Blog to the Oldskool Radio – September 7th 2014

September 13th, 2014 by Pete

Here’s the blog to the oldskool set from last Sunday on jungletrain. I know I seem to post more of these sets than tunes these days, but this is my favorite one I’ve recorded in a while. Chock full of personal fav tunes, including some well known tracks (the opening Peshay, Liftin Spirits etc) as well as plenty of nerdy obscurities, plus a few exclusives including a forthcoming 8205 Recordings track. Lots of great stuff, check it out and leave a comment if you like it!

Tim Reaper – Blog to the Oldskool Radio August 24th 2013

September 8th, 2014 by Pete

It’s been a while, but, finally, here’s Tim Reaper’s set from 2 weeks ago on Jungletrain…. absolutely wicked selection of tunes! As usual on the BTTO show, Tim dug for proper obscurities and lesser known gems rather than going for bigger tunes – lots of CD only tracks, b-sides which nearly eclipse the A-sides, and even an 8205 dub. This mix might just be more BTTO-related than my sets as of late :)

No tracklisting yet, waiting to see if Tim wants me to post it. In the meantime, check the mix, like/share it and maybe he’ll get back to me sooner about the tracklisting. I’ve also got the set from last night (Sept 7th) to post, will be doing that a bit later this week.

Radio Frontline this Weekend

September 4th, 2014 by Pete

Radio Frontline has a SICK weekend planned! Lots of original DJS from back in the day.

I’m not playing this weekend since I didn’t get my act together to get on the schedule, but I’ve got a jungletrain show Sunday night 5pm EST / 10pm UK / 11pm CET. So catch an hour of Teebone’s set then lock to mine for some crazy 92-95 jams.

The shows start today (Friday) at 1PM EST / 6pm UK / 7 pm EST. Lock in at http://radiofrontline.net

Renegade – Jump

September 3rd, 2014 by Pete

It’s funny how, being in the States, there’s a lot of cool and ridiculously cheap tracks I end up missing out on because 1. I can’t find them here 2. I don’t make it to the UK much and 3. the cost to ship them over from the UK massively dwarfs the record cost itself. Most of these are available in big quantities for next to nothing on sites like discogs/ebay, but it always feels like a bit of a waste spending 99p on a tune combined with 8-10 pounds to ship it over here. Of course, it’s just as silly to spend that amount on postage for a 5-10 pound tune, but for some reason it doesn’t FEEL as bad, so plenty of classy tunes end up slipping through the cracks for me. This is one of those tracks. Thankfully, I finally nabbed a copy here in the US a few weeks ago, and I’m glad I did: It’s a solid 94-95 EP by the same artists behind N-Zo + Invincible – “Ease Yourself”. This one sounds pretty similar beat-wise, but with more layers and effects to the drums (always a plus for me) plus a Lethal Weapon sample in lieu of a melody. Nothing incredibly shocking or out of the ordinary, but definitely a fun banging amen tune for mixing. At under 3 and a half minutes it’s definitely on the short side, but at least there’s no melody to risk clashing with whatever you’re mixing it with.

UK people: feel free to nab this on the cheap, and bask in the glory of being able to get these awesome records without having to have them shipped halfway around the world (or waiting the better part of a decade for a copy to show up for sale on your continent).

Renegade – Jump

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Blog to the Oldskool Radio tonight on Jungletrain

August 24th, 2014 by Pete

Blog to the Oldskool Radio is on Jungletrain tonight, 5:00 pm EST/10 pm UK/11 pm CET. There’s a “special” guest tonight but I’m not supposed to say who, just tune in then to find out :)
http://jungletrain.net

Unknown Artist – Atlas

August 24th, 2014 by Pete

Time for another obscurer-than-obscure jam, here’s a tune I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone else play? This one’s a bit interesting since it’s supposedly a US plate from 93, though it sounds more like something from the UK circa 91. There’s certainly no info on the release itself so I’m not sure where the location and year came from, but if they’re accurate then those facts probably precluded it from being used in any uk mixes (since tracks were much faster and different by then). On its own, it’s a nice tune which straddles the techno-breakbeat divide nicely. Since there’s absolutely no info on this release, I’d really like to know if anyone has info on who released it / where the label was located? Feel free to post a comment here! Until then, check this track and grab it if you like it (still pretty cheap / easy to find).

Unknown Artist – Atlas

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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/