Trek – Ultime Frontière

August 17th, 2014 by Pete

Here’s a hidden gem from 1995, a vibey jungle track which only featured on two different jungle comps (one on vinyl, one CD). No idea where the original artist was from, but it was mixed + engineered by Matt aka Optical of Ed Rush + optical fame. Definitely worth picking up as the comp it’s featured on only goes for a pound or two and features a number of other wicked (albeit released) tracks.

Trek – Ultime Frontière

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Jungle|Techno Mix (Jungletrain Aug 4th set rerecorded)

August 16th, 2014 by Pete

Here’s a set featuring tunes pulled for last Sunday’s Jungletrain show. The plugin I use to record the show crashed on Sunday night – kind of lucky for me since I wasn’t that into how the show turned out (better in idea than execution). Rather than rerecord as-is or give up on it, I spent a while messing around with the tune selection, coming up with a reasonable track order, etc.. pretty happy with this result! Overall the mix is deep, weird and techno-y: lots of 92/93 hardcore mixed with pitched up 90′s techno tracks, jungle techno, etc.

54 tracks / 108 minutes, plenty of personal fav underappreciated tracks packed into a relatively tight space. Hope people enjoy, this is definitely one I’ll be listening back to a fair bit.

Underground Frequency – Melodic Meltdown

August 14th, 2014 by Pete

Here’s an underrated track which has always gone for quite cheap, possibly due to the artist and label behind it not being hugely known. the “Melodic Meltdown” EP is a great 93 plate by the gents behind Hypno-Genesis, and as such is sort of the follow-up to their more well known “Induction of a Hypnotic State EP”. Since it’s one year later, this EP a bit less anthemy/xtc-ish, a bit heavier on the breaks… though there’s still some more uplifting 92 melodies popping in alongside the slightly deeper stuff. This track in particular might be more one for mixing than listening, as it’s pretty stripped down and straightahead compared to a couple of the others, but it’s the one I consistently spin so figured it’s best to post: stuttered breaks on the intro dropping into a nice bass+breaks combo, which leads to a melodic breakdown with a memorable (“melting”) synth part. It definitely highlights where a lot of producers were by the 93 era, still coming off more hands in the air 92 stuff, but not fully moved into the full on dark sounds of later 93 / 94.

Undeground Frequency – Melodic Meltdown

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Tim Reaper live mixlr set today at 5:30 GMT

August 13th, 2014 by Pete

Tim’s doing a set today on mixlr at 5:30 GMT showcasing all new tunes
he’s written in the past 2 months.. There’s a lot of them and they’re pretty wicked! Tune in if you’re curious to hear what he’s been up to while on social networking exile.

http://mixlr.com/timreaper/

Blog to the Oldskool on Jungletrain tonight – 92/93 hardcore/jungle/techno

August 10th, 2014 by Pete

Blog to the Oldskool is on Jungletrain tonight, 5pm EST/ 10pm UK/ 11pm CET. No technicals this time, I promise :) Tonight’s show will be a mix of jungle techno tracks as well as jungle / techno blends: lots of 92/93 hardcore which is a bit more 4/4 and stompy (basement, homegrown etc), mixed with more straight ahead 92/93 stuff, mixed with pitched up 4/4 techno and acid. LOTS of chugging sixteenth notes. This show’s content is probably a bit of a harder sell than, say, “2 hour tearout jungle special”, but I’m hoping it’s cool and different from normal blog2 sets. If it sonds interesting feel free to spread the word, lock in, jump in the chat, suggest tunes, etc.

Acen + The House Crew – live in Canada ’93 videos

August 7th, 2014 by Pete

The House Crew just posted a few wicked videos on facebook of a show they played in Canada in 1993. Wicked stuff! It’s great how early Toronto seemed to adopt hardcore/jungle, probably why the Jungle scene itself went on to be so utterly huge there. For more information about that early scene there, feel free to check this article.

