and follow him on twitter.

Blog to the Oldskool Radio – April 6th 2014 (pt 2)

April 14th, 2014 by Pete


I meant to post this last week, but finally got around to cutting out a needle scratch and skip in it. This was the second set I played last Sunday on Jungletrain, more varied 94-95 selection but a bit laid back by and large. Thanks to GeorgeOfTheJungle in chat for recording it and sending me the raw rip.

Tracklisting


Aquarius – Wave Forms
Phantasy – Yeah, Roll the Beats
Blinded By Science – Future Science
Edge of Darkness – Angel Dust (Deep Blue Remix)
DJ Infinity – Eternal
Sub Sequence – Silver
Cool Breeze + Digital Audio – the Steppa
Special Red – Together Forever
DJ Demo – Extreme EP #2
Omni Trio – Vol 7
Hopa + Bones – Ali Baba
Liftin Spirits – State of Mind
½ Pint – Greetings Jungle
Tonic – King Shit
Love Dove Jay – Disillusioned
Vorte-X – Tribal Warfare
Fuze – Fluctuations
Peanut + Riot – Herb (Easy Now Mix)
Dillinja – Art of Control
??
3 Range – High Rolling 001
Underdog – My God – Phaze III and Klass A Remix
Kemet – Stop Pushing
Concrete Junglist – Indian Posie Pon De Map
Sy-Us – Tribal Instinct (Justice’s Remix)
Rugged Professor – Shut Up Bwoy EP
DMS + Boneman X – Sweet vibrations
Spatts – Rollin Voodoo (Boshcorps Serenade)
Fokus – Wired
Da Dogz – Cool Operator
Jekill Hide – Showcase
Donovan Badboy Smith – Universal
??
Spice – Feel Free
Sound Station – Sound Station
Urban Shakedown – Some Justice 95
Law + Order – My time
Formation Records – Green
Crown Jewels – Dillinga Mix
Subject 13 – Hip Hop Gangster
Splash – Babylon (Trace Mix 2)

The Feedback Principle – Tear Down The Place

April 11th, 2014 by Pete

Here’s a nice unknown-but-not-hard-to-find 92 tune I can’t recall seeing in many/any large mixes… mixmeisters, feel free to correct me on that. I discovered it recently while rooting around in my collection for overlooked 92-93 tracks to play on last Sunday’s show. The label it was released on, Rumour Records, is better known for compilations such as the “Bass, Breaks and Bleeps” series, as well as more techno/house type recording (though there’s some hardcore in their catalog). In fact, this record is listed on discogs as a “breakbeat techno” record, and there’s definitely some more techno-y cuts on it. Still, at least in my mind, this particular track is hardcore through and through: heavy amen, familiar catchy ragga and female vocal snippets, hiphop cuts, and bleepy synths parts which change up in a classic hardcore fashion. No shocking samples or previously unexplored territory being charted, just nice melodies flipped together in a familiar but ever-enjoyable manner.

As for the artists behind it, it seems like this was their only hardcore related release together. One of them, (Dominic Glynn), actually wrote music for Doctor Who in the 80s(!), and still seems active in music running the No Bones Record Label and producing under a variety of monikers. All three people behind this release also featured in some form on the quite nice Avantgardism comp on Law + Auder a few years later. All in all, a nice one to check out and track down a copy of if you’re feeling it, especially given how cheap and easy to find it is now.


Feedback Priniciple – Tear Down The Place

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Blog to the Oldskool April 6th 2014 pt 1 (92-93)

April 7th, 2014 by Pete

Here’s part one of my two part set from Sunday, with this played on Radio Frontline. Big thanks to everyone who tuned in live and joined the chat, from regulars like Eddie Timewarp, Havoc, Tim, and Nick DJ FX, to friends I hadn’t seen in a while like Rike (Yell-o-Phase/KHK Records). It really makes it way more fun when people are locked live and chatting the whole time, hint hint podcast posse ;) (really though any support or checking the sets is appreciated). This version is slightly edited to remove my awful voice-overs and a few dodgy moments, plus the last track which was just “Drowning in Her” from start to end. There’s some nerdy obscurities in there but focused on ones which have been featured n the blog over the past 6 years or so, without being a strictly “blog special”. I also spun some more familiar fun stuff towards the end too.
Hope everyone enjoys! A couple of the “??” tunes will be posted over the next 2 weeks or so here, so check back if you’re curious or add the facebook group/twitter to get notifications on new posts.


