Here’s something I ripped ages ago but then forgot about… I’ve had it stuck in my head the past few days though, so give it a listen! Classic track by a beyond-classic artist on an underrated label (Limited E Edition, the sub-label to Ibiza), this has a lot of the classic Ibiza elements down – crispy breaks, bleep synths, classic soul vocals (according to Discogs it’s the “let no man put asunder” vocal though I don’t remember this line?) , etc. Good stuff! PBB – Greetings Remix
Damn, back to slacking with the tune posts…. here’s an odd obscure-for-the-sake-of tune to make up for it. No idea about this one, other than I’d never seen it before so took a chance on it. It’s supposedly a US record (according to Discogs), though I don’t remember whether there was any indication about that on the record or if someone just made a guess when listing it on discogs. Music-wise, It’s a sampleadelic hodgepodge of various riffs, acid squelches, questionable vocals, etc; total “Throw the whole plate at the wall and see what sticks’ style. Also, the first sample in the tune sounds like the intro of the Liquid Aliens EP, might be the same source sample? Not sure what else to add really, it’s just an odd, fun tune that I doubt other people have heard, so give it a listen. Theory – Funkin Since 11
Here’s a slept-on 94 track I meant to play for the past two radio shows, but didn’t get around to – might as well post it here!! I’m not sure if it really counts as “darkside” since it’s a bit late for that. Instead, it’s more gloriously gross, moody and odd choppy low-fi jungle. “Grave Digger” is packed to the brim with 8 bit sounding samples (soundtrack pads, movie vocals, dog barks, etc) all mashed together for 6 minutes of nonstop craziness.
I certainly can’t see this tune winning over any novices to the genre, but this is exactly the type of craziness I love finding hidden on the B2 side of some otherwise nondescript bargain bin jungle EP. One for the anoraks and those whose taste runs to the dark and moody side of jungle!!
Here’s a fun 92 tune I’ve been waiting to play in a mix, but since there hasn’t been a good opportunity and no tracks have been posted in a while, I’ll force myself to post it up in full.
I first came across this tune in a mix by the brilliant Chris DJ Sav (RIP). A lot of Chris’ later mixes focused in on super oddball, off kilter tunes with a strong “so wrong it’s right” feel (eg my personal favorite stuff). Plutone’s tunes highlights this well. Despite being released on some slightly more established labels, and seeming to be a relatively big german techno/rave act (I think they were on a big loveparade comp if my memory serves me right), a number of their tunes were super mental sounding, with buzzsaw synths and interesting change-ups. This one in particular goes from a more standard (but harsh) ravey melody, to a sort of brutal atonal pattern that sounds way harsher to me than most 92 stuff of the time… almost more in-line with some dark PCP type thing. Definitely NOT for everyone, but a cool track for those into darker more “out there” hardcore stuff.
Oh yeah, normally I try not to mess with the sound of posted tunes, but I’ve applied some compression to this one since the dynamics always felt a bit off to me…certain parts sounding way louder than others. Hope it doesn’t ruin it for anyone, but it definitely makes it a bit of a smoother listen for me. Plutone – The Damned II
These days, it feels like it’s getting rarer and rarer to find an early 90’s jungle or hardcore related record without any audio online or without a bunch of the “usual suspects” liking and posting about it. Here’s one EP which is a notable exception, made even more surprising by the fact that it was reissued on a rather large label (R&S Records). I’m guessing lots of other people have missed this one since it’s listed as “trip hop / ambient” despite having a jungle/hardcore feel to the tunes. Despite coming out in 95, it’s got a bit more of a 92 dubby, off kilter, ragga hardcore feel – the tunes are quite far from standard polished 95 ragga jungle, sounding a bit more like the Mazaruni stuff I posted a while back. So maybe ‘jungle dub” is the right genre for this? The artists behind it seemed to have done a fair bit of succesful downtempo / ambient / dubby stuff, which most likely explains the style associated with this release. Certainly an interesting obscurity to check out!
Since there wasn’t any audio online, rather than posting one mp3 here I decided to post all the tracks on youtube.