Radio Frontline Set – Aug 3rd 2014

August 5th, 2014 by Pete

Here’s what was meant to roughly be my set from Radio Frontline on Sunday. Unfortunately, Mixlr seemed to have a site-wide outage right around the time the show started… checking a number of stations it seemed to be affecting all of them, at least for me and everyone else I asked. Service was restored about 80-90 minutes into my 2 hour set time, so I hastily flung a few records on for 30 mins or so… Instead of just posting that mini set, I recorded this later in the evening.

This weeks show runs the gamut from 92-95, starting with weird crazy hardcore tunes, working through darkside and then up through 95/96 jungle. I also included a few special unreleased bits at the end, including a clip of the upcoming KVA002 release by Supertouch AKA Klute (definitely preorder that if you haven’t already!), and a sneak peak at one of the tracks on 8205-002 (to be announced soon!). The last track is a jungle tune written around 1995 which I think might have been slated for a major label release, according to some sleuthing by JJ of DeepInside. Unfortunately, the release was scrapped, with only a couple of the remixes released in the end.

Tracklisting:
01. Hhavok – Organic
02. L.S. Diezel – Rougher than a Lion
03. DJ Crystl – Drop XTC
04. Hellrazor Vol 1
05. Twin Bass – Prisoner
06. DJ Junk – Vol 5
07. Killersound – What is a Ragga Twin
08. Labello Blanco – ??
09. Richie Covers – Hypa
10. ??
11. DJ Lee – Want Your Love
12. Master Blaster Vol 1 (@45)
13. Essence of Aura – Destiny
14. Dark + Moody – 1A
15. Criminal Set – Time Lord
16. Slipmatt – Hear Me (DJ SS Remix)
17. Ruff & Tumble Crew – Innocence
18. Jim Polo – Dark Phantasy’s
19. Manix – X Factor (Director’s Cut)
20. DJ Trace – Lost Entity
21. Gin + Tonic – Let It go
22. 4 Hero – Journey From the Light
23. Space Cube – Inbound
24. Bizzy B + Cool Hand Flex – Come Back to Me
25. ??
26. DJ Infinity – Eternal
27. Dubtronix – B21
28. Acro – superpod remix
29. FBD Project – Classified Listening
30. DJ Redneck + Double 0 – Badman
31. DJ Fusion + Dextrous D – Arm of Orion
32. MC ID – Rare and Jazzy
33. DJ Krust – Priorities
34. A-Sides – The Bell
35. ??
36. Chimeira – Jacob’s Ladder
37. ??
38. Noodles + Wonder – Hold Me
39. ?? (Forthcoming 8205-002)
40. Supertouch – Beaten to a Pulp (Forthdcoming KVA-002)
41. Fort Knox – After Dark

Original DJ Vibes – Grown In the Jungle

August 2nd, 2014 by Pete

Here’s a great 94 jungle track by Original DJ Vibes, certainly one of the more underrated and prolific oldskool producers out there. Producing from the early 92 hardcore days (those first few EPs are quite crucial in my view), up through the 96 era, Original DJ Vibes (maybe named such due to the more happy hardcore leaning DJ Vibes who did tunes with Wishdokta?) put out a number of awesome releases on his label Active Recordings. This is a nice representative one: nothing too strange or out there going on in it, just a choice jungle tune which screams “jungle” through and through. Literally, there’s a voice saying “jungle” throughout! The beat programming and sample selection are quality, good structure plus some familiar samples (the classic “too black too strong” line from a Malcolm X speech as used in a bunch of tunes). Plus, like a lot of these Active Recordings releases, it’s pretty cheap and easy to find – definitely one to nab before you go off obscurity hunting for some 80 pound jungle rarity which probably sounds half as good as this.

Original DJ Vibes – Grown in the Jungle

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KVA002 – Klute aka Supertouch Unreleased 93-94 EP

July 15th, 2014 by Pete

Great news from Will from Sublogic Recordings regarding an EP he’s putting out which is well worth supporting (I already ordered my copy!).

Hello all!

I’m proud to announce the next release on Keeping Vinyl Alive…

Supertouch – The Dreams EP – KVA002

Much like the KVA001 release back in 2013, this is another highly limited edition vinyl pressing. Only 150 copies of KVA002 will be manufactured and as usual will be sold on a pre-order basis. KVA001 sold out completely in advance on pre-order, and I anticipate the same with this release too – if there are any unsold copies left they will be sold on a first come first served basis as soon as the vinyl arrives.