Tracklisting


Bass Boy – Let the Bass BE Louder
Ellis Dee Project – Dance Factor
Investigator Base – Too Much
Chemical – Heaven
Unknown Artist – KJAM003
Pierre Point – Major’s Last Post
Sub Bass – Burnout
DJ Phantasy + Gemini – Switch to 33
??
Smartee – Vibes EP
Flex – Bassrush
One Timez Bass – Everybody Say
Macka Brown – White Label
Alien and Monster – Ruff House
??
Killerhertz – Acid Mind
??
Stooge – We Clarks Can’t Bend
Overdog – Fuck You Up
4 Mega – Higher (soon to be reissued digitally by a friend’s label.. more info on this soon!)
??
Funky Junky 002
Rave Doctor – Lost in Bass EP (B1)
Bizzy B – This one is Computerized
Code 4 – Code 4
More Bass Than Fingers – Murderous
DJ Dextrous – Ruffneck Biznezz (midifusion mix)
Citadel of Kaos – Earthquake
Sunset Regime – Voices of Syn
Seduction – Technoid
Progression – On a Rubbish Tip
Unknown Artist – Can I Share My House With You
Sonz of a Loop Da Loop Era – Calm Downizm
Kaotic Chemistry – Drum Trip II
Narc – Equatorial Bass
Rush Till Dawn – Hedgehog Affair pt V
Nasty V + Ezee D – Chill and Destroy
??
Hyper-On Experience – Thunder Grip
Ecology – Vicious House
Bay B Kane – Bubble For Me
EPS + Sir Lecta – M Seez Dream
DJ Trax- One Man One DJ
DJ Massive – The Scarface Tune II
LTJ White Label
Hard Drive – My Melody

Dub Culture – Herb

April 4th, 2014 by Tim Reaper

I’ll admit that I have been neglecting my role on here a bit, with the lack of posts & that, but I should be more active in contributing content on here from now on. So let’s start off with a bit of background on this tune: it features on a wicked little CD compilation release called Snare Pressure, which contained exclusive tracks by producers you might know like Dextrous, Missing and Phaze III & Klass A. There’s also some lesser known producers featured like Dub Culture, who made this tune here. The comp came out on a label called Pterodactyl, a sublabel of the NINEBARecords label. Quite an obscure label, but they had some solid jungle tracks on there such as the Phaze III and Klass A “Fearful Dimensions” EP.

As for the track itself, it’s a moody 94-95 number blending ragga toasting and female vocals with nice sesame street and amen chopping.

Dub Culture – Herb

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Fuze – Fluctuations

April 3rd, 2014 by Pete

Here’s a 95 jungle tune for fans of GLR / atmospheric / intelligent stuff. Nothing crazy or extreme going on here, just pleasant melodic pads, rolling breaks and female vocals. The label this is on (On-Line Recordings) put out a handful of other similar style tracks 95-97, all quite cheap and easy to find these days. Somehow I ended up getting the bulk of the discography without even realizing it. I won’t say they’re my absolute favorite tunes of the genre, but there’s undoubtedly some nice overlooked tunes in here: well worth digging for given how cheap and easy they are to find these days! This one is one of my favorites from the label, pretty memorable and easily holding its own against similar more well known intelligent tunes of the time. Nab it while it’s cheap!

Fuze – Fluctuations

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Hyper-On Experience Interview Series

April 2nd, 2014 by Pete

The final clip from Tim Cant’s Hyper-On Experience interview series was posted today. All in all, it’s been one of the most interesting and engaging interviews I’ve seen related to oldskool in a long while. As Tim Reaper pointed out, this period happened so long ago and so quickly (a few short years 20 years ago) that it’s a challenge for some artists to even remember all the tunes they were making back then, let alone nitty gritty details of each one. But somehow Alex from Hyper-On remembers it all: from the sample sources, to what people were saying and doing in the studio at the time, to what they were thinking when programming a particular beat. For those bits he doesn’t remember, there’s a nice part where he listens back to one of the later Hyper-On tunes and re-evaluates it / says what he’d do differently now. It’s hard for me to be objective since Hyper-On were/are my favorite oldskool act by far, but I’d like to think these interviews would be quite interesting even to a non-fan. Wicked interview, Tim and Alex!

