Present #2 for x-mas… Here’s an unreleased Ellis Dee tune straight from the man’s dubplates. Big thanks to DJ Quick Lung for providing it! This tune is from December 95 and sounds pretty hardstep to me. a steppy break (life could?) / amen combo, massive hiphop vocals and punchy bass. The vocals are taken from Keith Murray’s “It’s That Shit” (later sampled by the Chemical Brothers):
You can definitely hear how, as 95 drew to a close, tunes were getting a bit more streamlined and hip-hop oriented, which would of course end up leading to the jump up explosion of 96/97 which itself probably helped open up quite a lot of non UK people’s eyes to Jungle through the more prominent hiphop influence. By that point, so many people had grown up with hiphop, having it as a pivotal element must have made jump up even more relateable to people who previously might not have been able to relate as well to the full spectrum of hardcore/jungle’s influences.
Cool tune, again big big thanks to DJ Quick Lung for providing it and be sure to check Ellis Dee’s facebook page for upcoming dj bookings and his Soundcloud page. I’m pretty sure he still spins oldskool on occasion, and definitely still spins dnb/jungle.
Ellis Dee – Synthetic Disco (Unreleased) December 1995.mp3