Anyway, on to the release info! Supertouch is an early alias of legendary producer, DJ and Commercial Suicide label owner Klute, aka Tom Withers. Tom has very kindly agreed to provide 4 tracks from his archives for this release, all originally written and produced by him under the Supertouch alias in 1993 and 1994. One of these tracks, “Alive”, was released on the very rare and in demand Deep Red Recordings DR001 pressing in 1994, and the other three tracks are previously unreleased and have never before been available in any format. These are absolutely stunning tracks which I am extremely happy to be actually getting onto vinyl 20 years later and sure to appeal to hardcore and early jungle / drum & bass heads alike.

The tracklisting is as follows:

Supertouch – The Dreams EP – KVA002

A1 – Supertouch – Alive (1993)

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A2 – Supertouch – Beaten 2 A Pulp (previously unreleased, 1994)

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AA1 – Supertouch – Feel So Good (previously unreleased, 1993)

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AA2 – Supertouch – Alive Remix (previously unreleased, 1993)

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Some links for further information:
http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/klute/biography – Resident Advisor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klute_%28musician%29 –Wikipedia
http://www.discogs.com/Supertouch-Alive/release/423713 – DR001 on Discogs

As with all previous Keeping Vinyl Alive and Sublogic Recordings releases, this will be professionally mastered from the original DATs by Beau Thomas at Ten Eight Seven Mastering, and will be pressed on high grade heavyweight vinyl by Optimal in Germany – quality is paramount and this release will be no exception.

KVA002 is priced at £9.99 per copy with postage as shown below:

UK postage: £4.10 for the first record, add £1.00 for each additional record. All UK orders will be sent by 2nd Class Recorded Delivery.

European postage: £5.35 for first record, add £1.50 for each additional record.

Rest of the World (USA, Canada, Australia, Japan etc) £7.75 for first record, add £1.50 for each additional record.

International Signed For (Trackable) postage is available for all overseas orders, add £5.15 to total.

All orders will be sent in brand new record mailer with cardboard stiffener.

The Paypal address for all preorders is sales@sublogicrecordings.com and please be sure to clearly state “KVA002 Preorder” in the Paypal payment information. Please also check that the delivery address shown on your Paypal account is correct, as this will be the address the vinyl will be automatically sent to.

I anticipate a turnaround of approx 6 – 8 weeks for this release to be pressed, so we’re looking at the end of August or the start of September. All updates about the progress of the pressing will be made to the threads on B2VOS, DNBA and also the Beautifully Crafted Jungle Facebook group.

Thanks so much again to Tom Withers for letting this go ahead, and also to all customers past and present who have been kind enough to purchase the previous KVA and Sublogic vinyls – much appreciated as always, and rest assured this release will be up to the same high standards.

Ross Phenallas – Aboriginal

July 11th, 2014 by Pete

I may be slacking on tune posts lately, but when I do post them I mean business… this tune is a personal favorite discovery of mine from recent time: totally underappreciated / unknown 91-92 style bleepy acidy breakbeat stuff. What makes this tune for me is the combination of aforementioned sounds with sinister pads, weird noises and creeping strings: I’m always a sucker for dark tracks like this. Absolutely no clue on who Ross Pehenallas is, I’ve never seen this tune in any mixes etc (though I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s an unknown ID request *somewhere*), no other releases from the artist or label. The other tracks are all pretty solid acid-y hardcore if I remember right, nothing too extreme and all a bit more 91 tempo, but good stuff. Perhaps that’s the issue, as this is dated in discogs as being released in 93. If it had been released then, it might have been a bit tougher to fit with other tunes. But regardless of that, this tune… wow. All glorious snaps crackles and pops left in as there’s NO reason not to nab it since it’s ridiculously cheap and easy to find. Frankly, I’ll be a little bit insulted if I check Discogs marketplace in a few days and don’t see at least one or two of these sub-2£ copies gone.

Ross Phinellas – Aboriginal

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