Radio Frontline Oldskool Weekender & 4 hour/2 station set

April 2nd, 2014 by Pete

Radio Frontline Weekend is almost here. This weekend features shows by regulars like Thumbzo, Havoc, Antidote, Hopa, Arfa G & Roachman, and many more, not to mention the return of DJ FX’s Darkside show which was a personal favorite from last month’s oldskool weekender. This time around I’ve got a two hour show Sunday night, immediately followed by a two hour show on Jungletrain – four hours total of tunes! The first two hours will be more focused on 92-93, with a heavy focus on some of the anorak stuff other people might not play… though I’ll try to throw some bigger tunes in as well so it’s not 100% beard central. The second two hours (on jungletrain) will go into more 93-95 territory, somewhat similar to the last show on there but less atmospheric / more varied sounds (dark, smashy, deep, whatever). The same time that’s going on, Hopa will be spinning on Frontline at the same time, so even if you stay locked there, you’ll still hear some ace tracks.


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Blog to the Oldskool 4 Hour/2 Station Set

And as usual, you can keep up to date re: the frontline weekenders (they’re twice a month, alternating old skool and new skool) on this site:


http://radiofrontline.net

Templa – In N Out Your Mind

April 1st, 2014 by Pete

Here’s a nice white label obscurity. Though supposedly from 1992, this track didn’t come out until the mid-noughts on the flip of a reissue of D’Livin “Why”. It’s actually worth tracking both the original of that EP down and the reissue, as the other tracks on the original are nice (not featured on the reissue), but this never-before released track is a tune as well. Luckily this repress has gone down in price nicely over the past few years so very easy to buy – perhaps it’s seen another press?
“In n Out Your Mind” is supposedly by someone named “Templa” – not sure if that’s Simon Templa of later jungle whitelabel fame, one of the two guys from Satin Storm or an associate? The production sounds the part to me, though I’ve never heard this in old sets so far all I know it could have been done more recently than 92. Ether way, it’s a serious tune and quite possibly overlooked due to its late release/ presence on a reissue EP.

Templa – In N Out Your Mind

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Tim Reaper – BTTO Radio March 23rd, 2014

March 27th, 2014 by Pete


Almost forgot to post this one… Tim, you should have reminded me!! Nice set from Tim from last Sunday, starting w/ some more hardcore stuff moving into some excellent jungle selections. Well worth the download!

Tracklisting:

Smooth But Hazzardous – Smooth But Hazzardous [Basement]
Scott & Keith – Get Busy Cru [Reinforced]
Cool Hand Flex – Hold Back [In Touch]
Eat Life – The Bells 94 (DJ Pooch Remix) [Cut & Run]
DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer – Let’s Do It [Slammin Vinyl]
Cloud 9 – 1st Symphony [Moving Shadow]
Combination 2 – Signals [Active]
Redskins – Grand National [Kemet]
DJ Junk – Timestretch The Dope Amen Brother [Second To None]
DJ Crazee M – Tribal Connections [Dove]
New Blood – Who’s There [Studio 2000]
Dopeski & G-Force – Dope [IQ Records]
Boogie Times Tribe – The Dark Stranger (QBass Remix) [Suburban Base]
Tom & Jerry – Follow The Massive [Tom & Jerry]
DJ Tamsin & The Monk – A Better Place (Bay B Kane Remix) [Whitehouse]
DJ Flatliner – The Big Bang [RAM]
Flat 47 – No Man’s Land [Kick-In]
Dub Technicians – Analogue Pressure (D’Cruze Remix) [Quality Price Music]
Kong Fu – Roffit [Red Arrow]
The Brothers Grimm – Sign Of The Times [Production House]
DJ Crystl – Untitled (Live EP) [Not On Label]
The Darkest Knight – The Journey [Hard Disk]
Fugitive – Substance [Underdog]
Uncle 22 – Dust [Strictly Hardcore]
FBD Project – The Core (Johnny Jungle Remix) [Bang-In Tunes]
Flynn & Flora – String 4 String [Full Cycle]
Liftin’ Spirits – A State Of Mind (Liftin’ Spirits Remix) [Labello Blanco]
Bizzy B & Equinox – 7 Minutes Of Maddness [Brain]
DJ Ron – New School Beats [VIP Champagne Bash]
The JB – Stand Easy [Back 2 Basics]
Crown Jewels – Money In Your Pocket (Dillinja Remix) [Conqueror]
Fokus – Brave New World [Lucky Spin]
A Thief, A Terrorist & A Lunatic – Laughter [Thought]
Roni Size & DJ Die – Friday Nite [Breakdown]
Phaze 3 & Klass A – The Message [Pterodactyl]
N-Zo & DJ Invincible – Funky Sensation [Just Another Label]
2.2 – First Klass [Blu Inc]
The Assailant – Funky Drummer [Boundless]
Abyss Of Time – Deep Flowin’ [Outlaw]
Lemon D – Feel It (Alternate Mix) [Instinct]