Thanks to everyone who locked in on Sunday! As much as I want to post the sets up ASAP, I’ll give you a couple of nice tunes first, starting with this wicked 92 track by Rennie Pilgrim and (I assume) his brother. For me, this tune is all about the main breakbeat. It seems like, just a few years after this (94), everyone was mainly focusing on think, amen, sesame street and maybe 2-3 more “acceptable” breakbeats in various combinations. But in earlier tunes like this, you often had a wider variety of breaks present, including the main one which comes in 14 seconds in and ends up being layered with a classic amen variant. Perhaps this is because some of those earlier breaks might not scale up or sound as good when pitched to 165-170 bpm. Regardless, it’s certainly nice hearing them in this context. Aside from the breakbeat, this tune is chock full of classic rave stabs and samples that sort of careen from part to part. There’s not much in the way of subtle flow and delicate songwriting, just banging (and cheap!) 92 hardcore that is well worth checkingt.
Here’s a nice one-off jungle EP that’s reasonably cheap and slept on. All four tracks are extra vibey uplifting stuff, no crazy amens in sight (which is probably why it hasn’t jumped up in price a lot), just lots of laid back think break, pianos and pads. No info at all on the artists unfortunately…if anyone finds any info, post it here! Poetiq Mindz – Good Loving
It’s been quite a while since I’ve been motivated to post a tune on here. Last night I was rooting around a bit and found this tune, and couldn’t wait to play it in a DJ set.
Original DJ Vibes is a really underrated producer in my opinion, from earlier hardcore days through to jungle stuff (and even some early dnb if I remember right). He just cranked out tons of tunes (mostly on his own labels) during that time, and the hit/miss ratio is pretty damn good! This EP is no exception, with this tune in particular showcasing elements I like the most about 92-93 hc/jungle (the rugged experimentalism / “anything goes” nature) before things got a bit more stripped down and stabilized in the 94-95 era. Here, you get some good but standard elements like the ragga vocal and some of the pads and background sounds. But there’s also a weird water drip sound integrated in with the breakbeat, and the break itself sounds extra crunchy, leading this tune to sound maybe even a bit more 92 than 93. Finally, though it’s a minor detail, there’s a nice edit about 24 seconds in which reminds me of a rugged BRAIN RECORDINGS b2 side tune: one of those “so wrong it’s right’ type parts where an entire sequence is pitched up and down without regard to tempo, making everything go intentionally off-kilter for just a second. Love it!
Here are last Sunday’s sets – a ripping set from Tim Reaper, and an extra-special guest mix by Phil from hardscore.com. As mentioned in a previous post, I don’t post many guest mixes here since there’s lots of other websites which are good for that sort of thing. What I didn’t mention though is that, whenever I make that statement, I’m usually referring to 2 websites in particular, one of which is Phil’s site 🙂 True to form, Phil really delivered the goods here, packing the mix full of excellent but obscure tunes that have “BTTO Radio” written all over them. A couple of these are well known and played regularly on the BTTO Radio (AKA – Farside), but there’s more which I’ve slept on or didn’t even realize I owned (the first two tracks in particular). Others I’ve played a few times but have hidden from tracklists as “??”. And a few are awesome exclusive unreleased 93 tines from the likes of Roni Size and Krust (!!!), which you likely won’t be hearing in any other mixes anytime soon. Finally, Phil even chucked a track from my label’s latest, 8205-003, in there for good measure!
OK, one more another mega obscurity. I promise I’ll get back to the slightly more well known stuff soon! Here’s something I found a few years ago while digging through non-UK oldskool jungle related listings on discogs (in this case, stuff from the US). I got it for a buck, had it in my sell pile for a while, then recently chucked it on the decks for one last listen while grabbing stuff for a recent record fair. For some reason, I kinda liked it in an odd way, so kept it for now… Honestly, I can’t fully justify that as there’s nothing too crazy happening here, just a classic reggae sample stuttered and some vaguely trancey synths with dnb-ish beats. But it is a nice combo and stuck with me a bit. Of course no idea about the artist, and the label put out all sorts of electronic stuff from house music to techno hardcore, acid, etc One thing I can guarantee is that almost no one checking this blog (short of Tykal) has probably heard this before, so here, give it a listen. Mad Bats – Wake The Town