Archive for the ‘Drum n Bass’ Category

The Poem – G. Cheung aka Nookie aka Cloud Nine [1993]
November 14, 2014

I heard a deep house track that had an almost identical baseline synth earlier this week which got me thinking of this cracker from Nookie aka Gavin Cheung. A man that needs almost no introduction as he is responsible for some classic early to Mid-Nineties Hardcore and Drum n’ Bass cuts.

This track has a real crossover flavour with shades of House, hardcore and even acid techno from around that period of late 93. Definately not a track you would have heard a lot of around that time, I dont ever recall hearing this on any mix, with the Wave Station track from the double A side of this EP getting the most air time. A shame really because this track really does feel light years ahead of its time.

Total Science – Archive [2009]
February 26, 2014

Only available as far as I know on various Hospital Records compilation which is a shame because a crackin’ little rolling tune. Definately harking back to early Hospital Records vibes with a nice slab of sweeping basslines and twinkly synths. It’ll not win any awards for innovation but give it a listen, I guarantee you’ll be rocking by the end of it.

Sunset Regime – You Gotta Believe [1993]
February 5, 2014

Differing significantly from what would become Ramos, Supreme & The Sunset Regime’s seminal “You Gotta Believe”, this version by onle one of that triplet I believe actually predated its better known brother by a number of months. It was featured on the excellent Twice as Nice compilation from Fantazia and is far more a snapshot of what was happening late 1992 than what came about in the early months of 1993. Its a balls to the wall hardcore monster with huge pianos and phasered to fuck ravey synth sections all mashed together with that superb female vocal guaranteed to have you swinging from the rafters.

You can now buy this on Vinyl for the first time since release as Fantazia records have started to release their Album only classics as standalone vinyl EP’s.

From Discogs
Fantazia Sampler EP 3;
Following on from Fantazia’s Sampler EP #1 (1992) and Sampler EP #2 (2005) which feature tracks from the album ‘The First Taste’, this EP features 4 tracks from all three of Fantazia’s hardcore albums released between 1992 and 1994 – ‘The First Taste’, ‘Twice As Nice’, and ‘Made in Heaven’. Tracks A2, B1 and B2 have never been released unmixed or on vinyl before. Track A1 was originally released on the Chromatic II EP which is hard to find and sells for a decent amount.

Roni Size – Heroes [1997]
December 10, 2013

Is it a track that even needs an introduction? Its one of the best known offerings from Size and Reprazent and definitely one of the most popular tracks released from the seminal New Forms.

For me, while it was absolutely caned on release, its a track that has easily stood the test of time. It sounds no less fresh than the day it was released, you couldnt believe that it was released 16 years ago. The drop is a masterstroke, with the start of the track sounding very Hospital records before it drops and that cracking bassline takes over.

Roni Size – Brown Paper Bag [1997]
June 15, 2013

Damn I have been lamenting the loss of my copy of New Forms today. You always want the albums you dont have to hand, doubly so when you know the CD has vanished. This, while not my favourite track from the album, right now, sat at work, this is what needs to be playing. I’ll be honest, I found a lot of what Size, Full Circle etc were pushing out back in ’97 to not be quite my flavour of DnB at the time, I guess I was still stuck on broken amen’s and terrifying basslines. But around 2000 when I actually picked up New Forms, it was a glorious return to some fantastic DnB during a time where there had been a fair bit of stagnation in the current DnB world.

This track is one of those defining DnB tunes, taking an extremely simple arrangement and layering lots of exciting facets to it, from the mutated bassline to the various vocal stabs and synth effects the whole track is woven expertly around that frantic (non-Amen based) break. I shouldnt undersell the fact that there’s no Amen break in this track, for 1997, thats pretty much all there had been for the past 4 years. Now, some 15 years down the line and this track still sounds fresh as the day it was released. A bona fide classic example of the genre.

Family Foundation ‎– Xpress Yourself (Original Don Mix) [1992]
August 22, 2012

Oh My Gosh! A total stormer from the Family Foundation with a break so filthy it should come with a health warning. Chucked onto that is a ton of crowd pleasing synth riffs and the prerequisite female vocalist, making this yet another beloved hardcore classic.

The release itself is a cracker, with four excellent remixes featured on the vinyl and CD releases, all with their own slight twist on the original. But to be honest, nothing comes close to this version, no wonder its the Original Don Mix, it towers over the others! The very definition of a classic this one!

Family Foundation ‎– Xpress Yourself (Ragga Rave Mix)

Family Foundation ‎– Xpress Yourself (Extended Vocal Mix)

Family Foundation ‎– Xpress Yourself (Jungle Techno Mix)

Mix Factory – Take Me Away (XTC Come Hard Mix) [1992]
August 22, 2012

First off, make sure you have that bass cranked right up because this banger has a sub base for destroying dance floors. Its an absolute classic, found in just about every dj set during Autumn 1992 and for good reason. Listen to that vocal punch its way through the track, dominating even the excellent synth riff. Designed for soaring across the throngs of ravers desperately trying to grab a hold of the last shreds of summer! What a monster!

Freestyle & DJR – Madness (1992)
July 25, 2012

HUGE piano tune drenched in that crossover sound, heavy on the breaks and bassline and that whopping great piano riff. I heard this first on the classic Easygroove set from Fantazia’s 92/93 NYE celebration at Littlecote House. Thankfully, the synths are punchy and exciting, it doesnt go full force cheese at any point, preferring to keep the tempo up for some proper foot shuffling business. What a cracker of a tune!

T Power & DJ Skie – Brave New World [1993]
July 21, 2012

Now, if we’re talking late Hardcore/Crossover EP’s, the The Shape Of Things To Come E.P. from Soapbar should be near the top of your purchasing list. Featuring this classic Jungle/Hardcore tune from T Power and Skie, the intro alone is what just makes this a killer tune, the amen choppage that comes later is icing on an already cracking techno cake.

First time I ever heard this was on a DJ Sy set from Dance Planet Pure Energy Pt 2, wrapping up the night with this as the last track of the night. What a great way to play out the party, an absolute cracker.

Beatman and Ludmilla – Inka (Backdraft remix)
March 30, 2012

While it would seem every man and his dog might have worked on this track at some point, it doesnt mean that the track feels disjointed. No this is a seriously rocking breakbeat track with all the stuff you could ever want. A really crisp, kick ass break. There is a dark as hell growling bassline that is out to hunt you down in whatever corner of the club your hiding in and the synth sweep is the icing on the cake. A seriously rocking piece of tuneage.