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Classic jungle record covers

More Fire! ’93-’95 Jungle Classics mix

 

The first copies of Who Say Reload were sent out this time last week ahead of the official release date today, so those that pre-ordered or purchased directly from Velocity Press have received their copies now. Thanks to everyone that has bought a copy so far. There’s been a great reaction online and lots of positive feedback, and the artists interviewed, and other luminaries of the D&B scene seem really into it so that’s been really nice to see, and also something of a relief. Documenting a culture that others have invested their whole lives into is a big responsibility so I’m glad that the general consensus so far seems to be that Eddie, Colin and I have got it right.

Following the ’92-’93 DJ Mystery mix I posted, it was my intention to add a few of my own mixes to this blog. Unfortunately, I’m having a few technical issues with the recording levels from my shiny new DJM S3 into my laptop and haven’t had much time to figure out the problem, so as I can’t drop a new mix I’ve gone into my Mixcloud archives. First up is this selection of classics from the golden era of 1993 to 1995 – half of which appear in the book – which I recorded back in 2001. At the time I had a Vestax PMC 06, so this is done off two channels and all vinyl of course. No bells and whistles or post-editing but that’s how we rolled back then!

“We went from raving – pretty big raves too – which was very much a UK thing, to sometimes going over to Europe, and then by the end of the decade it was worldwide and it was everywhere. That explosion from ‘95 to ‘99 was insane” – Doc Scott (taken from Who Say Reload)

Nowadays a lot of DJs tend to shy away from banging out all the anthems, which is fair enough as in a lot of cases they have been played to death. When I made this mix though, the records were just 5 or 6 years old and it was just before the first wave of the jungle revival that comes around every few years, in this case it was the popularity of Shake Ur Body, LK and Body Rock that set things off along with the trend of UK garage DJs playing a few jungle classics in their sets. Not long after I made this a few compilations on a similar tip appeared on the shops, like DJ Hype’s Jungle Massive CD which has a not entirely dissimilar track list.

This mix works well along as an accompaniment to Who Say Reload. When I was writing it, I assumed it would be purchased by people who already had a pretty solid knowledge of the music, but it also seems to appeal to people with only a passing interest, or those who were into D&B back in the 90s but perhaps drifted away from it after a few years. If you have no clue about jungle whatsoever, I think you could do a lot worse than use this as a starting point. Enjoy!

1. Renegade ft Ray Keith – Terrorist [Moving Shadow]
2. Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play remix) [Moving Shadow]
3. Firefox & 4Tree – Warning [Philly Blunt]
4. Q Project – Champion Sound (Alliance remix) [Legend]
5. DJ Krome & Mr Time – Ganja Man [Tearin Vinyl]
6. Dead Dred – Dred Bass [Moving Shadow]
7. New Blood – Worries In The Dance (remix) [London Something]
8. Sound Of The Future – The Lighter [Formation]
9. Urban Shakedown – Some Justice ’95 [Urban Shakedown]
10. Leviticus – Burial [Philly Blunt]
11. DMS & Boneman X – Sweet Vibrations (remix) [Sure Shot]
12. Origin Unknown – Valley of The Shadows [Ram]
13. DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter [Ganja]
14. Invisible Man – The Bell Tune [Good Looking]
15. DJ Nut Nut – Special Dedication [Hard Step]
16. P Funk – P Funk Era [Frontline]
17. Splash – Babylon (remix) [Deejay]
18. Prizna ft Demolition Man – Fire (Urban Shakedown remix) [Labello Blanco]
19. Alex Reece – Pulp Fiction [Metalheadz]
20. DJ Hype – Rrroll The Beats (remix) [Suburban Base]
21. DJ Krust – Set Speed [V Recordings]
22. Blackstar ft Top Cat – Champion DJ [Congo Natty]