Sad news from Nebkins..
I was notified on my Facebook yesterday of the extremely sad news that Chris Savage passed away suddenly on Saturday 25th January. He was 34.
For those that didn’t know of him, Chris ran the hugely influential “Sav’s Jungle Tekno Zone” website back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s which was one of the first websites dedicated to underground breakbeat hardcore.
When i first got on the web back in the 90’s his website was invaluable to me and introduced me to the world of non-anthemy hardcore and inspired me to dig deep for obscure white labels. I spent many a Sunday evening on the phone to him when he lived at his dad’s house in Cheadle playing unknown tunes and things we’d stumbled on during our digging trips back and forth down the line. My abiding memory is hearing his dad playing piano in the background whilst we listened to twisted 1992 and 1993 hardcore. We swapped countless records and the knowledge he had was second to none.
Another part of his life back then was a mailing list where he sent mad and abstract animations around and i knew he was a very talented computer programmer as well as someone with a wicked sense of humour.
We lost contact along the way but contact was re-established a few years ago on Facebook. He had dug out his hardcore records and was interested in combining them with a new love of his – 78rpm records. He created the “Sav’s Jungle Techno and Gramaphone Radio Show” on Soundcloud in which he played the best of old hardcore interspersed with vintage oddball 78’s and his cutting wit and charisma. I urge you to download the 8 episodes he has uploaded to Soundcloud.
To say I’m shocked at his passing is a serious understatement. I was meant to meet up with him for the first time late last year in London but had to cancel due to family commitments. I’m gutted that i never had a chance to meet him in person.
Really, really sad to hear this. Ben had put me in touch w/ Mr Sav when he started making mixes again, and it turned out we had very similar taste when it came to obscure/anorak tunes. Some stuff he’d throw in his mixes I’d almost laugh out loud because it was stuff I had which I’d NEVER heard anyone else throw in a mix, and even felt a bit questionable putting in mixes myself! Despite keeping mixes to a minimum on this site, I broke my rule and posted a mix by him a while back, and just last week Chris agreed to do a special “best of” mix for the blog of some of his favorite, weirdest, most anorak selections.
I’m going to try to update this with some content from his old site once I manage to retrieve it (internet wayback machine is being a jerk at the moment), but until then here’s some mixes by him. RIP and big respect to Chris, condolences to his friends and family.