For the last part of my trip in Europe, I stopped off to play a show in Edinburgh, Scotland. Great city, but unfortunately there weren’t many stores there with good oldschool stuff. The two stores I found which did have a decent selection of old stuff were clearly pricing direct off discogs (one store didn’t even bother to price their second-hand records, instead they waited until you brought them to counter at which point they’d look on discogs – boo!). So, I only picked up a couple of records there, mainly cheapo stuff like the Oral B ep. This is an EP which ticks a lot of the “in-demand” boxes off – obscure small-label release, 6 tracker, colored vinyl, etc.. Unfortunately most of the tracks aren’t really anything to write home about. They’re OK but somewhat standard sounding – all the big rave sounds, but without any particularly inspired sequencing. Still, some of them are good enough, and for 6 pounds the price is right.
Oral B – The Oral B EP
One release I did find in a bargain bin there was a tight ragga jungle comp, “Fever In The Jungle 2″. At first I thought this was one of those dodgy comps w/ mostly noname acts (ala the “Deep In The Jungle” comp on Pandisc). However, it turns out this has some really nice cuts on it, from hard to find 94-95 ragga jungle singles. “If a Sound Test” has the classic “pass me a dubplate” ragga sample as used in Kemet 27. Ganja Plant has some nicely chopped amens, and Haul & Pull is a decent deeper track.
Unfortunately, the vinyl has the tracks in edited form, so they all fade out a bit early… meaning it’s probably way better to track down the CD version or the original singles these come from.
G Reel – If a Sound Test